Westminster reclaims boys county crown

Depth keys Owls' title

North Carroll girls roll

Cross country

High Schools

October 26, 2001|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

On a day in which runners were forced to fight gusty winds, Carroll County's cross country teams also had to contend with a longtime power that suddenly blew back into the title picture.

Sixth-ranked Westminster, which last year failed to win the county boys championship for the first time since the mid-1980s, placed five runners in the top nine to reclaim its title at Western Maryland College.

The Owls finished in first place with 30 points, followed by defending-champion South Carroll (65) and Francis Scott Key (78). On the girls' side, No. 2 North Carroll, which last weekend claimed its first Central Maryland Conference title since 1987, won with 28 points, followed by South Carroll (75) and Liberty (76).

Westminster's win came just five days after the Owls finished a disappointing third at the CMC meet, which they had traditionally owned.

"It's nice to get it back," Westminster coach Dave Cox said. "It was definitely a goal, but it wasn't a really surprising thing."

That's because South Carroll lost All-Metro runners Bobby Mead and Matt Adami to graduation. Even though the Cavaliers' Dan Reedy, their No. 3 runner last year, won the race in 17:12, the Owls' depth won out in the team competition.

"Last year, they had a couple of big guns. We lost a couple of our guys, too, but we had enough depth to make up for it this year," Cox said. "The guys really stepped up."

Reedy, Westminster's Phil Serio (second, 17:19) and North Carroll's J.T. Potter (third, 17:20) were neck and neck for the first mile, when the South Carroll runner made his move on a flat straightaway.

"I glanced out of the corner of my eye, and they had fallen back maybe 10 or 15 meters," said Reedy, who on Saturday took runner-up at the CMC meet. "I came in pretty confident. I've been running pretty good lately, so I figured that if I just ran a good race, I should be all right."

As expected, North Carroll walked away with the girls race, placing five runners in the top eight, led by second-place finisher Tarynn Barker. It was Century freshman Rachel Hawes, however, who again stole the show.

Hawes followed up her CMC win with another impressive effort, moving into the lead near the mile mark and going on to beat Barker by 35 seconds.

With two major titles, Hawes next hopes to prove her metal at next Thursday's Class 1A Central regional meet, a precursor to the Class 1A state meet at Hereford on Nov. 10.

"I don't really know any of the teams [at regionals]," Hawes said. "I hope to qualify for states, but I know there will be good competition."

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