Severna Park reigns in Class 4A, Region IV

November 06, 1992|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

The Severna Park cross country teams showed again they are the class of the county in the Class 4A, Region IV state qualifying meet yesterday at Bay Brook Park in Brooklyn. The Falcons captured the girls and boys titles and Old Mill was second in both divisions.

"It's now two regions in a row for the boys and seven in a row for the girls," Severna Park coach Ed Purpura said. 'It getting me excited for the state meet. And I think the girls have a real shot at winning."

The boys' race provided some controversy.

As Geoff Warren of Arundel and Jason Reckner of Old Mill came within 25 feet of the finish line, running side by side, Warren bumped Reckner, slowing the Patriots junior a bit. Warren finished first, less than a second ahead of Reckner.

"I thought I beat him," said Reckner, who posted the same time as Warren, 16:37. "I was in the lead spot."

Reckner and Old Mill coach Gary Bater said the nudge may have cost him first place.

"Its a tactic at that point, I guess," Bater said. "He could have passed him and won the race. We hope Jason can beat him in the states and make up for that disappointment today."

Warren said: "Coming into the final sprint, he [Reckner] challenged me so hard. I wasn't paying attention and I hit him with my elbow. It was not intentional. I felt bad and I apologized to him."

North County's Sam Lomax took third in 16:52, edging Severna Park's Jack Longley by a second. Among boys runners, 19 of 74 qualified for states.

In the girls' division, Severna Park placed three runners in the top 10 among 55 runners on the 3-mile course: Kerri Lindenmeyer (sixth, 20:33), Sara Tate (ninth, 21:16) and Katrina Lee (10th, 21:24). The top 15 qualified for states.

For the second week on a row, Annapolis' Kristen Nicolini won a race by a wide margin. Last Friday, she beat Jessica Davis of Old Mill by nearly two minutes in the county championships, and yesterday Nicolini defeated Krissy Jost of Queen Anne's by more than a minute for top honors.

"I was feeling good, so I picked up my pace," Nicolini said. "This time I reached my goal of getting under 18 seconds."

Nicolini ran 17:44, Jost finished in 18:48, and Davis took third with a 19:38. Glen Burnie runners Robin Kloster (19:45) and Becky McDivitt (19:50) rounded out the top five.

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