Sixth runner's lean earns Oakland Mills its 12th region crown Santilli's 2nd region win leads Glenelg girls to title

Class 1A cross country

October 31, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Oakland Mills won its 12th regional boys cross country championship yesterday in a tiebreaker with Glenelg.

Geoff Glaeser, Oakland Mills' sixth finisher, leaned at the finish // line, edging two runners, including Glenelg's fifth finisher, and through displacement knotted the Class 1A Central championship at 33-33.

Only the top five runners actually score points for their teams. With Glaeser ahead of him, Glenelg's fifth-place finisher, Jonathan Goldsmith, scored 16 points instead of 15.

And the first tiebreaker criterion is head-to-head competition between the sixth finishers. So Glaeser, running only his fourth race this season, won the team title with his lean.

"I was disappointed with my own race and thought we had lost because our No. 2 man was having a bad race," Glaeser said. "About five guys passed me coming down the final hill, and two of them were Glenelg guys. My coach yelled to me that I had to displace someone. I normally don't have much of a kick, but I picked it up a lot."

The victory left his teammates, who were wearing 1978 warm-ups with bell bottoms to get themselves psyched up, exhuberant. Especially happy were the Scorpions' No. 2 team finisher Jordan Knott, who ran with a broken hand, and third-place team finisher Matt Skaggs.

L "Our main goal this season was to win regions," Skaggs said.

Both Knott and Brian Fleming jumped two places in their normal team finish, Knott from fourth to second and Fleming from seventh to fifth.

fTC "All seven of our runners ran personal bests for this course," Oakland Mills coach Steve Carnahan said. Oakland Mills, Glenelg and third-place Hammond qualified for states as did the top 15 boys finishers.

In the overall finish, the Scorpions were led by Adil Qaiyumi who was second behind race winner Brian Selmer of Glenelg. Knott was sixth overall, Skaggs seventh, Alex Bailey eighth and Fleming 10th.

Selmer, a sophomore, finished only 14th at the county meet but ran a 17: 40 to runner-up Qaiyumi's 18: 04. Teammate Bryan Stepp finished third (18: 17) and brother Philip Selmer (18: 23) fourth.

"We were all going to shave our heads if we won," said a disappointed Brian Selmer.

Girls race

The Glenelg girls, sporting team-unity, peel-off flowered tatoos on their arms, could not have been happier with their 38-58 team victory over runner-up Brunswick.

"This is a really together team, and we've had fun all season and look forward to states," said Glenelg's Beth Santilli, who won the region race after finishing third at the county championships.

Her tattoo was a butterfly on a rose, and she soared above her opponents in a time of 19: 48 for her second straight regional title. She was also county champ a year ago but has had to fight back from a stress fracture in one foot. Runner-up Kristin Sunderdick of Oakland Mills ran 20: 15.

Sunderdick and Poolesville's Kjetil Lowe ran with Santilli for the first 1 1/2 miles.

"Beth took charge in the second half of the race and was strong all the way through," Glenelg coach Roger Volrath said.

Glenelg, Brunswick and third-place Oakland Mills qualified for states, as did the top 15 girls finishers.

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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