Instant replay for Broadneck

Centrowitz sets record as Bruins repeat in 4A

No. 1 Sev. Park girls prevail

Cross country

High schools


While the fall season usually ushers in new programming on television, Matthew Centrowitz and the Broadneck boys cross country team settled in for a rerun.

Repeating last year's results, Centrowitz and the No. 2 Bruins captured their second straight Class 4A individual and team state championships, respectively, at the state meet at Hereford yesterday.

In Class 3A, the No. 3 Wilde Lake boys and the No. 1 Severna Park girls broke nine- and seven-year droughts, respectively, to bring home state crowns. North Carroll junior Katie Hursey collected the individual title.

Atholton juniors Alison Smith and Andrew Revelle repeated as Class 2A state champions. The No. 8 Liberty boys secured their third consecutive crown, while the No. 5 Hereford girls made it two state titles in a row.

The story of the meet, however, was the performance put forth by Centrowitz and Broadneck.

Centrowitz, who had emerged from relative obscurity to claim the title last fall, said he didn't bother to read much of the pre-race Internet chatter that had already given the title to Eleanor Roosevelt senior Mikias Gelagle.

"I knew he was going to be my toughest competition," Centrowitz said. "But I tried not to think too much about him and thought about myself."

With Centrowitz and Gelagle ahead of the pack late in the race, the Bruins junior surged past Gelagle on the steep incline of "The Dip" at about the 2.5-mile mark and set a state record with a time of 16 minutes, 0.28 seconds. (The previous record of 16:03 was established by River Hill's Shane Stroup in 2001.)

"I think I was a little more determined to repeat than get a good time," Centrowitz said. "Getting a fast time was a bonus, but my first priority was to come back here and win."

In the team competition, Centrowitz, senior Matt Llano (fourth place in 16:55.11), sophomore Jeremy Buyer (17th, 17:42.11), sophomore Ben Olsen (22nd, 17:46.55) and junior Kolten Koelzer (36th, 18:04.14) helped Broadneck edge runner-up Sherwood, 69-72.

Llano said the squad drew inspiration from the absence of coach Dana Dobbs, who missed the meet for personal reasons.

"He was definitely on our minds," Llano said. "Personally, I got to a point in the race where I was so tired, but I thought of Coach Dobbs, and I dug deeper."

In 3A, Hursey avenged her only loss of the season, when she finished third to Franklin senior Michelle Donadio and Towson senior Lauren Capone in the medium schools division of the Bull Run at Hereford.

The course "made me even more afraid that I wouldn't be able to do it," said Hursey, whose time of 19:12.54 was the fastest among all four girls classifications. "But we've come back here before, and I felt more comfortable today."

Severna Park reached its yearlong goal courtesy of efforts from sophomore Liya Kasimova (sixth, 20:07.62), senior Jennine Strange (ninth, 20:31.99), freshman Jordan Gibbs (14th, 20:46.24), freshman Kathleen Barranco (17th, 21:13.56) and freshman Kelsey Hill (22nd, 21:24.27), who ran despite a painful left hip that kept her from practicing all week.

Wilde Lake had to wait about 45 minutes before learning that it had buzzed past runner-up Urbana, 82-104, thanks to showings from senior Travis Boccher (third, 17:08.73), junior J.P. Allera (fourth, 17:09.10), sophomore Derek Lange (12th, 17:35.22), freshman Jonathan Sham (31st, 18:15.23) and freshman Evan Anderson (43rd, 18:27.26).

In 2A, while Revelle's victory in 16:44.88 was somewhat routine, Smith admitted that her win was a relief.

"This is definitely more rewarding than last year," said Smith, who finished in 19:24.17. "I was oblivious last year. This year, my times are faster, the competition has been tougher. I feel like I've earned it."

Liberty edged Revelle's Raiders, 62-71, on the strength of performances from senior Jim Ridder (fifth, 17:40.04), freshman Andrew Cross (eighth, 17:48.91), sophomore Eric Liberatore (14th, 18:06.84), sophomore Pat Dougherty (17th, 18:10.06) and senior Rush Lester (21st, 18:24.23).

Spurred by an Internet posting predicting that only freshman Kristen Malloy would place in the top 10, the Bulls put Malloy (third, 20:43.31), sophomore Cori Dimes (fourth, 20:55.35) and freshman Marta Randall (10th, 21:14.14) in the top 10.

"We thought we could get three up there like we did last year," said Sarah Randall, who placed 12th. "We knew we could do it as long as we ran as we have all season."

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