Girls first team


November 16, 1992|By Bill Free

Jen Binford, Westminster, Sr. -- Binford and teammate Joy Bullock train together and finish high (fourth in county) in every meet.

Like Bullock, Binford loves to run and would be No. 1 at many schools that aren't as powerful as the Owls. She fluctuated between No. 2 and No. 4 for Westminster this season.

Her teammates tease her about asking coach Jim Gilford beforevery race if the course is 3.1 or 3.0 miles. The reason is that Gilford will cut 35 seconds off her time if it is 3.1 instead of 3.0 miles.

Joy Bullock, Westminster, Jr. -- Bullock was the No. 1 runner for county team champion Westminster in every race but one. She loves to run and claims she is too uncoordinated to "do anything else" in sports.

There is certainly nothing uncoordinated about her rigid training schedule of 50 miles a week and consistent top finishes in every meet (third in county).

The bad news for opponents next year is that Bullock figures to be even better.

Amy Elwell, Westminster, Jr. -- No one competes harder than Elwell, and very few runners had to overcome as much adversity as she did this season.

Chronic asthma has bothered Elwell in some meets, but she has kept on training and running.

She finished sixth, one second behind Hammel, in the countmeet and was 14th in the strong Class 4A, Region I meet.

Brooke Hammel, Westminster, So. -- This young runner with a lot of raw talent gave up soccer for cross country and had a good first season in distance running.

She finished fifth in the county championship meet.

Coach Jim Gilford said Hammel ran this season without tomuch training and could go a long way in the sport if she decides to train more.

Shannon Hugg, Francis Scott Key, Jr. -- Hugg was No. 1 on the Key team as a sophomore and at the beginning of this season.

She lost the top spot to newcomer Ali Jones at the Frank Keyser Invitational in Boonsboro Sept. 26 and has vowed to get that No. 1 position back.

She was fifth in Saturday's state 1A meet. She won a dual meet against Liberty and a tri-meet against South Carroll and North Carroll. Hugg finished second to Jones in the South Carroll Invitational and the county championship meet and took 13th in the prestigious Westminster Invitational that attracted nearly 150 runners.

Ali Jones, Francis Scott Key, Fr. -- The county's Girls Runner of the Year won the South Carroll Invitational, the county championship meet by two seconds over teammate Shannon Hugg and a tri-meet against Catoctin and Walkersville.

Jones also finished third in the state Class 1A meet and thClass 1A, Region II meet.

From the moment Jones joined the Eagles this season for hefirst year in cross country competition, her goal was to be No. 1 on the team, and she achieved that in the fifth meet of the season.

Jen Myers, Liberty, Jr. -- Although she sprained an ankle midway through the season and didn't run in the county championships, Myers was considered one of the top seven runners in the county.

She finished second in the county meet last year with a time o20 minutes, 52 seconds, which would have been good enough to place third this season.

Coach Dan Jones said Myers has a lot of internal drive and motivation and "knows she's good and goes out and does it."

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