Photo by John Roemer
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Dulaney junior Marissa Dailey picked up the first win of her cross country career on Saturday and did so in dramatic fashion. Dailey erased an early deficit and edged Towson's Madeline Till to take home the 2019 Baltimore County individual title and lead the Dulaney girls to a team victory. Her 19:10 personal best was one of the top 20 times in the state so far this year.
The Urbana girls handily won their third straight CMC title on Friday, thanks in part to a pair of freshmen who stepped up as their #2 and #3 runners. Lula Masters and Ivy Coldren finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the girls race, running season-best three mile times of 19:29 and 19:32 times. Those were also the fifth- and sixth-fastest freshman times in the state. The emergence of Masters and Coldren sets Urbana up nicely going forward, as senior Sara Jarman will be the only one of their top six to graduate this year.
Cross country newcomer Francesca Cetta has raced sparingly this fall, but turned in her best performance of the season on Saturday at the Skip Grant Invitational. Cetta won the inaugural invitational and went under 19 minutes in the 5K for the first time. Her 18:52 time is second-best among private school runners this year behind only Key's Storrie Kulynych-Irvin.
Finally, the top freshman performance at the Montgomery County Championships came courtesy of Wootton's Rebecca Vasconez. She ran 19:10 - a personal best performance by over a minute and a half - and was the only freshman to finish in the top ten of Saturday's field. Her race helped the Wootton girls finish third behind Whitman and Walter Johnson.