S. Carroll's Reedy, Century's Hawes finish among top 5

Urbana boys, girls win CMC championship meet

Cross country

High Schools

October 20, 2002

Urbana simply ran away with yesterday's Central Maryland Conference cross country championship meet.

Kurt Kuehne edged Linganore's C.R. Thomas in a sprint to the finish line as Urbana put three runners in the top 10 and breezed to the team title. The girls also put three in the top 10 and rolled to the team championship to complete the sweep on a windy afternoon at South Carroll.

The Urbana boys had 49 points, easily outdistancing Westminster (83) and defending champion Linganore (84). The girls finished with 42 points and were again far ahead of second-place Westminster (89). North Carroll, last year's winner, took third with 96 points.

The course proved difficult for everyone because of the large number of muddy patches that the recent rains left behind. In addition, the wind was blowing throughout the meet, often right into the runners' faces, especially toward the end.

That didn't stop Kuehne from outdueling Thomas in a thrilling ending to repeat as the individual champion. The pair were nearly even with about 50 yards left before Kuehne took off to beat Thomas by about one step. He finished in 16 minutes, 37.38 seconds; Thomas took second in 16:37.75.

"I [knew] he has a really strong kick," Kuehne said. "I just kicked as hard as I could."

Andrew Ramsey (fifth) and Daniel Smith (seventh) also finished in the top 10 for the Hawks. The Urbana girls got a second-place finish from Emma Cordani (20:45.96), behind winner Chelsea Powell of Thomas Johnson (20:42.33). Sarah Wengryniuk and Brenda Baclawski finished third and fourth, respectively, for the Hawks to help give them a comfortable margin of victory.

South Carroll's Dan Reedy was the highest overall individual finisher among the Carroll County runners. He took fourth in 17:45.65. Reedy said that the muddy course and windy day proved to be difficult for everyone.

"I thought I ran a good race, but the course was really tough today," Reedy said. "I got second here last year, and I wanted to do better."

South Carroll's Phil Diven (ninth) was the only other Carroll County runner to crack the top 10. But a solid performance from a pack of Westminster runners helped the Owls beat out Linganore for second place.

Dan Simmons (13th), Patrick North (14th) and Peter McKibben (15th) gave the Owls the start of a good pack, while Scott Elseroad (20th) and Tommy Lueking (21st) finished it. Injuries and bad health hurt the Owls earlier this season, but coach Dave Cox was thrilled to have everyone back and healthy heading into next Thursday's county championship meet at McDaniel.

"We've got everyone back healthy again," Cox said. "We're not at our strongest yet but we're back."

Rachel Hawes was the best Carroll County finisher in the girls race. The Century runner finished fifth in 21:08.47. No county runner has beaten Hawes in the last two seasons, and Westminster's Maggie Rager (seventh, 21:49.09) was the closest one to her on this day.

Hawes thought she should have fared better and wasn't thrilled with her fifth-place finish. She hopes for better success in the postseason .

"I wanted to win today," Hawes said. "I saw I have to work hard to [get ready] for regions and states. I want to win the states so bad."

The Westminster girls did just as well as the boys, using a solid effort from a pack of runners to get second place. After Rager, Lindsay Southworth (10th), Caitlyn Pyle (17th), Jess Snyder (21st) and Allie Waranowski (34th) helped the team take second.

"Our girls come out to compete every week," said Westminster coach John Schubring. "It [shows] the kind of good depth we have."

North Carroll coach Diane Spalt also liked her team's work. The Panthers lost six seniors from last year's CMC championship team, but turned in a solid third-place finish with a team that's growing with every meet.

Amy Watson and Laurel Dukehart led the way with 11th- and 12th-place finishes, respectively.

"We're peaking at the right time," Spalt said. "They're very close to one another, and we're running as a pack."

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