Area Roundup - Buser, Indians run away with titles

October 30, 2005


MINERAL WELLS, W.Va. - Berkeley Springs sophomore Rachel Buser and teammate Valerie Peer finished first and second at the West Virginia Class AA-A state championships for the second straight year Saturday.

Their other teammates weren't many places behind them this time, however, as the Indians scored 40 points to run away with the team title, their first since 1995. Charleston Catholic was second with 89.

"It's Berkeley Springs' first state championship in any sport in 10 years. It's been a long dry spell," said Indians coach John Rowland, who pointed out that Berkeley Springs' wrestling team also won a team title in 1995. "I think it's going to be a great morale booster for our high school."

Buser dominated the race, covering the 3.1 miles in 18 minutes, 22 seconds - just 3 seconds slower than the course record she set last year. Peer was the runner-up in 19:54, while Kari Mundi was ninth (20:38), Breanna Henry 11th (20:55), Adrienne Moretz 25th (21:48), Traci Bivens 43rd (22:56) and Sandy Crum 69th (25:58) for the Indians.


"Our girls made up their minds that they were going to win. They came here to win," said Rowland, whose team finished fourth last year. "I told them they had some tough competition, but they wouldn't hear it. They were smarter than me. ... I think we shocked some people."

Perhaps the most impressive performance was Peer's. Peer, the state champ in 2002 and '03, hadn't raced since last month due to a knee injury.

"It's the most courageous effort I've ever seen out of Valerie," Rowland said. "She was very focused and very, very tough.

"It just all worked out as well as you could ever have hoped for. We're enjoying life."

Berkeley Springs also had the area's top boys performance as Luke Unger placed 10th in Class AA-A in 17:14. Hedgesville's John Windle was the top area finisher in Class AAA, placing 19th in 17:28.

Jefferson's Brooke Boening placed sixth in 19:10 in the Class AAA girls race.

Morrison, Trojans win district titles

HERSHEY, Pa. - Chambersburg junior Sarah Morrison won her second straight PIAA District 3 Class AAA title, leading the Trojans to their second district team championship in the last three years.

Morrison, the state champ at 1,600 meters last spring, covered the hilly 3.1-mile course in 18:44 to top the field of 306 runners. Big Spring's Lara Crofford, last week's Mid-Penn champ, was second in 18:56.

"Sarah ran a really strong race tactically," Chambersburg coach Chris Monheim said. "In the last mile, she just pulled away from everybody pretty easily. If she's there with a mile to go, there's just not anybody who can run with her."

Brooke Jacobs was 12th (19:51), Cecilia Forshee 15th (19:59), Haley Thomas 17th (20:04) and Ali Lambert 35th (20:33) as the Trojans posted 70 points. Governor Mifflin finished second out of the 40 complete teams with 110.

"At the mile mark, the meet was pretty much over," Monheim said. "Where our kids finished was where they were at the mile. They got out hard, hung on and they all finished well. It was our best overall performance of the season."

In the Class AA girls race, James Buchanan's Lindsey Hollenshead placed 10th in 20:00 to lead the Rockets to a seventh-place finish in the 23-team field.

In boys action, Jed Yeatts was fourth (16:51) for ninth-place James Buchanan and Greencastle's Tim Wertner was sixth (16:58) in Class AA.

In Class AAA, Tommy Taylor was 37th (17:08) for 12th-place Chambersburg in the field of 47 teams and 337 runners. Manheim Township senior Craig Miller, the two-time defending state champ and a Foot Locker national finalist last season, won the race in 15:30.

Mercersburg girls win title

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Madi McConnell covered 5,000 meters in 20:10 to lead the Mercersburg Academy girls to the Pennsylvania Independent Schools title.

The Blue Storm had their five scorers in the top 20. Following McConnell, Anne Spencer was fourth in 20:32, Tracey Bruce was 16th in 21:42, Liza Baker was 19th in 21:50 and Maddie Deupree placed 20th in 21:56.

Tyler Small led the boys team to a third-place finish. Small was 25th overall in 17:11.


Peddie 10, No. 2 Mercersburg 7

MECERSBURG, Pa. - The Falcons' defense forced six turnovers and held Jarvis Hodge, one of the area's leading rushers, to just 17 yards as Peddie School edged Mercersburg Academy in a Mid-Atlantic Prep League game.

Despite the loss, Mercersburg (8-1, 4-1) clinches its first MAPL title since joining the league in 2000 based on head-to-head wins against The Hill and Hun.

The Falcons (2-5, 2-2) scored the game-winning touchdown late in the first half after pouncing on a fumble and returning the ball for a touchdown.

Down 7-3 in the first quarter, Tyler Newberry connected with David Ashton on a 65-yard pass play for the Blue Storm's only score of the game. Matt Von Lunen kicked the extra point for a 7-3 edge.

Peddie took an early 3-0 lead after an interception - one of three by Newberry - and marching down the field into field-goal territory.

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