S. Carroll, Westminster on collision course Carroll notebook

October 28, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

The South Carroll boys team, a worthy challenger all season, gets another shot at Westminster tomorrow afternoon at 4 o'clock, when the annual Carroll County cross country championships are held at Western Maryland College.

Westminster recorded its third straight sweep of the boys and girls varsity races last year, and of those scorers, three boys and all five girls return. South Carroll will contend with five holdovers (four scorers), including sophomore Bobby Mead, who has bolted to the front as the Cavs' top runner.

As usual, the Westminster boys will feature senior Jason Santucci and juniors Josh Davis and Jesse O'Connell, and coach Dave Cox has enough balanced strength that there are three or four runners who have taken turns picking up the next two places.

Holly Thompson, winner of a Class 4A regional title last year, is one of four seniors who have doing most of the work, as she has been joined by Beth Vigliotti, Angie Baer and Sarah Backhaus. Others include sophomore veteran Kate Henshaw and freshman Tara Callegary, who have been running 2-3 behind Thompson.

While Santucci is favored to win the boys race again, Colleen Lawson is an equally solid choice to place first in the girls division. In her first year in the sport, the North Carroll sophomore has destroyed the opposition, winning among other things the Lancer Invitational by 170 yards and last week's Central Maryland Conference race by 200 yards.

For the boys, Mead's teammates are seniors Steve Hammel and Dan Tompkins, junior Doug Harmer and sophomore Matt Adami, plus junior Peter Hamlinton and sophomore Sean Hollars. Nathan Gilmore is Liberty's usual No. 1 finisher; Justus Getty leads North Carroll; and Francis Scott Key, third in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League meet, will count on senior Mike Replogle, junior Colin Russell and sophomore Ron Shriver.

For the girls, aside from Westminster and North Carroll, Liberty's top runner is senior Gwen Gilmore; South Carroll's is freshman Lindsey Schwartz; and Key, seventh in the MVAL, has senior Liz Kurrle as the chief holdover on a team thin in numbers and experience.

Tournament time

In addition to the MPSSAA regional tournaments that began yesterday with field hockey, and continue Friday with boys and girls soccer, Carroll Christian School will serve as host for the dTC annual Mid-East Region Athletic Association of Christian Schools tournaments for boys soccer and volleyball this weekend.

Play in the seven-school soccer program begins tomorrow, with top seed Harford Christian drawing a bye. Carroll Christian will meet No. 2 seed Pilgrim Christian School at 2 p.m. The six-school volleyball alignment for Friday has two three-school pools, with places determining the draw for championship and consolation matches Saturday.

Western Maryland

Western Maryland will be the host for the first time when it holds the sixth annual Centennial Conference cross country championships Saturday on its golf course. The men's 8,000-meter run will be at 11 a.m., followed by the women's 5,000-meter run at noon.

Haverford has won the team title in all the previous men's races, and Dickinson is the defending champion in the women's race.

Doug Renner, associated with area cross country and track for nearly 25 years, the last 13 at the college, has been promoted to full-time status as a member of the athletic department.

Renner, 40, a Western Maryland graduate and former teacher and coach at Westminster High, has coached Western Maryland cross country since 1985, and track and field since 1991. Along the way, his athletes have set 31 conference records, won 37 titles in various events, and collected nine most valuable player awards.

Pub Date: 10/28/98

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