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State-ing their case

November 05, 1999

State-ing their case: County runners, teams moving on

By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent

Photo by JOE CROCETTA / Staff Photographer


CUMBERLAND, Md. - There were no Washington County titles at the Class 1A West cross country meet Thursday.

However, there are several runners from the county that will get one last shot at a trophy after qualifying for the state meet.

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Williamsport and Smithsburg will have both their boys and girls teams participating at the state meet, while the Boonsboro boys team also made it.

Dan Holtz of Clear Spring also qualified for the boys. The Rhoderick sisters, Angie and Anita, of Boonsboro also qualified for the girls.

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Nory Sams of Allegany was the winner of the girls race with a time of 19 minutes, 59 seconds. Angie and Anita Rhoderick were right behind in second and third place at 20:28 and 20:32.

"I wanted to get out and take it around the turns real fast to get out of view," Sams said. "About two miles into the race, I started to pull away from the two Boonsboro girls. I had to run real hard to keep my place."

Boonsboro coach Jason Orendi was pleased with the Rhoderick sisters.

"Angie has been working hard all year," Orendi said. "This was her best race of the year so far. She was disappointed that she didn't come in first. But this was Allegany's home course; so there was a little bit of an advantage there. Both Angie and Anita have good attitudes. Anita has been showing a good bit of improvement since the beginning of the season."

Ryan Foster of Beall was the winner of the boys race as he tied the course record at Allegany College with a time of 16:05.

"When we would go around a sharp turn, that would be when I would sprint a little bit to pick up some distance," Foster said. "I started to build a big lead right before I got two miles in. With a half mile to go, I sprinted at my fastest speed going down that hill. I tried to keep that same speed going around that flat down here."

Williamsport coach Jackie Semler Row was proud that her girls finished third and that her boys finished fourth.

"I would say that this is the boys' best race of the season as a team," Row said. "The girls did what they had to do to get to states and that is all that matters. Both teams are peaking at the right time."

The state meet will be Nov. 13 at Hereford High School.

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