Key Boys Take State Title

November 14, 1990

HEREFORD - The Francis Scott Key boy's cross country team edged rival Boonsboro 41-52 to win the Class 1-A state championship last Saturday.

The Eagles had three runners finish in the top six, offsetting Boonsboro which had all five of their runners finish in the top 15.

Jason Wilhide finished second overall with a time of 18:21 to lead Key.

Mitch Jones finished fourth with a time of 18:27 and Dave Cox placed sixth in 18:54.

The victory marked the first-ever state championship for a Francis Scott Key cross country team.

The Liberty's girls just missed earning a Class 3-A state championship while the Westminster boys struggled through the rain and wind to finish fourth in Class 4-A competition in other Maryland cross country championships.

The first score posted on the wall declared the Liberty girls' cross country team Class 3-A state champions, but after Richard Montgomery Coach Scott Spear noticed one of his runner's names missing, the score was re-calculated an the Lions' title was gone.

The difference for Liberty was four points and that was enough to give Centennial a three-point win over Liberty.

Jen Myers finished 17th with a time of 24:06 to lead Liberty, just in front of teammate Patty Barnhart (18th, 24:15).

Walt Whitman of Montgomery County easily won the boys' Class 4-A race with 69 points. Westminster finished with 133 points.

The Owls were led by Scott Luers, who finished 14th with a time of 18:20. Chris Zendgraft placed 16th with a time of 18:26.

In the boys' Class 3-A race, South Carroll finished sixth with 166 points while North Carroll placed eighth with 245. Richard Montgomery claimed the title with 72 points, upsetting Oakland Mills, winners of the six previous state titles, which finished with 75.

The Cavaliers were led by Dave Hammell, who finished 14th with a time of 18:41. Bob Schech was the top North Carroll finisher, placing 30th in 19:22.

Kanisha Patel placed 15th in 22:30 to lead the Westminster girls to a sixth-place finish in the Class 4-A race also won by Whitman. Whitman topped Frederick, 58-95, while Westminster finished with 158.

South Carroll finished eighth in the girls' 3-A race. Karen Hammell was the top Cav finisher, placing 20th with a time of 24:21.

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