Dulaney's White makes habit of leaving the pack far behind 1992 ALL-BALTIMORE COUNTY/CITY CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS Amanda White and Dulaney girls have a season to remember GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR

November 16, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

It has been a lonely cross country season for Dulaney senior Amanda White.

Coming off her second straight state championship, White started off with a season-opening victory in the Spiked Shoe Invitational on Sept. 19. It was her first race on the course, but her time of 19 minutes, 24 seconds shattered the record (19:57) set in 1990 by Fallston's Jenny Howard, who shared The Baltimore Sun's Cross Country Runner of the Year honors with White that year.

Not since last year's season-opening tie with Virginia's Megan McCarthy, has White shared honors. In fact, no one has come within a minute of her in a race. And today, the three-time county, regional and state champion again stands alone as The Baltimore Sun's All-Baltimore County/City Girls cross country Runner of the Year.

"She just challenged herself to go faster on every course," said Dulaney coach Bob Dean.

White's hard work resulted in easy wins in invitational meets at Lansdowne, Westminster, the University of Maryland and UMBC before she won her third county and Region II crowns earlier this month.

Her regional championship time (17:34) on a muddy Oregon Ridge course would have tied her for fifth place in the boys race the same day.

"What keeps me going from week to week is that I'm focusing toward the [Kinney] regionals and [Kinney] nationals," said White. "Of course, my long-term goal is that I want to run on the college circuit."

White, who maintains a 4.0 grade-point average, has narrowed her college choices to Michigan State, Arizona State, Penn State, Villanova, North Carolina and Stanford.

White is also an accomplished swimmer in the 200-meter breaststroke and the 200- and 400-meter individual medley. Her fastest breaststroke time (2:37.43) is one second shy of placing her among the nation's top 25 high school girls.

Right now, however, her skills on the rolling hills preclude her skills in the water.

"Cross country's not going to be my livelihood," said White, 17, who hopes to major in physical therapy. "It [physical therapy] is a complicated thing, because there aren't many schools that offer it as a major."

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