No. 1 Severna Park boys challenged by No. 2 Dulaney at Bull Run, but depth wins

No. 2 McDonogh girls finish third in Elite Division

September 27, 2014|By Jeff Seidel | For The Baltimore Sun

Severna Park has dominated Class 4A boys cross country the last few years. The Falcons won the last two state championships by wide margins and easily beat most opponents during the season.

That didn't happen during the Bull Run Invitational's Elite Division race Saturday at Hereford. No. 2 Dulaney has run well early this fall, and the Lions pushed No. 1 Severna Park, before the Falcons pulled out a seven-point victory.

This race was likely a preview of what will be seen at the Class 4A state title meet on Nov. 8, also at Hereford, and both teams knew it. Eric Walz of Dulaney was the individual champion, taking first in 16 minutes, 5.5 seconds as the Lions put two runners in the top 10.

But Severna Park used the depth that's made it so hard to beat over the last three seasons. Clayton Whitney (fourth) led the Falcons, who put four runners in the top 10 to finish with 43 points, outlasting Dulaney (50).

"It was a good test," Severna Park coach Josh Alcombright said. "We definitely knew Dulaney was going to be tough, and they were tough."

That toughness started with Walz, who beat River Hill's Chris Heydrick by 2.9 seconds to win that race. Walz said both he and the Lions knew this race would give them a look at what they'll see down the road.

"It's a good indicator for the states for both me and the team," Walz said. "I'm hoping we can [beat them]."

The Lions will need to find a way to overcome the depth that helps the Falcons score points in bunches. In this race, the five Severna Park runners who scored finished just 37.6 seconds apart.

Kevin Hines (fifth), Andrew Forsyth (ninth), Jacob Derlink (10th) and Josh Tucker (15th) ran well, especially in the back end of the race on the new Hereford course.

"I think everyone was staying in a pack until later … and then everyone kicked it in," Whitney said. "We're always trying our best."

Severna Park lost its top two runners from last year's title team, so the Falcons really need everyone to pitch in this season. They might not be as dominant against local teams this fall, but Alcombright's group understands they all must work together.

"We just want everybody to do their job," Alcombright said.

The Severna Park girls finished with 95 points to edge out Clarksburg (97) in the Large Schools division. Catie Cambon led the Falcons with her ninth-place finish. Maria Coffin of Annapolis (third) was the top local finisher.

In the same division, No. 10 Howard was the best local boys team. The Lions took second with 89 points, 23 behind victorious Walter Johnson. Howard's Gavin Reynolds (fourth) had the top local effort.

The No. 2 McDonogh girls finished third in the Elite Division with 129 points. Walter Johnson won that race. Shreya Nalubola of No. 6 Centennial finished second in that race as Walter Johnson took three of the other top four spots.

Nick Fransham of North Harford and Carlyn Albright of Marriotts Ridge won the individual titles in the Medium Schools division in the afternoon. In the Small Schools division, the No. 4 Liberty boys and the No. 4 Mount de Sales girls also scored team victories. 


Bull Run Invitational

(at Hereford)

Elite Division

Boys

Team scores (top 5): 1. Severna Park, 43; 2. Dulaney 50; 3. River Hill, 137; 4. Loyola, 139; 5. McDonogh, 173.

Individual results (top 10): 1. Walz (DUL), 16:05.5; 2. Heydrick (RH), 16:08.4; 3. Kane (CTY), 16:11.6; 4. Whitney (SPK), 16:22.4; 5. Hines (SPK), 16:24.6; 6. Singer (MCD), 16:30.3; 7. Carvalho (DUL), 16:31.0; 8. Eckley (BRD), 16:31.5; 9. Forsyth (SPK), 16:34.4; 10. Derlink (SPK), 16:38.4.

Girls

Team scores (top 5): 1. Walter Johnson, 93; 2. Strath Haven (Pa.), 124; 3. McDonogh, 129; 4. Towson, 150; 5. River Hill, 157.

Individual results (top 10): 1. Keller (WJ), 19:07; 2. Nalubola (CTL), 19:15; 3. Green (WJ), 19:20; 4. Murphy (WJ), 19:26; 5. Lang (OAK), 19:40; 6. Mesyngier (SH), 20:08; 7. McIntyre (CTL), 20:09; 8. Kowalk (ODL), 20:10; 9. Rayner (HOW), 20:14; 10. Wolters (SH), 20:26.

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