Townsend captures 3A race

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

Bryan Townsend of Atholton said he didn't expect much out of yesterday's Class 3A cross country championship meet at Western Maryland College.

Said Townsend: "I thought I had a chance [to win], but I didn't think it was a very good one."

The senior started the race as just another hopeful. Sixteen minutes, 7 seconds later, he was a state champion.

Townsend sprinted across the finish line five seconds ahead of second-place Tim Billo of Walt Whitman. Though Whitman captured the team title, it did little to dampen Townsend's moment.

"It feels great to win," said Townsend. "I really didn't expect to do this. I thought if I could get to the front of the pack early I'd have a chance."

That's just what the senior did, running second to C. Milton Wright's Brian Harris for most of the race. Then, about a half-mile from the finish line, a sudden injury to Harris opened the door for Townsend.

"When we got on the road, I made my move," said Townsend, who finished fourth in last year's race. "All of a sudden, he just stopped."

Harris pulled up with an injury, and Townsend raced home with the win, helping Atholton finish fifth.

County rival Centennial placed three runners in the top 13 to take home a third-place ribbon in the race. Bobby van Allen (fifth), Stephan Olenick (11th) and Mark James (13th) helped pace the team to 108 points.

Paced by strong efforts from Greg Curtis, Phil Cassel and Bryan Simmons, Oakland Mills won the Class 2A championship, beating Hereford by eight points.

The Scorpions, who were second last year to Glenelg, placed five runners among the top 28 for the victory, their first since they capped a Class 1A-2A three-peat in 1988.

Glenelg's Ed Hogan won the race in 16:01. His brother, Gerard, won the race last year.

Glenelg's girls narrowly missed their second title in three years, losing by seven points to Middletown.

Glenelg's Alicia Adams won the meet in 19:37, 15 seconds slower than her ninth-place time last year.

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