Glenelg, Oakland Mills, Centennial lead race for boys cross country championship

September 13, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

When the gun sounds to start the boys Howard County Cross Country Championship race Oct. 29, at least three teams will have a shot at bringing home a team title.

Defending county and state Class 2A champion Glenelg, Oakland Mills and Centennial all look like contenders at this point.

Glenelg returns senior Ed Hogan, who finished fourth in the county and second in the state Class 2A race last season. Teaming with him is junior Kris Edwards, who finished eighth in the county.

Senior Alan Kramer, sixth in the B race, and seniors Brandon Fersch and James Zoller form the nucleus of this year's squad.

"We have a lot of holes to fill and we'll be relying on younger runners," said Glenelg coach Roger Volrath, whose team last season won its first county title during his 17-year coaching tenure.

Volrath lost state champion Gerard Hogan and two other starters to graduation. And another starter is gone due to ineligibility.

Oakland Mills, whose dynasty of seven straight county championships ended last season, hopes to bounce back from a second-place county finish. But the Scorps are young.

Seniors Jay Herdson and Phil Casell lead the pack. Herdson finished 18th in the county and won the B race.

Sophomore Greg Curtis, 19th in the county, and senior Josh Tripp, 33rd in the county, look like sure starters.

Sophomore Bryan Drake finished second in last year's county championship B race.

Three juniors are also vying for starting spots, including Eric Larsen, Kevin Lunney and Mica Hart. Lunney missed last season with an injury but shows great potential. Hart finished fourth in the county championship B race.

"We have seven solid runners and will be very successful," said ** Oakland Mills coach Steve Carnahan. "In past years we had HTC purists who ran all year, but these guys are involved in other sports."

Carnahan sees a more relaxed team this season, now that the pressure of winning seven straight titles is removed.

"They seem very committed," he said.

Centennial finished fourth in the county last year and returns its entire team minus one.

Senior Mark James leads the way. He finished third in the county ahead of Glenelg's Ed Hogan.

Junior Bob Van Allen is Centennial's next best runner and finished sixth in the county.

Juniors Stephen Loenick (24th county), Tom Mazcko (35th county) and Theron Sutton (32nd county) join returning seniors Chris Bosely (30th county) and Alex Gralia (36th county) to give the Eagles one of the more experienced teams.

In addition, the Eagles have senior Nate Bucks (injured last year) and juniors Dan Murphy and Brett Roberts.

"This is a veteran team," coach Al Dodds said.

Atholton, third in the county last season, returns senior Bryan Townsend (2nd county, 4th state Class 3A), but has lost five of its top six runners.

Juniors Mike Strickland, John Miller and Brian Walsh, and senior Ken Lin look like the key Raiders this season.

"We hope to finish among the top four teams in the county," Atholton coach Earl Lauer said.

Mount Hebron returns three seniors, including Jesse Barnes (11th county), Tim Cookson (44th county) and Scott Cooper (41st county).

"We have a lot of new talented runners and would like to finish in the top three in the county," Vikings coach Frank Horstman said.

Howard has a new coach, Martin Goode, who is no stranger to county cross country. Good coached four years at Mount Hebron, building the girls team into a power. Last year he was a volunteer coach at Centennial.

His top runner this year is senior Chris O'Gwin (15th county, 38th state 3A).

Another senior, Brad Subat (31st county) and a junior, Dave Krantz (29th county), give Goode some experienced runners to work with. He also has Jim McClenn, a junior who missed last year with an injury. Those four will make up Howard's core.

Hammond's top two runners are senior Bob Greiner and junior John Bussiere.

Wilde Lake also has a new coach, Charlie Shoemaker, who will try to rebuild Wilde Lake into the cross country power it was in the 1970s.

Last year the Wildecats did not have a runner among the top 50 at the county meet.

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