You could say Andy Hart wasn't lacking incentive heading into the Baltimore County Cross Country championships at Hereford High School yesterday.
When the Perry Hall senior and a teammate were disqualified from last year's race for not running the prescribed course, that cost the Gators the team title.
Hanging back off an early pace that produced a 5 minute, 30 second first mile, Hart and teammate Cooper Henry put away the opposition over the next mile and a half, and their 1-2 finish gave Perry Hall a one-point victory and the team title over defending champ Dulaney, 46-47.
Hart's winning time of 17: 33 over the undulating three-mile layout was three seconds faster than Henry's effort and nine seconds faster than the third-place time of Woodlawn's Alexis Rice.
Dulaney, led by Tenke Zoltani's solo flight of 19: 30, took the girls race by placing its five scorers in the top 20 and scoring 47 points. Perry Hall and Catonsville were in a tight duel for second place, Perry Hall squeezing by, 71-75.
As much of a hero as Hart was for his team, so too was Tim Dietz. With Curtis Crass and Greg Monnier towing closely to the lead in ninth and 10th place Perry Hall looked to have the team title sewed up. Then Dulaney runners started trooping in.
The Lions had five runners in when Dietz, a junior, grabbed the 24th spot to give his team the win.
The only questions in the girls race was how much would Zoltani win by and the specific placings for the next five girls, who had been chasing her since she arrived on the indoor track scene last winter.
The Dulaney sophomore ran the first mile in 6: 06, had a 50-yard lead and was 30 seconds ahead midway through the race. Towson sophomore Anastasia Mukhina was nearly as dominant in second place, beating the Parkville pair of Sheree Geroux and Chris Myers by 21 and 31 seconds, respectively.
Catonsville's Tricia O'Connell (20: 56) and Perry Hall's Laura Brazil (21: 01) completed the top six.
In the JV races, Dulaney's boys ran 2-3-5-7 behind their leader, Brett Angstadt (19: 34), to rout the field. And despite a 1-2-3 finish led by Holly Sackettt (22: 43), Dulaney was edged by host Hereford's girls, 44-45.
Pub Date: 10/28/99