Smith, Altmann lead way

November 04, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Joe Smith of Parkville and Amy Altmann of C. Milton Wright led their schools to team titles in the Class 3A North regional meet at Lansdowne High School yesterday. It was the first title for Parkville since 1988 and the fifth straight for Wright.

Smith, winner of the Baltimore County championship last week, broke away from Eric Benjamin and Dave Warnick of Wright in the last mile and won by 40 yards in 16 minutes, 15 seconds. Warnick (16:30) and Benjamin (16:39) were 2-3.

"I knew they were right behind me, but I wasn't going to give it away. They gave me a good run," Smith said.

Parkville, with its fourth and fifth runners holding off the fourth and fifth Wright scorers, respectively, finished with 32 points to 35 for Wright, the defending champion.

Altmann, who won a year ago in 19:34, was timed in 19:28 and paced a 1-2-3 Wright finish for the second week in a row. This time, she was followed by Kelly Coogan, 150 yards back in 20:07, and Stina Fangmark in 21.00.

Wright won with 21 points, followed by Bel Air (39) and Parkville (74).

Last week, in the Harford championships, it was Altmann, Jen Englehart and Coogan. Englehart, who has a virus, missed yesterday's race, but will run in the state meet next week.

Bel Air senior Michelle Apland, expected to be a contender, set a brisk early pace, slipped back in the last mile, then put on a courageous finish to get fourth. She didn't finish the Harford race last week and underwent a series of tests earlier this week.

"It was hard to stay with her, but I wanted this so badly," Altmann said. "After I went by her, I felt I still had to keep a pace. Then, when I saw the [finish-line time] clock, and knew I had a chance to beat my old time, I went for it. I wanted to do it for Jen, too."

It was a tough day for the Wright contingent, however, as many of the runners earlier attended the funeral of former student Jill McFaul, who died in an automobile accident last Saturday.

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