A good week of golf gave Northern's Eric Brown a spot in the state tournament and Patriots coach Jim Hall his 100th regular season victory.
Brown, a junior, shot 80 (a low for Southern Maryland players) in the District IV state qualifying meet, held Tuesday at Wicomico Shores. He was one of four SMAC players to qualify for the state tournament, which will be held Oct. 18 and 19 at the University of Maryland.
"Eric has always had the talent," Hall said. " . . . If he plays the type of golf he's capable of playing, he has an outside chance of placing in the top 10 [at states]."
Hall's milestone came Wednesday, when the Patriots defeated Westlake and Chopticon. Hall is 101-23-1 in 13 seasons at Northern. Hall's teams have won four SMAC titles and four District IV titles.
PATUXENT: The girls cross-country team improved to 7-0 with a tri meet victory over Great Mills and Westlake on Wednesday. The Panthers, who have won 18 straight SMAC races, are led by junior Lillian Ricardo, who won Wednesday's meet in a personal-best time of 20 minutes 33 seconds. Sophomore Jane Hendrick (21:36) was second and freshman Susan Hendrick (21:44) was third.
"I think we're better than we were last year," said Coach Persad Gerard, whose team went 11-0 and won the SMAC championship last season. "The girls are stronger than they were last year and they are used to running hard. They gain more experience with every race they run."
CALVERT: Senior G.W. Chew set a course record Wednesday at Calvert, finishing the new three-mile cross-country course in 19:34. "This is a very tough course," Coach Donna Wallmark said. "There are a lot of turns, a lot of hills and most of it is in the woods."