FREDERICK -- Westminster's domination of the Central Maryland Conference continued yesterday at Linganore.
The top-ranked Owls won their 11th straight CMC boys title with ease, but the No. 3-ranked Westminster girls had a tougher time, edging Linganore by one point to claim their second straight championship.
The Francis Scott Key boys team also found success, winning the Monocacy Valley Athletic League meet at Williamsport.
At Linganore, the Owls' Jason Santucci won the individual title, and Thomas Johnson's Jennifer Ford earned her third straight championship. Ford put on a late kick to pass South Carroll's Jill Krebs with 300 meters left and win in 19 minutes, 49 seconds.
Krebs' luck got even worse shortly afterward when race officials disqualified the senior because of a complicated national clothing rule.
Rule 4, Section 3, Article 5 of the High School Track and Field and Cross Country rule book states: "In relay races and cross country when other visible apparel is worn under the school uniform, it shall be of the same color for all teammates choosing to wear them."
Krebs did not wear a T-shirt under her jersey, and five teammates wore white shirts. That would have been fine, but race officials noticed her pink bra riding out of her jersey, which violated the rule.
All of the Cavaliers wore pink bras, so if Krebs had worn a white shirt or if no teammates wore shirts, everything would have been within the rules.
"It just really makes me mad," said a tearful Krebs afterward. "I thought I was OK because we all had pink bras. I thought we'd all be fine."
The Westminster girls had a better day. The Owls put three runners in the top 12 and finished with 55 points, edging Linganore (56) and topping No. 10-ranked Liberty (76).
Holly Thompson continued her strong first year with a third-place finish in 20: 29. Kate Henshaw took fourth (20: 49) with Beth Vigliotti (12th, 21: 25), Angie Baer (17th, 21: 50) and Sarah Backhaus (19th, 22: 12) scoring the rest of the points.
"We knew it would be very, very close," said Westminster coach Jim Shank. "They all just came through very nicely."
Liberty's Diane Pandolfini (fifth) and Gwen Gilmore (seventh) were the other county top-10 finishers.
Westminster dominated the boys race. The Owls placed five runners in the top 12 to finish with 31 points, topping followers South Carroll (59) and Linganore (74).
The Owls have won the title in each of the conference's 11 years.
Santucci put on a strong performance, winning the race with ease in 16: 30 -- 20 seconds ahead of Steve McClearn of fifth-ranked South Carroll. Santucci was followed by teammates Greg Fisher (third, 16: 54), Josh Davis (fourth, 16: 58), Ross Bair (11th, 17: 36) and Jesse O'Connell (12th, 17: 36).
"I was happy with today's race," said Santucci. "We did great, and we had Jesse and Ross closer to each other at four and five, and that's what we need for the states."
For South Carroll, in addition to runner-up McClearn, Matt Adami (eighth), Steve Hammel (14th), Doug Harmer (17th) and Bobby Mead (18th) finished in the top 20.
At Williamsport, Colin Russell led Key with his second-place finish. Russell's time of 16: 38 was six seconds behind winner Ryan Campbell of Walkersville.
Mike Pizza (sixth, 17: 01), Dave Higgs (eighth, 17: 14), Josh Hollman (12th, 17: 24) and Mike Replogle (13th, 17: 29) helped the Eagles score 41 points, 16 ahead of runner-up North Hagerstown.
The Key girls took fifth with 104 points. Dawn Harner (20: 53) led the way with her 10th-place finish, followed by teammate Kristin Engel (22: 14).
Pub Date: 10/19/97