No. 1 Dulaney girls win in first Hereford Bull Run Lions run away in meet that attracts 58 schools

Perry Hall boys second

Cross country

September 29, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Dulaney coach Bob Dean works his girls hard in practice, keeping them focused on their goal of winning a third-straight state title.

Dean said his top runners are closely matched and give each other good competition -- which is fortunate, because they haven't found much in their meets.

The top-ranked Lions againrolled over a strong field yesterday, putting five runners in the top 20 in its division of the inaugural Hereford Bull Run at Hereford High School.

The 58-team meet, divided into three classes (Large, Middle and Small), got its strongest performance from Dulaney's win in the Large division. The Lions finished with 46 points, outdistancing second-place Quince Orchard (98) of Montgomery County and third-place Severna Park (108).

Kim Chwan of Severna Park won the race in 20 minutes, 52 seconds, but Melissa Wilson of Dulaney took third in 21: 11. Meghan White (21: 40) and Bianca Jay (21: 44) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, for the Lions.

Next came exchange student Tini Wagner (11th, 21: 59) before Meredith Fellman scored the final Dulaney points in 19th place.

"Our goal is to win the states," said Wilson. "We're really set in our goals. We keep trying, and we never get satisfied."

The strong point for Dulaney may be the lack of space between the runners. Different runners have come in different spots as Dulaney routed opponents in three races and came in four points behind a tough Virginia school in another.

"I try to keep the pressure off of them," said Dean. "I tell them if we run up to our abilities, then we'll be fine."

Third-ranked Perry Hall ran up to its abilities on the boys side, but came up just short. Despite putting five runners in the top 15, the Gators finished second to Walt Whitman. The Montgomery County school's 56 points edged Perry Hall (60).

Jason Harle (eighth, 17: 20) and Kirk Bouffard (10th, 17: 28) led the way for Perry Hall. Greg Vincent (fourth, 17: 00) and Shawn Sullivan (sixth, 17: 10) also came away with strong finishes for Dulaney.

In the boys Medium race, Wilde Lake placed five runners in the top 25 to edge a strong Linganore team. Aaron Blum of Wilde Lake led the way, finishing fifth in 17: 44, beating teammate Ben Coffman by one second.

Jason Eichmiller finished 15th for Wilde Lake in 18: 19 to help the Wildecats score 70 points, 11 ahead of Linganore. Race winner Jonathan Hayes (16: 57) paced the Frederick County school.

Richard Montgomery, from Montgomery County, had little trouble winning the girls race, as its 88 points were enough for a victory over a pack including Liberty (128), Mount Hebron (130), Catonsville 134), Fallston (141) and Bel Air (142). Mary Beth Rollins of C. Milton Wright won in 19: 58, 11 seconds ahead of Parkville's Jen Geroux.

The Hereford girls captured the Small division title. Led by Bridget Wildt (ninth, 22: 50) and Elena Basignani (12th, 23: 23), the Bulls (74) scored a 10-point victory over Mount de Sales, whose Katie Cardoni won in 20: 51.

Pat Tyrell of Hereford took fifth place in the boys race, dominated by victor Clear Spring (60 points) and Pennsylvania schools.

Pub Date: 9/29/96

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