Perry Hall and Dulaney do it again Gators boys capture 12th title in a row

Lions girls ice their eighth straight

Cross country

October 24, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

For the first 364 days after last year's Baltimore County Cross Country Championships, Perry Hall coach Jerry Martin tried to figure out how his depleted team could again stave off up-and-coming Dulaney.

On the 365th day, his Gators found a way.

Despite a one-three finish by Dulaney's Greg Vincent and Shawn Sullivan, Perry Hall placed six runners in the top 10 to earn its 12th straight county championship at Hereford High School.

The Lions got a little more satisfaction in the girls race, placing five runners in the top 11 to win their eighth straight county title. Parkville's Jenn Geroux took individual honors for the second straight year.

Though Martin shies from words like "dynasty," he said that this win was perhaps the most satisfying.

"I thought we were really up against it for No. 12," Martin said. "A year ago, we walked away from here knowing that Dulaney was going to probably be one-two this year and we were graduating five seniors. To be here now and have it in the bag is more than I had hoped for."

Perry Hall won with 34 points, followed by Dulaney (51) and Towson (97).

Vincent, a junior, won the race for the second straight year, this time negotiating the hilly 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes, 43 seconds, 22 seconds slower than last year. He was followed by Towson's Jason Mitchell and Sullivan, who last year was runner-up.

Kirk Bouffard was Perry Hall's first finisher in fourth place, but he was followed closely by teammates Mark Coyle (sixth), Andrew Hart (seventh), John Bogdan (eighth), Jon Kappes (ninth) and Curtis Crass (10th).

Martin said he was so concerned about Dulaney that he moved JV standout Chris Edwards up to varsity to try to beat out the Lions' fourth and fifth runners. The sophomore finished 22nd, but didn't figure in the scoring.

"We did all we could do," said Dulaney coach Bob Dean. "We felt like we had a real strong one-two, and we'd have to split up [Perry Hall's] next five. The kids tried their best and couldn't do it. Hats off to Perry Hall."

In the girls race, Geroux easily won in 19: 33. She was followed, in succession, by Dulaney's Marjorie Bollinger, Bianca Jay and Katie Lavazza.

Dulaney took first with 28 points, followed by Perry Hall (58), Parkville (89), Catonsville (91) and Hereford (98).

Geroux said she came to the meet looking for a course record, but was slowed by cramping caused in part by the cold weather. Her freshman sister, Kristina, took sixth.

Pub Date: 10/24/97

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