Athletes Of The Week

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

November 02, 2005

BOYS

Sport Cross country

Woodlawn's Parker stays on perfect run

Junior Dwight Parker continued his unbeaten Baltimore County season over the weekend, taking his second consecutive county title and setting himself up for a second straight Class 4A North regional crown. A returning first-team All-Metro performer, Parker last season became the first Warriors runner in school history to capture the county title, doing it in a time of 16 minutes, 39 seconds.

This year, Parker's time was faster, as he finished the 5-kilometer run in 16:15. He never trailed on the way to this year's county title, improving on the career-best time of 16:26 that he recorded last month in winning the Barnhart Memorial Invitational at Dulaney High. Parker was sixth at last year's Class 4A state meet, having gone unbeaten in every race until then.

Parker has a 3.0 grade point average, with a course load that consists primarily of advanced classes aimed at preparing him for college. He also is a member of Woodlawn's AVID program (Advancement Thru Individual Determination).

Others considered: Mike McCoy, Sparrows Point, football; Christian Golder, Carver, football; B.J. Smoot, Hammond, football.

GIRLS

Sport Field hockey

Rausch's stickwork keeps Falcons flying

Forward Hayley Rausch has one main job for the No. 1 Severna Park field hockey team - to score goals. Last week, the sophomore scored all three as the Falcons nipped No. 5 South River, 3-2, in overtime for their 11th straight Anne Arundel County championship. She scored the game-winner 1:57 into extra time.

Rausch also played sparingly in Thursday's regional opener, contributing an assist to a 10-0 win over Wilde Lake. Through the weekend, she had 27 goals and nine assists this season.

"She's magical with that stick. She does great things," said Falcons coach Lil Shelton, who moved Rausch up to varsity as a freshman.

Rausch, who has a 3.25 grade point average, started playing field hockey in the sixth grade for the Green Hornets program in Severna Park. She also plays lacrosse for the Falcons.

Others considered: Sarah Bailey, C. Milton Wright, cross country; Kelly Lynch, Severna Park, golf; Erika Wilson, Severn, field hockey.

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