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Blazers' feet do talking for them

October 09, 2005|By KEVIN SPRADLIN

CLEAR SPRING

Under its training philosophy, the Clear Spring boys cross country team could be in line for an endorsement from Nike.

The Blazers didn't say much of anything, but had their actions speak for themselves as they ran away with the team title in the small school division at Saturday's Interstate Classic at Clear Spring High School.

"We don't talk much about it here at Clear Spring, we just do it," Blazers coach Jaime Mason said of the team's strategy. On race day, "they know what they have to do."

The Blazers took spots five through nine to place first among six complete teams. Beall was a distant second.

Josh Keyfauver was fifth overall for Clear Spring, covering the 3-mile course in 17 minutes, 43.2 seconds, followed closely by Ben Courter (17:46.4), Cory Horton (17:51.8), Dustin Adams (17:54.9) and Justin Grove (17:59.5). The 16.3-second margin from runners one through five was the smallest of the day.

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Williamsport's Justin Cole took first in the small school division, finishing in 17:01.4.

The Jefferson boys placed five runners, including three freshmen, in the top 13 to win the large school team race with 33 points. Musselman was second with 70 points, followed by Hedgesville (73) and North Hagerstown (74).

The Cougars have four freshmen on their varsity roster, a first in school history according to coach Bob Rizzo.

"This is something new for us," Rizzo said. "We just started a middle school program and that's going to help us a little more. Of course, this is a mile (longer), a step up, and they have to adjust. They've adjusted."

Cougars freshman Cory Hampshire was first overall in the combined boys large and small school race, stopping the clock in 16:56.7. Neil Whitesell, the only senior on Jefferson's varsity team, was fourth in 17:55.4. Freshman Seton Zacot placed fifth in 18:11.7, followed by sophomore Will Laufer (18:24.2) and freshman Kory Farmer (18:45).

Hampshire's win may have been assisted by a scheduling conflict, however. North Hagerstown's Hemu Arumugam, arguably one of the top two runners in Washington County this season, did not compete because he was taking the SATs.

Jordan Atha placed third in the girls small school division to lead Williamsport to first place.

Allegany's Lauryn Macfawn took first in 19:37.1.

The Wildcats were running without their top two runners, Laura Forsythe and Theresa Ruland. Forsythe was on a college visit and Ruland, like many other county athletes, was taking the SATs.

Finishing first for the team felt strange, Atha said, but it also "felt good. I liked it."

n The Hedgesville girls had their top five runners finish in the top 16 to win the large school division. Brittany Thomas' 21:28.2 paced the Eagles in the six-team field. North Hagerstown was second with 67 points, followed by Musselman (70) and Smithsburg (72).

Jefferson's Tara Franklin won the race in a time of 21:05.1

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