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Blazing a trail

Clear Spring boys win first county XC title; Hubs take girls' crown

Clear Spring boys win first county XC title; Hubs take girls' crown

October 28, 2002|by JACK HILL III

WILLIAMSPORT - Clear Spring finally got a taste of what a Washington County cross country team championship feels like.

The Blazers' boys won their first team title in school history Saturday afternoon, scoring 41 points to beat Williamsport by 11 and North Hagerstown by 21.

"This is by far the best team performance that we have ever had at Clear Spring," Blazers coach Terry Baker said. "The boys came mentally prepared today. I have never seen them this focused before."

Clear Spring senior Jeremy Everitts won a close battle in the boys race with a time of 16 minutes, 52.9 seconds on the three-mile course. North Hagerstown freshman Hemu Arumagum was second (16:56.3) and Ryan Shank of Clear Spring was third (16:57.5).

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"The coach told me to relax and let all of my competitors do all of the work," Everitts said. "I took the lead about a half mile into the race. The North runner and my teammate, Ryan Shank, caught me around the two-mile marker. The North runner took the lead then for the next half mile. I let him lead me. Then during the last 400 yards, I passed him and put the race away. But for him being only a freshman, he is an excellent runner."

North won the girls' championship, scoring 30 points to edge out Williamsport by three.

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"All week long, we were doing the numbers game," Hubs coach Kristy Johnston said. "We knew that Williamsport has those five good freshmen. Our team has been working hard trying to bring up our fourth and fifth runners. (We) know what you're going to get out of (our) top three runners. You know that they are going to get a quality race."

Hubs senior McKenzie Fox won the girls race with a time of 20:08.3 to beat out teammate Jessica Hanlin, who was second in 20:20.9. Freshman Makenna Hardy of Williamsport was third (20:35.4) and Jenna Line of North was fourth (20:42.4.).

"In the beginning, we just went hard," Fox said. "We knew that Williamsport would be competition for us. Jessica Hanlin and I were still together at the beginning of the last mile. She had a great race. I just tried to push myself during the final mile, so I could finish strong. I started to pull away with about a half mile to go."

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