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North works way to 1st, 2nd

September 23, 2000

North works way to 1st, 2nd



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


BRUNSWICK, Md. - North Hagerstown cross country coach Frank McAdoo has been impressed with the work ethic of both his girls and boys teams.

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Saturday, the Hubs were rewarded for their good work at the Brunswick Invitational, winning the girls team title and finishing second in the boys race.

"Hard work pays off," McAdoo said.

North ended up first in the girls team scores with 43 points. Glenelg was second with 60 and Smithsburg was third at 82.

The top five girls for North were Lindsay Zerance (third, 21:13), McKenzie Fox (fourth, 21:20), Stephanie Kurtz (eighth, 21:51), Jessica Hanlin (11th, 22:21) and Amanda Panzera (26th, 23:59).

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"Our girls are coming along and they are working very hard together," McAdoo said. "There is a meaning and a purpose for it. They wanted to win vary badly today. We had good competition and that helped us to run better today."

Glenelg easily finished first in the boys team scores with 53 points. North Hagerstown came in second with 114, beating Poolesville by one.

The top five boys for North were Erik Lenhart (second, 17:12), Stephen Heagy (13th, 18:23), Tom Hardinge (14th, 18:24), Seth Werner (38th, 19:27) and Mike Handler (52nd, 20:16).

"Our boys are also working hard. We have a lot of leadership on the team," McAdoo said. "That helped them to finish second today. The good competition also helped them."

Martinsburg senior Rachel Carden won the girls' race with a time of 20:14.

"I didn't want to kill myself during the first mile," Carden said. "After one mile, I started feeling pretty good. The weather was perfect for running. I was just trying to stay relaxed. I wanted to win today. I felt that I ran at a good comfortable pace."

Carden started to take charge in the middle of the race.

"At the midway point of the race in the woods, I started to increase my lead a little bit," Carden added. "The rolling hills were kind of getting me to moving faster. They helped me to turn up my speed a little bit. I am happy with my overall performance. I ran as fast as I expected to. I accomplished my goal for today."

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