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Trojans edged by a point

October 21, 2004|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

CARLISLE, Pa. - One point. One lousy, measly, stinking point.

After the field of 184 varsity girls made its way through the wet and rolling 3.1-mile course at Wednesday's Mid-Penn Conference Cross Country Championships, one point was all that separated Chambersburg and Cedar Cliff at the top of the team standings.

And it was one point too many for the Trojans.

Cedar Cliff, which edged Chambersburg 27-30 earlier this season for the Commonwealth Division dual-meet title, squeaked by the Trojans 71-72 for the overall conference championship.

"I don't like losing, and my girls hate losing," said Chambersburg coach Chris Monheim, whose team won the Mid-Penn and District 3-AAA titles last year. "But when we think about our overall goals, this meet doesn't have any real bearing on the next two weekends (districts and states). Hopefully, these close seconds will just make a possible victory next weekend all that much sweeter."

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Cedar Cliff senior Janelle Young won her second straight Mid-Penn title in 18 minutes, 52 seconds. Chambersburg sophomore Sarah Morrison, who beat Young on the same course earlier this season at the Carlisle Invitational, placed fifth (19:18) to lead the Trojans.

"I didn't really feel too well. I just couldn't go any faster," Morrison said. "But we keep getting better every race. If one person has a bad race, the rest of the team is there to back you up."

Unlike previous years, Class AAA and Class AA competed together Wednesday. The top 35 runners earned all-conference honors.

The Trojans took home five of those medals. Brooke Jacobs was eighth (19:37), Samantha Jones 15th (20:03), Sarah Osterman 20th (20:19) and Regina Heiser 31st (20:39).

n The cross country machine called Cedar Cliff dominated the boys race as only it can.

The Cedar Cliff boys, ranked seventh in the nation by The Harrier magazine, captured three of the top four places and five of the top 10 - led by champion Pat Caulfield (16:15) - for a winning total of 25 points.

Cumberland Valley (89) was second in the 27-team field, while James Buchanan (148) finished a bittersweet (more sweet than bitter) third, blowing away the rest of the Class AA schools.

"It would have been cool to be the winner, but ... this is just as good," said JB junior Jed Yeatts, who was sixth overall (16:40) and the first among Class AA runners. "It was just like, 'Wow, I'm running with the Cedar Cliff boys.' I just stuck with them as long as I could and tried to move up."

The Rockets won't have to concern themselves with any Class AAA competition the rest of the season.

"We enjoyed the competition today," JB coach Daryl Hunsberger said. "You'll never hear a complaint from me about that. It will just get us ready for districts. ... We're going to be deadly in AA. I think we can win the state title."

Dillon Gracey (12th, 16:52) and Jeremiah Kimberley (32nd, 17:32) also won medals for the Rockets.

For Chambersburg, which finished fourth (174), Jeremy Eshleman was 18th (17:11) and Tommy Taylor 27th (17:29).

Tim Wertner placed 26th (17:28) for Greencastle-Antrim.

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