The big meet of the week locally was the South Carroll Invite over the grassy and challenging course at South Carroll High School. The day was perfect for running with cool temperatures and low humidity and a nice breeze to cool off the runners. The course even took a couple of turns through the woods in order to keep the runners cool.
Matt Centrowitz and the #3 Maryland Coaches ranked Group 4 Broadneck boys were at full strength going against unranked and Group 1 Francis Scott Key in what was supposed to be a blow out win for Broadneck, but the boys from Frederick County had other plans.
Centrowitz went out at a good clip only with Malik Zafar of Meade trying to hang on, but going into the hills after the mile mark, Centro opened up a substantial lead on Zafar. The early pace wore down the Meade star and allowed FSK’s top two of Jared Welsh and Arthur Leathers to catch up and eventually pass just before the 3 mile mark on the course.
Zafar fell to fourth, but the real battle was happening a few places back. Jordan White and Colin Fearns of FSK worked together the entire race finishing one second behind Broadnecks 2nd runner, Jeremy Buyer. This turned out to be the deal breaker for Broadneck. Even though FSK’s 5th man was back in 35th place, Broadneck still couldn’t make up for FSK’s top 4 power. FSK beat Broadneck 61-72.
Centrowitz won with a time of 16:08, more than 58 seconds in front of 2nd place Welsh. This was Centro’s 2nd invitational win of the year.
On the girls side, Liz McCarter of Mt. Hebron tried to hang onto North Carroll’s Katie Hursey for the 2nd week in a row. Hursey showed her strength in the hills by placing distance between her and McCarter with every uphill. McCarter who has superior track speed couldn’t call the speed into action after dealing with the hills on the course. McCarter held off Kelsey Hill of Severna Park for third. The split squad and #2 ranked Severna Park girls easily outdistanced #19 Urbana and #14 Broadneck by a score of 58-121-124. South Carroll Invite Results
At the Great American Invite, Rob Wetzel of Archbishop Spalding finished 2nd in the Boys seeded section in 16:36.7. This time would have placed him 16th in the overall rankings of runners. Great American Results
At the William and Mary Invitational, Nix Bax of St. Albans was second in 15:46 and his St. Albans team finished 6th in the Mens A race tied with #22 Dematha Catholic who was led by Robert Patterson in 16th place. Matt Abernathy of Georgetown Prep was 7th in 16:31.
In the mens “B” race, Eric Anderson of Archbishop Curley finished 2nd with the best Maryland time of the day in 15:44. Anderson has been running outstanding all season with one of the only sub 16:00 times on the legendary Herring Run course in Baltimore City.
Brandon Boyer of unranked Middletown HS, led his team to a second place finish by finishing fourth overall with a time of 17:01.
In the Womens “A” race, Nora McCall led the #13 Good Counsel team to a 5th place finish by finishing 8th in 19:01. William and Mary Results
In league meets in Montgomery County that were reported, the #12 Richard Montgomery boys lost to both #10 Walter Johnson led by Chris Moen, by a score of 24-32 and unranked Northwest 26-31. Walter Johnson got by Northwest 23-32. On the girls side, #10 Northwest led by Emma Eckerstrom beat unranked Walter Johnson 27-29 and #24 Richard Montgomery 26-29. RM barely beat WJ by a score of 27-28.
In Baltimore County, Dwight Parker of Woodlawn a 9:19 3200 runner, made his debut by winning a league meet against Catonsville.
The #12 Towson girls team easily defeated Perry Hall and Franklin 29-48-48
1 Hannah Mayhew TOW 19:42.3
2 Ellie Kavanaugh TOW 19:55.7
3 Justine DiGregorio PH 20:14.6
4 Anna Roth FRA 20:53.1
5 Sam Offutt FRA 21:05.6
The Towson boys outlasted Perry Hall 23-34
1 Summath Kuppalli PH 16:21
2 Mason Campbell TOW 16:22
3 Tim Powers TOW 17:16
4 Ben Stahowiak PH 17:29
5 Ben Ostrow TOW 17:43
The season really gets under way this weekend with the Bull Run Invitational at Hereford, which is arguably the toughest course in the country and many other teams attending the Paul Short Invite in Pennsylvania.
The new edition of the Maryland State Coaches Rankings will be released on the Wednesday of next week.