Western, Poly titlists Green, Scally win races

Doves' city crown is 12th

frosh wins by minute-plus

Cross country

October 30, 1998|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Watching her older sister perform in sprint events in track and field the last couple years, Deborah Green decided to compete in distance running, using cross country as preparation for the indoor track season.

If yesterday gave any indication, Green is on the path to big things. The Northern freshman handled the 3.1-mile course at Herring Run to claim the individual title at the Baltimore City Public Schools championship meet.

Western once again claimed the girls team championship, its 12th in the last 13 meets, and Poly repeated as boys titlists, led by Alex Scally, who won the individual championship.

Green was alone when she crossed the finish line in 21: 41, more than a minute ahead of second-place finisher Tia Burley, of Western. The title was the second of the season for Green, who also won the Mervo Invitational.

"It was a little colder from the previous times I've ran here," said Green, whose sister Ashley finished seventh. "The last mile, I really started to feel it. I always like to finish strong right up until I get to the finish line."

During the summer, Deborah was a distance runner on the Ed Walters Track Club, one of the country's premier youth organizations. Illness slowed her for three weeks this fall, but yesterday's performance provided a glimpse of her potential.

"She's a treasure," said Steve Harris, Northern's first-year coach. "She runs for the love of it and is a hard worker, as [is] her sister. We've been rebuilding for two years, and this could be a stepping stone."

Displaying the letters XC -- , short for cross country -- in his hair behind his right ear, Scally replaced last year's fourth-place performance with a winning time of 17: 52.

"I'm really proud of how our team is done," said Scally, 11th in his freshman year. "I usually have problems on the downhill, but I had to take it all the way."

Simon Fitzgerald (18: 14) finished second behind his Poly teammate to join Rainer Sonderman (10th, 19: 17) in the top 10. The Engineers accumulated 47 points to finish ahead of Mervo (66) and Northern (73).

"Alex sometimes needs someone to push him, but this is his best time," said Poly coach Stanley Smith. "When we won last year, we were senior-laden, but we only lose one senior off this year's team, which bodes well for us."

The Doves continued their dominance in the girls race, placing four runners -- Burley, Lisa Henry (fourth), Takie Jobe (fifth) and Layla Acifa (sixth) -- among the top 10. Western has won 12 of the last 13 city girls titles.

"We didn't perform as well as expected," said Western coach Jerry Molyneaux, whose team finished with 28 points, ahead of City (71) and Northern (78).

Pub Date: 10/30/98

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