No. 1 C.M. Wright's boys take unbeaten streak into state meet

Broadneck's girls figure to make run at team title

Cross country

November 08, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The top-ranked C. Milton Wright boys cross country team, which hasn't lost a race this season, headlines a list of area teams that could claim state championships at Hereford on Saturday.

The Mustangs, winners of the Class 4A East region, will be challenged by defending Class 4A state champ Gaithersburg, No. 6 Westminster and Thomas Johnson, but could break the state-record 41 points compiled by Westminster in 1998.

C. Milton Wright junior Pat Bailey, who was second at the state meet last year, is the favorite to win. Phil Serio of Westminster and Maksudal Ali of Gaithersburg are likely contenders.

On the girls side, No. 7 Broadneck won the East region by just three points over C. Milton Wright. The march will get tougher as West region titlist Quince Orchard and Gaithersburg join the mix.

Bruins' Lauren Centrowitz will vie for the individual crown against returning state champ Karen Pulliam of Quince Orchard.

In 3A, the boys team title is a four-partner dance between No. 2 Mount Hebron, No. 3 Dulaney, No. 4 River Hill, and No. 5 Severna Park. The East region titlist Vikings have defeated North Region champ Dulaney, River Hill and Severna Park at least once this season, but cannot overlook Northwest, the West region champ which stunned River Hill at the Georgetown Prep Classic.

Hawks senior Shane Stroup is a heavy favorite to win. Others to watch include junior Matt Sanders of Mount Hebron, seniors Bill Duffy and Will Knox of Dulaney, and senior Mike Hall of Severna Park.

The girls race will be just as crowded as the boys. Top-ranked and North region titlist Dulaney has all the tools to win the team championship, but must look over its shoulder at No. 2 and West region champ North Carroll, No. 4 and East region titlist Mount Hebron and No. 6 Severna Park.

Senior Tarynn Barker of North Carroll, senior Melissa McCarthy of Mount Hebron, and senior Becca Funk of Severna Park will test senior Tenke Zoltani of Dulaney, who - at the Bull Run in September - was just two seconds off the state record pace set by Pulliam at last year's state meet.

In 2A, the West region champ Glenelg and North region titlist Towson will battle for the boys team crown. Others lurking include South region champ Bethesda-Chevy Chase and East region titlist Stephen Decatur. Senior Ryan Cartwright of Eastern Tech could claim an individual title.

On the girls side, No. 8 and North region champ Towson, Glenelg and Catonsville should be in the hunt. Defending state champ Middletown and West region titlist North Hagerstown will also be in the mix.

Towson's Cori Koch, Glenelg's Carrie Selmer and Catonsville's Tricia O'Connell will contend in the individual 2A girls race.

In the boys 1A, No. 9 Loch Raven and Oakland Mills will mix it up one more time. The East region champion Raiders have a 2-1 series edge against Oakland Mills, but the Scorpions are the defending state titlists.

Oakland Mills senior Izudin Mehmedovic is a favorite to grab his second consecutive individual crown, but will be challenged by Loch Raven senior Paul Hugus.

Like the boys, East region champ Loch Raven and Central region titlist Oakland Mills will lock horns in the girls division. The Scorpions have swept all three meetings this season.

Junior Britta Nelson of Havre de Grace won the East region, but will meet Century's Rachel Hawes, who won the Westminster Invitational, the Central Maryland Conference championship and the Carroll County title.

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