It was an eerie feeling at this time last year on the Brunswick High School campus.
The COVID-19 pandemic had shut down all public high school sports across the state. Typically, the first weekend of the school year featured the long-standing Lee and Anne Zumbach Invitational Cross Country Meet on the BHS.
Not so last year, but last Saturday the popular event made its return, with 35 teams in two divisions competing for team and individual championships.
Host Brunswick competing in the small school division, finished sixth in the boys’ division with 200 points.
Brunswick’s Ray Gibson, a junior, had the best boys finish for the Railroaders. He finished 22nd with a time of 18 minutes, 3.93 seconds over the 5-kilometer course.
Senior Andrew McGillivray was 36th (18:23.52). Senior Caleb Shullenbarger checked in at 40th place (18:34.5).
Senior Colin Bomysoad was 50th for the Railroaders (15:01.76), followed by senior Ben Weatherhead, 56th (19:24.56) and Morgan Corwine, 57th (19:27.27).
In the girls’ small school division, Brunswick finished fifth (105 points).
Reilly Teague, a sophomore, led the Railroader girls with a fourth-place finish (21:34.52). Junior Nadia Remaley was 20th (24:06.69). Junior Lauren Laverty finished 24th (24:36.62). Sophomore Lucy Virgilio finished 28th in the race (24:59.33).
Josephine Flannery crossed the finish line for Brunswick in 31st place (25:09.5).
The Railroaders’ next meet will be the South Hagerstown Invitational at 10 a.m. on Saturday.