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Hill takes on hills to take 2nd

September 16, 2010|By DAN KAUFFMAN

WOODSBORO, Md. -- Clear Spring senior Jason Hill continued his strong start to the cross country season by finishing second in the boys race Wednesday at the Mountain Run at Woodsboro Park.

Hill had the lead by a couple steps at the one-mile mark, but Walkersville's Stephen Keith pulled away in the final two miles for the victory in 16 minutes, 32.0 seconds. Hill hung on for second in 16:56.0.

"I went a little too fast," said Hill, who won small school boys races at the Interstate Classic and the Brunswick Invitational earlier this season. "The guy who won wasn't even up there at the beginning, and he saved it. It felt like I wanted to quit, but I didn't."

"We knew this course would be a different test for him," said Blazers coach Jaime Mason. "There's no hills like this in Clear Spring. Once he gets stronger on hills, he'll have more successful days."

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Williamsport junior Evan Hardy placed fifth in 17:04.9, leading the Wildcats boys to the best team finish by a Washington County school, a sixth-place showing. Four of the seven county runners who finished in the top 50 were Williamsport athletes, with Cody Bowman 19th in 18:20.7, Cody Grams 23rd in 18:36.8 and Scott Long 42nd in 19:15.2.

The other two county boys in the top 50 were South Hagerstown's Brandon Horning (31st, 18:58.1) and Boonsboro's Eric Ryberg (36th, 19:08.8).

Boonsboro sophomore Sarah Zielinski placed ninth in the girls race in 21:21.0 to lead all county and Maryland Class 1A runners. She rated the Woodsboro Park course "a 9.8" in difficulty.

"I felt like death," Zielinski said. "The hill is not fun. It was great until the second mile, then it went downhill -- literally."

Hannah Oneda of Winters Mill won the girls race in 18:48.4.

Williamsport's Maria Mouridsen (29th, 23:21.9) was the only other county runner who finished in the girls top 50. The Wildcats had the best team finish, placing 11th.

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