Dulaney girls run off with record

13th straight county title is a first

boys reign, too

Cross country

High schools

October 24, 2002|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Dulaney coach Chad Boyle wore a big grin after his boys scored an impressive win at yesterday's Baltimore County championship meet. But when asked about if his girls could complete the sweep, Boyle's expression quickly changed.

"It could be tough," he said.

He needn't have worried. Dulaney's Natalie Bond won the race, the Lions placed five runners in the top nine and had an easier time than expected in winning their 13th straight county title on a windy afternoon at Hereford.

The string sets a Baltimore County record. The Perry Hall boys had won 12 straight from 1986-1997; the Lions girls now have captured each crown since 1990. Unranked Dulaney finished with 25 points, easily outdistancing No. 7 Hereford (55), Towson (124) and Catonsville (134).

There had been some whispers that Dulaney had fallen a bit this year. Hereford beat the Lions in a meet last week, and the host Bulls were hoping to end the streak here.

"I just think it shows we have some depth," Bond said. "We were really pumped for today."

Bond set the tone with an impressive win. The junior's time of 20:37 was more than enough to beat Perry Hall freshman Amy Morlock (21:01). Ali Dedianko, Jackie Schmidt and Emily Gell took fourth through sixth - just eight seconds apart - while Kim Cook's ninth place wrapped up the Dulaney scoring.

The unranked boys had a little bit of a harder time beating No. 10 Loch Raven. The Lions placed six runners in the top 12 to edge a talented group of Raiders that had four in the top seven. Dulaney ended up with 28 points, ahead of Loch Raven (43), and now has won three straight county titles.

Robbie Dauses led Loch Raven with a solid performance in winning the race in 17:06. The senior hadn't ever won the county title before, and pulled away from Dulaney's Andy Carmer, Jason Jura and Emil Bojanov in the final mile.

"I like to start out and bide my time for the first mile and a half and then attack," Dauses said. "I've never lost to anybody in the county who's my age since I've been a freshman."

Tyler Miles, Chris Mantz and Matt Mora finished in fifth through seventh for the Raiders. Dan Boyle was Loch Raven's final scorer, but he finished 25th. However, Travis Knox (eighth place) and Patrick Duffy (11th) capped the Dulaney scoring, helping the Lions seal the victory.

Boyle was pleased at how Dulaney used a solid pack to hold off a talented Loch Raven team.

"We talked about having a chain, and you can't break that chain," Boyle said.

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