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Broken record

Wilson stays undefeated and smashes Smithsburg's course mark in process

Wilson stays undefeated and smashes Smithsburg's course mark in process

October 10, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

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SMITHSBURG -- Gettysburg's Michael Beegle proved to be the perfect opening act for the most recent performance of "The David Wilson Show" on Saturday at Smithsburg's 20th annual Don Stoner Memorial Cross Country Invitational.

Beegle cruised to victory in the small-school boys race. He covered the hilly 3.04 miles in a course-record time of 16 minutes, 21.5 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 16:22.5 set by his brother, Bryan Beegle, in 2005.

Next up was Wilson in the large-school boys race. And the Smithsburg senior didn't disappoint his fans on his home course.

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"I wanted to get the record," Wilson said. "But I wasn't going to kill myself to get it."

Instead, he made his challengers suffer, as he shot out to the early lead on a mission.

"This was one of the first races where I really tried to lead from the beginning," Wilson said. "And that's a lot more difficult."

He went through the first mile in 5:03, having dropped everyone but Glenelg's Robby Creese and Urbana's Jimmy Miller. By the second mile, which he hit in 10:25, Wilson had 10 seconds on Creese and 20 on Miller.

When Wilson crossed the finish line in 16:00.7, he was all alone -- in the record book. Creese also dipped under the previous mark, finishing second in 16:20.5, while Miller took third in 16:23.7. Williamsport's Evan Hardy was eighth in 17:19.0.

Wilson and Creese also went 1-2 at the Interstate Classic on Sept. 5 at Clear Spring, where Wilson began his senior campaign with a course-record performance.

He's won every race since -- a perfect 7-for-7 on the season.

"At the start of the season, I knew it was going to be a good one," Wilson said. "But I didn't expect to go undefeated this long. Each race, it gets a little scarier. ... Robby Creese gave me a little scare today."

The next big race is the MVAL Antietam meet Friday at Smithsburg. But even Wilson admitted, "That's going to be an easy one."

In Saturday's small-school boys race, Boonsboro's Evan Moser placed third in 17:12.6, and South Hagerstown's Sam Jones was fifth in 18:02.0.

"I was hoping to get first," said Moser, who won a title last weekend at the Keyser Invitational on his home course. "But you know how it goes. I just didn't have my best day. It was rough."

Poolesville edged Gettysburg 69-70 for the small-school boys title. Greencastle-Antrim finished third (93), getting top-10 finishes from Joe Pasquarello (seventh, 18:03.9), Daulton Monn (eighth, 18:10.8) and Brandon Thrush (10th, 18:26.4).

The North Hagerstown girls team -- a local powerhouse, when healthy -- was far from full strength Saturday, fielding an incomplete team in the large-school girls race.

"Everyone's just been sick," North coach Lindsay Zerance said. "Everyone either has swine or the flu. I'm down to just two healthy girls. It's unfortunate, but I can't do anything about it.

"All of them are stressing out that they're falling out of shape, but I don't think it will set them back too far. We should be ready to go for (the Antietam meet). They'll be ready to come back with a vengeance."

Becky Yep won the large-school girls race in 19:27.0 for team champ Mount Hebron. Greencastle's Charmayne McFadden was fifth in 20:16.8, while Smithsburg's Stephanie Breen had Washington County's top performance, finishing 23rd in 22:06.8.

Gettysburg's Colleen O'Dowd won the small-school girls race in 20:56.8, while Westminster held off Catoctin 78-96 for the team title. Boonsboro's Sarah Zielinski was sixth in 22:46.3.

Linganore won the large-school boys team title.

Don Stoner Invitational



at Smithsburg (3.04 miles)

Small-school girls

Teams: 1. Westminster 78; 2. Catoctin 96; 3. Manchester Valley 101; 4. Gettysburg 113; 5. Brunswick 125; 6. Boonsboro 129; 7. Poolesville 131; 8. Clear Spring 144; 9. Williamsport 146. Incomplete -- North Carroll, Thomas Stone, Hancock, Waynesboro.

Runners (top 15): 1. Colleen O'Dowd (Ge) 20:56.8; 2. Michele Stromberg (NC) 21:21.6; 3. Becky Kaler (Br) 21:53.2; 4. Leah Stone (Ca) 22:00.9; 5. Natalie Eastwood (We) 22:05.1; 6. Sarah Zielinski (Bo) 22:46.3; 7. Eileen Curley (Ge) 22:50.4; 8. Hannah Sisler (We) 22:51.9; 9. Megan Gerdes (Po) 23:01.6; 10. Meghan Bachmore (Ge) 23:23.0; 11. Sara Bucacink (We) 23:24.3; 12. Jessica Lavelle (Ca) 23:31.9; 13. Kelsey Valentine (Ca) 23:42.3; 14. Alexandra Correll (Wa) 23:44.1; 15. Kelsey Nair (Wa) 23:45.3.

Large-school girls

Teams: 1. Mount Hebron 48; 2. Thomas Johnson 50; 3. Urbana 62; 4. Glenelg 122; 5. Smithsburg 142; 6. Walkersville 156; 7. Linganore 200; 8. Middletown 214; 9. Tuscarora 244; 10. Mount de Sales 256. Incomplete -- North Hagerstown, Greencastle, Seneca Valley.

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