Jay's 1st win leads Dulaney girls to region title 1-2 finish by Dulaney boys aced by Perry Hall's 3-7

Class 4A cross country

October 31, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Dulaney's Bianca Jay picked a good day to run the race of her life.

The senior, who had often been close but had never won a varsity race, crossed the tape first, winning the Class 4A North regional title and leading the host Lions to a dominating team victory.

Led by Jay and second-place Marjorie Bollinger, Dulaney placed five runners in the top seven to finish with 18 points. Perry Hall was second 47 and Western third with 59.

Perry Hall won the boys race in equally exciting fashion, overcoming a one-two finish by Dulaney's Greg Vincent and Shawn Sullivan to take third through seventh places and defeat the Lions, 25-32.

For Jay, it was a day to remember.

After running neck-and-neck with Bollinger for the first mile, she began to pull away near the midway point and never looked back, finishing the 2.9-mile course in 18 minutes, 32 seconds -- 25 seconds ahead of her teammate. In what may have been her last chance to win a varsity race, she said she felt compelled to throw caution to the wind.

"Today, I felt like I had to go for it," said Jay. "It's my senior year, and I didn't want to regret anything later. I just wanted to give it all I could."

Dulaney coach Bob Dean said he was thrilled to see Jay win, especially with the Class 4A state meet at Hereford only nine days away.

"She's just been steadily improving," said Dean. "I'm happy to see her win because she's been second a lot and near the top a lot, and she never complains. You like to see this happen to a good runner who's earned it. She just had a real good time today, and I hope she can do that next week."

Boys race

On the boys side, Vincent won in 15: 22 and was followed closely by Sullivan (15: 37).

After those two, the race was all Perry Hall. Led by Kirk Bouffard (third) and Mark Coyle (fourth), the Gators took the next five places and seven of the next nine.

For Perry Hall coach Jerry Martin, that was a most rewarding statistic.

"The pack keeps on moving up each and every race," said Martin, who added that his team is in good spirits for next week. "You always feel good when you come through a meet uninjured and when you've had a good race. Now we're going back to hills, and we run hills strong."

For Vincent, who last week won his second straight county championship, the race was a good last-minute tune-up.

Said Vincent: "It's the last tune-up, so it was time to get it done."

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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