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Underclassmen dominate the leaders in county cross country title meet


One of the interesting things that came out of Friday's county cross country championships at Harford Glen was the number of good underclassmen.

In the girls race, only two of the first 10 were seniors, and six were either sophomores or freshmen.

Girls team champion C. Milton Wright had champion Mary Beth Rollins, a junior, and Kelly Coogan, a sophomore, finish 1-2, and two more of its scorers were freshman LeeAnn Davis and junior Betsy Blum.

Joppatowne's first two finishers were sophomores Beth Hadrys and Desirae Standiford; and North Harford's top runner is junior Megan McNew, who was third in the county race.

Also, Fallston's first finisher was freshman Amy Datsko, seventh, and the first in for Havre de Grace was junior Sarah Whatley. Edgewood's eight runners are all underclassmen; Bel Air had a senior and five underclassmen, and Aberdeen used a senior with four freshmen.

Among the boys, Wright had two seniors, two juniors and a sophomore win the team title, including individual titlist Eric Benjamin, a junior.

Fallston challenged Wright (27 to 53) with a senior and four sophomores. A fall cost Bel Air junior Shawn Loper, normally one of his team's top three runners (two are underclassmen), about two minutes, or the Bobcats (70) might have made the second-place chase more interesting.


Six Harford County golfers, led by Fallston's Tony Donatelli, will be in the annual state championships tomorrow at College Park. Donatelli, a senior, shot 2-over-par 74 in leading the way in the recent District V qualifying tournament.

The other Class 3A-4A qualifiers are Jon Smith, Bel Air; and John Rudolph, C. Milton Wright. The 1A-2A qualifiers are Jason Bach, North Harford; and Pete Surette, Harford Tech. Katie Hale of North Harford qualified in the girls division.

In the county meet last week, where 54 posted scores, C. Milton Wright won the team title with 213, followed by defending champion Bel Air and Fallston at 219. Kevin Slezak led Wright with a 1-under-par 35 at Geneva Farm, followed by Jason Bach of North Harford, whose 36 included a 150-yard eight-iron shot for a hole-in-one at No. 7.

Donatelli, who double-bogeyed his first two holes, then shot even par the rest of the way, was joined at 40 by Justin Gibbs, Aberdeen, and Matt Pilcher, Bel Air.

The individual leaders for the other schools included Pete Surette, Harford Tech, 41; Joppatowne's Chad Pfister, 51, and Chris Rimmel, 52; Merrill Dougherty, Havre de Grace, 54; and Keith Duckworth, Edgewood, 55.


Girls and boys county championships will be decided tomorrow and Tuesday nights, followed later in the week by the opening round of the regional playoffs.

Tomorrow night (6:45), the undefeated and No. 1 Fallston girls will play at North Harford. A Fallston victory will clinch the title outright at 7-0; a North Harford win will earn it a share of the honor at 6-1, and Bel Air could make it a three-way tie if it wins at home against C. Milton Wright.

Among the boys, there is a four-way tie for first place at 5-1 in the league after Bel Air stopped Fallston, and C. Milton Wright beat ++ North Harford last Thursday.

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Undefeated Fallston, the area's No. 2 team, will end its regular season Wednesday at Elkton, then move on to the Class 3A regional tournament. Coach Alice Puckett's teams won the last two Class 2A titles.

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