Barnhart Invite Recap: Dulaney Leans on Daileys for Wins

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Last spring, Dulaney senior Drew Dailey capped off his high school career by winning the 1600 (4:14) and 800 (1:54) state titles. Even after his graduation, there is no shortage of Dailey excellence at Dulaney, and that showed on Saturday at the Barnhart Invitational.

Junior Marissa Dailey led the girls in the varsity race to kick off the day, placing fourth in a new personal-best time of 19:48. The 1-2 punch of Dailey and sophomore Anna Albergo was enough for the Lions (first, 61 points) to outlast their Baltimore County rivals from Towson (second, 75) and Hereford (third, 76).

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In the boys race, it was freshman Tyler Dailey leading a tight pack of Dulaney boys to a more comfortable victory. He ran 16:25 - good for eighth, although he was not the top freshman in the race - to pace the Lions, who scored 52 points to Towson's 91 in second place. Dulaney's top five runners were separated by just 28 seconds, and they put six runners under 17 minutes.

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Another family made their presence known on Saturday, as well. Hereford junior Caroline Benda closed Rubie Goffena's early lead and won going away; her 19:08 final time was the 24th-fastest at Dulaney since 2010 and 27 seconds faster than the runner-up. Her sister, freshman Meghan, won the JV race by a similarly large margin. Her 20:38 final time would have been third on Hereford's varsity squad, and the Bulls would have likely won the team battle had she run in the varsity race.

The other big winner of the day was Bullis senior Nick Karayianis. He won his second straight race by a wide margin, shaving a couple tenths off his 5K personal best. His 15:41 final time was the eighth-fastest on the course since 2010. Springbrook's Surafel Mengist also cracked the 16-minute barrier in a strong runner-up effort.