Children gain 'fun of running' in Linganore club

NEIGHBORS

January 05, 1996|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SITTING STILL isn't something that comes easily to members of the Linganore Lightning Running Club. The 85 children who participate in the track and field and cross country club think nothing of spending several days a week pounding the track, or running several miles through the countryside preparing for a competition.

Though in Frederick County, the club offers Carroll County children up to 18 an opportunity to develop, practice and compete in track and field and long-distance running events.

The club also tries to promote short- and long-distance running, as well as field events, as a fun way to participate in a team or individual sport while encouraging physical fitness.

"We try to encourage kids to join the club just for the fun of running and the enjoyment of running," says Ed Adami, a team officer. He said that for the youngsters who need to increase their exercise and who don't participate in other sports, running competitively sometimes seems to be the answer.

The club's cross country team ended its season on a high note last month by having six members participate in the Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships in Baton Rouge, La.

A regional meet was held in Brunswick in November, where Eve Davis, Kim Hurney, Philip Nicholas, Matt Adami, Elizabeth Lowrie and Sean Hurney qualified for the national competition. Team members traveled to Louisiana by plane with parents and coaches to compete with more than 2,600 runners.

Winning third place out of 348 runners in her age group, Elizabeth Lowrie came away from the Junior Olympics feeling "very happy." The 15-year-old freshman from Urbana High has been running competitively since she was 5, first as a sprinter and then as a distance runner.

Elizabeth was optimistic going into the competition.

"I had a lot of energy when I was done," she said. "I get really nervous and psyched-up before a race, but I just do it for the fun. Whatever I get is OK."

Mount Airy Middle School student Matt Adami also experiences what he describes as a "rush" right before a race. Matt was surprised that he placed so well in the Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship, earning a medal for his 11th-place finish.

Running with his father and uncle since he was 8, Matt said belonging to the club is "really fun." He said he has made many friends from different schools.

Some club members qualified for the AAU Junior Olympic Cross Country Championship in Joplin, Mo., in December. Team members who competed in that event were Amy Tiso, Stephanie Hayes, Jason Haluska, Carrie Selmer, Brian Selmer, Philip Selmer and Scott Herrick.

The Linganore Lightning Running Club is coached by Jack Hayes and Steve Schaeffer. Cross country races vary in length depending on age group, and shorter distances and sprints are raced in the track and field events. Long and high jumps, the shot put, discus, hurdles and relay races also are events in which club members may participate.

Totally independent, the club has a $45 yearly registration fee that covers insurance, equipment and uniforms.

Information: (301) 829-9150.

Tour the Internet

If the Internet world is totally confusing, and maybe a little bit frightening, take advantage of a program being offered by the Mount Airy branch of Carroll County public library, "A Tour of the World Wide Web."

The program is designed to present the Internet at a basic and introductory level for adults and children older than 10. Presented by library employees Karen Boggs and Rebecca Hart, the program will include a demonstration of the Internet, using graphics.

The program is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 22. Registration begins Monday. Information: 795-1010 or (301) 829-5290.

Christy Kruhm's Southwest Carroll Neighborhood column appears Fridays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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