Westminster squads sweep meet S. Carroll finishes 2nd in both races

October 07, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Four Westminster girls crossed the finish line before anyone else and the Owls' boys had seven of the top nine finishers to easily sweep a four-team cross country meet yesterday at Westminster High.

Joy Bullock captured the individual girls title with a time of 20 minutes, 32 seconds. Teammates Amy Cross country

Elwell (20:54), Jen Binford (20:56) and Brooke Hammel (20:57) were all close behind as the Owls finished with 18 points.

South Carroll finished second with 53 points, with Liberty a distant third at 123 and Frederick at 188.

The Westminster boys were led by the one-two finish of Jim Holford and Chris Zendgraft. Holford's time of 16:32 was one second off the course record, and Zendgraft came across at 16:49.

The Owls finished with 21 points to run away from the rest of the field. South Carroll (70) nipped Frederick (72) for second, and Liberty was not far behind with 76.

"Right now things are looking pretty good," Westminster coach Jim Gilford said of both teams. "The big key is we're staying healthy and continuing to progress. We need to keep progressing."

Gilford was particularly pleased with the second bunch of Westminster runners that claimed the five through nine spots. Matt Soper, Shawn Donovan, Jim Zoulias and Jay Merker came in together at 17:24, and Joe Reigert took ninth in 17:31.

"I pretty much expected Holford and Zendgraft to go one-two, but I was real pleased with how the back bunch ran today," Gilford said.

Aaron Sweemer finished fourth with a time of 17:16 to lead Liberty, but that wasn't enough to offset South Carroll's 10-11-12 finishes to claim second. Matt Crill (17:35) took

10th for South Carroll, followed by Josh Fortenbaugh (17:37) and Jeff Gray (17:43).

After the Westminster girls' four front-runners, it was Liberty's Jen Myers taking fifth in 21:24. But, as was the case with the boys, South Carroll's overall depth prevailed to take second.

South Carroll and Westminster owned the next 11 spots. The Cavaliers' Heather Young (21:36) and Kerri Murphy (21:37) finished sixth and seventh, respectively.

It was the second straight sweep for Westminster, which won the Barry Mummert Invitational on Saturday at Waynesboro (Pa.) High School. Holford and Elwell had second-place finishes over the weekend.

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