Eagles finish two places short of 3A championship Centennial comes in 3rd, 3 points behind winner

Cross country

November 12, 1995|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

When asked about her team's third-place finish in the Class 3A state championship race yesterday, Kari Meyer of Centennial smiled sadly.

"It was so close," said Meyer. "We really tried."

That statement not only sums up how No. 7 Centennial did -- missing a state title by only three points and losing out on second place because of a tiebreaker -- but it also describes the fate of several other Howard County teams.

The Centennial girls came closest to the big prize, but several other Howard County teams finished near the top.

The No. 2 Wilde Lake boys took second place in Class 2A, while the No. 8 Oakland Mills girls did the same in that class, ahead of third-place and No. 10 Glenelg. The fourth-ranked Centennial boys ended up third, four points ahead of Howard in Class 3A, which pulled off a bit of a surprise with its fourth-place finish.

In the Class 3A girls race, the Frederick girls pulled off a shocker with their victory. The Cadets, whom few thought would come close to the top, won with 96 points. Centennial tied Damascus for the runner-up spot with 99 points, but the Eagles fell to third place because Damascus won the tiebreaker with the higher sixth-place finisher.

Dana Strickland of Atholton finished second in the race in 20:25, and Meyer (eighth, 21:32) led Centennial. Sarah Ordaz (20th, 22:05), Rebecca Kulak (28th, 22:41), Neah Amin (35th, 23:04) and Leigh Tillman (36th, 23:06) rounded out the top five.

"A three-point spread between first and third shows really good competition," said Centennial coach Al Dodds. "That's something that happens at the state meet."

The Centennial boys also took third, but weren't as close. Mike French (third, 17:23) led the way for the Eagles, whose 142 points put them behind Richard Montgomery (83) and Damascus (142). Ninth-place finisher Jeff Olenick (17:52) also helped Centennial.

Howard came in just four points behind Centennial. The Lions, helped by Jeff Miner (17th, 18:06) and Martin Barlett (29th, 18:28) benefited from several good performances.

"We surprised a lot of people," said Howard coach Martin Goode.

Wilde Lake put three runners in the top 13 in its second-place finish. Faisal Hasan (third, 17:17), Michael Brosenne (11th, 18:07) and Aaron Blum (13th, 18:17) led the way for the Wildecats, whose 77 points left them 11 behind champion Fort Hill.

The Oakland Mills girls were the other county runner-up. Sparked by the pack of Sarah Condon (10th, 22:03), Rachel Nelson (17th, 22:45), Lauren Drake (19th, 22:57), Kristin Sunderdick (21st, 23:05) and Dawn Strait (25th, 23:17), the Scorpions finished with 86 points, behind defending champion Linganore (41).

Glenelg (125) followed Oakland Mills in that race.

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