Dulaney girls stumble in bid for 5th straight Class 4A state crown Hip injury slows Haacke

Lions finish as runners-up

Cross country

November 15, 1998|By Bill Blewett | Bill Blewett,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Dulaney's hopes for an unprecedented fifth straight state cross country championship rose and fell on Kerrie Haacke's hip yesterday in the state meet at Hereford.

Haacke, sidelined by a hip injury since winning the Baltimore County meet 17 days earlier, was pronounced ready to race on Friday after a treadmill test. Yesterday, however, the pain in her right hip worsened each time she descended a hill.

"The further I went, the more painful it got," explained Haacke. "Going down the dip [a half mile from the finish], it popped."

Haacke lost nine places in the last half mile, hobbling home in 17th, and the Lions finished second behind Severna Park. The senior standout was on crutches when the Lions accepted their Class 4A runners-up trophy.

Chrissy Dachille, Dulaney's first finisher yesterday, placed 13th. Katie Lavezza, hampered by a shin injury throughout the season, was 22nd. Katie McKinley and Jessica George placed 32nd and 33rd, respectively, to give Dulaney a total of 107 points, 25 more than Severna Park.

"You can't take anything away from Severna Park's victory. It was a tough field this year," said Chad Boyle, first-year coach at Dulaney. "We were fortunate to have everyone here today. The )) girls showed a lot of heart."

Dulaney also experienced disappointment in the boys race. Baltimore County champ Greg Vincent started conservatively and was about 50 places behind the leaders at the mile mark. He put on a strong surge through the middle mile, but was unable to close on the leaders. He finished 13th in the 140-runner field in 17 minutes, 19 seconds -- 40 seconds behind winner Jason Santucci of Westminster.

Baltimore County's top individual performance in the meet was that of Catonsville sophomore Tricia O'Connell. She battled two other sophomores -- North Carroll's Colleen Lawson and C. Milton Wright's Jennifer McHugh -- over the 3-mile course. O'Connell finished second, 4 seconds behind Lawson in 20: 00. McHugh was third in 20: 08. Northern of Calvert County's Alexis Wieroniey finished sixth, and Catonsville's Katie Pfeifer, eighth.

McHugh paced Wright to a fourth-place team finish. Catonsville was seventh, one place ahead of Parkville, led by Kristy Geroux in 13th.

C. Milton Wright produced a strong finish in the 3A boys race. The team, which watched the movie "Prefontaine" -- the story of legendary distance runner Steve Prefontaine -- the night before to prepare mentally, placed three runners in the top 13 to take second place behind South Carroll.

First-year runner Mike Peterson led the Mustangs, finishing fourth in 17: 08. He was followed by teammates Brian Deford (eighth), Jacob Still (13th), Greg Bennett (23rd), and Jose Pedraza (31st).

Mike Hanen of Parkville finished 16th in the 3A race.

In Class 2A, the Towson boys placed third. John Winternitz finished ninth for Towson in 17: 34. Teammate Jason Mitchell was 7 seconds behind him in 13th.

Perry Hall's Cooper Henry was 18th in the boys 4A race, pacing the Gators to fifth place among 19 teams. In the girls 4A, Laura Brazil finished 15th to lead Perry Hall to eighth.

In 1A, Hereford's Isabel Stettinius took 18th, as the Bulls finished sixth. Patrick Sells paced Hereford's boys at 23rd place. Also in 1A, Havre de Grace's Angie Hill placed 12th in the girls race and Jason Kohajda was 14th in the boys race.

Pub Date: 11/15/98

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