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State crown helps Wilson put finishing touch on quest

November 14, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

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    PARKTON, Md. -- In the final cross country race of his high school career Saturday at the Maryland state championships, David Wilson could finally let his feet and legs do all the talking -- and thinking.

    "It was weird, because normally when I'm racing, I'm thinking about the race I'm in," the Smithsburg senior said. "But this one, I wasn't thinking about the race. It got to the point where I'd been focusing on it for so long that it was almost like I couldn't focus on it any longer."

    Instead, he poured everything out over the hilly and muddy 3-mile course at Hereford High School, resulting in an absolute domination of the Class 1A boys field.

    Wilson crossed the finish line in 16 minutes, 38 seconds to become Washington County's first boys state cross country champion since Tim Mason won his second straight Class 1A title for Clear Spring in 1997. Allegany's Ian MacFawn finished second Saturday, roughly four football fields behind Wilson in 17:45.

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The victory capped an undefeated season for Wilson, who won all 11 of his races this fall. The last county runner to finish a perfect season with a state title was Wayne Vaughn, who did it for South Hagerstown in 1964.

"It was everything I wanted it to be," Wilson said. "It's just a great feeling."

"He deserves all of it," Smithsburg coach Ray Shriver said. "He works hard, he's a leader, he's everything a coach could want."

Wilson's winning time also was the fastest of all four boys races Saturday. Whitman's Andrew Palmer, who won the Class 4A title in 16:48, was the only other runner who broke 17 minutes.

"That was one of the goals," Wilson said. "It's like, 'Here's a guy from 1A that no one thinks much of,' so to be the fastest in the state is really cool."

The wet and sloppy conditions weren't conducive for fast times.

"I slipped so many times," Wilson said. "I never fell, but it breaks your stride."

Williamsport sophomore Evan Hardy finished third in 17:52, and Boonsboro junior Evan Moser was fourth in 17:56 as West region runners swept the top six places. At last week's region meet, Moser was fourth and Hardy was fifth.

"It's states," Hardy said. "I didn't want to hold anything back."

Two other Williamsport runners earned medals with their top-25 finishes. Graylon Wright was 19th in 19:16 and Danny Quinn was 24th in 19:30 as Williamsport finished third in the team standings for the second straight year.

Bohemia Manor won with 61 points, while Allegany edged Williamsport 88-95 for second.

"I thought winning was very remote, but we hoped to place (top two)," said Williamsport coach Randy Buchman, who only had one runner back from last year's team. "But all in all, a year ago right now, if you would have told me we'd be here getting third -- after losing six of our seven guys -- I would have told you that you were crazy. That would have seemed simply impossible. ... So a lot of good things happened this year."

Maryland State Championships

at Hereford High School (3 miles)

Winners and Washington County finishers

Class 1A boys

Teams: 1. Bohemia Manor 61; 3. Williamsport 95; 11. Boonsboro 209.

Runners: 1. David Wilson (Smithsburg) 16:38; 3. Evan Hardy (Wi) 17:52; 4. Evan Moser (Bo) 17:56; 19. Graylon Wright (Wi) 19:16; 24. Danny Quinn (Wi) 19:30; 29. Cody Bowman (Wi) 19:49; 33. Dan Powell (Bo) 19:55; 36. Brandon Schildtknecht (Clear Spring) 19:57; 37. Michael Wyant (Wi) 19:58; 52. Jake Shriver (Sm) 20:32; 59. Tom Kersting (Bo) 20:49; 68. Eric Ryberg (Bo) 21:05; 74. Zac McGee (Bo) 21:11; 75. Luis Viteri (Wi) 21:27; 80. Arthur Lacey (Bo) 21:42; 86. Caleb Buchman (Wi) 22:25; 116. Dylan Bright (Bo) 25:21.

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