Dulaney, Towson prove Baltimore County powers

No. 1 Lions easily win 3A

No. 8 Generals take 2A

State girls cross country

November 11, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Dulaney and No. 8 Towson capped a winning day for Baltimore County at the state girls cross country meet at Hereford High School in Parkton yesterday.

Quince Orchard and Smithsburg grabbed the Class 4A and 1A crowns, respectively.

The No. 1 Lions had little trouble upending defending Class 3A state titlist North Carroll as Tenke Zoltani (second, 19:48.88), Christine Myers (third, 20:05.01), Natalie Bond (11th, 20:43.31), Christy Vincent (13th, 20:53.37), and Catherine Winders (26th, 21:36.87) propelled Dulaney to 55 points. North Carroll was second with 93 points.

"We didn't run well, but we won," said coach Chad Boyle, whose Lions have won five state championships since 1994. "It just shows you the level we've reached this year."

The biggest surprise was that Ashley St. Denis of Walter Johnson and Susan Hendrick of Patuxent finished ahead of Zoltani, who had been favored to win her second state crown in three seasons. (Runners who qualify individually are not figured into the team standings. For computing team scores, an unattached runner's place is discounted and runners below are moved up accordingly.)

"I felt awful," said Zoltani, who ran an 18:53 at Hereford two months ago. "I don't know what happened. I couldn't breathe and my legs were exhausted."

Towson ended a decade-long drought at the state meet by winning the Class 2A and earned an individual champ as well whenCori Koch won in 19:44.69. Anastasia Mukhina (fourth, 20:27.54), Jennifer Gillenwater (eighth, 21:01.97), Annie Mitsak (13th, 21:38.50) and Sandy Robson (32nd, 22:31.54) also helped the Generals outpace runner-up Glenelg, 58-86.

"The girls really believed us when we told them, `We can do this,' " said Towson coach Ed Rafferty. "We've had setbacks due to injuries and sickness, but we knew what we had to do."

In Class 4A, Quince Orchard's Karen Pulliam won individual honors (19:26.90) and the Cougars captured the team crown (55 points). C. Milton Wright finished second with 98 points, Winston Churchill was third (105) and No. 7 Broadneck was fourth (129).

Lauren Centrowitz of Broadneck was second in 19:59.73 and Deborah Green of Northern of Baltimore third in 20:15.79.

In Class 1A, Smithsburg walked away with the team championship with 75 points. Oakland Mills placed fifth (106 points) and Loch Raven was sixth (109).

Rachel Hawes of Century finished third in 20:55.16, Britta Nelson of Havre de Grace fifth in 21:30.32, and Tracy Singer of Oakland Mills eighth in 21:57.75.

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