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Hewitt's mettle nets medal

November 09, 2003|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

PARKTON, Md. - Williamsport's Devin Hewitt could put most runners on their backs in a minute, and he could beat most wrestlers in a distance run by at least a minute.

If the two sports merged into one, the gold would surely be Hewitt's.

For now, though, the Wildcats senior will have to settle for another silver.

Hewitt placed second Saturday in the Class 1A boys race at the Maryland State Cross Country Championships at Hereford High School, adding another state silver medal to the one he won last winter in wrestling.

"This is the first year I really got serious about running," Hewitt said. "I put in a lot of mileage over the summer. I really wanted to win this. But I was 13th last year and beat about six guys who beat me."

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Hewitt, who said he used to treat cross country as just wrestling training, was also the runner-up at the MVAL Antietam Conference, Washington County and West region championships earlier this year.

"It's bittersweet," Hewitt said.

"He's always had that one kid he's had trouble beating," Williamsport coach Randy Buchman said. "He may not win, but at the end of the day, you know you got 100 percent from him."

Hewitt did all he could to hang onto Beall's Dan Dewitt, before the Mountaineers junior pulled away midway through the hilly 3-mile course. Dewitt clocked a winning time of 17 minutes, 24 seconds, while Hewitt finished a distant runner-up in 17:51.

Beall, which took three of the top four places, won the team title with 48 points. Williamsport was third (90), Catoctin fifth (128) and Smithsburg seventh (169) in the 13-team field.

Clear Spring's Jimmy Atkins (18:15) and Williamsport's Aaron Buchman (18:21) also cracked the top 10 individually, placing fifth and sixth, while Catoctin's Jeremy Kurtz (11th, 18:29) and Michael Topper (12th, 18:37) and Williamsport's Justin Cole (15th, 18:44) added to the area's medal (top-15) count.

In the Class 2A boys race, North Hagerstown's Hemu Arumugam seemed to have the perfect strategy for the hills, before they caught up to him. The Hubs sophomore went out easy, before moving from about 20th place at the 1-mile mark into a share of second with Middletown's John Coconis by 2 miles.

But down the stretch, both faded, as South Carroll's Phil Diven (17:22) coasted to the win. Coconis finished fourth (17:45), while Arumugam was sixth (17:54).

"It was a great strategy. I felt great," said Arumugam, who placed seventh (17:55) on the same state course last year. "I just didn't have much left for the finish.

"It just comes down to hill work. That's what I said last year, and here we are again."

North's Cameron Hanlin (14th, 18:10) rounded out the area's 2A boys medals.

Liberty won the team title with 106 points, while Middletown finished sixth (184) and North was ninth (218).

Area runners dominated the girls 1A and 2A races. Clear Spring junior Ashley Lockard won the 1A title in 20:03, Jessica Hanlin was the 2A champ in 20:22 and Williamsport easily defended its 1A team title with 35 points.

Medal winners in 1A included: Williamsport's Theresa Ruland (third, 20:48), Laura Forsythe (sixth, 21:16), Makenna Hardy (ninth, 21:32) and Kristin Berry (13th, 22:04); Catoctin's Jaime Wright (fifth, 20:53); and Boonsboro's Kara Wastler (eighth, 21:27).

North's Jenna Line (sixth, 21:06), South Hagerstown's Chelsea Githens-Brewer (10th, 21:25) and Middletown's Catherine Rohland (14th, 21:50) won medals in 2A.

Clear Spring (106) and Boonsboro (108) were fourth and fifth in the 1A standings. Glenelg won the 2A championship with 87, while Middletown (127) took third and North (171) was sixth.

Thomas Johnson's Chelsea Powell finished 12th (20:55) in the 4A race.

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