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Freshmen lead Wildcats-girls cross country

November 04, 2002|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING - Williamsport's Makenna Hardy said she'd never run more than a mile at one time before this cross country season.

She said the same was true for most of her fellow freshmen teammates.

Apparently the young Wildcats have wasted little time catching on to this long-distance thing.

Fueled by an all-freshmen top four, Williamsport ran away with the girls team title at the Maryland Class 1A West Regional Cross Country Championships on Friday afternoon at Clear Spring High School. The Wildcats, who won their first regional meet in 20 years, finished with 35 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Beall (72).

"(Williamsport coach Randy Buchman) works us hard in practice," said Hardy, who covered the 3-mile course in 20:22 for fourth place - one spot behind Amanda Breeden (20:21), the Wildcats' and area's top finisher. "At first we didn't understand the basic structure because we had never run cross country before. But it gets better."

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To say the least.

Rounding out the Williamsport scoring were Kristin Berry (eighth), Theresa Ruland (11th) and senior Lindsay Hovermale (13th).

"We're thrilled," said Buchman. "And I'm real thrilled for Lindsay. She's sort of the den mother for these girls. She's a four-year runner and has been with us through good times and bad."

Clear Spring senior Jeremy Everitts, the area's top boys finisher, wasn't quite as pleased with his fourth-place (17:18) effort. That's probably because Everitts, who won the Washington County meet last weekend, was racing for another victory.

"I think I should have gotten second or first," said Everitts, who broke away early with eventual winner Jordan Davis (16:03) of Allegany before fading late. "I thought I'd do better, but oh well ... I still have next week (at states). I'll deal with it and work harder."

And Davis will have teammates to train with for Nov. 9's state meet at Hereford. The Blazers took second in the team standings with 68 points, edging Westmar (68) for runner-up honors due to the sixth-runner tie-breaker.

"I love that rule," said Clear Spring coach Jamie Mason.

Although the Boonsboro girls might not feel the same way. They came out on the short end of the tie-breaker for fourth place, the last spot awarded a state berth.

The area's only other team to qualify for states was the Williamsport boys squad, which took fourth for the final entry.

Meanwhile, the Williamsport girls are keeping their eyes on one more big prize.

"I don't know who's going to beat us," said Buchman. "I think we'll be fine."

Maryland 1A West Regional Cross Country Championships

3 miles

BOYS



Teams: 1. Beall 45; 2. Clear Spring 68; 3. Westmar 68; 4. Williamsport 88; 5. Southern Garrett 111; 6. South Hagerstown 140; 7. Boonsboro 196; 8. Smithsburg 196; rest incomplete.

Individuals (state qualifiers): 1. Jordan Davis (Allegany) 16:03; 2. Tyler Bennett (Wes) 17:05; 3. Dan Dewitt (Be) 17:06; 4. Jeremy Everitts (CS) 17:18; 5. Ryan Shank (CS) 17:22; 6. Ricky Cook (Wes) 17:36; 7. Ryan Abe (Be) 17:36; 8. Dave Cavey (Wes) 17:39; 9. Kyle Roberts (Smith) 17:43; 10. Devin Hewitt (Wil) 17:47; 11. Chris Negley (Be) 17:51; 12. Craig Conroy (SG) 17:51; 13. Chris Morgan (Be) 17:55; 14. James Atkins (CS) 17:56; 15. Aaron Buchman (Wil) 18:07.

GIRLS



Teams: 1. Williamsport 35; 2. Beall 72; 3. Southern Garrett 75; 4. Westmar 97; 5. Boonsboro 97; 6. Clear Spring 147; 7. Hancock 205; rest incomplete.

Individuals (state qualifiers): 1. Jennifer Patton (Wes) 19:37; 2. Rachel Armstrong (Be) 20:07; 3. Amanda Breeden (Wil) 20:21; 4. Makenna Hardy (Wil) 20:22; 5. Heather Sagal (Be) 20:46; 6. Chelsea Githens-Brewer (South Hag) 20:55; 7. Natalie Dominick (SG) 20:57; 8. Kristin Berry (Wil) 21:02; 9. Melissa Durst (SG) 21:14; 10. Lindsey Banister (CS) 21:28; 11. Theresa Ruland (Wil) 21:43; 12. Nikki Centofonti (Smith) 21:55; 13. Lindsay Hovermale (Wil) 21:50; 14. Brittany Strite (Boon) 21:57; 15. Brittany Kershner (Wil) 21:59.

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