Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

November 16, 2005

BOYS

In rerun, Centrowitz captures 4A crown

Sport Cross country

With his victory in the Class 4A state cross country championships at Hereford on Saturday, Broadneck junior Matthew Centrowitz defied experts who predicted he couldn't repeat as state titlist against Eleanor Roosevelt senior Mikias Gelagle.

Gelagle led until about the 2.5-mile mark, when Centrowitz sped past him on the uphill portion of "The Dip." Centrowitz, last season's All-Metro Runner of the Year, won in 16 minutes, .28 of a second, which broke the state record of 16:03 set by River Hill's Shane Stroup in 2003.

"I was probably just as tired as [Gelagle]," Centrowitz said. "I started to go and didn't see him react. So I pushed my pace a little harder."

Centrowitz's effort propelled the No. 2 Bruins to the Class 4A state championship for the second year in a row. Broadneck is the fourth program to claim back-to-back 4A titles since the state introduced the classification for the 1998 season.

Others considered: Raynard Horne, Overlea, football; Scott Noble, Franklin, football; Andrew Gisriel, Towson, soccer.

GIRLS

After sport switch, Hursey turns it on

Sport Cross country

Not only did North Carroll junior Katie Hursey win the state Class 3A championship in her first season as a cross country runner, but she also ran the fastest time of the day on the challenging Hereford course. Crossing the line in 19 minutes, 12.54 seconds, Hursey atoned for her only loss of the season, a third-place finish at Hereford's Bull Run. Hursey played two years of soccer for the Panthers before switching to cross country, but she never looked like a rookie. She set three course records and won the Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Conference, Carroll County and Class 3A West championships.

On the track last spring she won state Class 3A titles at the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters.

Hursey, who carries a 3.8 grade point average, has been a competitive swimmer since she was 8. She said that has helped her be physically ready for distance running.

Others considered: Marah Schmitz, Dulaney, volleyball; Cindi Nickles, Eastern Tech, soccer; Stephanie Carey, Broadneck, volleyball.

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