Prep Cross Country: Wildcats' boys still can't solve state puzzle

November 10, 2012|By ANDREW MASON |
  • Williamsport senior Cody Bowman closes in on the finish line for a fifth-place finish in the Class 2A boys race at the Maryland State Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Hereford High School.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

PARKTON, Md. — The team title eluded the Williamsport boys again Saturday at the Maryland State Cross Country Championships at Hereford High School.

For the second straight year, the Wildcats were the runners-up in Class 2A, although it was harder to settle for second this year.

Catoctin, a team Williamsport had beaten four times this season, won with 77 points, while Williamsport finished with 92 and Kent Island was a distant third (145) in the 22-team field.

After the race, Randy Buchman said he was stepping down as Williamsport’s coach, a position he’s held for 13 years.

“I will never come to this place again. I’m done,” he said. “It’s been a wonderful experience, but winning this race is the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to do. I have a doctorate, and that was a piece of cake compared to this.”

Buchman said he planned to step down regardless of how the Wildcats performed Saturday, and he didn’t say he was displeased with their performance.

“We didn’t run bad. We ran well,” he said. “Our guys had a good day. We just got beat by a team that put it together at the end of the year more than we lost it.”

While Williamsport had six of its runners finish in front of Catoctin’s fifth man, the Cougars were too strong at the front. Catoctin’s David Dorsey won the race in 16:25.2, Kevin Dorsey, his twin, took third in 16:48.9 and the Cougars got another top-10 finish from Zach Gascho (ninth, 17:15.6).

“It’s hard to beat a set of twins like that,” Buchman said.

Senior Cody Bowman was Williamsport’s top man, just as he was all season, finishing fifth in 17:07.7.

“I ran my hardest and top-five is good, but losing (to Catoctin) feels terrible,” Bowman said. “Even more than for us, I wanted to win it for Coach Buchman. He’s come close so many times. ... It’s going to be a quiet bus ride home.”

The Williamsport boys also got medal-winning (top-25) performances from Emory Rowland (13th, 17:27.3) and Austin Schetrompf (23rd, 17:37.4), while Caleb Buchman (35th, 18:00.4) and Scott Long (36th, 18:01.3) completed the Wildcats’ scoring.

In Class 3A, North Hagerstown had two runners competing — Emily Ward and Carson Izer.

After starting conservatively in the girls race, Ward worked her way up to a seventh-place finish in 20:09.4.

“I was pretty far back,” she said. “My plan was to go out slow, and then the last mile it was everything I had left.”

While Ward didn’t improve on her fourth-place finish in 3A from last year at states, she was 10 seconds faster this year.

“I’m happy because I ran faster than last year. And I wanted to get in the top 10 so that’s good,” she said. “But it was tough. There were so many good girls today.”

Izer, in his first appearance at states, finished 56th in 18:12.0.

In Class 1A, the Smithsburg boys team finished ninth, led by Brian Garcia (34th, 18:59.0).

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