Area roundup - Indians' Buser wins state title

October 31, 2004


MINERAL WELLS, W.Va. - Berkeley Springs freshman Rachel Buser ended teammate Valerie Peer's two-year run of Class AA-A titles in record fashion Saturday at the West Virginia State Cross Country Championships.

Buser won the state crown in a course-record 18 minutes, 19 seconds - 25 seconds faster than the previous mark set by Peer last year. Peer, a junior, finished second Saturday in 19:03, as the duo guided the Indians to a fourth-place team finish.

"I expected Rachel to be a real solid No. 2 runner for us this year. But we didn't expect her to be this good," Berkeley Springs coach John Rowland said. "We're very pleased. We've been really blessed with girls with talent, and they work incredibly hard."

So how is Peer, the 2003 Herald-Mail Runner of the Year, taking it all - going from being the two-time state champ to the team's No. 2 runner?


"With more class and dignity than 95 percent of the adults I've ever met," Rowland said. "Valerie's still the glue to our team. She's our captain. But she and Rachel compete. Valerie wants to beat her, but Rachel is just at another level right now."

Led by Brooke Boening's seventh-place finish (20:20), Jefferson placed seventh in the Class AAA girls race. Hedgesville, which got a 44th-place finish from Natasha Redman (23:14), finished eighth.

Musselman's Matt Rouzer was the top area finisher in the Class AAA boys field, placing 19th (18:01). Kevin Thurston was 24th (18:17) for Jefferson, which finished sixth. Barrett Peitz was 28th (18:24) for Hedgesville, which finished 11th.

Morrison wins District 3-AAA title

HERSHEY, Pa. - Chambersburg sophomore Sarah Morrison won the PIAA District 3 Class AAA girls cross country title, topping the field of 307 runners on Milton Hershey's hilly 3.1-mile course in 19 minutes, 8 seconds.

Cedar Cliff senior Janelle Young, the defending district champ who beat Morrison by 26 seconds at last week's Mid-Penn championships, finished second in 19:29.

"Sarah Morrison just ran the perfect race," Chambersburg coach Chris Monheim said. "She went out hard, let a couple other kids do the work early and at two miles, she caught Janelle Young and the race was over. It almost looked like she was just playing with people today.

"Her time was impressive. The course was in pretty sloppy shape. It wasn't easy."

Brooke Jacobs finished 11th (19:58) for Chambersburg, which scored 134 points to place third in the 41-team field and capture a team berth for next weekend's state meet. Cedar Cliff (87) won and Cumberland Valley (116) was second.

"We're going to states. That was the main objective," said Monheim, whose team won districts and placed second at states last year. "We really thought we had a good shot at winning, but Cedar Cliff and Cumberland Valley did some serious running. We were disappointed, but we ran hard and left everything out on the course. ... It's going to be interesting again next week."

The James Buchanan boys team also is heading to states. The Rockets placed three runners in the top 20 - Jed Yeatts (second, 17:03), Dillon Gracey (third, 17:07) and Jeremiah Kimberley (20th, 17:35) - to take second out of 29 teams in the Class AA field with 130 points. Wyomissing won with 86 points.

Greencastle-Antrim's Tim Wertner, JB's Aileen Martin and Chambersburg's Jeremy Eshleman qualified individually for states.

Wertner placed 15th (17:30) in boys Class AA, Martin finished 21st (21:01) in girls Class AA and Eshleman was 37th (17:27) in boys Class AAA.

Mercersburg's McConnell second at states

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Mercersburg Academy's Madi McConnell placed second at the Pennsylvania Independent School state meet, covering the 3.1-mile course in 20:40.2.

Notre Dame's Stephanie Hayden won the race in 20:24.2.

Anne Spencer was 15th (21:49.9) for Mercersburg, which placed fourth in the 11-team field.

The Mercersburg boys, who placed seventh in the 18-team field, were led by Griffin Burns (18th, 17:27.3).


St. James 35, Flint Hill 6

OAKTON, Va. - Nick Holtz ran for a touchdown and passed for one and Shannon Strange rushed for 121 yards on nine carries, including a 26-yard TD run, as St. James beat Flint Hill in the Mid Atlantic Conference.

Jimmy Sutch ran for 65 yards on 13 carries, including a 12-yard TD run, for the Saints (6-2, 3-1). Miles Chan scored on a 6-yard run and Joe Thomas scored on a 27-yard completion from Holtz.


Maryland Private Schools Tournament

ST. JAMES - At least one Washington County team will advance to the championship game today at the Maryland Private Schools Touranment at St. James.

Defending tourney champ St. Maria Goretti will face St. James in the semifinals. The other semifinal is The Heights vs. Bishop Walsh. Both games begin at 10:30 a.m. The winners play at 2 p.m. for the title.

In Saturday's round-robin, opening action, The Heights went 4-0, Goretti 2-1-1, St. James 1-1-2 and Bishop Walsh 1-2-1. St. John's at Prospect Hall went 0-4 and was eliminated from the tourney.

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