For the first time this year, race morning brought frost and temperatures in the thirties, but the course, scenery and hospitality of Southern-AA high school more than made up for the brisk morning.
Coach Doug Ellmore's Bulldog Invitational is a series of eight races during a morning and afternoon session. The course on Portland farm is scenic, well maintained and marked and well supported by the Southern-AA parents.
Julia Nardone of Glenelg got the morning started off right with a course record 19:50 just holding off a surprising Abby Culp of Manchester Valley,
Calvert with three girls in the top ten, Hannah Aris (3rd), Courtney Mattson (4th) and Kim Gerber in (9th) easily took the team title with 42 points over Mt. de Sales.
Liberty's Chad Sussman won his first invitational in 17:03 over fellow sophomore Trent Herzog of Patuxent in 17:17. Marriotts Ridge easily took the team title with 31 points over Liberty.
Kent Island was scheduled to race in this morning section, but homecoming and SGA duties by many on the team made their participation impossible for them to make the trip.
In the JV open race, the Marriotts Ridge boys decimated the field by taking the first 18 spots.
Phil Roger's Reservoir Gators took both afternoon titles with Cindy Alms of Reservoir taking down the morning course record with a 19:35 win as she led a top three sweep for the Gators.
Hale Bullen of Annapolis set the mens' course record in the afternoon with a 16:12 mark as Reservoir placed four in the top ten to easily take the crown
Coach Vollmer of Poolesville is going to shave his head at the state meet at Hereford if his girl's team can pull off the win there. His team looked strong today as Claire Beautz and Chelsea Pennello took one-two at the Inaugural Urbana Hawk Invitational.
Up towards the front the entire race, both Beautz and Pennello pulled away in the last half mile, as both runners look to do the same in the upcoming county meet. This was Beautz's first individual win. Urbana, looking to win the 3A title, took a slightly different route today as they rested their top 2 runners in Emily Mulhern and Kelly Winklbauer.
Sarah Askine looked strong on her home course and made her way up the field to finish third. The South Carroll Cavaliers took home the team victory using a pack strategy.
Chase Weaverling took home the individual title to complement Beatz's victory smashing the course record in 15:22.
A dominating performance, it quickly became a time trial with the race being against the clock.
Following this race, Weaverling will take on Will Bertrand at the county meet which should be one of the most intriguing matchups this season.
Led by John Mead, Century High School came out to race as they finished in what they admitted to a surprising second place finish.
As many teams start to round into form at this time in the season, Century could prove to be a darkhorse. Their past success and experience may help lead them to a late season run.