Arumugam settles for third in 2A

November 13, 2005|By ANDREW MASON

PARKTON, Md. - Maybe North Hagerstown senior Hemu Arumugam started off too slowly.

Or maybe Atholton junior Andrew Revelle was just too fast.

Either way, Arumugam was never in a position to challenge for the win Saturday as Revelle defended his Class 2A boys title at the Maryland State Cross Country Championships on Hereford's hilly 3-mile course in 16 minutes, 44 seconds.

Arumugam, a three-time state champ in the 3,200-meter run in track, had to settle for a third-place finish in 17:26.

"I got out too slow," said Arumugam, who was in about 15th place at the mile, already trailing early leader Revelle by almost 100 meters. "I didn't want to get out too fast, but obviously I didn't get out fast enough."

While Arumugam was fast enough to pass most of the field in front of him for his highest place in four tries at states, the chance to add a cross country gold medal to his collection of state winnings from indoor and outdoor track passed him by.


"It was disappointing, but (Revelle) is really good and I knew he was going to be up there again," said Arumugam, who was seventh at states as a freshman, sixth as a sophomore and 28th last year. "At least that was better than last year. I wanted to win, but I knew it was going to be tough.

"I'm mostly disappointed because I've been doing this for so long and that was my last race."

Middletown's Brandon Boyer placed 15th in 18:07, capturing the last 2A medal.

Cole can relax

Williamsport junior Justin Cole worried about the Class 1A boys race all week.

"That's all I could think about. I've been losing sleep," he said. "I was worried about how I was going to do and stuff."

Stuff worked out well as Cole was the area's top finisher in the race, placing third in 17:30.

"That's a lot better than I expected," he said. "I didn't think I was going to be in the top five or break 18 minutes.

"It was a battle out there, but I can relax now."

Clear Spring won five of the 1A medals on the way to its first team title. Josh Keyfauver was sixth (17:54), Ben Courter eighth (18:02), Cory Horton 10th (18:11), Dustin Adams 12th (18:17) and Justin Grove 15th (18:27).

"It's huge. We've been talking about it forever," Clear Spring coach Jaime Mason said. "First day of school, I put an overhead up of a state banner that would hang on the gym wall. Now, it's not just an overhead anymore. They can start manufacturing it."

Other medal winners included Smithsburg's Corey Centofonti (seventh, 17:58), Brunswick's Bastien Vansoye (ninth, 18:07) and Boonsboro's Andy Brabson (11th, 18:13).

'A medal is a medal'

Washington County champion Anna Lenhart won her first state medal in the Class 2A girls race. The North senior finished sixth in 21:10.

"I was told I could get anywhere from second to 10th, but a medal is a medal," Lenhart said. "It killed me, but senior year, it doesn't matter.

"This race defines your season. It's my last season, so it defines my running."

Frederick's Inna Potekhina was eighth in 21:12.

'Cats take home hardware

Area runners won six medals in the Class 1A girls race, with team champ Williamsport taking home five of them.

For the Wildcats, Kara Hardy was fifth (21:55), Makenna Hardy seventh (22:07), Jordan Atha ninth (22:17), Theresa Ruland 13th (22:40) and Laura Forsythe 15th (22:51).

It was Ruland's fourth state medal in cross country, a Williamsport record, according to her coach, Randy Buchman.

It also was Williamsport's third state title in the last four years. Seniors Ruland, Forsythe, Makenna Hardy and Kristin Berry, who finished 19th Saturday, were varsity members of all three championship teams.

"We were all getting teary-eyed at the starting line because it was our last race," Makenna Hardy said.

Brunswick's Laura Rupprecht finished second in 21:45 - a distant runner-up to Allegany's Lauryn MacFawn (20:15).

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