The Baltimore County Championship started with a bang as the runners were called back to the line. It amounted to nothing more than an inconsequential misfire.
The Dulaney course, which also hosts the Barnhart Invitational, was soggy and soft from the rain the night before. It certainly had an effect on most runners times as many expressed displeasure with their final times, though overall most runners were content with their placing. The course features several tight turns, with complementary mud, and by most accounts, about 20 seconds were lost on the final individual time. As this is cross country, how one places is more important than the time one runs.
On the boys side, Vince Ciattei broke away from Julian Rivera and Jon Luckin after the one mile mark to take home his first county title in cross country. Ciattei did win the jayvee race as a sophomore,
The Hereford duo challenged Vince, but he continues to show he has reached a new level. Julian Rivera had the county course record from a year ago, but Ciattei bested that by seven seconds. Even so, the Hereford boys went 2-6 in a remarkable display of talent, hard work, and depth. The Catonsville boys continued their steady rise this season, with the help of Jason Miller, who finished third on their team, as he was running jayvee just a week ago.
For the girls, Isabel Griffith also took her first cross country county title, though she does have a regional victory to her name, which she is looking to defend. It was certainly earned as Meghan Anderson of Hereford and Alyssa Taylor of Owings Mills pushed her throughout. Like the boys, the Hereford girls dominated the field as their five scoring runners were in the top 10 and their 7 racers were in the top 14. Even more amazing is that Hereford was not running its complete "A" squad. Dulaney and Catonsville finished 2nd and 3rd , but the stakes are a little bit higher in just a week, as the regional meet determines who will be racing at Hereford on November 10th.