Centennial prevails in tiebreaker Girls cross country

October 30, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Centennial won its first county girls cross country championship in a tiebreaker finish, and Glenelg junior Alicia Adams defended her individual county title with a record-breaking performance at Howard Community College yesterday.

Centennial and Glenelg tied with 47 points based on each team's top five finishers, the normal scoring method. The tie was broken by each team's sixth-place finisher.

For the Eagles, that turned out to be freshman Stacy Cabanilla, who was 20th overall, four places and 25 seconds ahead of Glenelg's sixth finisher, Mary Rose Rankin.

Adams, with two county titles and a second-place finish in three years, broke by one second the course record of 19:26 set in 1990 by her sister, Kristina.

Adams took an early lead, pressed by teammate Kelly Pelovitz.

An anticipated challenge from Atholton freshman Dana Strickland never materialized despite a slow opening mile of 6:20.

"Dana hadn't competed since Oct. 3 because of an ankle injury, and that was too long a layoff," said Earl Lauer, coach of third-place Atholton. Strickland, who had won two of three encounters with Adams this season, finished fifth in 20:33.

Atholton's only other top 15 finisher was Gail Hodges (21:36), who was 11th.

Pelovitz and Adams trained together throughout the past year, and they pushed each other throughout the first two miles before Adams pulled away. Pelovitz finished second in 19:44, the first time she had broken 20 minutes for three miles.

"With Dana out of the running, I figured I had a chance to finish second," Pelovitz said. "I'm a senior, so this was my last county race."

The biggest individual story for Centennial was two freshmen who finished third and fourth.

Kari Meyer (19:59) and Heather Tanner (20:01) have been running in tandem all season, as the Eagles won invitationals at Meade and Arundel and all their dual meets except against Glenelg.

"We call ourselves the Doublemint twins. We're best friends, and we always run together," Meyer said. "We like to push each other."

Centennial coach Al Dodds said: "I didn't know anything about them at the beginning of the season. They kept progressing and gaining confidence. They work hard, and they like it."

Glenelg coach Roger Volrath, whose team is ranked fifth, was delighted with its effort. "All of our girls ran strong races, and we tied the third-ranked metro-area team," he said.

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