Lockard wins another race

September 12, 2004|by JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - Even though it is early in the season, Clear Spring senior Ashley Lockard is right on schedule with her running.

Lockard, the defending Maryland Class 1A state cross country champion, won the girls race at Saturday's Frank Keyser Invitational with a time of 19 minutes, 16.2 seconds. Urbana's Emma Cordani finished second (19:26.9), Potomac Falls' Kierston Peterson was third (19:28.5) and Williamsport's Theresa Ruland took fourth (19:41.1).

"It seemed real easy today to run," Lockard said. "I just felt very relaxed. All of the girls here did an awesome job. I just wanted to go out and run and stay relaxed.

"There was a pack of us that was close together at the beginning of the race. After the second mile, I started to pull away."


Lockard still had plenty of energy at the end.

"She is always able to find that final burst of energy," Clear Spring coach Jaime Mason said. "She has more energy than any person that I have ever met."

"You had to go uphill for the final mile, so actually it was kind of tough," Lockard said. "At the finish of the race, I had to push as hard as I could and give all that I had left. I felt that my performance was pretty good. I couldn't do it without all of the cheering and support from my school and the fans."

Mason certainly had no complaints with the performance.

"I'm really excited with Ashley Lockard," Mason said. "She is showing a lot of mental maturity and it is early in the season. She is starting to use her physical strengths in a smart way and getting the most out of her body. She is just learning to make good decisions and responding well to the competition. Today, she did what she needed to do. Theresa Ruland of Williamsport is always there pushing her. I think that they bring the best out of each other."

Urbana won the girls team title with 60 points. Potomac Falls finished second with 67 and Williamsport, the two-time defending 1A state champ, was third with 79.

"We have spent a lot of time during the beginning of the season working on our endurance," Urbana coach Dave Britton said. "So, I thought that because we haven't worked on any speed yet, I didn't think that we would run as fast as what we did today. That was a pleasant surprise to me."

Gaithersburg won the boys team title with 45 points. Liberty finished second with 96.

Junior Ryan Janes of Gaithersburg won the boys race with a time of 15:28.3. Zach Martinez, Janes' teammate, was second in 15:33.0.

"I won it last year, so I knew that I wanted to defend the title," Janes said. "My teammate, Zach Martinez, and I wanted to finish in the top two spots. We were able to accomplish that goal."

Frederick senior Morgan Sowell, a track standout but first-year cross country runner, finished third (15:58.2). North Hagerstown's Hemu Arumugam, The Herald-Mail Boys Runner of the Year last fall, was sixth (16:05.6).

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