Close second is letdown for Owls Whitman out-runs Westminster by 8 points

Cross country

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

Even the dimly lit hallway at Hereford High School could not hide the sadness on the face of Westminster coach Jim Gilford.

"We gave it our best shot," said Gilford softly. "I couldn't be more proud of them."

For the No. 5 Westminster boys, the mood at yesterday's state championship meet was a mixture of pride and sadness. Gilford and the Owls liked their second-place finish in Class 4A, but ending up eight points behind champion Walt Whitman hurt.

The Owls once more got good performances from their top five. Mike Recek (fifth, 17 minutes, 32 seconds), Dave Barnes (15th, 17:57), Josh Heckathorn (18th, 18:03), Danny Carter (19th, 18:04) and Shane Martin (25th, 18:16) stayed together much of the race and gave Westminster its 74 points.

But Walt Whitman put three runners in the top 10 -- including third-place finisher Ed Tufaro (17:12) -- for 66 points and a state title.

Recek had hopes of winning the state title for the second straight year, but Nick Gramsky from Northern-Calvert jumped out to a quick start and won with little trouble in 17:00.

The Westminster girls also had a good day. Led by freshman Sarah Brumfitt (23rd, 22:02), the Owls kept their top runners in a pack and finished sixth with 158 points. Top-ranked Dulaney repeated as state champion with 56 points.

Heidi Metzger (30th, 22:14), Jessica Detrow (41st, 22:42), Angie Baer (44th, 22:46) and Jill Snavlin (56th, 23:00) stayed together much of the race to help the Owls.

Jill Krebs of South Carroll needed little help. The sophomore, who won the county title plus taking third in the region and Central Maryland Conference meets, continued her late-season roll by finishing fourth in 21:15 in the Class 3A race.

"I ran pretty well," said Krebs. "I tried to go out fast to stay ahead of the pack."

The Francis Scott Key boys braved blustery and rainy conditions to finish fourth in the Class 1A race.

David Higgs (15th, 18:48) and Josh Hollman (17th, 18:55) led the way for the Eagles as they have all season. Josh Shamer (26th, 19:31), Dustin Derr ( 27th, 19:37) and Brett Ebersole (31st, 19:46) rounded out the top five.

"If you told me in the middle of the season that we'd get fourth place in the state, I would have said that's pretty optimistic," said Francis Scott Key coach Rich Salkin. "Being as young as they are and being able to come back after some rough times this season is uplifting."

The North Carroll boys also had a good day. Led by 11th-place finisher Jeremy Cuno (17:55) and Neil Lagatare (16th, 18:03), the Panthers finished eighth as a team.

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