Four Local Teams Claim State Titles

Cross Country State Championships

Severna Park Girls, Winters Mill Boys Among Winners

November 15, 2009|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Baltimore Sun

Top-ranked Severna Park, No. 2 River Hill and No. 3 Century each finished with state championships for girls, and No. 10 Winters Mill earned the only local one for the boys in Saturday's title meet at Hereford.

Severna Park (Class 4A) won its third title in five years. River Hill (3A) took its third straight crown - moving up a class from last year - while the girls from Century (2A) earned their first title, as did the Winters Mill boys (2A).

Severna Park's pack attack worked perfectly. The Falcons' first runner was ninth-place Chris Patrick (21:02), who beat teammate Jodie Clouser by one second. Ashley Hayes (16th), Michelle Nelson (27th) and Laura Patterson (32nd) helped give the Falcons 89 points to edge Thomas Johnson (95).

"We just did what we've been doing all year," Severna Park coach Ed Purpura said. "We stayed together, and it [paid off]."

River Hill won the 3A title with 68 points, beating No. 8 Hereford (81). Mount Hebron's Becky Yep won the race in 20:25. LeAnne Young (21:00) led the Hawks with her fourth-place finish.

But it was the pack of Kendall Auth (15th), Payton Lawrence (17th), Anna Demaree (18th) and Meghan Heneghan (19th) - finishing just 15 seconds apart - that wrapped up the victory for River Hill.

"We ran for position, and it worked out," River Hill coach Earl Lauer said.

Maura Linde led Century to a victory in the 2A race, winning easily in 20:07. The Knights put five runners in the top 15 to finish with 39 points, routing No. 7 Bel Air (91). Kristen McGovern (sixth), Allie Dearie (eighth), Rachel Larkin (13th) and Katie Todd (15th) also scored.

Glenelg's Robby Creese won the 2A boys race in 17:30. But Winters Mill put four runners in the top 17 to take first with 68, topping Glenelg (90). Eric Tringali (fourth), Tom Carpenter (seventh), Ryan Spangler (12th), Zach Hopkins (17th) and Reilly Cox (31st) carried Winters Mill.

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