Before crossing the finish line Saturday morning, Calvert Hall’s Cameron Davis propped out the school’s name on his uniform top.
Davis was the first-place finisher and the Cardinals served notice, winning the boys’ crown at the 38th Barnhardt Invitational at Dulaney. Davis posted a time of 15 minutes and 23.2 seconds, nearly four seconds better than runner-up Charles Butler from Mount St. Joseph.
It was the first competition of the cross country season for Davis, who clocked 16:46.1 (10th place) at last year’s Barnhardt boys’ varsity race. He spent the summer training for his junior season.
“I usually come to this with two to three weeks of training,” said Davis. “Two to three months is a big difference.”
Davis ran “conservative” through the opening mile, then amped up for the second mile, surging every 50 meters. He won the MIAA A Conference championship last year as a sophomore.
Calvert Hall coach Scott Baker believes Saturday is just the beginning for Davis.
“He’s looking to do things that’ve never been done in the state,” said Baker. “He does everything that you can’t teach. If he trains hard; the sky’s the limit.”
Davis’ teammates, senior Ryan Connelly and sophomore Rei Rahsaan Nettey, placed fourth and fifth, respectively, distancing the Cardinals (29 point), competing in the Barnhardt for the first time in many years, from Loyola (81) and Towson (101).
Senior Dashawn Keller, a middle distance track performer competing for the first time, placed seventh (16:12.8)
Davis said Calvert Hall has been motivated by the local rankings.
“A lot of people think we’re not as good, so it’s good to prove them wrong,” said Davis.
Dulaney freshman Catherine Campbell was runner-up to senior Daisy Dastrup of Montgomery County’s Poolesville in the varsity girls race.
Dastrup (19:05.7), the reigning Class 2A state champion, clocked nearly 11 seconds faster than Campbell (19:16.6).
“I tried to stay with her, but she pulled ahead so I tried to run my race,” said Campbell.
Dulaney coach Emily Kachik, who taught Campbell at Cockeysville Middle, said Campbell has the potential to be the next accomplished cross country runner from the Baltimore County school.
“She has a lot of confidence for her age. I hope that doesn’t change, a lot of times with younger girls on the team you get a little bit of nerves and timid pre-race,” said Kachik. “She’s not like that, she’s ready to get after it from the gun. She knows herself really well as a runner already.”
McDonogh (58) won the girls’ team crown as Sophia Bredar (fifth; 19:54.3) and Mary Gorsky (seventh; 20:04) placed in the Top 10. Last year’s champ Towson (85) and Notre Dame Prep (88) finished second and third, respectively.
Eagles coach Phil Turner said his team showed “maturity,” after finishing second at Seahawk Invitational at South River last weekend.
“Our pack was really committed to being in the Top 20 with one another,” said Turner, whose team won the IAAM championship last year. “We’re using these meets to run and have fun. That’s what September is all about: competing, seeing the gun go off and letting them get at it.”
Top 10 Boys Finishers
Place Athlete Grade School Time
1 Cameron Davis 11 Calvert Hall College 15:23.2
2 Charlie Butler 11 Mount Saint Joseph 15:26.9
3 Tyler Dailey 12 Dulaney 15:53.2
4 Ryan Connelly 12 Calvert Hall College 16:04.5
5 Rei Rahsaan Nettey 10 Calvert Hall College 16:05.9
6 Carter Bruns 12 Loyola Blakefield 16:12.0
7 Da’Shawn Keller 12 Calvert Hall College 16:12.8
8 Andrew Brown 12 John Carroll 16:15.2
9 Lucas Rohde 11 Gonzaga College 16:16.8
10 Sean Wilson 11 Loyola Blakefield 16:19.5
Top 10 Girls Finishers
Place Athlete Grade School Time
1 Daisy Dastrup 11 Poolesville Sr 19:05.7
2 Catherine Campbell 9 Dulaney 19:16.6
3 Olivia Sobkowicz 10 Notre Dame Preparatory 19:44.3
4 Gracyn Lambert 9 Bryn Mawr 19:54.2
5 Sophia Bredar 12 McDonogh 19:54.3
6 Mackenzie Raue 11 Walter Johnson 19:55.1
7 Mary Gorsky 11 McDonogh 20:04.0
8 Ella Swayne 12 C. Milton Wright 20:04.8
9 Isabel Aldana 12 Towson 20:10.3
10 Maya Ducker 12 Northwood 20:14.7