White helps keep Dulaney on course Standout senior to lead way in Baltimore County race Girls cross country preview

September 22, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer Staff writers Rick Belz, Katherine Dunn, Bill Free, John Harris and Steven Kivinski contributed to this article.

With one of the nation's top high school runners in Amanda White, and all but one starter back from last year, Baltimore County champion Dulaney looks like the team to beat in Class 4A cross country.

Dark-horse 4A challengers are Westminster of Carroll County and, from Anne Arundel County, Severna Park and Old Mill, who are primed to begin their annual intra-county battle.

While Severna Park has won the past 10 county championships, Class 2A Mount Hebron looks to defend its first county title against 2A rival Glenelg and 3A contender Centennial.

The talk in Carroll County is that the Westminster Owls, for the first time in a while, appear vulnerable to challenges from Liberty and Francis Scott Key.

Class 3A C. Milton Wright, however, is solidly the team to beat in Harford County, although there are several state-caliber individual runners there. The same can be said of Mount de Sales, which has won the past two Association of Independent Schools titles. Having dominated AIS opponents, coach Sean Moran's Sailors look to prove themselves against state-wide competition.

The Baltimore Sun's 1992 preseason top 10:

1. Dulaney

The Lions have the top four of their five best runners back from a team that came within six points of the 4A state title, and All-Metro county, regional and state champion Amanda White, a senior, is leading the way. Backing her is second-team All-Metro senior Kristen Friz, the No. 2 runner, followed by No. 3 honorable mention All-Metro Dishina Davis, No. 4. Ashley Dorr and No. 5 Vanessa Limawarut. Patti Zahner also is running well. Bob Dean, The Baltimore Sun's 1992 Coach of the Year, is primed to win another Baltimore County and perhaps a state title.

2. Mount Hebron

The Vikings return four of their top five runners from a squad that captured the school's first county title and finished third in the state last season. They are second-team All-Metro junior Erin Gibbons (second county), honorable mention All-Metro sophomore Amanda Fleck (fifth), senior Lisa Board (eighth) and junior Ania Jastreboff (11th).

3. Glenelg

Almost the entire team is back for the Gladiators, who finished third in last year's Howard County meet. Back is county champion and state 2A runner-up, junior Alicia Adams, a first-team All-Metro pick. Senior honorable mention All-Metro Kelly Polovitz (fourth in the county), sophomore Mary Marland (20th), junior Mary Rose Rankin (24th) and Elizabeth Pagel (30th) add depth to coach Roger Volrath's team.

4. Severna Park

The Falcons, 10-time defending county champs and last year's regional champion as well, lost first-team All-Metro selection Fran Mackney. But the Falcons' second-best runner, sophomore honorable mention All-Metro Brianna Weidman, returns after placing sixth and seventh, respectively, in the county and regional meets. Sarah Tate (15th county) and Kate Steiner lead a squad of nearly 60 runners in Ed Purpura's program.

5. Old Mill

The Patriots, who edged perennial power Frederick in the Jack Griffin Invitational two weeks ago, will be led by senior Marisa Sanders (third county, sixth region) and sophomore Jessica Davis (10th county). Davis set a course record (21 minutes, 26 seconds) in Old Mill's opening meet. "My girls should be quite competitive," said Patriots coach Gary Bater.

6. Westminster

The defending county champion Owls lost three of their top five runners, including first-team All-Metro Stephanie Morningstar. But 13th-year coach Jim Gilford, the 1991 Coach of the Year, had a turnout of 20 girls, including No. 1 runner Adrian McGuire and sophomore Brooke Hammel.

7. Mount de Sales

The Sailors return five of their top seven runners from a team that finished the season ranked No. 9 in the area. Four of the veteran harriers are turning in times better than last year's No. 1 runner. Sophomore Teresa Love is running in the 19s, and sophomore Renee Leach is close behind. Another sophomore, Liz Williams, has improved.

8. C. Milton Wright

Last year, the Mustangs were county champions and runners-up to Catonsville in the region, and they look to be as strong this year. Returning is county and region champion senior Stacy Servia, a second-team All-Metro pick who placed seventh in the state 3A meet. She is backed up by plenty of depth, including sophomore Amy Altman (sixth in the county).

9. Centennial

The Eagles, who were Howard County runners-up a year ago, have their largest turnout (23 girls) ever. Senior Ha Lam (ninth county), sophomore Lauren Dutterer (10th) and senior Christine Robison will lead a solid corps of runners.

10. Liberty

Juniors Katie Sweemer and second-team All-Metro Jen Myers are the Nos. 1 and 2 runners back from a team that ended the year ranked No. 7 in the area. Junior Debbie Ward is another top runner for coach Amy Filsinger's squad.

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