Centennial, Glenelg take 1st-place wins Cross country

October 21, 1992|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Staff Writer

One cross country squad continued to make history. Another received a surprise contribution from an injured runner to pull off an upset win.

Yesterday, in the final regular-season meet for three Howard County Schools -- Centennial, Glenelg and Howard -- first-place finishes went to Centennial's boys, the metro area's third-ranked team, and No. 8 Glenelg's girls. On a chilly afternoon, Centennial played host to the dual meet on a 2.95-mile course.

In boys competition, Howard defeated Glenelg for the first time in 15 years after doing the same to Atholton earlier this season. Glenelg's girls, buoyed by a clutch performance from Michelle Edberg, who was bothered by shin splints, surprised No. 3 Centennial.

In the boys race, Centennial (28) topped Howard (40) and Glenelg (65), the defending county and 2A state champion. Glenelg's girls (25) surpassed Centennial (31) and Howard (80). Points are based on the performance of each team's top five runners.

In dual results, Centennial improved to 7-0 with wins of 20-43 against Glenelg and 23-34 vs. Howard. Glenelg's girls attained a 6-1 mark, upending Centennial 25-30 and Howard 15-48.

Glenelg coach Roger Volrath described Edberg's appearance as "a pleasant addition.

"It turned out that she just kind of made the difference in the sense that I wasn't sure she'd be able to finish that high," Volrath said. "We've been very conservative with her."

Howard coach Martin Goode said of his boys' showing: "It was a pretty impressive effort. We tried to go for Centennial, but they showed today how much of a supreme power they are."

With a time of 15 minutes, 53 seconds, Glenelg senior Ed Hogan crossed the finish line first. However, Centennial took advantage of the second, third, sixth and seventh best times, respectively, of juniors Bobby Van Allen (16:05), Stephen Olenick (16:32), Tommy Mazcko (17:10) and senior Nate Bucks (17:13). Howard was lifted by senior Chris O'Gwin (16:48) and junior Dave Krantz (17:04) at second and third.

Hogan, one of the county's best runners, trailed for a short time, but he passed Van Allen at the second loop's start and led thereafter.

"He's one of the best . . . almost impossible to beat," Van Allen said of Hogan. "He's at the top of the state right now."

Glenelg junior Alicia Adams, who led the entire race, placed first at 19:00, her third time under 20 minutes this year. A teammate, senior Kelly Pelovitz, finished second at 20:10. Then came Centennial freshmen Kari Meyer (20:25) and Heather Tanner (20:26), otherwise known as the "Doublemint Twins," because they run side-by-side and pace each other. Edberg's eighth-place spot at 21:28 was crucial for the Gladiators.

All coaches agreed that the meet was a good warm-up for the county championship Oct. 29 at Howard Community College.

"It was good competition, there's no question about it," Centennial coach Al Dodds said.

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