Calvert Hall, Beliveau romp

November 04, 1992|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Both the Calvert Hall cross country team and Loyola's Matt Beliveau achieved their goals yesterday.

Co-No. 3 Calvert Hall placed five runners in the top 11 to take the team title, and Beliveau capped a four-year journey by winning the individual title at the Maryland Scholastic Association cross country championship yesterday at Herring Run Park.

Calvert Hall rolled to victory at the 3.1 mile course. The Cardinals, who won the dual meet title by defeating Gilman last week, had 33 points. No. 6 Curley was second with 57, No. 9 Loyola was third with 72, and No. 8 Gilman was fourth with 92.

Calvert Hall coach Jim McCoach said his team used no elaborate strategies. "We just told the kids . . . just run your best and let's pick up the hardware," McCoach said. Kyle Martin [17:32, 4th]; Jonathan Dietrich [17:48, 5th]; Kurt Martin [17:52, 6th]; Rick Stewart [17:55, 7th] and Kevin Savarese [18:12, 11th] scored the Cardinals points.

The Cardinals also tried a bit of trickery. They usually wear gold jerseys with shorts that are replicas of the state flag. Yesterday, however, they wore white long-sleeve shirts and red track shorts. McCoach said he wanted to make it tougher for others to key on them.

Kyle Martin said the Cardinals knew that everybody would be shooting for them. "Everyone was just pumped up," Martin said. "We knew what we had to do."

So did Beliveau. He dueled with Derek Rice of Curley for the first mile before taking the lead after a mile.

Beliveau slowly lengthened his lead, finishing in 17:15 and defeating Matt Buck of Gilman by five seconds. Rice took third in 17:28.

Beliveau, a senior, said he had been waiting for this moment since his freshman year. "I was one of the slowest guys on our [junior varsity]," Beliveau said. "Four years of hard work came true today."

His time of 17:15 was off his 16:30 last week at Loyola, which is a school record.

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