Wright girls cross country proves 2007 Class 4A title was no fluke

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November 16, 2008|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to the Baltimore Sun

The C. Milton Wright's girls cross country team heard a few whispers after last fall's one-point victory over Eleanor Roosevelt for the Class 4A state title.

Some thought the Mustangs' win was a fluke.

But the Mustangs left no doubt after a dominating performance Nov. 8 en route to a second straight Class 4A title. C.M. Wright routed Northwest by 34 points.

"It just proves last year wasn't a fluke," C.M. Wright coach Donnie Mickey said with a smile, moments after getting the championship trophy.

The Mustangs finished with 93 points to roll past Northwest (127) and the rest of the field, filled mostly with big Montgomery County schools that Mickey kept his eye on all season.

"We were just trying to run well," Mickey said. "They did what we wanted."

Shannon Rafferty led the Mustangs with her ninth-place finish. Erica Scripa (12th), Whitney Hora (20th), Alanna Sweetser (25th) and Hannah McKenzie (35th) rounded out the team's top five.

Mickey brought the girls along slowly this year, working hard at getting them to peak for the final three races - the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship, the regionals and the states.

The strategy worked, as the Mustangs captured all three races.

"Our real goal was to just stay positive and not to doubt ourselves all day, and whatever happens happens," Mickey said.

Another Fallston title

The Fallston field hockey team also repeated as state champions, completing another banner season with a 4-3 victory over Atholton on Nov. 8 at Washington College.

Coach Alice Puckett's team finished with a 19-1 record and a bunch of hardware.

The Cougars won the state title last year but missed out on the UCBAC championship. They won the UCBAC this year.

The Cougars bounced back from an early 1-0 deficit with two goals from Rachel Cooke and one from Allie Hunter. Krissy Fusco gave Fallston a 4-2 lead in the second half, and the Cougars held on.

More cross country

Bel Air (boys and girls) and John Carroll's Elizabeth Tauber performed well at the states.

The No. 5 Bel Air boys gave No. 1 Atholton a fight in the Class 3A state title race. Atholton's top two runners, Graham Bazell and Michael Lynch, finished first and second in the race, and that was too much for the Bobcats to overcome. Atholton finished with 69 points to edge Bel Air (74).

Still, the Bobcats put three runners in the top 10. Tyler Muse (sixth) led Bel Air in 17 minutes, 17 seconds, followed by teammates Alex Lohrman (ninth) and Mike Smith (10th), both at 17:24.

Bel Air's sixth-ranked girls took third place. Towson won with 55 points, followed by Hereford (84) and then Bel Air (102).

Caitey Ellenby led the Bobcats (12th in 21:16), followed by Hannah Stambaugh, one second and one place later. Allison Berg took 18th in 21:37.

Tauber won the girls large-school division in 19:24, scoring a nine-second victory and her second individual conference title in just four days. John Carroll's girls took fifth overall in that division.

Tauber had won the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship earlier in the week.

"Elizabeth ran a very strong, smart race against some very good competition," John Carroll coach Rob Torres said. "She got out well and wore down her opponents through the rolling hills."

Playoffs at last

The Fallston football team clinched its first state playoff berth in school history with a 35-14 victory over Rising Sun on Nov. 9. Tony Johnson ran for five touchdowns to help the Cougars lock up the No. 2 seed in the Class 3A East region and host a game against Stephen Decatur this past Friday.

The winner of that game meets the winner of the Wilde Lake-Howard game next weekend.

There's a Harford flavor to the Class 1A East region, where top-seeded (and unbeaten) Havre de Grace was set to host UCBAC rival Bohemia Manor in a first-round game two days ago. Joppatowne earned the second seed and was to host Cambridge-South Dorchester on Friday.

If both Harford teams win, they'd meet this weekend for the regional title. Joppatowne beat the Warriors earlier this season but forfeited the game later.

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