Western Maryland College's men's cross country team goes into the Centennial Conference championships Saturday running better than it has all season.
The women's team will rally behind Kendra Weible with the championships set to take place at Carlisle (Pa.) High School. The women's race will start at 11 a.m. with the men's race to follow at noon. Dickinson is the host school.
Competing in the 8,000-meter Gettysburg Invitational last Saturday, the top six Green Terrors men -- led by freshman Greg Davis -- posted their best times of the season.
The Green Terrors finished 16th out of 25 teams Saturday in a highly competitive field, which included two Division I teams, six Division II squads and two teams ranked in the top 10 in the NAIA.
Among the 10 Division III teams, the Green Terrors were fourth behind host Gettysburg, Messiah and Allentown.
Davis (Westminster) finished 43rd out of 239 participants, covering the course in 27 minutes, 2 seconds. Freshman Jim Holford (Westminster) finished in 28:19, followed by Jim Clarius (Francis Scott Key) in 28:30.
(Shane Brooks (28:36), Pat Met
calf (29:07) and Robie Birdsall (30:31) were the other Green Terrors with personal bests.
Weible has been the top runner on the women's side the past three years. Last year, she finished 10th in the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional.
Haverford is the favorite to win the Centennial Conference in both the men's and women's races.
The Haverford men are ranked ninth in the Division III coaches poll. Franklin & Marshall, ranked 22nd in the poll, has the top runner competing in Steve Monaco. Haverford's Jennifer Maranzano is the favorite in the women's race.
The Green Terrors (1-5-1) get a much-needed weekend off before closing out the season with two Centennial Football Conference games.
They'll travel to Swarthmore on Nov. 4 and then finish the season at home against Johns Hopkins.
Last Saturday, the Green Terrors dropped a 16-7 decision to visiting Franklin & Marshall to go 0-5 in the conference.
The Green Terrors concluded a rough season Saturday with a 2-1 double-overtime loss to Franklin & Marshall.
Senior goalie Sherry Albright finished the season with a 1.59 goals-against average and a save percentage of 87.3. She finished her career with eight solo shutouts and shared another.
After a 6-7-1 season in 1992, the Green Terrors fell to 3-11 overall in 1993 and 1-8 in the Centennial Conference.
The men's and women's teams will play host to Muhlenberg on Saturday at Scott S. Bair Stadium.
The women will get things started at 1 p.m. and the men's game is slated for 35 minutes after the conclusion of the women's game.
The Green Terrors (23-11) clinched sole possession of third place in the Centennial Conference with a win over Washington College on Tuesday.
With their 3-0 win over Muhlenberg on Saturday, the Green Terrors have produced 20-win seasons for the 16th straight year.
The Green Terrors wrap up the regular season at Messiah tonight, then will compete in the Elizabethtown Halloween Tournament this weekend.