Rebels in running to score

September 27, 2007|By ANDREW MASON

Even if the South Hagerstown girls cross country team loses at home against North Hagerstown on Oct. 3, the score might be a personal victory for the Rebels.

Any score.

It takes five runners to make a complete cross country team, and it takes a complete team to attain a team score.

"South hasn't had a complete girls team in a long, long time," Rebels second-year coach Jaime Camden said. "It's very discouraging. But I think we're getting there."

Camden does indeed have five girls this year on her roster - junior Rachel Loudin, sophomore Tricia Korrell and freshmen Jenny Mumma, Amanda McGee and Bethany Nutter. But injuries have prevented all five from running in the same meet so far this fall.


"I'm hoping it will happen," Camden said, "hopefully for our home meet against North."

Korrell was the lone runner for the South girls last season.

"The boys team has grown significantly, too," Camden said. "We have 14 or 15 boys on the team this year. We had seven last year.

"I'm hoping we can just build from here. In a couple of years, I'm hoping to have a really great program. I want to be able to get it on its feet and get it going. This year and next year will be our growing seasons."

Unfortunately for the South girls, they were only able to enjoy junior Brooke Pettner for one meet this season - the Brunswick Invitational on Sept. 15. Pettner placed third at the Washington County championships last fall for North.

"She transferred from North and was with us for one week, and then she transferred back. It was kind of disappointing," Camden said. "I don't know what was going on. She's back on the North team now."

Camden, who also teaches at South, said she's always on the lookout for new runners.

"I mention it in every single one of my classes and at parent-teacher night," she said. "(The three freshmen on the girls team) are all in my biology class.

"I really want to get the freshmen involved, because if we can hook them in, we'll be able to get more kids later."

For now, the goal for the South girls is clear.

"Just getting a score on the board," Camden said.

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