Severna Park runs short of its goal in races at Hereford

School takes back seat to Westminster, Wright

State cross country

High Schools

November 14, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Severna Park, the defending girls state 4A champion, got a big race from Rebecca Funk, and Justin Marvel ran well for the boys team, but the Falcons were just no match for what they ran into at the cross country championships at Hereford High School yesterday.

Funk finished fourth in a race that saw Tenke Zoltani of Dulaney set a course record 19: 04.87 over the rugged three-mile course. But Severna Park (117) slid to fourth position behind C. Milton Wright (84), Dulaney (86) and county rival Broadneck (95).

Marvel's 16: 39 effort was good for fifth in the boys race and the team did finish in the runner-up position with 126 points.

There was a world of difference between the Falcons' final tally and that of victor Westminster, however. For the fourth straight year, the Carroll County gang ruled by placing four runners in the top seven of a race that had 141 finishers.

Jesse O'Connell, Josh Davis, Kevin Pool and Tristan Gilbert finished 2-3-6-7 behind winner Marcus Hershberger of Gaithersburg as the Owls scored 54 points.

Severna Park held off Gaithersburg (131), Walt Whitman (143) and C. Milton Wright (150) for second position.

David Pickett (17: 06) and Dave Thomas (17: 27) finished 10-18 for Meade and Steve Weller (17: 34) was Broadneck's top finisher in 22nd, but the teams were well back.

Broadneck eased by Severna Park in the final standings among the girls on the strength of Lauren Riesett (20: 43) and Danielle Veilleux (20: 44) finishing a stride apart in eighth and ninth place.

Zoltani didn't give the competition much chance by stepping out to a six-minute first mile and, "feeling terrific," took off from there to defeat Montgomery County champion Karen Pulliam of Quince Orchard by 27 seconds.

Zoltani's record held up only until the afternoon when the Middletown girls and Emily Buzzell answered the gun. The freshman dipped under 19 minutes (18: 57.2), took a deep breath and watched sister Randy finish second in 19: 33 and other mates go 5-6-10. Imagine, 24 points in a statewide meet.

Class 3A titles went to River Hill on the boys side, Mike Styczynski (16: 22), Shaner Stroup (16: 34) and Steve Chu (16: 58) going 1-4-7 to pull away from defending champion South Carroll, 64-76, and the Walter Johnson girls prevailing for the fourth straight year. Colleen Lawson (19: 37) of North Carroll won the race, besting River Hill's Lee McDuff (19: 52). Erin Masterson (21: 28) of Annapolis finished 12th.

The boys 2A race featured a pair of Frederick County schools, Urbana tipping Linganore, 92-104, with Scott Herrick of the latter school winning by 23 seconds in 16: 41.

In boys 1A, Oakland Mills put its five scorers among the first 21 finishers and squeezed by Howard County rival Glenelg by a point, 72-73. Jon Goldsmith (17: 11) of Glenelg was second behind Ryan Foster (16: 35) of Beall in the individual standings.

The same outcome, finishing a close-up second, befell the Glenelg girls as they were beaten by Southern Garrett, 40-54. Carrie Selmer of Glenelg finished second in 21: 08 behind Nory Sarns (20: 49) of Allegany, a school that does not have a cross country team.

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