C.M. Wright boys line up 4A East Regional victory

Mustangs place 5 in top 6

Broadneck girls prevail

High schools

November 03, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The C. Milton Wright boys cross country team has been close to perfect all season.

The top-ranked Mustangs got even closer to reaching that standard, grabbing five of the top six spots to capture the Class 4A East Regional championship at Baybrook Park yesterday.

The No. 7 Broadneck girls edged C. Milton Wright by three points to claim their first regional title since 1998.

The highlight of the 2.95-mile meet revolved around the Mustangs' 1-2-3-4-6 finish in the boys race. Junior Pat Bailey won the individual crown in 15:58 and was followed by junior Jesse Slowikowski (second place in 16:07), senior Will Murdoch (third, 16:13), senior Aaron Smith (fourth, 16:21) and junior Brian Eagan (sixth, 16:41) to give their team 16 points.

Only a fifth-place finish by Westminster senior Phil Serio (16:37) prevented C. Milton Wright from registering a perfect team score of 15.

"We're getting geared up for the state competition [next Saturday]," said Mustangs coach Eric Clark, whose sixth and seventh runners finished before the other teams' top five. "Fifteen points, that was the goal today. The closer we can get our fifth and sixth runners, the stronger this team will be."

Sixth-ranked Westminster finished second with 69 points, and Thomas Johnson placed third with 112. Broadneck (116), Glen Burnie (155) and Chesapeake (157) also qualified for the state meet.

The Bruins girls won the team crown with 44 points and also earned an individual title from sophomore Lauren Centrowitz, who finished in 19:01 - 48 seconds better than runner-up Morgan Little of C. Milton Wright.

Broadneck coach Dana Dobbs said his team - which included top-20 runs from sophomore Susan St. Cyr (seventh, 20:47), senior Danielle Veilleux (eighth, 20:51), junior Sophie Thibodeau (10th, 20:57), and senior Jamie Woodward (18th, 21:29) - was inspired after falling to No. 6 Severna Park in the Anne Arundel County Championships last week.

"I think what they wanted everyone in 4A to know is that they're a force to be reckoned with," Dobbs said. "They're running because they feel like they have something to prove."

The Mustangs finished second with 47 points, while Thomas Johnson was third with 97 points. Westminster (106), Chesapeake (145) and Old Mill (153) also advanced to the state meet.

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