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Prep Cross Country: 'Cats boys, Warriors girls take control of Keyser

September 29, 2012|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com
  • Boonsboro's Sara Zielinski heads to the finish line en route to a second-place finish in the small school race of Saturday's Keyser Invitational.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO — Williamsport’s boys and Boonsboro’s girls won the small school team titles on Saturday morning at the Frank Keyser Invitational.

The Wildcats placed all five of their scoring boys in the top 23 overall to win going away. Williamsport finished with 76 points, while Catoctin finished second with 103 points.

“As I’ve said all year, the thing for us is to run in a tight pack, and I think they were all within 45 seconds today,” Wildcats coach Randy Buchman said.

Cody Bowman led the way for Williamsport, finishing fifth in 16:07.5. He also was the top Washington County finisher.

Bowman was part of a pack of three Wildcats who went through the 1-mile mark in positions six through eight.

“I like going out a little slower and then start picking people off,” Bowman said. “A lot of people go out too quick and then die. It helps the school, too, for us to run close together.”

Caleb Buchman (ninth, 16:18.2), Austin Schetrompf (19th, 16:47.7), Cody Grams (20th, 16:50.6) and Scott Long (23rd, 16:52.0) rounded out Williamsport’s scoring five. While happy with the victory, Randy Buchman knows his Wildcats can do more.

“We just started speed work and I think that will bring all their times down into the range we want them to be,” Buchman said. “None of our guys are running much faster than last year.”

Boonsboro’s boys finished fourth with 135 points, led by Sean Snyder’s 15th-place finish in 16:37.4.

St. Maria Goretti’s Luke Daigneault went through the first mile as one of a leading group of three runners in a blazing 4:55, but faded to seventh at the finish in 16:16.1.

In the girls race, Boonsboro’s Sarah Zielinski settled for second place for the second straight year. She found herself boxed in after 200 meters and had to use valuable energy to get to the front, where she was after a 6-minute first mile. That hurt her at the end, when Winters Mill’s Jennifer Breichner had more in the tank over the final 400 meters for the victory in 18:26.5. Zielinski was seven seconds back.

“It’s not the time I would have liked, but that’s all right,” said Zielinski, who ran 18:28.3 last year.

“She didn’t get out hard enough (off the line) and was boxed in,” Warriors coach Becky Walter said. “She’s experimenting with tactics, what works and what doesn’t, and that’s the only way to know.”

Boonsboro placed four runners in the top 15 — including Kortney Cunningham (12th, 19:55.2), Ella Hawkins (14th, 20:00.2) and Sam Smith (15th, 20:02.9) — and fifth runner Jenny Moore was 35th in 21:16.2 to wrap up the Warriors’ victory over Oakdale, 78-85.

Oakdale had two runners in the top 11 and three in the top 20 but couldn’t overcome Boonsboro’s depth.

“We haven’t won this since I’ve been here. I’m ecstatic,” said Walter, who’s in her seventh year at Boonsboro. “I knew Oakdale would be tough, they have a lot of depth, but those three girls in that pack outdid them.”

Williamsport’s Meggan Grams was the only other Washington County girl to crack the top 20, finishing 18th in 20:06.6.

Frank Keyser Invitational
Saturday at BOONSBORO
Small Schools
Girls Team Results: 1. Boonsboro 78, 2. Oakdale 85, 3. Liberty 99, 4. Winters Mill 129, 5. Catoctin 141, 6. Poolesville 163, 7. Mountain Ridge 186, 8. Walkersville 208, 9. Southern Garrett 215, 10. Washington 261, 11. Rockville 309, 12. Mount Airy Christian 334, 13. Williamsport 371, 14. Fort Hill 373, 15. Holton-Arms 412, 16. Smithsburg 414, 17. St. Maria Goretti 419, 18. Clear Spring 484.
Top 20: 1. Jennifer Breichner (WM) 18:26.5, 2. Sarah Zielinski (Boons) 18:33.6, 3. Claire Beautz (Pooles) 18:42.8, 4. Sarah Rinehart (Lib) 19:08.1, 5. Chelsie Pennello (Pooles) 19:26.1, 6. Rebecca Hartman (WM) 19:32.8, 7. Katherine Edwards (Oak) 19:35.6, 8. Kristen Myers (Cat) 19:36.5, 9. Savannah Steinly (Cat) 19:39.0, 10. Alexis Devault (MR) 19:42.5, 11. Charlotte Kowalk (Oak) 19:49.5, 12. Kortney Cunningham (Boons) 19:55.2, 13. Caitlin Smith (Lib) 19:59.5, 14. Ella Hawkins (Boons) 20:00.2, 15. Sam Smith (Boons) 20:02.9, 16. Jennifer Simmons (Walk) 20:03.6, 17. Hannah Gore (WM) 20:06.2, 18. Meggan Grams (Will) 20:06.6, 19. Kelsey Valentine (Cat) 20:09.2, 20. Jessi Lane (Oak) 20.11.6.
Boys Team Results: 1. Williamsport 76, 2. Catoctin 103, 3. Middletown 134, 4. Boonsboro 135, 5. Oakdale 146, 6. Poolesville 150, 7. Rockville 171, 8. Liberty 192, 9. Walkersville 242, 10. Mountain Ridge 265, 11. Wheaton 298, 12. Mount Airy Christian 310, 13. Southern Garrett 357, 14. Winters Mill 369, 15. Washington 382, 16. St. Maria Goretti 411, 17. John Champe 419, 18. Saint James 510, 19. Smithsburg 541, 20. Fort Hill 543, 21. Clear Spring 673.
Top 20: 1. Chase Weaverling (Pooles) 15:02.9, 2. David Dorsey (Cat) 15:03.5, 3. Kevin Dorsey (Cat) 15:48.4, 4. Jonaton Baginski (Rock) 15:59.5, 5. Cody Bowman (Will) 16:07.5, 6. Scott Berryman (Walk) 16:15.6, 7. Luke Daigneault (SMG) 16:16.1, 8. Brandon Folio (Midd) 16:16.3, 9. Caleb Buchman (Will) 16:18.2, 10. Chad Sussman (Lib) 16:18.8, 11. Williams Stamm (Pooles)16:25.8, 12. Jacob Staley (Oak) 16:26.3, 13. Billy Kirk (Rock) 16:28.0, 14. Brent Leber (Midd) 16:29.1, 15. Sean Snyder (Boon) 16:37.4, 16. Daniel Morgan Rivers (Wheaton) 16:39.4, 17. Connor Good (Oak) 16:44.7, 18. Brandon Redmond (MR) 16:46.6, 19. Austin Schetrompf (Will) 16:47.7, 20. Cody Grams (Will) 16:50.6.

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