Dulaney dominates Balto. County meet

C.M. Wright rules Harford

Western, Mervo win in city

Cross country

October 25, 2001|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Dulaney seniors Bill Duffy and Tenke Zoltani had their sights set on yesterday's Baltimore County Cross Country Championships at Hereford for a long time.

At the county championships last year, Duffy finished seventh, running what he called one of the worst races of his career. Zoltani did not even run, as injuries forced her to the sidelines.

The both got another chance yesterday, and made the most of it. Duffy led the boys race nearly the whole way, coasting to victory in the three-mile race with a time of 16 minutes, 50 seconds.

Zoltani had it a little tougher, but took over the race near the two-mile mark, bettering rival Cori Koch of Towson, and the rest of the girls' field, in 19:26.

The rest of the day belonged to the Lions as well. The third-ranked boys team, paced by Duffy and senior Will Knox, who finished fourth in 17:26, won their second straight county title. The top-ranked girls won their 11th straight county crown after placing all seven runners in the top 15.

"We are a very, very good team right now," said Dulaney coach Chad Boyle. "It's fulfilling to see because we work very hard at Dulaney."

Coming off a sixth-place finish at the Georgetown Prep Invitational last weekend, Knox, who prefers to run from behind, adjusted his style and took the lead before the first mile.

Loch Raven senior Paul Hugus finished second in 17:05. Eastern Tech senior Ryan Cartwright crossed the finish line in third, running a 17:07.

"My time wasn't what I wanted, but it was hot, so I am not going to fight that," Duffy said. "I would be a lot more unhappy if I didn't win."

Zoltani, admitting that Koch pushed her early on with a 6:07 first mile, did trail for the first mile and a half. But the senior caught Koch right before the two-mile mark and emerged from the woods with a sizable advantage.

"I felt good, I just didn't run too well," said Koch.

Zoltani wasn't completely satisfied with her time either, saying that she was hoping to break the course record, held by Quince Orchard's Karen Pulliam, who ran an 18:52 at last year's 4A state championship meet.

"It is my senior year, and I want to come out and sweep as much as I can," said Zoltani.

Harford County

C. Milton Wright was near perfect as it raced to its 14th boys title of the past 15 years in the Harford County Cross Country Championships in Bel Air.

Junior Patrick Bailey led a 1-2-3-4-6 Wright finish with a 15:39 over a 3-mile course at the Bel Air Equestrian Center. Kyle Hoedebecke of John Carroll prevented a Wright sweep with a fifth-place finish.

Jesse Slowikowski (15:54), Will Murdoch (16:03), Aaron Smith (16:06) and Brian Eagan (16:53) completed the scoring for Wright. With 16 points, the Mustangs out-scored runner-up Bel Air by 60 points. Fallston was third.

The Mustangs captured all four titles, as Wright's Morgan Little won the girls race, leading her team to a 21-point win over runner-up Fallston.

Little, a junior, steadily built a lead and finished 60 meters ahead of the field in 19:24. Valerie Beach of John Carroll took second in 19:40, pacing the Patriots to third place.- Bill Blewett

Baltimore City

Western won its eighth consecutive girls title, while Mervo captured its fourth straight boys crown with convincing performances at the 3.1-mile Herring Run Park in Baltimore.

The Doves crushed runner-up Poly, 23-69, courtesy of top-10 outings from junior Alicia Williams (second place in 22:50), senior Mariama Gondo (third, 23:15), junior Midchild Carter (fifth, 24:02), junior Latosha Wallace (sixth, 24:33), and sophomore Monica Helford (seventh, 25:15).

Still, Western coach Jerry Molyneaux said his squad could have run faster.

"They did not run fast times at all," said Molyneaux, who has lost only one city championship in his 15 years of coaching the Doves. "I was not pleased with their performance. Most of them did not perform up to the standards we set this year."

Deborah Green of Northern claimed the individual title with a winning time of 21:34.

Like Western, Mervo's boys cruised to an easy win with 39 points - 49 better than runner-up City.

Sophomore Brandon Lynch won the individual crown in 17:54. Junior Quinton Holliday (second, 18:26), senior Andrew Hackett (fourth, 19:02), junior Jameell Colbert (11th, 20:41), and sophomore Bradley Frederick (21st, 21:38) helped propel the Mustangs to the team championship.- Ed Lee

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