Haacke, Dulaney girls repeat Westminster win Owls boys also repeat behind Santucci's pace

Cross country

September 17, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Westminster's boys and Dulaney's girls both repeated as champions at yesterday's Westminster Invitational.

South Carroll's boys, however, may have made the biggest statement in the race at Western Maryland College.

Defending Class 4A state champion Westminster had three of the top six finishers and five of the first 16 for 39 points. But the Owls were only six points ahead of South Carroll, Class 3A state champs.

The Cavaliers had four of the top seven runners in this race and put five in the first 19, leaving them just short of two-time state champion Westminster.

South Carroll finished about 30 points behind as the runner-up in last year's meet and, despite losing its top runner from last year, the Cavaliers might be a more balanced and stronger team.

"South Carroll's got a really, really good pack team," said Westminster's Jason Santucci. "They're pumped up, and they really want to come get us."

Nobody got Santucci yesterday, though. Last year's state champion won the 3.1-mile event in 17 minutes, 4 seconds. He beat Dulaney's Greg Vincent by five seconds and teammate Josh Davis by six seconds. Two seconds behind Davis, at 17: 12, was South Carroll's Bobby Mead, who ran a strong race.

Matt Adami took fifth for South Carroll in 17: 20, topping Westminster's Jesse O'Connell in a photo finish (17: 20). Steve Hammel (17: 23) finished seventh for South Carroll, which also got a 10th-place effort from Dan Tompkins (17: 49).

Kevin Pool (13th) and Kyle Bates (16th) were the Owls' fourth and fifth finishers. Peter Hamlington was South Carroll's No. 5, taking 19th place for the Cavaliers.

"I think we need to work on our pack mentality a little bit more," said Westminster coach Dave Cox. "South Carroll has obviously been working on theirs."

South Carroll and Westminster will run against each other five more times this season, and the Cavaliers hope to have a shot at taking the county title.

"Maybe they know now that it won't be a cakewalk over us for the county title," said South Carroll coach Rob Pennington. "Maybe we got into their heads a little bit."

Dulaney girls win easily

In the girls race, nobody got into Dulaney's heads on this day; no one was close enough. Kerrie Haacke won the 3.1-mile race for the Lions in 20: 24, using a late kick to catch and beat North Carroll's Colleen Lawson by 12 seconds.

Dulaney finished with 51 points, ahead of C. Milton Wright (103) and Urbana (104). Chrissy Duchille (4th, 21: 02), Katie Lavezza (7th, 21: 39), Jessica George (16th) and Sarah Hooper (23rd) rounded out the rest of the Lions' top five.

"I felt like I had some big shoes to fill this year," said Haacke. "I wanted to do well for the team."

Heather McHugh took third for Wright with a time of 20:46.

Pub Date: 9/17/98

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