Prep Cross Country: Cougars edge 'Cats for region title

November 02, 2012

MIDDLETOWN, Md. — Catoctin finally caught Williamsport.

The Cougars edged the Wildcats 80-85 to win the boys team title at the Maryland Class 2A West Cross Country Championships on Friday. Oakdale finished third (98) in the 12-team field.

Williamsport had defeated Catoctin four times this season, most recently by 16 points for the title at the MVAL Antietam championships on Oct. 19.

“Catoctin just had a really great day. You have to give them credit,” Williamsport coach Randy Buchman said. “I wouldn’t call our day a disaster, but we had several guys who were off. I can’t explain it, and they can’t explain it.

“We had a terrible start today,” he added. “By a quarter-mile into it, we were out of it, and we just couldn’t get back into it.”

While Williamsport had six runners finish in front of Catoctin’s No. 4 runner and all seven in front of Catoctin’s No. 5, the Cougars were too strong at the front of the pack.

Catoctin was led by the Dorsey twins’ 1-2 punch. David Dorsey won the race in 15:43.6, while Kevin Dorsey was third in 16:08.5.

Cody Bowman placed seventh in 16:36.7 to lead Willliamsport. Also for the Wildcats, Austin Schetrompf was 15th (16:59.5), Cody Grams was 18th (17:05.7), Emory Rowland was 22nd (17:15.9), Caleb Buchman was 23rd (17:16.7), Scott Long was 24th (17:20.0) and Clayton Smith was 32nd (17:31.0).

Williamsport and Catoctin will square off again next Saturday at Hereford, as the Wildcats will try to win their first boys team title at states since 1975.

“I still kind of think we’re the team to beat, but I don’t know,” Randy Buchman said. “We’ll work at it this week and then throw them out there.”

Poolesville’s Claire Beautz won the girls race in 18:43.4, while Oakdale won the team title.

The Wildcats did not have any girls qualify for states. Williamsport finished 10th in the team standings, led by Meggan Grams, who was 36th in 21:26.0.

— Andrew Mason

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