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Hubs' Shank does math to beat South

October 02, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

Taryn Shank might cut this article out of the newspaper for her scrapbook. North Hagerstown math teacher David Warrenfeltz might even cut it out and hang it on his wall.

"Mr. Warrenfeltz will put the story on the board if I say something about calculus," said Shank, a North senior. "But I don't know what to say. ... I love calculus, and I love running."

Enough said.

Shank pulled away from teammate Alison Harrell in the final half-mile on North's 3.1-mile course Wednesday to win the girls race in 21:40, while leading the Hubs to a convincing 15-50 victory in their dual meet with South Hagerstown.

Harrell, who had been North's top runner all season, finished second in 21:59.

"The past few races, I've been like a minute behind (Harrell), so it's exciting to be up with her," Shank said. "She was in front of me the whole race today. I kept trying to pass her, but she wouldn't let me. And finally I did."

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The Hubs put all seven of their varsity runners in front of South's No. 1 girl to post the perfect score.

"It was not much of a competition, but it was still good," said Shank, who got her first career victory. "It was exciting."

The North boys also dominated against the Rebels on Wednesday, taking seven of the top eight places to win 17-46.

South's Brandon Mauck set the early pace, but was unable to hold off the North trio of Nathan Ober, Ben Kofoet and Charlie Abeles in the final mile. Down the stretch, it was an all-out, all-Hubs race for the win.

Ober emerged victorious in 18:27, Kofoet was the runner-up in 18:29, Abeles took third in 18:32 and Mauck finished fourth in 18:42.

"Charlie, Ben and I have been fighting it out for that top spot all season," Ober said. "That really helps push you."

It helped him capture his first career victory Wednesday.

"We're not two of the strongest teams in the county, but it's always nice to have this North-South dual meet," Ober said. "Hopefully we can keep getting better."

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