Cross-country blown away

Sept. 23, 2003, midnight | By Vivek Chellappa | 17 years, 4 months ago

Hurricane Isabel disrupts practice schedule


In the second meet of the year, Blair's cross-country team lost both to Sherwood and Wootton at a tri-team meet on September 23, 2003. The event was the first time many players ran since Hurricane Isabel disturbed the team's practice schedule.

The teams ran the event looking ahead to their next meet, the Knights Invitational. "I told the kids to take this as a training run," coach Carl Levin said. "The hurricane wreaked a little havoc with the training schedule."
Both the boys' and the girls' teams were beaten by Sherwood and Wootton. The boys lost 45-18 to Sherwood and 44-19 to Wootton, while the girls lost 34-25 to Sherwood and 38-23 to Wootton.

The boys' team, which fell to 1-1, had trouble because two top runners, Anthony Gutierrez and Esey Kidane, did not compete. Gutierrez was unable to attend the meet, and Kidane dropped out after feeling ill during the race. Matt Sheldon finished fourth overall, and first for the boys' team with a time of 17:54, a new personal record.

The girls' team continued to struggle, dropping to 0-2, because of a lack of depth behind the Sinclair twins' excellent performances. Hasley and Ashlyn Sinclair finished second and third, with times of 19:47 and 20:53, respectively. Hasley finished four seconds behind the top runner, after losing her shoe for the last 600 meters of the race. Levin says the next meet should be a good opportunity for a rematch. "We'll see how they do," he commented.

The next meet, the Knights Invitational, will be at the Montgomery College Germantown Campus on Thursday, Sept 25.

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