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Prep cross country: Wildcats stand out from pack with pack

September 01, 2012|By ANDREW MASON | andrewm@herald-mail.com
  • St. Maria Goretti's Luke Daigneault runs to a second-place finish in the small-school boys race at the Interstate Classic at Clear Spring on Saturday.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

CLEAR SPRING — The Williamsport boys cross country team scored another season-opening victory, winning the small-school team title at the Interstate Classic for the third straight year.

The Wildcats topped the field of 16 schools with 54 points. St. Maria Goretti was second (80) and Catoctin was third (92).

“This was a more worthy one — more teams, better competition,” Williamsport coach Randy Buchman said.

Williamsport placed seven runners in the top 30, including five in the top 20 and three in the top 10, in the varsity field of 120.

Cody Bowman led the way, covering Clear Spring’s 3-mile course in 17:08.8 to place fifth, while Emory Rowland was seventh (17:33.6), Caleb Buchman was ninth (17:42.2), Scott Long was 16th (18:04.2) and Cody Grams was 17th (18:12.4) as only 55.6 seconds separated the team’s scorers.

“The way that we’re going to win this season is the way that we won today, outnumbering people with a pack of runners,” Randy Buchman said. “Our pack of runners can be a lot tighter than it was today, and it will be tighter. I don’t think the guys ran great today, but I don’t want them to peak too early. That’s been a problem in the past.”

Catoctin’s David Dorsey won the small-school boys race in 16:06.7, pulling away from Goretti’s Luke Daigneault in the final mile.

“You always want to try to get the victory, but I couldn’t have given a better effort today, I don’t think,” said Daigneault, who placed second in 16:25.1 on his 17th birthday. “I was trying to run as strong as I could, but he was better today. I’m happy with how I did and very happy with how the team did. The team had a great showing.”

The runner-up Gaels also got top-10 finishes from Mitch Swope (fourth, 16:54.5) and Kevin Proctor (10th, 17:45.7).

Sean Snyder placed sixth in 17:29.8 for fifth-place Boonsboro.

The Boonsboro girls, once again, got a victory from Sarah Zielinski, who won the small-school girls race for the third straight year. While her winning time (19:40.7) was 30 seconds slower than she ran last year, she still won convincingly as Oakdale’s Charlotte Kowalk finished 42 seconds after her in second.

“It was really, really hot and humid,” Zielinski said. “I know this course and just kept going. I’m used to powering through it by now. A little faster would have been nice, but I have all season.”

Oakdale’s girls took six of the top 10 places to easily win the team title with 25 points. Boonsboro, which also got a top-10 finish from Ella Hawkins (eighth, 21:06.0), finished second (79), while Mountain Ridge was third (82).

In the large-school girls race, Preston’s Kaitlyn Workman was the individual champion in 19:12.8, while River Hill won the team title. North Hagerstown’s Emily Ward finished sixth in 19:54.6.

Jefferson won the large-school boys team for the third straight year, led by Ryan Graf’s second-place finish in 16:07.9. Winters Mill’s Weston Carvalho won the race in 15:58.9.

Interstate Classic results

Small-school girls

Teams: 1. Oakdale 25; 2. Boonsboro 79; 3. Mountain Ridge 82; 4. Catoctin 111; 5. Berkeley Springs 153; 6. Southern Garrett 168; 7. Williamsport 191; 8. Fort Hill 223; 9. Mount Airy 230; 10. Smithsburg 255; 11. Clear Spring 290; 12. St. Maria Goretti 299. Incomplete — Allegany, Hancock.

Top 20: 1. Sarah Zielinski (Bo) 19:40.7; 2. Charlotte Kowalk (Oa) 20:22.7; 3. Katherine Edwards (Oa) 20:41.4; 4. Alexis DeVault (MR) 20:51.0; 5. Jessica Lane (Oa) 20:53.0; 6. Sydney Ryan (Oa) 20:54.5; 7. Chelsea Reikie (FH) 20:56.0; 8. Ella Hawkins (Bo) 21:06.0; 9. Claire DiBella (Oa) 21:18.2; 10. Breanna Ullrich (Oa) 21:23.3; 11. Sam Smith (Bo) 21:41.2; 12. Kristen Myers (Ca) 21:47.1; 13. Leah Yazdani (MR) 22:26.0; 14. Sara Younker (BS) 22:35.7; 15. Andy Bennett (MR) 22:39.6; 16. Allie Hott (Wi) 22:39.8; 17. Madison Poland (MR) 22:47.5; 18. Kinsey Reed (BS) 22:48.9; 19. Holly Weissgerber (SG) 23:03.4; 20. Jenny Moore (Bo) 23:05.9.

