Kick carries Key's Hjembo to 3rd in 1A

November 15, 1992|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Jon Hjembo of Francis Scott Key said he felt sure a top-five finish was out of the question in yesterday's Class 1A state championship cross country meet at Western Maryland College.

Out of the question, that is, until the senior answered with a late kick. Hjembo passed seven runners in the last mile of the three-mile race to gain third place and earn the distinction of being the first Carroll County runner to cross the line.

"Frankly, I felt the whole way through that I wouldn't finish as high as I did," said Hjembo. "I guess it makes up for last year."

At last year's state meet, Hjembo and another Eagles runner wondered off course and were disqualif ied, eliminating the team from title contention. Yesterday, however, Key's fortunes were brighter, as five runners finished among the top 22 to earn the team a third-place finish.

"They had a little debt to pay back," said Eagles coach Jim Bullock. "We have a whole lot of experience on this course, and our goal was a top-three finish."

Joppatowne won the race with 58 points, as Bobby Simmons paced the Mariners with a first-place finish in 16 minutes, 29 seconds. Easton finished second, 16 points ahead of the Eagles.

Key was successful on the girls side as well. Freshman Ali Jones took third overall, finishing in 20:10 to pace her team to a third-place finish behind Brunswick and Boonsboro.

"I'm really happy," said Jones, who was pushed throughout the LTC race by teammate Shannon Hugg, who finished fifth.

"I wouldn't have done it without her. She really pushed me near the end."

The other big story among county teams came from the Westminster boys. The Owls placed four runners among the top 15 to take second place in the Class 4A race.

Jim Holford was Westminster's top finisher, crossing the line third in 16:21, and was followed a second later by teammate Chris Zendgraft.

The Westminster girls team was sixth overall in the 4A race, as Joy Bullock led the way, crossing the line in 23rd place.

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