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Area teams to run last x-c meet

November 09, 2000

Area teams to run last x-c meet



By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer


On Saturday, 10 area teams from six schools will converge on Hereford High School at the Maryland cross country championships.

From Washington County, Smithsburg, Williamsport and Boonsboro will compete in the Class 1A girls team competition while Clear Spring will join the Wildcats and Warriors in the 1A boys team competition. North Hagerstown will compete in both the boys and girls competition in Class 3A.

In addition, Middletown's girls will look for their fourth straight title in Class 2A, while the boys seek their first championship after several close finishes.

"They've done well, but our goal is to win the state championship this year," Middletown boys coach Don Boyer said, adding of the Knights' stiffest competition - Urbana and Towson - "Any one of the three teams could win."

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But the closest competition is likely to come during the afternoon in the 1A races.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> On the girls side, the 1A West champion Leopards are the best bet for a team title. Laura Stouffer, the region's individual champion, leads the way while Jordann Waldron, Emily Sprankle, Carrie Hartman and Nikki Centofonti give Smithsburg trememdous depth.

Williamsport's girls finished second to the Leopards and are led by Melissa Arch, Sarah Drury and Katie Mayhugh, all of whom finished in the top 10 in the region meet.

Boonsboro finished fourth in the region, led by Anita Rhoderick, the runner-up to Stouffer in the individual competition who would like nothing more than to knock off her rival when it means the most.

"Anita's determined to win," Boonsboro coach Jason Orendi said. "Her number one priority was to run and win the state meet."

Individually, Clear Spring's Heather Schnebly (7th) and Lyndsay Banister (15th) both qualified.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> On the boys side, Williamsport, Clear Spring and Boonsboro finished second, third and fourth in the 1A West region. Westmar won the team competition.

The Wildcats are led by Chris Jackson, who finished sixth in the region meet, and Devon Hewitt, who finished 15th. The Blazers are led by Ryan Davis (4th), while the Warriors are led by Brian Lewis (5th) and Gary Markle (12th).

Individually, Smithsburg's Luke Bauer will compete in the boys race after finishing second in the region. The Leopards' Ken Hoch (11th) also qualified.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> In class 3A, both North Hagerstown's boys and girls have met their goals by qualifying for the state competition.

The Hubs' girls finished third in the West region and are led by Lindsay Zerance (5th), Stephanie Kurtz (12th) and Jessica Hanlin (18th). McKenzie Fox and Bethany Shoaf round out the team.

North's boys finished sixth in the region and are led by Erik Lenhart (6th). Tom Harding, Tyler Snyder, Steve Heagy and Seth Hartley will also compete for the Hubs.

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