White starts fast, wins Kinney race Dulaney senior best by 4 seconds

December 13, 1992|By Kevin Scattareggia | Kevin Scattareggia,Contributing Writer

SAN DIEGO -- After waiting a year for redemption, Dulaney High's Amanda White finally got her prize -- a national championship.

White, the odds-on favorite in yesterday's Kinney National Cross Country Championships, ran a strong race throughout and scored an impressive four-second victory to capture the national title that eluded her last year.

After finishing second last year when she was passed in the last 1,000 meters of the race by winner Liz Mueller, White was determined to come away with nothing less than first place.

"Last year, it broke my heart when Liz pulled away from me and I didn't have anything left to go after her," said White. "This year, I told myself that I was not going to let that happen again."

White covered the 5,000-meter Morley Field course in 17 minutes, 34.1 seconds. The winning time was four seconds ahead of Milena Glusac (17:38.1) of Fallbrook (Calif.) High. Agoura (Calif.) High's Amy Skieresz placed third in 17:42.1.

White seized control of the race from the beginning by taking the lead and setting a fast pace. Her pace quickly thinned the field, leaving two other runners -- Glusac and Becki Wells of Dickinson (N.D.) High -- to seriously challenge her at the 1,600-meter mark. White's time at that point of the race (5:06), however, was a concern to her coach, Bob Dean.

"I really felt that she took a risk by going out so fast," Dean said. "She usually goes out in 5:20 to 5:25. When you go out that fast, and in weather like this -- that was nice, but still a little warm -- I wondered if it would take its toll on her later in the race."

Dean's concern proved to be unfounded, as White and Glusac pulled away from Wells at about 2,500 meters. Now, it was a two-girl race. And White knew she was in for a tough, final 2,500 meters.

"I knew she was right there," White said. "I could hear her when she was breathing down my back but not when she was a little back. It felt like I was back home when I never hear anyone behind me. That's what made me really scared because I knew I wasn't going to blow her away."

Glusac, the hometown favorite from Fallbrook -- a city 50 miles north of San Diego -- was also looking to redeem herself after last year's 30th-place finish, when she suffered from a glycogen depletion that left her weak during the race.

"Against a runner like Amanda, you can't allow her to take over the race," said Glusac, a two-time Western Regional winner.

By 3,000 meters, White began to inch away from Glusac. The outcome of the race, however, was finally determined on the final run up the Morley Field hill, when White put some distance between herself and Glusac, as well as the late-challenging Skieresz.

In the boys race, Brendan Heffernan of North Hunterdon (N.J.) High won in a time of 15:13.4.

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