Centennial Takes Both Titles as Duboyce and Griffith Both Post Fast Wins
Centennial's Coach Al Dodds knew he had the making of a good cross country squad this season, but he never new they could be this good.
"I knew that they had put a good summer of training in", said Dodds, "it was just a lot better than I ever thought"
Centennial made their first trip to the Barnhart Invitational at Dulaney yesterday pay off in a big way by taking both the boys and girls titles.
The boys team led by Alec Font(4th) had all five of their scorers in by 15th place outdistancing second place Loyola 49-76.
Patrick Duboyce of Linganore won his second invitational in a row by taking the race in a swift 15:47. Only Matt Jablonski of Loyola (15:14) and Matt Centrowitz of Broadneck (15:44) have been faster.
Duboyce as he did in the Spiked Shoe Invitational last weekend took the lead early and led wire to wire. Tyler Spear of Loyola was second in 16:11 and Duboyce's teammate Dan Beck third in 16:19.
Isabel Griffith of Dulaney was running in her third Barnhart Invite. She won the JV race as a freshman, finished second last season as a varsity runner and was determined to take this year's title.
Griffith went out fast the first mile putting 50 meters on second place Natalie Eastwood of Westminster. After the two mile mark (12:00), Griffith stride pattern began to slow and Eastwood began to cut into her lead.
At a turn on the field hockey field, Griffith was able to catch a glimpse of Eastwood and picked up her pace the last mile.
Griffith won in 18:54, her personal best on the course, and Eastwood finished in second twenty seconds back.
This was Eastwood's second second place finish in the past week. On Wednesday, she finished behind Sara Zielinski in the Mountain Run in Walkersville.
Centennial took the team title with five girls in the top ten to easily outdistance second place Dulaney. Shreya Nalubola finished third for Centennial which also had Devin McIntyre, Allie Driscoll, Anna Li and Alyssa Taylor in the top ten.
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