Eagles boys edge Broadneck

November 04, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

The finish of the Class 3A East Region championship at Centennial yesterday could not have been more exciting.

The championship came down to a stretch run between Centennial's fifth finisher, Brian Higgens, and Broadneck's fifth finisher, Justin Govar. Only the top five finishers count toward the team's point total.

Higgens nipped Govar by two seconds and Centennial edged Broadneck, 39-40. It was the defending state champion Eagles' third straight regional title.

Although Higgens finished only 15th overall, no finisher was more animated or more happy than the Centennial junior.

"Burger King is ours," shouted Higgens, after he learned of the one-point victory. He described the young Centennial team -- there were no seniors among the top five -- as kamikazes.

Centennial, which had lost to Broadneck twice earlier this season in invitationals, each time by 30 points, peaked as a team last week when it finished second at the Howard County championships.

"We thought that if we ran as well as we did last week that we could win today," Centennial coach Al Dodds said.

Centennial's Mike French, wearing his trademark sunglasses and white head band, finished first (17 minutes, 5 seconds) by 19 seconds and 100 yards over runner-up Jon Carnes of Broadneck. French, a junior, finished 22nd in the region last season.

"I knew from the start that I would win," French said. He pulled away from Carnes at the two-mile mark.

In the girls race, Broadneck, which had lost to Centennial at the Linganore Invitational, turned the table on the Eagles and won, 41-43, for the school's first regional girls championship.

Centennial's Kari Meyer (21:17) won her second straight regional title. She beat runner-up Amanda Fleck of Mount Hebron by 10 seconds and 50 yards.

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