New names help Dulaney take 3rd straight girls title White's 3rd no surprise, but frosh, German score, too

November 10, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Things didn't go the way Dulaney's girls had planned in yesterday's Maryland State Cross Country Championships, but that didn't stop the Lions from winning their third consecutive Class 4A title at Hereford High.

Meghan White set the pace for the Lions and finished third behind champion Katy Orifici of Montgomery County's Springbrook and runner-up Jennifer Ng of Arundel.

Marjorie Bollinger, normally one of the Lions' top three runners, had an off day and finished 49th. Melissa Wilson, usually the Lions' No. 2 runner, hasn't been 100 percent lately and sat out.

But there to pick up the slack for Dulaney were junior Bianca Jay, freshman Sarah Hooper and Tini Wagner, a transfer student from Germany who missed the regional meet because of freak accident at school that left her with a broken nose and missing teeth.

Jay finished fifth in 21: 15, followed by Hooper (10th), Wagner (23rd) and senior Meredith Fellman (27th).

"It was a good day for us," said Dulaney coach Bob Dean, whose girls have now won states four of the last five years. "My freshman [Hooper] and my exchange student [Wagner], who had never run cross country before this year, both came through for us. Meghan [White] had to be up there for us to do well, and she was."

Highlights of the event for runners and teams from the metropolitan Baltimore area:

Boys races

Class 4A: Dulaney sophomore Greg Vincent emerged as runner-up behind Walt Whitman's champ, Edward Tufaro. And Lion Shawn Sullivan took ninth.

"My realistic goal was top 5, and I really wanted to get top 3, so I'm delighted with second," said Vincent. "I knew Tufaro was going to be tough, because I saw him in the Bull Run, and I was pretty impressed. Hopefully, he's a senior."

Perry Hall's boys, led by a 19th-place finish by Omar Knight, claimed fourth behind state-champion Westminster and ahead of the fifth-place Arundel Wildcats of Anne Arundel County.

Baltimore City champion Antoine Collins (Mervo) received a medal for his 15th-place finish.

Class 3A: Eric Benjamin of C. Milton Wright finished third in behind champion Jeff Olenick of Centennial and Linganore runner-up Jonathan Hayes. Mick Sayers of Fallston received a medal for his 15th place showing, and fellow Harford Countian Shawn Loper of Bel Air finished 18th.

Class 1A: Hereford's Patrick Tyrrell claimed eighth in the boys race, and teammate Paul Cross took home a medal for 14th place.

Girls races

Class 4A: Baltimore City champion Elizabeth Johnson (Western) received a medal for her ninth-place finish.

Class 3A: Walter Johnson from Montgomery County won the team competition, but C. Milton Wright and Bel Air finished second and third, respectively. Mary Beth Rollins and Kelly Coogan finished 3-4 for the Mustangs. Rollins matched the time of Parkville runner-up Jen Geroux (20: 01).

Fallston's Amy Datsko finished sixth in 20: 40 and Meredith Eyler and Megan Openhym helped the Bobcats with a 12-13 finish.

"I was trying to get first, but [champion] Jennifer Ford [of Thomas Johnson] is awesome," said Geroux, a junior who raced Ford during indoor and outdoor track. "I was glad I beat Mary Beth Rollins [of C.M. Wright], because she beat me my first time on this course."

Class 2A: Megan McNew of North Harford took fourth, and Brigid O'Connell's fifth place effort in the same race, helped Catonsville claim second behind state-champion Wilde Lake.

Class 1A: Beth Hadrys of Joppatowne was 11th, and Bridget Wildt, of Hereford's state runner-up squad, medalled for her 15th-place effort.

Pub Date: 11/10/96

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