Dulaney, Westminster lead pack South Carroll claims its first championship

Cross country

November 09, 1997|By Steven Kivinski and Jeff Seidel | Steven Kivinski and Jeff Seidel,CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

The Dulaney girls and Westminster boys did something they had done before while the South Carroll boys accomplished something they hadn't during yesterday's state championship meet at Hereford.

The No. 5-ranked Dulaney girls captured their fourth straight Class 4A state title again, getting a strong effort from its pack of five to score a comfortable victory over No. 2-ranked Severna Park.

The top-ranked Westminster boys employed the same formula to take their second straight Class 4A state title.

No. 5-ranked South Carroll's boys knocked off defending champion Linganore for the Class 3A title -- the school's first championship ever.

Kelly Coogan of C.M. Wright scored her first state title in the Class 3A race, and Westminster's Jason Santucci did the same in the Class 4A run. Here's a look at the meet, class by class:

Class 4A

Westminster, which has occupied the No. 1 spot in the rankings all season, placed four runners in the top 20, including the reigning 4A state champion, Jason Santucci.

Santucci tamed the slippery 3.1-mile stretch in 16 minutes, 46 seconds. Greg Fisher (17: 20) took third for the Owls, finishing 17 seconds behind runner-up Greg Vincent of Dulaney.

Josh Davis finished sixth for Westminster, one spot behind Dulaney's Shawn Sullivan, and teammates Ross Bair (18th) and Kevin Poole (21st) rounded out the scoring for the Owls.

John Thomas of Meade finished seventh, the highest among the Anne Arundel County harriers.

Dulaney's girls (82) capped an injury-riddled season with a scrappy performance that forced No. 2 Severna Park (104) to settle for the runner-up trophy.

"I knew Severna Park had a good team but our kids are scrappers and they have a lot of pride," said Dulaney coach Bob Dean. "The kids wanted to keep this thing going and they reached down deep for a little extra."

An 8-9 finish by Bianca Jay and Marjorie Bollinger put the Lions in position to win and determined efforts from Katie Lavezza (16th), Katie McKinley (19th) and Sara Hooper (30th) locked it up.

Class 3A

Steve McClearn led the way in bringing South Carroll (62) its first state championship. McClearn finished third and freshmen Matt Adami and Bobby Mead contributed with 11th and 16th-place finishes, respectively.

Coogan, a senior from C. Milton Wright, won the girls race in 19: 18, followed by Hannah Benjamin of Damascus (19: 38) and Jen Geroux of Parkville (20: 06).

"This is a dream come true," said Coogan. "I knew if I just went out and ran my race I would be competitive. I was a little disappointed with my downhill running, but as wet as it was out there, I figured it's better to be safe than sorry."

Class 2A

The No. 7-ranked Atholton boys and the No. 7 Mount Hebron girls both came up big in their races, each finishing second overall.

For Atholton, Nick Barresi (third), Mike Zaron (sixth) and David Grosso (10th) led the way. The Raiders finished with 101 points, but Fort Hill put four runners in the top 21 for 77 points and the victory and its second state title in three years.

The Mount Hebron girls got top-10 efforts from Kate Frande (third) and Mia Molfino (eighth) en route to their 78-point second-place finish behind Middleton.

"We always run a tough pack," said Mount Hebron coach Mark Agnew. "We've had solid performance all through the season."

Suzy McCulloch (19: 38) from Centennial finished second, two seconds behind Middleton winner Randy Buzzell. The pair traded the lead three times in the final moments, but McCulloch swung wide just before the finish, allowing Buzzell to shoot past for the victory.

Class 1A

Oakland Mills used a solid race from its first five runners to nip Glenelg for second place in the boys race.

Adil Quiyumi led Oakland Mills with his eighth-place finish, followed by teammates Jordan Knott and Alex Bailey. Knott and Bailey finished in a dead heat, but Knott got the nod for 12th place.

The Scorpions finished with 69 points, but Southern-Garrett had four runners in the top 10 for 33 points and the title -- the team's fifth straight, despite missing its top runner.

"Southern was incredible, just unbelievable," said Oakland Mills coach Steve Carnahan. "We came in with solid performances. I felt really good about how we did."

In the girls race, Beth Santilli led third-place Glenelg with her third-place finish in 20: 53. Elizabeth Dodmead took 14th, and Jessica Nicola ended up 23rd to help the Gladiators.

Host Hereford had its top five runners finish just nine places (from 26th to 35th) and 42 seconds (23: 21 to 24: 02) apart en route to its fourth-place finish.

Pub Date: 11/09/97

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