Westminster scores double win in county for 4th straight year Santucci and Owls boys outscrap N. Carroll again

Cross country

October 30, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Westminster again dominated the Carroll County championships, winning boys and girls races for the fourth straight year in yesterday's meet at Western Maryland College.

The top-ranked Owls boys and No. 3-ranked girls used similar formulas. Jason Santucci won for the second straight year, as the Owls boys swept the top three spots, put five runners in the top 11, and kept alive a winning streak in this race that dates to the mid-1980s.

Kate Henshaw's second-place finish helped Westminster's girls with their race, with five runners in the top nine.

The Owls boys needed good performances to edge South Carroll, 24-32. The Owls, defending Class 4A state champions, have hooked up with Class 3A champion South Carroll five times this season and won every time, but never by more than eight points.

"We thought this would be their best chance to beat us," said Santucci. "Getting as many guys in the top 10 before their first [finisher] was the strategy, because they've got a great pack."

After Santucci's winning effort of 16 minutes, 43 seconds came teammates Jesse O'Connell (16: 49) and Josh Davis (16: 52) in second and third. Davis was rebounding from being hospitalized after last Saturday's Central Maryland Conference meet for problems with headaches. Kevin Pool (seventh, 17: 27) and Tristan Gilbert (11th, 17: 51) were the Owls' other top 11 finishers.

South Carroll, meanwhile, put five runners in the top nine. Bobby Mead (16: 56), Steve Hammel (17: 20) and Matt Adami (17: 24) took fourth, fifth and sixth places for the Cavaliers. Doug Harmer (17: 33) and Dan Tompkins (17: 34) then finished in eighth and ninth, but South Carroll came up just a little short again. Still, coach Rob Pennington liked his team's effort.

"If we stay within 10 points of Westminster, we feel confident going into the region and states," he said.

The Owls girls also are feeling confident, as they got good runs from Henshaw (second, 20: 44), Holly Thompson (fourth, 21: 13), Tara Callegary (fifth, 21: 17), Beth Vigliotti (seventh, 21: 27) and Angie Baer (ninth, 22: 10). The Owls won with 27 points, ahead of Liberty (48) and South Carroll (88).

"I don't think they got up all the way for this meet, because it's small," said Westminster coach Jim Shank. "But they wanted to win and ran well."

Colleen Lawson of North Carroll also had a good day as she won the county title after taking the CMC title last weekend. She won the race in 20: 09, easily beating Henshaw by 35 seconds.

"In the beginning of the season, I wasn't really sure how to run," said Lawson. "I was getting my techniques down, and I'm more confident now and I'll just run my race [in the region and states] and see what happens."

Pub Date: 10/30/98

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