Westminster tops Atholton, F.S. Key

Severna Park girls win

Revelle, Hursey take titles

Cross country

High Schools

September 14, 2005|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Rob Kelvey said it best: The Westminster boys team is back.

A year removed from what the Owls considered to be a subpar season, No. 10 Westminster bounced back by upsetting No. 5 Atholton and No. 7 Francis Scott Key to take the Westminster Invitational yesterday.

The girls crown went to No. 1 Severna Park, which captured the Howard County Striders Invitational championship last week.

The individual titles went to Atholton junior Andrew Revelle and North Carroll junior Katie Hursey.

Yesterday's victory helped distance the Owls from memories of last year when the program - winner of 19 of 21 Carroll County titles and seven state championships - went winless in the postseason.

"We always need to try and step back up there and relive that glory," said Kelvey, a senior. "I think [yesterday's victory] means we're back up there, and I'm confident we're going to win some more meets this season."

Westminster totaled 60 points courtesy of top-25 outings from Kelvey (second place in 17:17), Josh Vana (eighth, 17:54), Brendan Dulaney (12th, 18:03), Jacob Sisler (15th, 18:19) and Chris McDaniels (23rd, 18:39).

Atholton, which finished second with 75 points, was powered by Revelle, who added a crown to the one he won at the Striders invitational Friday.

"It was almost the exact same race plan for me," said Revelle, who trailed for just six seconds en route to winning in 17:05. "I just tried to set a fast pace and see if I could keep on it the whole time,"

Like Revelle, Hursey was victorious in her second straight invitational. Hursey, who won at the Gettysburg Invitational on Saturday, crossed the finish line in 20:26 and appears to have made a seamless transition from track to cross country.

"When I'm running track, I know how I run," said the Class 3A state champion in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs who admitted that she is "bad on hills." "But I'm not running on a flat surface anymore, so I have to pace myself."

All-Metro Runner of the Year Alison Smith was present but had a fever and did not run.

Severna Park's 37-point gap over runner-up Westminster was impressive in that the Falcons left some of their top runners at home, and four of the team's top five were participating in only their second meet.

Still, showings from Shelley Wilke (fourth, 20:50), Hannah Carr (eighth, 21:32), Kathleen Barranco (10th, 21:41), Julia Roberts (16th, 22:04) and Maxine Morrow (27th, 23:05) delighted Severna Park coach Ed Purpura.

"This team is so young, and I was worried about that," he said. "But they don't know how to back down. They came through."

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