GAITHERSBURG -- The Westminster boys got an unpleasant surprise from Quince Orchard of Montgomery County yesterday, while the Owls' girls continue to try to catch up with Central Maryland Conference foe Frederick.
Quince Orchard's top two boys runners finished one-two en route to a 29-51 win over runner-up Westminster in the 4A West Region cross country championships at Watkins Mill High.
Frederick captured the 4A West girls race, edging second-place Watkins Mill, 70-71.
Quince Orchard was a close third with 77 and Westminster a distant fourth with 115.
Westminster boys coach Jim Gilford expected a strong challenge from Quince Orchard but nothing like this.
Quince Orchard's first five runners placed in the top 11. Brian Hetherington won the individual crown, completing the three-mile course in 17 minutes, 17.60 seconds.
Mike Recek (17:36.98) finished third overall to pace the Owls, whose fifth runner finished 20th overall.
thought we ran very well, but Quince Orchard ran a super race," Gilford said.
They almost finished one-two-three. You have to give credit where credit is due. We knew they would be the team we would have to beat, but the few results I saw from them, they didn't run that well together."
Tim Meerschaert (17:44.95) and Shawn Donovan (17:45.88) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, for the Owls.
Brooke Hammel led the Westminster girls to their fourth-place finish. She took 11th overall in 21:35.14. Richard Montgomery's Suzy Burr won the individual girls title in 19:44.69.
Frederick had four runners in the top 14 to edge Watkins Mill.
Westminster girls coach Dale Foglesanger looks forward to one morecrack at Frederick, in the state meet Nov. 13.
Frederick's been a goal for us since the beginning of the season," he said.
Last year, we beat them by two points, and I thought we'd be closer to them today. We just have to come in a little fresher. Don't count us out yet; next Saturday is a different day."
the girls Class 3A West region, South Carroll continued its surge with a solid third place.
Linganore nipped Walter Johnson, 45-47, and the Cavs took third with 95 points.
Four Cavs runners placed in the top 18, led by Carrie Braun's 10th-place finish in 22:07.28.
The South Carroll boys didn't qualify for the states after their eighth-place finish in Class 3A. Josh Fortenbaugh did qualify for the state meet with his 17th-place finish in 18:12.64.
Walter Johnson's Josh Orenstein was the individual winner in 16:38.44.
Whitman won the team title with 46 points, followed by Linganore's 71.