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Prep Cross Country: Slow attack put Zielinski in fast lane

September 12, 2012|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com

WOODSBORO, Md. — Boonsboro senior Sarah Zielinski learned that slowing down equals speeding up on Wednesday.

Facing the challenge of the Mountain Run at hilly Woodsboro Park for the fourth and final time in her prep career, Zielinski focused on running a smart race and pacing herself early, and it paid off with a sizzling time and a victory. In the process, she helped lead the Warriors to their first Mountain Run team title and first victory of the season.

Zielinski clocked 19 minutes, 46.0 seconds — shaving 55 seconds of her time last year, when she finished third. She lit up when told her time.

“My biggest thing was to get up the hill the final time, because every year that’s where I get passed,” Zielinski said. “I tried to start this one out slower, because the last couple of races, I started out ridiculous and faded at the end. (This year’s time) tells me taking it out slower was a better idea.”

Zielinski was in control throughout, pulling away to a 30-meter lead at the first mile mark and maintaining that gap over Westminster’s Natalie Eastwood, who was second in 19:57.8.

“She controlled herself the first mile, but it wasn’t totally evident,” said Boonsboro coach Becky Walter. “She looked relaxed and smooth the whole way. She worked a lot on hills this summer.”

The Warriors placed four girls in the top 12 — Kortney Cunningham (fifth, 21:11.3), Ella Hawkins (sixth, 21:16.8) and Sam Smith (12th, 21:45.3) followed Zielinski — and fifth runner Jenny Moore finished 37th in 23:56.8, which was 1:30 faster than her time in 2011. Boonsboro finished with 60 points to beat Westminster by 24.

“The top four did awesome and Jenny was almost two minutes faster than last year,” Walter said. “I’m thrilled with them all.”

Boonsboro’s boys finished fifth with 151 points — 57 behind champion Oakdale — and Sean Snyder finished sixth in 17:28.0, the fastest time by a Washington County boy and far faster than his 57th-place effort of 20:05.6 in 2011.

“I just wanted to relax the first bit and then start attacking the hills,” Snyder said. “The first time was terrible. Knowing what to expect, this time I could strategize a little more and know when to speed up.”

“Last year, I had one boy under 20 (minutes). This year, I had five under 19 and seven under 20,” Walter said. “None of them are backing down from anything. They’re attacking the hills and everybody’s pushing everybody. We’re looking pretty good so far.”

Williamsport placed two boys in the top 20 — Emory Rowland (12th, 17:46.8) and Austin Schetrompf (20th, 18:16.5). The Wildcats rested several runners in anticipation of Saturday’s Bulldog Invitational in Newville, Pa.


Prep Cross Country
Mountain Run
Wednesday at Woodsboro, Md.
Girls Team Results: 1. Boonsboro 60, 2. Westminster 84, 3. Middletown 87, 4. Liberty 124, 5. Century 132, 6. Catoctin 143, 7. Winters Mill 156, 8. Walkersville 169, 9. Thomas Johnson 187, 10. Williamsport 270, 11. Urbana 300, 12. South Hagerstown 331, 13. Tuscarora 371.
Top 20: 1. Sarah Zielinski (Boon) 19:46.0, 2. Natalie Eastwood (West) 19:57.8, 3. Rebecca Hartman (WM) 21:02.7, 4. Sarah Rinehart (Lib) 21:10.8, 5. Kortney Cunningham (Boon) 21:11.3, 6. Ella Hawkins (Boon) 21:16.8, 7. Jennifer Simmons (Walk) 21:27.1, 8. Hannah Gore (WM) 21:32.3, 9. Morgan Fagnant (Cent) 21:35.2, 10. Esther Shafer (Midd) 21:39.4, 11. Natalie Smith (Midd) 21:40.5, 12. Sam Smith (Boon) 21:45.3, 13. Kristen Myers (Cat) 21:49.4, 14. Annie Noffsinger (Midd) 22:12.7, 15. Rebecca Debinski (Cent) 22:18.6, 16. Tasha Freed (TJ) 22:21.1, 17. Colleen Kernan (West) 22:23.8, 18. Erin Ashley (Walk) 22:30.7, 19. Erica Quesinberry (West) 22:35.0, 20. Jordan Mann (West) 22:36.7.
Boys Team Results: 1. Oakdale 94, 2. Catoctin 120, 3. Liberty 123, 4. Century 124, 5. Boonsboro 151, 6. Urbana 175, 7. Middletown 178, 8. Tuscarora 182, 9. Westminster 227, 10. Thomas Johnson 232, 11. Williamsport 234, 12. Walkersville 247, 13. Winters Mill 266, 14. Francis Scott Key 361, 15. South Hagerstown 376.
Top 20: 1. David Dorsey (Cat) 16:18.4, 2. Weston Carvalho (WM) 16:42.3, 3. Kevin Dorsey (Cat) 17:16.4, 4. Chad Sussman (Lib) 17:19.7, 5. Scott Berryman (Walk) 17:27.0, 6. Sean Snyder (Boon) 17:28.0, 7. Tyler Pollard (Lib) 17:33.5, 8. John Mead (Cent) 17:33.9, 9. Jacob Staley (Oak) 17:36.1, 10. Connor Good (Oak) 17:38.0, 11. Alex Aguilar-Gervase (TJ) 17:38.3, 12. Emory Rowland (Will) 17:46.8, 13. Brandon Folio (Midd) 17:53.7, 14. Troy Shuman (Urb) 17:58.4, 15. Ben Arbaugh (West) 18:01.9, 16. Tom Luebke (Lib) 18:02.6, 17. Brent Leber (Midd) 18:11.1, 18. Brett Tarzy (Oak) 18:12.3, 19. Zach Gascho (Cat) 18:15.8, 20. Austin Schetrompf (Will) 18:16.5.

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