Rebels' Mauch takes race, but Hubs sweep event

October 04, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

South Hagerstown cross country runner Brandon Mauch captured individual honors on his home course Tuesday afternoon but North Hagerstown showed more depth and won 27-30 in boys action.

South High did not field a girls team.

There were five Rebels at the starting line - the first time that has happened since 2004 - but Amanda McGee suffered stomach cramps and did not complete the 2.9-mile course.

"We've had some injuries, slowing us down, but I was satisfied with the effort," first-year North Hagerstown coach Jerry Crable said. "(Charlie) Abeles was our top finisher, but (Nathan) Ober was right there and (Ben) Kofoet wasn't far behind. They've been our top three runners all season."

Mauch, a junior, won a close race in 18:20 on a beautiful fall afternoon. South's Sam Jones was the runner-up in 18:21, Abeles was third, also in 18:21, and Ober was fourth in 18:24.


"The weather was good, maybe a little too warm for cross country," Mauch said. "It's always nice to win a race, and I feel like I'm improving since early in the season."

South coach Jaime Camden said her team is also improving.

"We were very competitive, even though we were missing Mike Helman, one of our top runners," South coach Jamie Camden said.

Brooke Pettner dominated in the girls race, winning by more than a minute in 22:08. Allison Harrell (23:13) and Taryn Shank (23:41) gave the Hubs a 1-2-3 finish.

"I'm pleased with Allison's progress this year," Crable said. "She started the season as our fourth-fifth runner and now she's No. 2."

Sophomore Tricia Korrell led South, placing fourth in 23:58.

Both schools return to action Saturday at Clear Spring's Interstate Classic.

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