River Hill boys become school's 1st champions Win 1A region

Centennial sweeps 3A region races

Cross country

November 01, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Zach Heidepriem had something to prove yesterday at the Class 1A East Region championships, and the sophomore led his first-year River Hill Hawks to the school's first championship of any kind yesterday.

Centennial, meanwhile, swept both the team championships and the individual championships in the Class 3A competition.

Heidepriem finished first, and River Hill edged Hereford, 38-42, to win the boys team title, with Francis Scott Key third (44).

In the county championships a week ago, Heidepriem saw three runners cut a cone, but said, "I don't think they did it on purpose." He could have followed them but raced the extra 10 yards around the cone, finishing fifth when he might have been second.

Yesterday, however, he left no doubt about his superiority, beating runner-up and teammate Mike Prada by 18 seconds.

"Zach has been sick off and on during the year, and that has hampered him, but he did beat Prada late in the season at the Georgetown meet," said River Hill coach Earl Lauer. "They are friends and train together and complement one another."

Lauer was especially pleased with his third runner, freshman Steve Chu, who was fifth overall. River Hill also received a big race from another freshman, Justin Clark, who was 15th overall.

River Hill, Hereford and third place Francis Scott Key all qualified for states in he boys competition, as did the top 15 runners.

Class 1A girls

Hereford edged River Hill, 38-41, for the title. Hereford, a veteran team, had finished third in the region three straight years. Its runners finished fourth, fifth, eighth, 10th and 11th. River Hill took first, second, sixth, 14th and 18th.

River Hill's Beth Santilli, added the region title to her county championship, finishing in 20: 32 -- 57 seconds ahead of runner-up and teammate Kelli Bloch.

River Hill and Hereford qualified for states, as did the top 15 finishers.

Class 3A boys

Centennial's Jeff Olenick, the county champion, won his seventh race this season, finishing a strong minute and one second ahead of runner-up and teammate Eric Myers. Olenick has lost only once.

Centennial's boys team and runner-up Broadneck qualified for states, as did the top 15 finishers.

Class 3A girls

Centennial's Neha Amin (20: 33) won a fierce battle with teammate and runner-up Sarah Ordaz, who ran 20: 38. They were the only 3A girls under 21 minutes yesterday.

Centennial and Mount Hebron's girls teams qualified for states, as did the top 15 finishers.

Pub Date: 11/01/96

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