Few expectations for Terror teams W. MARYLAND CROSS COUNTRY

September 21, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

Don't expect miracles out of the Western Maryland men's and women's cross country teams this season.

The men's team has only six runners and the women have three freshmen and three sophomores among their top seven runners.

There is one major bright spot for the men -- sophomore Greg Davis, who sets a shining example every time he steps on the course for the Green Terror.

Davis, a 1985 graduate of Westminster High, has been out of high school nine years, but his zest for the sport has driven him to the No. 1 position on the team and a 15th-place finish in the Centennial Conference championships last season.

"Greg is fantastic," said coach Doug Renner. "He has a work ethic to match any runner I've ever had. Barring injuries and illnesses, he should finish in the top five this season in the Centennial championships."

As a team, the Green Terror took fifth last season in the Centennial. But they will need strong efforts from former Francis Scott Key standout Jim Clarius (No. 2) and former Westminster High runner Jim Holford (No. 4) to match that finish.

Clarius is a junior and Holford a sophomore.

"It's time for Jim to start living up to what he did in high school," said Renner. "It's now or never for him. He's been here two years and should be ready for some top performances."

Renner said Holford is behind in his conditioning because he spent the summer in Ocean City. "You know what that will do for you," said Renner.

The other runners on the squad are junior Tim Collins (No. 3), sophomore Robert Birdsall (No. 5) and sophomore Alan Blossom (No. 6).

"Three freshmen men didn't even show up for our first practice," said Renner. "So we're going to have to keep everybody healthy."

Renner is more optimistic about the women's team, because he is coming off a strong recruiting season.

One of the three freshmen is Laurie Cicero of Fallston High in Harford County and she already has taken over the No. 1 position.

The other highly regarded freshmen are No. 5 Emily Shenk of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and No. 6 Heather Huffer of Brunswick, Md.

"I expect the women to improve a lot this season," said Renner. "It just seems like I'm able to get more quality women recruits than men, even though I work just as hard on the men.

"I guess it's because Western Maryland has always appealed more to women than men."

The Green Terror women finished eighth in the Centennial Conference last season.

The three sophomores among the top seven are Amy Havener (No. 2), Jennifer Light (No. 3) and Maureen McDonough (No. 7). Havener is a sophomore in eligibility but a junior in school.

The only senior on the squad is No. 4 Erin Jenkins.

Four products of Carroll County high schools are also on the team.

They are juniors Melanie Phipps (South Carroll) and Sarah Ensor (Francis Scott Key), sophomore Pauline McAlonan (Westminster) and freshman Kate Ensor (Key).

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