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Warriors' Zielinski doesn't discriminate while dominating

September 23, 2010|By ANDREW MASON
  • Boonsboro's Evan Moser pulled away from the field to win the boys race on Wednesday at a quad-meet at South Hagerstown. South Hagerstown's Brandon Horning, in green, finished second.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

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    As Boonsboro sophomore Sarah Zielinski was easily beating all the girls Wednesday at a four-team cross country meet at South Hagerstown, she entertained herself by taking target practice against the boys, picking them off one by one.

    The boys and girls races were run simultaneously on the Rebels' 3-mile course, and Zielinski capitalized on the rare opportunity.

    "Racing guys is really fun," she said. "It pushes you more."

    Zielinski topped the field of 25 girls in 21:01, finishing more than two minutes ahead of runner-up Morgan Pettner of Clear Spring (23:26). She also finished ahead of 30 of the 42 boys.

    "That was pretty cool," Zielinski said. "They think they shouldn't be passed by a girl, and I know it's going to tick them off. But it's so much fun. I love it.

    "I'm like, 'Yes, I'm a girl. Yes, I'm passing you. Get over it. ... Run your own race, I'm running mine.'"

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Overall, the Boonsboro girls took six of the top seven places to easily win the meet with 19 points. Clear Spring was second (49), South was third (67) and Hancock was incomplete.

Katie Rickerds placed third in 23:30 for the Warriors, while Taylor Sabatano was fourth (25:10), Shannon McClellan was fifth (25:21), Madison Nittinger was sixth (26:09) and Savannah Mower was seventh (26:14).

Hancock's Emily Johnson (26:24), Clear Spring's Mikaela Shelton (26:25) and Hancock's Anna Thomas (27:59) rounded out the top 10.

Boonsboro also dominated the boys race, taking six of the top 10 places to win with 23 points. South was second (48), Clear Spring was third (59) and Hancock was incomplete.

"That's what our plan was --come in and sweep the whole meet," said Boonsboro's Evan Moser, who comfortably won the boys race in 17:27. "It's only a quad-meet, but you have to start somewhere. We definitely have a lot of potential. We'll see where it takes us."

Also for the Boonsboro boys, Eric Ryberg was third (18:30), Tom Kersting was fourth (18:50), Josh Testa was sixth (19:34), Ethan Allnutt was ninth (20:12) and Arthur Lacey was 10th (20:26).

The Rebels had three top-10 finishers -- Brandon Horning (second, 18:23), Drew Merrill (fifth, 19:33) and Bryan Durboraw (eighth, 19:51) -- while Clear Spring had one in Brandon Schildtknecht (seventh, 19:46).

Clear Spring star Jason Hill missed the race due to illness.

"I wanted (Hill) to be here," Moser said. "I was going to try to run with him. It was kind of disappointing to not have anyone to run with."

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