Falcons girls, Owls boys take team region titles Sev. Park wins 13th in row

W'minster boys finish 1-2-3

Class 4A cross country

October 31, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Severna Park's girls and Westminster's boys further legitimized their stances near and atop the metro-area polls by running away with the team titles at yesterday's Class 4A Regional Championships at Baybrook Park.

The top-ranked Owls used a 1-2-3 finish from Jason Santucci, Greg Fisher and Josh Davis, respectively, to soar past runner-up Arundel, 27-62.

The Falcons, ranked second behind private school power Mount de Sales in the girls poll, captured their 13th straight region crown by placing five runners in the top 10.

Westminster junior Holly Thompson won the girls race by covering the 3-mile stretch in 19 minutes, 15 seconds and Glen Burnie's Katie Sloan was second in 19: 21.

"Katie Sloan and I have been running together all year, so I was just trying to stay with her," said Thompson, a talented bass drummer who may have to miss the state meet because of a marching-band competition the same day in Scranton, Pa.

"I've gotten a lot of seconds this year [including a runner-up finish behind South Carroll's Jill Krebs at the Carroll County meet] so it feels good to finally win one."

Bonnie Sowa led the way for Severna Park (32) with a third-place finish and teammates Becky Chwan, Jenna Nugent, Jaime Chase and Kelly Hepburn swept seventh through 10th.

Westminster's girls finished second with 49 and were followed by state qualifiers Annapolis (92) and Queen Anne's (106).

Boys race

On the boys side, in addition to Westminster and Arundel, Severna Park, Meade and Queen Anne's all qualified for states.

No one, however, was nearly as impressive as Santucci, who devoured the course in 15: 50.

Fisher crossed the line seven seconds later and Davis was another five seconds behind.

John Thomas of Meade, last year's Anne Arundel County champion, and Arundel's Ben Baxter, the current champ, finished fourth and fifth and Annapolis' Ben Morris checked in at sixth.

Santucci, who had already won the Carroll County and Central Maryland Conference titles, praised teammates Ross Bair (ninth) and Jesse O'Connell (11th) but didn't seem very excited about his accomplishment.

"There was a good pace for the first mile or so, but after that the pack really faded, and, basically, it turned into a workout because it was just me and my teammates," said Santucci, a junior who transfer from Virginia Beach, Va.

"Individually, I think I could have run faster if I was pushed. As a team, we didn't expect to win, but that was our goal. We wanted to win and take the top three places, and that's what we did. For that, I'm happy."

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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