Mamo returns in record form Cross country

November 06, 1992|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Staff Writer

Milford Mill's Mike Mamo doesn't have time for the pain.

Running for the first time since early October because of a stress fracture in his shin, he qualified for the states by setting a course record of 16 minutes, 39 seconds in a steady drizzle in the Class 1A, Region II cross country championship yesterday at Francis Scott Key.

"It hurts just to walk and I only had four days of running to prepare," he said.

"It was an OK effort. The important thing is the team qualified for the states. The course was a little slow with all the wetness, but I don't mind running in the rain as long as it's not too cold."

The Francis Scott Key boys team won its third consecutive region title, placing five runners in the top 10 to win the overall title, 25-58, over runner-up Milford Mill. Wilde Lake was third with 69.

Key's overall depth left little doubt who would come out on top in the team race.

Jon Hjembo was the runner-up almost a minute behind Mamo in 17:35. Key's Ken Oldham and Justin Wildesen were fifth and six, respectively, followed by Mike Bassler in eighth and Damon Battaglia in 10th.

"I was happy with the race," Hjembo said. "It was good to take second, but I was hoping for a little better time. There was a lot of mud that slowed everybody, but I thought the team had a real good showing."

Key coach Jim Bullock agreed.

"I was very pleased," he said. "I expect a lot from these kids and considering the conditions, they did a great job. It's only going to get tougher at the states. Northern Garrett and Joppatowne are both strong. I can see a top three in the states, and No. 1 would be great."

Brunswick repeated as the girls' region champion with 21 points, followed by Key with 46 and Catoctin with 61.

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