Key turns in another boys title Cross country


Five Francis Scott Key runners finished in the top 14, as the host Eagles won their fourth straight boys region title in yesterday's Class 1A Central Region championship.

Damon Battaglia (17 minutes, 50 seconds) led the way with his third-place finish. Kyle Stephenson (fifth, 18:13), Mike Bassler (seventh, 18:36), Ken Oldham (eighth, 18:39) and Matt Bassler (14th, 19:17) made up the top five for Key.

The Eagles finished with 37 points, seven ahead of Wilde Lake. Hereford took third with 53. The state championship meet is Nov. 13 at Hereford High School; both Key teams will go.

"To win a cross country [race] you need a good top five," Key coach Rich Salkin said. "We had a good, even attack."

Wilde Lake's Faisal Hasan won the race in 17:32 over the 3.1-mile course, 14 seconds ahead of Gilliam Jarrod of Hereford.

Key's Shannon Hugg won the girls race. Hugg, a senior, covered the course in 20:26, beating Tahira Anderson of Central.

"I usually [wait] until I feel I can pick up a faster pace," Hugg said. "[After taking the lead at the halfway point] I pulled away. From there, I pushed it."

Christine Harner (seventh, 22:12) and Kim Hugg (10th, 23:17), also finished in the top 15 for the Eagles, who took third with 62 points. Central won its sixth straight regional title, edging Hereford, 37-38.

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