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Three teams run on

November 06, 1998|By JACK HILL III

CUMBERLAND, Md. - The hills of Hereford High are beckoning quite a few cross country runners from Washington County's 1A schools.

Both the girls and boys teams from Williamsport qualified Thursday for next Saturday's state meet at Hereford's rugged 3-mile layout, along with the Smithsburg girls team.

Those teams made it by virtue of finishing in the top 50 percent in the Class 1A West Cross Country Championship at Allegany College.

The Smithsburg boys didn't make it as a team, but the Leopards' Luke Bauer qualified anyway. His eighth-place finish in 17 minutes, 35 seconds, put him in the top 25 percent of the field and gave him a ticket to Hereford.

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Allegany won the girls team championship for the second year in a row with 36 points and will try to repeat as state champion. Williamsport came in second with 58, and Smithsburg took third with 68.

Southern Garrett won the boys team title for the sixth consecutive year with 40 points and will go after its sixth straight state title. Westmar came in second with 57, Williamsport was third with 83, and Allegany finished fourth with 92.

"I am happy to send two full teams to the state meet," Williamsport coach Patty Leazier said. "Wendy Llewellyn and Melissa Arch finished third and fourth for us today. They have been two of the top girls all year long for us. The boys ran well, and they accomplished what they set out to do."

Smithsburg coach Herb Taber was pleased with the performance of his girls team.

"I am just glad that our girls team qualified for the states," Taber said. "Four of them are seniors, and this was their last chance to go."

Allegany senior Erin Davis won the girls race in 19:38 to edge junior teammate Nory Sams, who ran second in 19:50.

Westmar junior Zach Bittinger won the boys race in 16:24 to beat Robert McBee of Southern Garrett by 18 seconds.

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