North Carroll follows coach's lead to victory

Panthers take CMC title after Snyder's marathon

Cross country

October 21, 2001|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After spending the fall season training with his North Carroll girls cross country team for the Baltimore Marathon, co-coach Denny Snyder spent yesterday morning fulfilling a long-stated goal.

His Panthers then followed suit.

Snyder completed the marathon under his goal of 3 hours, 30 minutes, then arrived in Hampstead in time to watch his team claim its first Central Maryland Conference title since 1987, placing five runners in the top 10 to hold off Urbana.

Host North Carroll finished with 29 points, followed by Urbana (55) and Westminster (133). On the boys side, Linganore took first with 53 points, followed by Urbana (72) and Westminster (73).

For Snyder, who celebrates his 35th birthday Monday, the day proved far more fulfilling then any sweater or gift certificate.

"The marathon was going to be my birthday present to myself ... but I told my wife that a conference championship would make a nice little gift," Snyder said. "These girls have given me commitment and dedication. I was just happy when I took a look and saw that the race was at 1:40, because I knew I could be here. It's been a great day."

Tarynn Barker, recovering from an early season leg injury, led the Panthers with a second-place finish (20:45), followed by Cheryl Williams (fourth, 20:54), Katy Winemiller (sixth, 21:11), Kim Daut (seventh, 21:32) and Kristen Hursey (10th, 21:53). Two other North Carroll runners, Amy King and Heidi Meredith, also finished 12th and 13th, respectively.

"They're peaking at the right time," Snyder said.

Century freshman Rachel Hawes won the race in 20:29, 16 seconds ahead of Barker.

Hawes, who has lost one race this season, led from the outset and beat her previous best on the 3.1-mile course by nearly a half minute.

Urbana's Kurt Kuehne won the boys race in 16:53, followed by South Carroll's Dan Reedy (16:56). North Carroll's J.T. Potter and Westminster's Phil Serio finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Reedy led for most of the race, building a sizable early lead before being caught by Kuehne with just under a mile to go.

"He ran a great race," Reedy said. "I just wanted to go out fast and maybe take his kick away. He went out a little slow, but he made up a lot of ground at the end."

Serio led Westminster, which lost for the second straight year after having won 13 straight conference titles.

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