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McAfee can't finish off victory

September 28, 1998|By RON SOMERS / Sports Editor

BRUNSWICK, Md. - Sometimes, a long-distance cross country race turns into a sprint.

That's what happened Saturday at the Brunswick Invitational on a hot day at Brunswick High.

North Hagerstown's Alex McAbee had broken from the pack in the 3-mile race over very hilly terrain and seemed in command.

"I thought I had the race,'' he said. "Obviously, I didn't.''

Glenelg's Jon Goldsmith started closing the gap on McAbee in the final few hundred meters, then turned the race into a 100-meter dash as both entered the football stadium and approached the finish line.

With about 20 meters to go, Goldsmith sped past McAbee for the victory.

"I didn't think about it. I just went,'' said Goldsmith, who clocked 17 minutes, 19 seconds.

"I started kicking so hard, I hit the wall 10 meters from the line,'' said McAbee, who ran 17:21.

Despite Goldsmith's win, North won the team title with 34 points. Glenelg was second with 72, and Boonsboro took third with 79.

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North's Kari McCarty won the girls race in 19:53.31.

Seneca Valley's Michelle Rafeedie tried to stay with her in the early going, but dropped back after about a mile.

Rafeedie finished second in 20:46.

Led by Alice Marsh, who finished seventh in 22:41, Glenelg took the girls title with 75 points.

North was runner-up with 79.

The Rhodericks - Angie in third in 21:33 and Anita in fourth in 22:07 - boosted Boonsboro to third with 83.

In addition to awarding trophies to the top girls and boys teams, meet organizers announced a combined girls-boys winner. North came out on top with 113, followed by Glenelg with 147 and Boonsboro with 162.

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