Hampshire gets record, title at Interstate Classic

October 07, 2007|By CHRIS CARTER

CLEAR SPRING - Jefferson's Cory Hampshire is already thinking about what he'll do at next year's Interstate Classic cross country invitational.

The Cougars junior likely started thinking about it as he closed the final 200 meters with no threats Saturday afternoon to win in a course-record 15 minutes, 51 seconds - his third straight title.

"This has been a goal of mine since ninth grade, to set the record," said Hampshire, who broke the three-year-old mark of 15:57.7 set by River Hill's Sergiy Zubko. "Next year, I'll just try to break it again. That's a pretty good goal."

A good goal, perhaps. But it will be an unattainable one as Clear Spring's 3-mile course will be changed substantially because of zoning issues with Fairview Outdoor School. That means Hampshire will have to set a new record when he returns to go for his fourth title next year.


He certainly shouldn't change his strategy, which allowed him to pull away to beat Williamsport's Mike Lilley by 13.2 seconds. Lilley, who beat Hampshire at the Oatlands Invitational last weekend, finished second overall in 16:04.2, taking the small-school title.

"(Lilley) beat me, so I wanted to come back out and beat him. ... Pay him back," Hampshire said. "At about the mile-and-a-half mark, coming out of the woods and down the hill, I was able to pull away a little bit."

Though disappointed in losing, Lilley was happy with his time, which ranked fifth in course history - the course was established in 1992. Lilley was pleased because he edged Urbana contender Dylan Bernard (third overall, 16:22) and several others from big-school champion River Hill.

"It was a 30-second PR on this course, so I'm pretty happy," Lilley said. "My main goals were to beat (Bernard), because he beat me at the Brunswick meet (on Sept. 15), and to beat the River Hill kids, just because they have a really good team."

River Hill topped second-place Jefferson 32-55 to win the big-school team title. Glenelg was the small-school boys champion, beating second-place Winters Mill 57-78.

Williamsport swept the small-school individual titles when Tracey Forsythe finished in 20:33.6 in the girls race. Forsythe was five seconds off her second-place time of 20:28 last year, but it was still good for first in the division and fourth overall.

"She measures the race well and is good at pacing herself," said Williamsport coach Randy Buchman. "She took a fall last week and she's been battling a cold all week, so that's a better finish than we could have hoped for."

Smithsburg won the small-school girls team title, topping second-place Winters Mill 43-85. Natalie Mancini finished second in the division in 21:08 to lead the Leopards.

"We ran well and ran together as a pack, which is what we have been preaching," said Smithsburg coach Ray Shriver. "We were just hoping to run well and keep working toward our goals for regions and states. We did those things and it just turned out that we were able to win."

Martinsburg sophomore Shelby Johnson was the area's top overall girls finisher, taking third in the big-school race in 20:29.3. She finished behind Richard Montgomery seniors Luyang Liu (19:51.1) and Sarah Britton (20:11.5), who took the top two spots for a second-place team finish behind Urbana, which won 52-71.

River Hill junior Katie Harman, the defending overall champion, crossed the finish line 15 seconds before Liu, but was disqualified for making a wrong turn in the opening mile of the race.

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