The Frederick County Public Schools cross country championships are still at least a month away, but Oakdale’s boys and Urbana’s girls left nothing to chance on Tuesday at the Thomas Johnson Patriot Invitational meet.
Both went all out in winning team titles.
The Bears’ boys just missed a chance at a perfect score but put a lot of distance between themselves and runner-up Tuscarora. Oakdale outscored the Titans, 17-77, with Frederick in third (110).
“We told our runners this is the course we will run on in the county meet,” Oakdale boys coach Dave Lillard said. “We didn’t hold anything back today. We went after it.”
In the girls’ meet, Urbana had four of its five runners among the top 10 finishers, scoring a 30-70 win over Middletown. Brunswick finished third (75).
At first, Urbana girls coach C.J. Ecalono was considering having his top runners hold back a little at the start, then pushing to the front during the last mile. Instead, he had them make the move a half-mile earlier.
“The competitive side of me kicked in, so I let them go,” he said.
Oakdale’s boys took the first-, second-, third-, fifth- and sixth-place spots in running away with the team crown. Junior Kyle Lund led the Bears, winning the boys race in 16 minutes 27.13 seconds, moving to the front of the pack around the 2-mile mark.
“We were working on our speed on the flat, downhill parts of the course,” Lund said. His time was a personal best for him.
Collin Dempsey was a little over a second behind his teammate in second place (16:28.9). Collin Shriner got third (17:04.97), followed by Joshua Milliken, fifth (17:28.43), and Nicholas Stokes, sixth (17:31.53).
Thomas Johnson’s Daveen Bavari’s fourth-place finish in the boys race (17:22.19) kept Oakdale from a perfect score of 15.
Oakdale’s sixth and seventh runners also made the top 10, although they didn’t figure into the scoring. Spencer Showalter finished eighth for the Bears. Charles Parrott was ninth.
The Bears’ also used Tuesday’s meet as a tune-up for the prestigious Bull Run Invitational, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, at Hereford High School, the site of the MPSSAA cross country championships in November. This year, Oakdale will run in the top-level Elite division of the meet, which draws the top teams from across the multi-state region.
“I asked the team what division they wanted to run in, they said Elite,” Lillard said. “They know it’s going to be a tough division, but I think they’ll be ready for it.”
Urbana went first and second in the girls race. Senior Mary Miller, running in her first race of the season on Tuesday, ran a 19:57.85 to win for the Hawks. She had taken some time off, following the extraction of her wisdom teeth.
“This was a fun course to run on, flat,” Miller said. “It was muddy, too, but I still liked running on this course. We will know what to expect at the county meet.”
Urbana freshman Karly McDonnell finished second (20:30.55). Middletown’s Campbell Caldwell was third (20:39.66). Catoctin Rachel Waldron finished fourth (20:43.55).
Other scoring runners for the Hawks’ include Emily McDonnell, sixth (21:01.91); Addison Lauer, seventh (21:10.49) and Susannah Auderset, 14th (22:10.7).
Urbana’s girls are slated to run in Saturday’s Oatlands Invitational meet in South Riding, Virginia, but Ecalono doubts that meet is going to be held because of approaching Hurricane Florence.
Notes: Frederick’s Mario Martinez finished seventh in the boys race (17:40.37). Walkersville’s Owen Welty finished 10th (17:58.3). For Middletown, Grayson Whitesell finished 11th (17:59.74). Tuscarora’s Nathan Usher was 12th (18:05.8). Brunswick’s Noah McGillivray finished 16th (18:28.58).
In the girls meet, Walkersville’s Megan Bertolette finished eighth (21:20.44). The Cougars’ Emma Strickland was ninth (21:38.6). Brunswick’s Rebekah Shullenbarger finished 10th (21:49.86). Saoirse Conley was 11th for TJ (21:58.01). For Tuscarora, Norah Jarrahi finished 16th (22:17.34). Frederick Rose Bubakar was 25th (23:05.91).