Kelvey, Hursey pace So. Carroll meet

Cross country

High schools

September 25, 2005|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,Sun reporter

It was a good week to be either Rob Kelvey or Katie Hursey.

After setting course records at an invitational earlier in the week, Westminster's Kelvey and North Carroll's Hursey followed up by capturing the boys and girls individual titles, respectively, at the South Carroll Invitational in Winfield yesterday.

The Westminster program also fared well, taking home both the boys and girls team crowns at South Carroll.

Hursey's victory in 19 minutes, 44 seconds was noteworthy in that she defeated a field that included Arundel senior Marissa McPhail and Franklin senior Michelle Donadio. McPhail claimed the large schools division at the Bull Run Invitational last week, while Donadio had out-raced Hursey in the medium schools division at the same invitational.

Hursey, a junior, said she used the team's course walk to target points of attack.

"I knew that there were downhills I could use to my advantage," said Hursey, whose winning time of 20:02.0 at the Mountain Run Invitational Tuesday shattered the previous record of 20:15 set by Westminster's Trisha Repsher last year. "I also knew that there was a big hill [at the 2.5-mile mark] that I would have to go hard on."

Unlike Hursey, who was not seriously threatened after the 2-mile mark, Kelvey was shadowed by Wil Zarahdny of Damascus. But before the hill at the 2.5-mile mark, Kelvey said he noticed that Zarahdny was tiring.

"I could hear it in his breathing," said Kelvey, a senior whose winning time of 16:49.2 at Mountain Run broke the previous record of 16:53 set by Frederick's Morgan Sowell last fall. "He wasn't trying to pass me, he just was trying to stay with me. So I surged a couple times and knocked him off."

Kelvey, whose winning time was 17:27 yesterday, paced No. 3 Westminster to the team crown. Additional efforts from junior Jacob Sisler (eighth place in 18:04), junior Brendan Dulaney (ninth, 18:13), senior Josh Vana (14th, 18:23) and junior Chris McDaniels (21st, 18:42) gave the Owls 53 points and a 34-point margin over runner-up Urbana.

No. 7 Liberty finished third with 96 points.

On the girls side, No. 8 Westminster compiled 84 points on the strength of outings from sophomore Allison Eaton (sixth, 21:35), senior Lindsay Southworth (18th, 22:33), senior Caitlyn Price (19th, 22:35), freshman Ally Thompson (20th, 22:37) and senior Katie Price (25th, 22:48).

"This year, we've been sticking together," Eaton said of the team's pack-running style. "I think it helps a lot of people keep their pace. They don't slow down, and they do better."

Winters Mill (103 points), North Carroll (118), Century (121) and Liberty (146) rounded out the top five.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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