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Lockard, Hawks head to nationals

November 03, 2005|by ANDREW MASON

andrewm@herald-mail.com

The difference between high school running and college running is like buses and planes.

Hagerstown Community College freshman Ashley Lockard is learning that this fall.

"It's kind of scary," said Lockard, a 2005 Clear Spring graduate. "You have to race people from other colleges from everywhere, not just Maryland 1A."

Last year at this time, Lockard was on her way to winning a second straight Maryland Class 1A state cross country title.

Today, Lockard and three of her teammates are flying to Kansas for Saturday's NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.

"I'm just going to do my best," Lockard said.

She'll be joined by fellow freshman Ashley Colbert, a Middletown graduate, in the women's 5K race. Competing for HCC in the men's 8K are freshman Anthony Clement and sophomore Jon Edmands, a 2004 Middletown graduate.

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Hawks coach Brian Ferrari said Lockard and Clement each has a decent chance to earn All-American status by placing in the top 15.

Lockard, who won nearly every race she ran in high school, hasn't had it quite so easy this fall.

"I'm at the back of the pack again as a freshman," she said.

While that's not entirely true, she hasn't been leading the pack, either.

"I've been running pretty well, and I'm still having fun doing it. It's not always about winning," Lockard said. "I'm running more now than I did in high school, a lot more. I think I've matured a lot."

Her maturity will be put to the test Saturday.

"It's been a real good learning experience for her this season," Ferrari said. "She's been competing against juniors and seniors all year. This will be the first time that she's going to be competing against just strictly junior colleges."

It's hard to predict how Clement will perform at nationals. This is the Windber, Pa., native's very first season of cross country running, and he just keeps getting better.

"I still don't know what he's capable of," Ferrari said.

High school championships

The Chambersburg girls team will be racing for its third state title in program history and first since 1989 on Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA championships at Hershey.

The Trojans won last weekend's District 3 title by capturing four of the top 20 and five of the top 35 places, led by individual champ Sarah Morrison.

"If they can go out and repeat that performance, we'll be right there. That should give us a good shot at it," Chambersburg coach Chris Monheim said. "And I think we can even up it another notch."

n Tickets to Nov. 12's Maryland state meet will be punched today.

The Maryland Class 1A West championships are at Clear Spring, beginning at 3 p.m. The 2A West championships are at Middletown, beginning at 2.

The Williamsport girls are aiming for their fourth straight region title in 1A, while North senior Hemu Arumugam will be defending his title in 2A.

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