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Williamsport's Forsythe saved her best for last

Girls All-County Runner of the Year

Girls All-County Runner of the Year

December 10, 2008|By ANDREW MASON

Tracey Forsythe wasn't the best runner in Washington County this past cross country season -- until the county championships in late October.

From that point on, the Williamsport senior was at her best when it counted the most.

"I knew it was going to get better because we didn't start doing speed workouts until later in the season," said Forsythe, who's been named The Herald-Mail's 2008 All-Washington County Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year for the second straight season.

At the county championships at South Hagerstown on Oct. 25, Forsythe pulled away from the North Hagerstown duo of Taryn Shank and Alison Harrell -- the county's top two runners entering the meet -- to win the race for the second straight year.

"That was really important to me," said Forsythe, who clocked a personal-record time of 19:46.5 for 3 miles that day.

That PR didn't last long.

Five days later, she placed third at the Maryland Class 1A West region meet on her home 3-mile course in 19:40.7.

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"Those were absolutely her two best races of the year, arguably of her career. She was on top of it," Williamsport coach Randy Buchman said.

"There was definitely a conscious effort to restrain from doing speed work early in the year, and there were definitely times she was getting antsy. She might say there were more frustrations than high moments this year, but those high moments were worth it."

While Forsythe was disappointed with her ninth-place finish the following week at the state championships, her time of 22:04 on Hereford's extremely challenging course was by far the best performance turned in by a county girl that day.

"I was just upset that I didn't have my best time there," Forsythe said. "I just feel like cross country wasn't as good of a season as it could have been."

Her coach has no complaints.

"She's just a consistent, strong, hard worker -- very dedicated," Buchman said. "She's just a great kid to coach -- always there early and ready to go."

The All-County Cross Country First Team is comprised of the top seven finishers from the county championships. The Second Team members took places 8-14.

Joining Forsythe on the First Team are:

Taryn Shank, Sr., North Hagerstown

Shank placed second in the county, second in the MVAL Piedmont, ninth in Maryland 2A West and 28th at 2A states.

Alison Harrell, Jr., North Hagerstown

Harrell placed third in the county, first in the MVAL Piedmont, 10th in Maryland 2A West and 38th at 2A states.

Brooke Pettner, Sr., N. Hagerstown

Pettner placed fourth in the county, third in the MVAL Piedmont, 18th in Maryland 2A West and 53rd at 2A states.

Amanda Martin, Fr., N. Hagerstown

Martin placed fifth in the county, fourth in the MVAL Piedmont, 17th in Maryland 2A West and 45th at 2A states.

Stephanie Breen, Jr., Smithsburg

Breen placed sixth in the county, fourth in the MVAL Antietam, ninth in Maryland 1A West and 17th at 1A states.

Kellie Quinn, Sr., Williamsport

Quinn placed seventh in the county, fifth in the MVAL Antietam, seventh in Maryland 1A West and 14th at 1A states.

ALL-COUNTY SECOND TEAM

Josie Smith, Jr., North Hagerstown

Christine Brugh, Jr., N. Hagerstown

Sarai Suarez, Jr., North Hagerstown

Lyndsie Delosier, So., Smithsburg

Taylor Cline, Fr., Smithsburg

Hillary Jardine, Sr., Clear Spring

Taylor Reid, Jr., Clear Spring

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