River Hill vs. Severna Park Scrimmage
Saturday, 25 August 2012 21:02    PDF Print E-mail
Kreim and Pershall take impressive wins


For our sixth year in a row the River Hill and Severna Park scrimmage went off on the last Saturday of August. Usually this race has more runners than most conference championships, but this year the numbers for both teams were down a little.  Those numbers were replaced by the millions of mosquitos that were attacking anything that moved in the wet grass.

The Severna Park girls lost six of their top seven runners this year. The only one back was Kensey Katz, 53rd at the state meet last year. Julie Koffler who was second in the 4A central regional 3200 is also on the squad.

"Julie is going to be county and regional champion", said long time coach Ed Purpura".

Purpura's tradition of having all his girls wearing sports bra tops at the first race was a no-go for this event.

"Some lady six miles away from the school complained to the principal about the girls wearing them during practice", said Purpura, "so now we must wear T-shirts."

Severna Park wore tye-dye T-shirts which was nice, except that River Hill was also wearing the same shirts so the starting line resembled the Woodstock Festival.

Allison Krein of River Hill, who did not run cross country last season, but ran a 5:11 1600 as a freshman in outdoor track took the early lead with Koffler and Angelica Yi of River Hill. Those three had the lead together through two miles until Kreim answered a surge by Koffler with a stronger surge.  Krein came through the finish line in 20:30 with Koffler a few seconds back.

Coach Earl Lauer should be very happy that Krein was cut from field hockey last year, because he might have the new county champion on his squad.

Severna Park's powerful boys squad was going up against River Hill's Chris Heydrick in this early season test. Heydrick admitted he was a bit nervous on the starting line, but as soon as the gun sounded he went right up to share the lead with a large pack. A group of almost 20 runners went through the first 1600 in a pedestrian 5:28. By the end of the second mile, Sam Pershall of Severna Park had taken a 30 meter lead over the disinitegrating pack.

Heydrick and Severna Park's Jimmy Shipley were all following close behind going into the woods for the last 800. Coming down the final hill, Pershall maintained his lead with a 16:38 and Heydrick outkicked Severna Park's Shipley for second.
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