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Middletown sweeps MVAL x-c meet

October 21, 2000|By JACK HILL III

Middletown sweeps MVAL cross-country



MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Desppite competing without its No. 1 runner, the Middletown Knights' girls cross country won the Monocacy Valley Athletic League title by a whopping 61 points.

Middletown scored 19 points, easily outdistancing runner-up North Hagerstown, which had 80 points. Smithsburg was third with 82 points.

Middletown also won the MVAL boys title with 30 points. North Hagerstown finished second with 69 points.

Middletown senior Randy Buzzell, who is No. 1 runner Emily Buzzell's older sister, won the girls race with a time of 18 minutes, 32 seconds.

Middletown senior Matt Harrell captured the boys race in 15:52.

Middletown girls coach Sharon Boyer was pleased her team overcame a bunch of injuries.

"I had six girls that were injured and did not run today," Boyer said. "Emily Buzzell and Kathy Harrigan were the key injuries. Emily Buzzell was our top runner before she got hurt. Emily has got a biomechanical problem in her lower left leg. She continuously injures her left side. She needs to get custom-made orthodics (shoes) and then she would be ready to go."

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It didn't take long before Randy Buzzell took control of the girls' race.

"About a half mile into the race, I started to pull away," Randy Buzzell said. "It was right around the bridge, where it was kind of uphill. I was hoping to do right around 18:30 or under. I pretty much ran at the pace that I wanted to."

Harrell was also happy with his pace in his victory.

"I just had to keep focused and to keep pouring it on," Harrell said. "I ran a personal record today, so I am happy with that."

Middletown boys coach Don Boyer was impressed with the results of his team.

"We had five out of the top 11 and three out of the first six," Boyer said. "I am very pleased with their performance. It was their best performance of the year. I would like to give credit to North Hagerstown. They are much improved and they ran really well."

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