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Championship season has arrived

October 18, 2007|By ANDREW MASON

Championship season is under way for Tri-State area cross country teams.

Chambersburg runners won four medals - awarded to the top 35 finishers - at the Mid-Penn Conference championships, held Wednesday on Big Spring's challenging 3.1-mile course.

Laurie Jones placed 17th in 20:53 and Haley Thomas was 25th in 21:17 for the Chambersburg girls, who placed fourth out of 23 complete teams. Northern York won, Greencastle-Antrim was 18th and James Buchanan and Waynesboro both had incomplete teams. Shippensburg's Neely Spence was the individual champion for the second straight year in 18:37.

In the boys race, David Eubanks was 25th (17:49) and Jordan Smith 26th (17:50) for Chambersburg, which finished seventh out of 28 complete teams. Cumberland Valley won, Waynesboro was 23rd, JB 26th and Greencastle 28th. Bishop McDevitt's Joe Beveridge won the race in 16:39.

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The perennially strong Chambersburg girls likely will need a stronger performance at next weekend's District 3-AAA meet to earn their 11th straight team berth at states. The top five teams at districts advance.

"We're just not healthy at all. I don't know what to do," Chambersburg girls coach Chris Monheim said. "The girls are trying their best.

"But we have a week and a half off, and I think we'll go into districts a little healthier. We definitely have a chance (to qualify for states). We were fourth last year at the conference meet and finished fifth at districts."

West Virginia Region II

The West Virginia Region II championships are today - Class AA-A at Berkeley Springs and Class AAA at Elkins.

Berkeley Springs senior Rachel Buser will be gunning for her fourth straight region title in girls AA-A, while Jefferson junior Cory Hampshire will be racing for his third straight in boys AAA.

Probably the most intriguing race is in boys AA-A - Doddridge's Levi Grandt, last year's region and state champ, vs. Berkeley Springs' Lenny Roach, last year's region runner-up.

Roach and Grandt are 1-1 against each other this fall. Roach beat Grandt by 11 seconds at the GEICO Classic on Sept. 8, and Grandt beat Roach by 10 seconds at the Berkeley Springs Invitational on Sept. 22.

MVAL championships

The MVAL championships will be held Friday at Liberty High School in Sykesville, Md.

It will be a long day of racing - Blue Ridge boys at 9 a.m., Blue Ridge girls at 9:30, Chesapeake boys at 10:10, Chesapeake girls at 10:40, all JV boys at 11:15, all JV girls at 11:50, Antietam boys at 12:45 p.m., Antietam girls at 1:15, Piedmont boys at 2:05 and Piedmont girls at 2:35.

All of Washington County's varsity teams will be competing in the afternoon - Boonsboro, Clear Spring, Smithsburg and Williamsport in the Antietam races, and North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown in the Piedmont.

The Williamsport girls have won the last four Antietam team titles, while the Clear Spring boys have won the last two.

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