Wright sweeps meets in Harford

C. M.

Cross country

High schools

October 24, 2002|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

C. Milton Wright showed no signs of rust running in its first meet in three weeks and showed no signs of letting up on its competition, either.

The Mustangs, the top-ranked boys team and No. 2 among girls in metro Baltimore, swept the Harford County Cross Country championships yesterday at Tollgate Park in Bel Air.

"This is outstanding. Without racing in three weeks this just shows that they can still come out and compete," said Wright co-coach Eric Clark.

Wright (19 points) took first, second and third place in the boys' 3-mile race en route to its 15th county title in 16 years. All-Metro runner Pat Bailey duplicated his course record of 15 minutes, 23 seconds, a mark he set three weeks ago in the Harford Invitational. All-Metro runner Jesse Slowikowski (15:48) and Brian Eagan (15:55) completed the senior sweep.

"I wanted to set the record, but it was a littler colder and windier today, and it has been awhile since we last raced," said Bailey. "Us three seniors went out with a bang today."

The county title was Bailey's third straight and the first leg of possibly repeating the triple crown that he won last year - sweeping the Harford County, Class 4A East regional and the state meet 4A titles.

"Hopefully, I can win them again. I won them last year and I am going to try and do the same," said Bailey.

Bel Air's boys had a record-setting day, with all runners setting personal records and finishing in the top 15. The No. 5 Bobcats had 48 points to take second place, followed by Fallston (90), which edged out North Harford (93).

In the girls event, sophomore Kelli Buck showed why she is Wright's No. 1 runner, leading from start to finish in winning the 3-mile race in 18:10. Buck, in her first year in the sport, shattered her own personal and course record of 18:24.

"Last time I ran here, I went out too fast," said Buck. "This time, I wanted to come out a little bit slower so I could have something left for the last mile."

The young Mustangs girls, with only two upperclassmen, finished with 27 points as all seven of their runners finished in the top 13. Mustang senior second-team All-Metro runner Morgan Little (18:42) took second place away from Havre de Grace's Britta Nelson (19:00) in the closing half-mile after trailing for the majority of the race.

North Harford (57) was second among girls and Fallston (77) was third.

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