The Williamsport girls cross country team wasn't bluffing at the 28th annual Frank Keyser Invitational on Saturday morning.
"It's like a poker thing, having five good cards in your hand," Williamsport coach Randy Buchman said.
Laura Forsythe was an ace. The senior placed ninth overall, covering the 3-mile course in 20 minutes, 35.9 seconds, to lead the Wildcats to the team title. Right behind her were teammates Theresa Ruland (12th, 20:39.5), Jordan Atha (18th, 20:59.2), Meghann Weaver (19th, 21:03.6) and Makenna Hardy (20th, 21:18.7) as Williamsport edged runner-up Liberty 70-85 in the 16-school field.
"We ran as a pack. It's the power of the pack," said Buchman, whose girls were the Maryland Class 1A state runners-up last season and state champs in 2002 and '03. "This is huge for us. This is a quality meet, and, as far as I know, we've never won it before."