S. Carroll boys snag 1st region crown 5 Cavs finish in top 17

Liberty girls make states

Cross country

October 31, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GAITHERSBURG -- South Carroll's boys made a statement yesterday.

The No. 5-ranked Cavaliers have spent much of the season in the shadow of top-ranked, Class 4A state champion Westminster. South Carroll ran strong all season, but the Cavaliers were irked by how much respect they received.

That should change now.

With Steve McClearn finishing second, South Carroll put five runners in the top 17 to hold off Linganore and take the Class 3A West region title at Watkins Mill. It is believed to be the school's first cross country region title.

A computer error caused all the times to be erased for this race, except for the 16: 31 posted by winner David Glynn of Walter Johnson. McClearn ran well but finished 10 yards back. Cavalier freshman Matt Adami turned in another solid performance, taking sixth.

Steve Hammel and Dan Tompkins finished 11th and 12th, respectively, while Bobby Mead was 17th. That gave the Cavaliers 48 points and the edge over Linganore (57). The Lancers put four runners in the top 13, but their fifth finisher was 25th -- and that was the difference.

"They set their goals, they focused, and they did what they had to do," said South Carroll coach Rob Pennington. "We've busted our tails all season, and now the kids are going to get the respect they deserve."

With the victory, the Cavaliers became one of the favorites for zTC the Class 3A state title next Saturday at Hereford. They'll battle -- No. 3-ranked Wilde Lake, Linganore, Damascus and others.

The whole South Carroll boys team qualified for the state meet -- as did runners from all of the top five teams -- while Liberty's Bobby Ward (15th) was the only other county qualifier.

Girls race

The entire Liberty girls team made the state title run with a strong performance yesterday. Linganore (56) edged Walter Johnson (67) for the title, but the Lions were fifth (121), and the whole team will go to Hereford.

Gwen Gilmore (15th), Pam Maldeis (16th) and Diane Pandolfini (18th) led the way for Liberty. The trio finished about eight seconds apart.

South Carroll's Jill Krebs was the only other county runner to qualify. The senior, who said she was worn down a bit by controversy and publicity over her unusual disqualification from an apparent Central Maryland Conference title two weeks ago, finished seventh in 20: 39.39, more than 40 seconds slower than her Carroll County championship time last week.

"I'll bounce back next week," she said.

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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