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Knights shine on at Interstate meet

September 09, 2000

Knights shine on at Interstate meet



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


CLEAR SPRING - For the Middletown girls cross country team, it's just like climbing a ladder.

At the end of last season, the Middletown girls were ranked No. 22 in the country. They began this season at No. 15 in this year's preseason All-America poll.

The Knights continued to shine on Saturday as they won both the big school girls team and individual titles in the Interstate Classic at Clear Spring High School.

Middletown ran away with the girls team championship as it ended up with 24 points to easily outdistance runner-up River Hill, which had 63 points.

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"I am very pleased with the way that the girls are working so hard," Middletown girls coach Sharon Boyer said. "Our goal is to keep our national class ranking and improve on it if we can. We have our work cut out for us. But I think this group is focused and they are going to try to work towards that goal. We had an exceptional season last year and we are going to try to do that again."

Middletown gave an excellent performance as it placed seven girls in the top 19.

Middletown sophomore Emily Buzzell won the girls individual title with a time of 19:15.3, while older sister Randy Buzzell was a close second with a time of 19:18.1. Sophomore Rocky Morgan finished fifth (20:15.2), senior Andrea Pope came in seventh (20:32.6) and senior Laura Pumphrey was ninth (20:39.0). Freshman twins Catherine and Maria Rohland were 18th (21:08.0) and 19th (21:14.8).

It was the second straight year that Emily Buzzell finished first in the Interstate Classic.

"My sister and I have been training together during our whole lives," Emily Buzzell said. "We were just pushing each other today. We stayed close to each other for the entire race. I have been working on my endurance more. Since I was strong during the last mile, I realized that I had good endurance."

Randy Buzzell believes that the Middletown girls can go far this season.

"I think that our team is better than last year," Randy Buzzell said. "I think that our team has got excellent potential. We are going to some huge meets and we hope to improve on our No. 15 national ranking."

The Middletown boys also had a good day as they finished second with 64 points to Good Counsel, who won the big school boys team title with 34 points.

Mercersburg Academy won the small school girls' team title with 77 points to edge out Glenelg, which had 79 points.

Junior Maureen Glah of Mercersburg Academy won the small school girls individual title with a time of 20:33.1.

Glenelg won the small school boys title with 76 points.

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