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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Dana Ansbach - Lulu's Niece - Finishes 4th in BIG Cross Country Tournament

SCHUYLKILL HAVEN - Not even a wrong turn could stop Tamaqua sophomore Amber Carroll from winning her second straight 'Canes Invitational cross country title.

Carroll said that miscue cost her about 15 seconds, but she still cruised to victory Saturday morning at a drizzly, soggy Rotary Field.

She completed the 3.1-mile course in 20 minutes, 47 seconds, the conditions and wrong turn preventing her from matching last year's time of 19:51.

No matter, Carroll still produced a comfortable victory over runner-up Nicole Dunlap (21:00) of Tulpehocken and third-place finisher Alyssa Miller (21:08) of Schuylkill Haven in the 61-runner field.

All three qualified for the PIAA Class AA Championships last season. Carroll medaled with an 18th-place finish.

"That's real cross country in the rain and the mud,'' Carroll said with a laugh. "It's hard. It's slippery. You just have to stay focused and keep your balance.''

Adding Dana Ansbach's fourth-place finish and Colleen Rorke's sixth to Carroll's first, Tamaqua repeated as team champions with 35 points. Pottsville (93) placed second; Schuylkill Haven (102) took third.

Dana is a sophomore at Tamaqua High School.

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