Freshman Repsher gets victory, record in CMC 3,200 meter

Owls' runner rallies

Hertsch, Sowash also win

Indoor track

High Schools

January 26, 2003|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAGERSTOWN - Westminster freshman Trisha Repsher had little trouble winning the 3,200-meter run at the Carroll County indoor track championship on Wednesday.

But Repsher sought something different when she returned to Hagerstown Community College for yesterday's Central Maryland Conference indoor track championship. She decided to hang with tough runner Brenda Baclawski from Urbana for as long as possible - and the freshman hit the jackpot.

The Owls' Repsher shaved 41.4 seconds off her time from three days earlier to set a CMC championship meet record in her narrow win over Baclawski. Repsher used a sprint in the final yards to set the record of 12:08.0, edging Baclawski by six-tenths of a second.

Frederick County schools dominated this final CMC championship meet as the conference prepares to merge with the Monocacy Valley Athletic League next fall. The Thomas Johnson boys won their second straight team title, outscoring second-place Frederick, 97-56. Frederick edged Thomas Johnson on the girls' side, 81-77.

South Carroll fared best among Carroll County boys teams with a fifth-place finish. The North Carroll girls took fourth.

Frederick County schools won 21 of 24 events, including all 12 on the boys' side. Repsher, Winters Mill's Katie Hertsch (1,600) and Aislinn Sowash of North Carroll (55-meter hurdles) were the lone Carroll County individual winners.

Repsher was the only Carroll County competitor to set a meet record. She stayed with Baclawski throughout, which gave her a much faster pace than in the county title meet.

"I just hung with her and said this is my race," Repsher said.

In the end, Repsher stayed close enough to make her move. She took off in the final stretch to outlast Baclawski for the win, then was surprised to see her time.

"I was floating on a cloud," Repsher said.

Sowash and Hertsch also had reasons to be happy. The North Carroll sprinter finished a difficult week that included two important meets and exams.

In the county meet, Sowash captured the 55 hurdles and 55 dash and ran on the victorious 800- and 1,600-meter relays that helped the Panthers repeat as team champions.

She won the 55 hurdles again in the CMC meet and finished second in the 55 dash. Sowash also ran on the two relays in this meet, taking fifth each time.

"I'm pretty happy with it," Sowash said. "It's just been a tough week."

Sowash is pointing toward next week's regionals. The senior hopes for better luck than last year when she missed the regional meet after getting sick that morning.

"I'm looking for the regionals this year," Sowash said. "I'm happy with my progress this year, and I was hoping for a little bit better today but I can't complain."

Hertsch continues to impress in her first season as a high school runner. The freshman won three races at the county meet and ran impressively in this one. Hertsch won the 1,600 meters before coming in a close second and third in the 800 and 500, respectively.

She won the 1,600 in 5:38.3 by a comfortable margin of five seconds. Beth Vaughn of Urbana won the 800 in 2:32.9, edging Hertsch (2:34.7). Thomas Johnson's Megan Peterson won the 500 in 1:23.4 after holding off teammate Tara Hentgen (1:23.7) and Hertsch (1:24.0).

Winters Mill coach Jim Shank knew Hertsch fared well in local road races before she came to the school last fall and isn't surprised by her success. In fact, Shank said, local fans haven't seen the best of Hertsch yet.

Frederick won five of 12 events on the girls' side en route to its narrow victory. The Thomas Johnson boys won seven events.

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