Owls qualify to defend state title

November 06, 1992|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

For Westminster's boys cross country team, it's unfortunate it was lumped in the same region as Montgomery County powerhouse Quince Orchard this season.

Westminster placed second to Quince Orchard yesterday in the Class 4A, Region I championship. The Carroll County squad still qualified for the state championships Nov. 14 at Western Maryland College, where the Owls will try to defend their state title.

In 1991, Quince Orchard finished second to Westminster at states.

With a third-place finish, Westminster's girls also are headed to states. Overall, the top six boys and top five girls teams made the cut on a damp and muddy 3-mile course at Watkins Mill High in Gaithersburg.

The first five placements in boys and girls counted toward their team's final score. Quince Orchard, with Troy Harry in first (17 minutes, 13.87 seconds), coupled with the Nos. 5, 8, 9 and 12 spots, nipped the Owls, 30-35.

"It's basically a two-team race," Westminster coach Jim Gilford said. "Five points in a cross country meet of this size is nothing. It can be made up easily."

Westminster's boys and girls teams were buoyed by strong performances from a trio of runners. Owls seniors Jim Holford, Chris Zendgraft and Dion Stanton finished third, fourth and sixth, respectively, in 17:23.97, 17:25.73 and 17:48.14.

Matt Soper (13th, 18:17.91) and Shawn Donovan (14th, 18:24.61) accounted for the rest of Westminster's score.

In the girls' race, Westminster lacked senior Jen Binford, the county's fourth-place finisher this year who was out sick. That's why the placements of junior Joy Bullock (ninth, 21:55.35), sophomore Brooke Hammel (12th, 22:29.79) and junior Amy Elwell (13th, 22:32.05) were so important.

The Owls finished with 89 points, behind Churchill (61) and Quince Orchard (76).

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