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By Rick Belz | November 16, 1992
Greg Curtis, Oakland Mills, So. -- Seventh at county championships (17 minutes, 24 seconds); first at regional (17:11); third at Arundel Invitational; fifth at Pallotti Invitational; 10th at Howard County Invitational; 12th at Westminster Invitational; won one of four county meets.Edward Hogan, Glenelg, Sr. -- County champ (16:24); regional champ (16:05), Brunswick Invitational champ; won three of four county meet races; second at Howard County Invitational; second at Westminster Invitational; only losses were to Brian Harris (C. Milton Wright)
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | September 14, 2005
Rob Kelvey said it best: The Westminster boys team is back. A year removed from what the Owls considered to be a subpar season, No. 10 Westminster bounced back by upsetting No. 5 Atholton and No. 7 Francis Scott Key to take the Westminster Invitational yesterday. The girls crown went to No. 1 Severna Park, which captured the Howard County Striders Invitational championship last week. The individual titles went to Atholton junior Andrew Revelle and North Carroll junior Katie Hursey. Yesterday's victory helped distance the Owls from memories of last year when the program - winner of 19 of 21 Carroll County titles and seven state championships - went winless in the postseason.
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By RICH SCHERR | March 7, 2000
Boys Coach of the Year Jim Shank, Westminster: Throughout his career with the Owls, Shank has built a reputation as a pre-eminent molder of talent by guiding his teams to numerous county and regional titles. This season, however, was the coup de grace. For the first time in the history of either the indoor or outdoor program, Westminster captured a state title, as the boys team held off powerful Woodlawn, 47.5-45.33, at the Class 4A-3A state championships last month at the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | September 7, 2004
When 11 boys and girls cross country programs participate in the Westminster Invitational tomorrow at McDaniel College, perhaps no other team will be as anxious - or hopeful - as the host school, Westminster. That's because the meet will mark a homecoming of sorts for Owls boys coach Dave Cox and senior Maggie Rager. It has been nearly two years since Cox last coached Westminster. When he stepped down after the fall season in 2002 to focus on a growing family and a Christmas tree farm, Cox had guided the Owls to three straight Class 4A state championships and five Carroll County titles in six years.
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November 24, 1999
BoysCo-Runners of the YearJosh Davis, Sr., Westminster: The hard-working senior finally gets his just reward. After entering the postseason with one career victory, Davis came away with wins at both the county and regional championships, then went on to take third at the Class 4A state meet to help the Owls capture the team title. The team's No. 2 runner since his freshman year, backing up Runners of the Year Greg Fisher (1996) and Jason Santucci (1887 and 1998), Davis trained hard and patiently waited for his chance, battling through injuries that forced him to sit out the indoor and outdoor track seasons his junior year.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | September 21, 1995
Oakland Mills senior Steve Petro and Dulaney junior Meghan White took different paths to the finish line at yesterday afternoon's Westminster Invitational.Petro had built enough of a lead early on that when he temporarily missed a turn down the stretch of the course at Western Maryland College, it didn't matter.White's effort was like a flashback to last year when she came from behind in the final 20 yards to win the race. This year, she caught North Harford's Megan McNew down the final hill to capture her third straight Westminster Invitational and lead the Lions (62 points)
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | October 9, 2002
The Francis Scott Key boys cross country team made a statement, even if it didn't win. Taking advantage of a field depleted by bans imposed on some area schools because of the recent sniper shootings, the Eagles finished a surprising third in the Westminster Invitational at McDaniel College yesterday. Although Urbana and Loch Raven finished 1-2 with 47 and 87 points, respectively, Francis Scott Key's 99 points were good enough to propel the Class 2A school past Carroll County powerhouse and No. 5 Westminster (fourth with 110 points)
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By RICH SCHERR | June 4, 1999
Boys Performer of the YearJason Santucci, Westminster, senior: After years of dominating the local distance scene, the Owls senior finally struck state gold.He ran a personal-best 9 minutes, 25.0 seconds to win the Class 4A state 3,200, giving the Monmouth-bound standout his first outdoor state title. "He couldn't be denied," said Owls coach Jim Shank. "After the race he told me that he was glad to get the monkey off his back."The Owls' leader, both on and off the track, also broke a county meet record in winning the 3,200 in 9: 38.2 -- breaking Mark Gilmore's 13-year-old record by 5.4 seconds.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | November 30, 2003
BOYS RUNNER OF THE YEAR Bryan Thom Bel Air, senior A stress fracture that hampered Thom last fall had healed, a couple of the county's front-runners had moved on and the torch was passed to Thom to lead a talented Bobcats team. Thom did just that, winning two major races and placing in the top five in three others while helping Bel Air to one of its best boys seasons in years. Thom's only county loss came in a regular-season meet when he was beaten by teammate Brett Kelly, but only after taking a wrong turn on C. Milton Wright's course.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | September 13, 2003
Mount Hebron freshman Liz McCarter and River Hill sophomore Sergiy Zubko led their respective cross country teams to decisive victories in the Howard County Striders Invitational yesterday at Centennial. McCarter and her Vikings teammates are now 2-for-2, also having won the individual and girls team titles at the Westminster Invitational. Zubko and teammates also are a perfect 2-for-2 with individual and boys team titles at the Interstate Classic in Clear Spring. McCarter defeated runner-up Chelsea Kapp of Glenelg by seven seconds with a time of 20 minutes, 55.37 seconds, not as fast as her 20:38 at Westminster but impressive considering the chilly, rainy weather conditions.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | October 13, 2002
MONROVIA - Coach Charles Shoemaker wasn't overly concerned when his Wilde Lake boys cross country team dropped a tri-meet to then-No. 7 River Hill and unranked Centennial nearly two weeks ago. After all, his top five runners missed the Oct. 1 meet to either heal some nagging injuries or preserve their energy for the Howard County and Class 3A state championships. But when the Wildecats are at full strength, they can compete with some of the state's best teams as they proved with a third-place finish at the 3.1-mile Lancer Invitational at Kemptown Park yesterday.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | October 9, 2002
The Francis Scott Key boys cross country team made a statement, even if it didn't win. Taking advantage of a field depleted by bans imposed on some area schools because of the recent sniper shootings, the Eagles finished a surprising third in the Westminster Invitational at McDaniel College yesterday. Although Urbana and Loch Raven finished 1-2 with 47 and 87 points, respectively, Francis Scott Key's 99 points were good enough to propel the Class 2A school past Carroll County powerhouse and No. 5 Westminster (fourth with 110 points)
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June 5, 2001
Boys Performer of Year Andy Kuchera, Westminster, senior: Nobody's better in the metro area in the pole vault. Kuchera cleared an area-best 13 feet, 6 inches at the Westminster Invitational before winning Carroll County, Central Maryland Conference and Class 4A East Region championships. At the Class 4A state meet, he took second (13 feet). He also won the event at a number of other competitions, including the Knights Invitational. This student of the pole vault attends at least one specialized camp each summer, and the results have paid off handsomely, with his vaults improving by well over a foot since last winter.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | April 29, 2001
Andy Kuchera's personality dovetails with what Westminster track coach Jim Shank says you look for in a pole-vaulter. "Pole-vaulters like to experiment and do crazy stuff," Shank said. "It's a daredevil event with a fear factor, so you look for someone who's done skateboarding or gymnastics." Kuchera, who jumped 13 feet, 6 inches at the Westminster Invitational - second best for a Westminster athlete and in the Baltimore area this spring - said he was big into skateboarding for a couple of years, is also fond of surfing and snowboarded for the first time last winter.
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