Key boys reign in Class 1A, Region II Cross country

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

...TC The Francis Scott Key boys cross country team won its third consecutive Class 1A, Region II championship, offsetting an outstanding individual effort from Milford Mill's Mike Mamo.

Mamo, running for the first time since early October because of a stress fracture in his shin, qualified for states by setting a course record of 16:39 in a steady drizzle at Francis Scott Key yesterday afternoon.

Francis Scott Key placed five runners in the top 10 to win the overall title, 25-58, over runner-up Milford Mill. Wilde Lake was third with 69, followed by Poolesville (96) and Catoctin (98).

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

Mamo's effort was the story in the boys' race. "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 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."

Key's overall depth left little doubt who would win the team race.

Jon Hjembo was runner-up behind Mamo with a time of 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.

The Key girls continued to improve after not fielding a complete team just two years ago.

Last year, Brunswick won by a count of 18-50. This time, Key closed the margin a bit, with Brunwick taking a 21-46 win.

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