Rested Repsher pulls a repeat at Lancer

Day-off preparation again lifts Westminster junior

Cross country

High Schools

October 10, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

MONROVIA - Trisha Repsher knows how to keep a good thing going.

So when the Westminster junior's decision to take a day off before the Run from the Lion's Den Invitational Wednesday led to the individual title, she decided to do the same thing for yesterday's Lancer Invitational.

The formula worked again as Repsher ran away with the championship at Kemptown Park in Frederick County.

The No. 2 Dulaney girls squad easily grabbed the team crown, while No. 3 Liberty took the boys title. Frederick's Morgan Sowell claimed the boys championship.

Repsher, who never trailed after the quarter-mile mark of the 3.1-mile course and finished in 19 minutes, 12.9 seconds, said she did not practice Friday after her decision to take Tuesday off helped her win at the Run from the Lion's Den.

"My thinking is that since it's working, I'll continue doing it," said Repsher, who walked around her neighborhood with her mom on Friday. "I don't want to screw up a good thing."

As convincing as Repsher's victory was - North Carroll junior Amy Watson placed second in 19:42.0 - she still wasn't satisfied with her performance.

"I think there are things I need to work on," Repsher said. "I've put in the miles, I have the endurance. I just need to fine-tune some things."

But the Owls, who captured the team crown at the Run from the Lion's Den, could not catch the Lions, who compiled 61 points.

Efforts from freshman Kelly Rush (fifth place in 19:46.0), junior Sara Cimino (eighth, 19:55.3), freshman Emma Larkin (ninth, 20:05.0), junior Kate Askine (13th, 20:15.2) and junior Sarah Hearn (26th, 20:54.5) helped Dulaney overcome the absences of senior Chrissy Shoemaker (college visit) and freshman Lu Gao (band competition).

"We knew we had to be strong and that we couldn't let a little adversity stand in our way," Cimino said. "If someone's gone, others can step up. We're not going to fall apart if someone's not here."

Urbana was second with 117 points, Liberty third with 148, Westminster fourth with 159 and No. 8 Winters Mill fifth with 161.

The boys crown is the third this season for Liberty, which won the Run from the Lion's Den and the small schools division at the Bull Run.

Top 20 outings from senior Carl Henn (sixth, 16:48.5), freshman Eric Liberatore (seventh, 16:49.4), senior Frank Sisolak (11th, 16:54.8), senior Bryan Mull (14th, 17:05.1) and junior Jim Ridder (20th, 17:18.9) vaulted the Lions past Monocacy Valley Athletic League rival and reigning Class 3A state champion Urbana for the third time this fall.

But Liberty co-coach Dan Jones said he would urge the runners to avoid resting on their laurels with the Monocacy Valley Athletic League championships scheduled for Friday.

"We're going to build on that, but Urbana is a smart team," said Jones, whose squad outdistanced the Hawks of Frederick County, 58-78. "They're going to build to the last couple meets. ... [But] this gives us some confidence. We need that push."

No. 5 Dulaney placed third with 130 points, Linganore fourth with 147 and Westminster fifth with 174.

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