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Middletown girls run to record 7th state title

November 11, 2000|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Middletown girls run to record 7th state title



PARKTON, Md. - No Emily Buzzell? No Kathy Harrigan?

No problem for Middletown.

Missing two of their top runners to injuries, the Knights' girls cross country team proved some things never change Saturday at the Maryland state championships at Hereford High School, placing four runners in the top 13 en route to their fourth straight Class 2A championship.

"We didn't have Emily here, we didn't have Kathy here ... the other girls worked hard to be where they are," Middletown girls coach Sharon Boyer said.

The Knights have won six state titles in 10 years, and seven overall, the most of any girls team in Maryland.

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Randy Buzzell led the charge Saturday with a fourth-place finish in 20 minutes, 22 seconds, while Rocky Morgan (5th, 20:41), Catherine Rohland (10th, 21:08) and Andrea Pope (13th, 21:15) did more than enough as the Knights finished with 57 points to run away from second-place Linganore (93).

This year marks the end for seniors Randy Buzzell, Pope, Jessica Bisnett and Laura Pumphrey, who never tasted defeat in state competition for Middletown. All will graduate this spring - all sport 4.0 GPAs.

"I really don't want to give up these seniors," Boyer said. "This has been a team to remember, this senior class."

Middletown's boys team once again fell just short of a state championship, finishing second with 92 points, led by Matt Harrell's second-place finish in 16:47. Urbana repeated with 68 points.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> While Smithsburg narrowly won the Class 1A girls team championship by a 58-60 count over Glenelg and Boonsboro finished fifth (108), the Leopards' Laura Stouffer and the Warriors' Anita Rhoderick fell short of individual gold. Stouffer finished third in 21:13, while Rhoderick finished fourth in 21:25 as the tough Hereford course took its toll.

"I thought after three times running here, I'd know how to run it," Rhoderick, a senior, said. "I guess it takes a little more than that. ... I wanted to win, but fourth in the state, I can't complain about that."

"It's kind of hard out there because of the wind," Stouffer said, adding, "I'm happy with my place."

Williamsport finished third in the girls race with 76 points, as Melissa Arch (seventh, 21:57), Sara Drury (eighth, 22:11) and Katie Mayhugh (15th, 22:40) all finished in the top 15.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> The Wildcats finished fifth in the 1A boys team standings with 163 points, while Clear Spring was sixth with 169 and Boonsboro was seventh with 182.

Individually, Brunswick's Tim Galvin finished seventh in 17:32, Boonsboro's Brian Lewis was ninth in 17:45 and Williamsport's Chris Jackson was 11th in 17:54. Smithsburg's Luke Bauer was 12th in 17:56, while the Blazers' Ryan Davis was 14th in 18:07.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> North Hagerstown's girls finished in fourth place in Class 3A with 162 points, led by Lindsay Zerance (21st, 21:25), Stephanie Kurtz (24th, 21:38) and Jessica Hanlin (27th, 21:48).

"They met our expectations," North coach Frank McAdoo said. "I told them third or fourth was possible if they ran hard and worked hard. ... If things work out, we should have another excellent team next year."

The Hubs' boys finished 12th with 268 points, led by Erik Lenhart, who finished 24th in 17:52.

North Hagerstown moves back into Class 2A next year.

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