Capone keeps Dulaney from county sweep

Towson runner tops girls

Lions take other 3 crowns

Cross country

October 23, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Lauren Capone crashed Dulaney's party.

At the Baltimore County cross country championships at Dulaney yesterday, the host Lions had the opportunity to sweep the team and individual crowns for the second time in three years.

But Capone, a sophomore from Towson, dashed those hopes by winning the girls title in convincing fashion on Dulaney's 3.1-mile course.

Still, the hosts took three titles as the No. 6 girls team captured a county-record 14th consecutive county championship, the No. 2 boys squad took home a fourth straight county crown and senior Jason Jura claimed the boys individual title.

The story of the day, however, centered on Capone, an All-Baltimore City/County selection in indoor track and field last winter who is competing in her first season of cross country.

Running in a foursome that included Dulaney senior Natalie Bond, Perry Hall sophomore Amy Morlock and Franklin sophomore Michelle Donadio, Capone made her move at the 2.5-mile mark and sprinted her way to a winning time of 19 minutes, 18 seconds - eight seconds faster than runner-up Bond.

"I was worried about being passed toward the finish line," said Capone, who joined Meagan Jensen (1982) and Cori Koch (2000) as the only Towson girls to win a county championship. "I couldn't look back."

The boys race was somewhat more dramatic as Jura and Owings Mills senior Ray Vickery distanced themselves from the pack for a one-on-one showdown.

With less than 100 meters left, Vickery took a seemingly insurmountable lead. But with 20 meters to go, Jura passed Vickery and finished in 16:29, clipping Vickery by one second.

"I know Ray has a great kick, and that's the one thing he's had over me," Jura said. "He was going faster than me, but I didn't start my kick yet. I knew he didn't have anything left."

Said Vickery: "I had no time to react. By the time I reacted, it was over."

Jura's victory and efforts from senior Travis Knox (third place in 16:39), junior Patrick Duffy (fifth, 16:52), senior Chris May (11th, 17:32) and junior Jordan Chang (19th, 17:52) propelled the Lions to 39 points .

Dulaney picked up the girls title with 43 points courtesy of showings from Bond (second, 19:26), sophomore Sara Cimino (eighth, 20:19), senior Emily Gell (10th, 20:30), senior Jackie Schmidt (11th, 20:30) and senior Annie Cecil (12th, 20:32).

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