Four county teams capture region titles in 1A-2A meet 6 girls teams, 4 boys squads qualify for state title chase

Cross country

November 06, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Girls teams from Glenelg and Mount Hebron and boys teams Oakland Mills and River Hill won regional cross country championships at yesterday's combined Class 1A-2A meet at Centennial.

Mount Hebron's Class 2A girls team avenged an upset loss last week to River Hill at the county championships by defeating the runner-up Hawks, 45-51, for the South region title.

Kate Frande finished second in 19: 55 behind winner and county champion Lee McDuff (19: 38), of River Hill. Other Vikings scorers were Mia Molfino (6th), Lauren Ritterman (7th), Faye Goddard (14th), and Lindsay Evens (16th).

"Kate paced herself in the first mile and ran smart, but freshman Lauren Ritterman made the big difference for us today," Vikings coach Kevin George said. "We seem to enjoy being the underdogs and weren't nervous, like we were at counties."

In addition to Mount Hebron and River Hill, third-place Centennial and fourth-place Atholton qualified for the girls Class 2A state meet. Bridgit Baker (fifth) of Howard also qualified.

Glenelg's girls team repeated as Class 1A Central region champs, beating out Brunswick, 32-46, taking five of the first 11 places, including a second place by Blair Heinke.

Other Glenelg scorers included Alice Marsh (fourth), Carrie Selmer (fifth), Kirsten Hogan (10th), and Colleen Marland (11th).

Heinke, who started the season in a knee brace, fell and slid down a hill during the race but recovered to finish 22 seconds behind winner Danielle Stoddart, of Oakland Mills.

"At about 2 1/2 miles, my body wanted to quit, but I wouldn't let it," said Stoddart, who had an ice bag on an injured knee afterward despite temperatures in the 40s.

The junior is a Seventh-Day Adventist and has chosen not to run at states next Saturday, because from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday is considered a holy time.

In addition to Glenelg, Brunswick and Hammond qualified for the Class 1A girls state meet.

Boys races

Oakland Mills' boys repeated as Class 1A Central region champs, the school's 13th region title.

"We have mixed emotions because our girls team just missed qualifying for states," said first-year coach Phil Lang. "But we're happy that the three seniors -- Geoff Glaeser, David Kay and Wes Campbell -- stepped up and propelled the team."

Alex Bailey finished third overall, Glaeser was eighth, Brian Flemming 10th, Kay 11th and Campbell 15th.

Glenelg's Brian Selmer won the race in 17: 20 by 12 seconds over teammate John Goldsmith. Selmer had finished a disappointing eighth at the county meet and Goldsmith was second, so yesterday was redemption for Selmer, who beat Goldsmith for the third time in eight tries this season.

Oakland Mills, Glenelg and Hammond all qualified for the Class 1A boys state meet.

In the Class 2A boys race, county champion River Hill dominated with a near-perfect effort and outscored runner-up Centennial, 17-83, to win its first regional championship. The Hawks unseated last season's region champ, Atholton, third this season.

County champion Zach Heidepriem of River Hill won the race in 16: 58, five seconds ahead of teammate Mike Styczynski. River Hill's Steve Chu was third, Mike Prada fifth and Shane Stroup sixth. Atholton's Eddie Lopez was fifth.

Runner-up Centennial, third-place Atholton and fifth-place Mount Hebron also qualified for states. Howard's Andy Rosebrough (16th) also qualified.

Pub Date: 11/06/98

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