Large-school girls

Teams: 1. River Hill 86; 2. Centennial 113; 3. Hampshire 127; 4. Mount Hebron 132; 5. Linganore 208; 6. Musselman 209; 7. Jefferson 216; 8. Winters Mill 216; 9. Northwest 229; 10. Stone Bridge 230; 11. Preston 238; 12. Sherando 242; 13. Glenelg 254; 14. North Hagerstown 376; 15. Frederick 392; 16. Washington 396; 17. Tuscarora 472; 18. Martinsburg 531; 19. South Hagerstown 556.

Top 20: 1. Kaitlyn Workman (Pr) 19:12.8; 2. Allison Krein (RH) 19:25.6; 3. Jennifer Breichner (WM) 19:29.9; 4. Julia Nardone (Gl) 19:39.9; 5. Abby Colbert (Je) 19:50.7; 6. Emily Ward (NH) 19:54.6; 7. Rachel Yep (MH) 19:55.8; 8. Ashleigh Martin (Ha) 20:07.9; 9. Shreya Nalubola (Ce) 20:16.3; 10. Angelica Yi (RH) 20:19.0; 11. Naomi Sheppard (Nw) 20:20.2; 12. Chelsea Vane (MH) 20:22.0; 13. Rachel Lipps (Ha) 20:23.4; 14. Allie Driscol (Ce) 20:39.5; 15. Morgan Roach (Ha) 20:42.1; 16. Devin McIntyre (Ce) 20:48.9; 17. Heather Jenkins (Mu) 20:50.1; 18. Becca Hartman (WM) 20:56.7; 19. Hannah Gore (WM) 20:59.0; 20. Mary Feaster (Ha) 21:11.7.

Small-school boys

Teams: 1. Williamsport 54; 2. St. Maria Goretti 80; 3. Catoctin 92; 4. Oakdale 94; 5. Boonsboro 124; 6. Southern Garrett 146; 7. Mountain Ridge 156; 8. Berkeley Springs 212; 9. Mount Airy 246; 10. Saint James 283; 11. Smithsburg 305; 12. Fort Hill 306; 13. Clear Spring 368. Incomplete — Allegany, Hancock, Paw Paw.

Top 20: 1. David Dorsey (Ca) 16:06.7; 2. Luke Daigneault (SMG) 16:25.1; 3. Kevin Dorsey (Ca) 16:38.6; 4. Mitch Swope (SMG) 16:54.5; 5. Cody Bowman (Wi) 17:08.8; 6. Sean Snyder (Bo) 17:29.8; 7. Emory Rowland (Wi) 17:33.6; 8. Cory Shetler (BS) 17:35.1; 9. Caleb Buchman (Wi) 17:42.2; 10. Kevin Proctor (SMG) 17:45.7; 11. Brandon Redmond (MR) 17:49.3; 12. Jacob Staley (Oa) 17:50.5; 13. Connor Good (Oa) 17:52.6; 14. Patrick Jones (SMG) 17:55.0; 15. Zach Gascho (Ca) 17:57.2; 16. Scott Long (Wi) 18:04.2; 17. Cody Grams (Wi) 18:12.4; 18. Rhett Poland (MR) 18:14.0; 19. Tom Kersting (Bo) 18:14.7; 20. Pat Boddicker (Oa) 18:15.1.

Large-school boys

Teams: 1. Jefferson 77; 2. Thomas Johnson 92; 3. Centennial 94; 4. Mount Hebron 128; 5. River Hill 145; 6. Stone Bridge 151; 7. Sherando 219; 8. Musselman 259; 9. Frederick 271; 10. Preston 305; 11. Hampshire 307; 12. Tuscarora 320; 13. Northwest 339; 14. Winters Mill 353; 15. Glenelg 367; 16. Washington 485; 17. North Hagerstown 504; 18. South Hagerstown 533; 19. Martinsburg 552.

Top 20: 1. Weston Carvalho (WM) 15:58.9; 2. Ryan Graf (Je) 16:07.9; 3. Ben Freed (TJ) 16:14.7; 4. Brady Guertin (SB) 16:20.0; 5. Brody Born (Pr) 16:24.2; 6. Andrew Milliron (Je) 16:40.2; 7. Christopher Heydrick (RH) 16:41.3; 8. Terry Tossman (RH) 16:41.8; 9. Daniel Christiansen (Fr) 16:45.6; 10. Alec Font (Ce) 16:58.9; 11. Jon Karczmarek (TJ) 17:05.4; 12. Robert Willis (SB) 17:06.2; 13. Shane Rigsby (Mu) 17:10.3; 14. Louis Levine (TJ) 17:12.5; 15. Adam Sachs (Ce) 17:14.3; 16. Colin Radabaugh (Pr) 17:15.1; 17. Jackson Jacobs (Je) 17:17.2; 18. Diego Zarate (Nw) 17:17.7; 19. Ben Weinstein (MH) 17:18.1; 20. Corey Hamilton (MH) 17:22.2.

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