Westminster boys win 8th straight CMC title CROSS COUNTRY

October 23, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Mike Recek of Westminster said the Owls wanted to show something to their Central Maryland Conference opponents yesterday.

"[We] just wanted to prove a point," said Recek. "We lost a few good runners, but we have just as good a team as last year."

No. 2 Westminster proved its point.

Recek set a course record in winning the race, and the host Owls took five of the first 11 spots to capture the CMC boys championship for the eighth straight year.

Westminster, which has not lost on its home course since 1980 and won every CMC title, had little trouble in this meet. The Owls finished with 38 points, ahead of Linganore (56) and Liberty (68).

Recek led the way with his course-record time of 16 minutes, 17 seconds.

Recek took the lead just after the one-mile mark and slowly pulled away. He beat Linganore's Jonathon Haies by 35 seconds and Joe Ledda of Liberty by 37.

"After I took the lead on the hill, I tried to push," said Recek. "We ran a good race here."

W. C. Knight (seventh, 17:16), Josh Heckathorn (ninth, 17:21), Greg Fisher (10th, 17:30) and Nate Shank (11th, 17:33) also scored for the Owls.

Westminster coach Jim Gilford said his team was not perfect, but he'll take the victory.

"I was pleased with our times, but it didn't look real sharp," said Gilford. "We did what we had to to win."

But No. 9 Liberty did not. The Lions, in addition to Ledda's third-place finish, also got fourth from Justin Combs (17:04). After that, however, the next Liberty runner was Vince Novak in 14th place.

"I wanted to get five guys in the top 15 or 20," said Liberty coach Dan Jones. "We got three guys in the top 15. That's not enough to win a meet."

Bryan Gunning of North Carroll took 12th in 17:39. Teammate Jeremy Cuno ended up 15th in 17:53.

On the girls side, Linganore found an easy way to win a meet -- have five runners finish in the top six. The Lancers even had six runners end up in the top 10 and repeated as champions.

Linganore, behind Jacquelyn Hayes' course-record time of 18:43, finished with a near-perfect 17 points.

Frederick took second with 62. Co-No. 10 Westminster ended up fourth with 96, one point behind Thomas Johnson.

Emily Jones led the way for Westminster. Jones' time of 20:57 was good enough for seventh place. The next Westminster runner was Emily Beninghove (19th, 22:11).

Westminster coach Jim Shank said Linganore's showing did not surprise him.

"We knew coming in they were very tough," he said.

"I really thought we'd have third with no problem, but Thomas Johnson ran really well."

Carrie Braun of South Carroll was the other county runner in the BTC top 10. Her time of 21:13 gave her eighth place.

Carrie Cook of North Carroll ran 21:39 for 13th.

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