Perry Hall's Jost takes Spiked Shoe in a walk

September 19, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Welcome to Perry Hall, Krissy Jost.

It's just like old times.

Such were the thoughts of many in the crowd at yesterday's Spiked Shoe Invitational at rain-soaked Johns Hopkins, where Jost, a recently transplanted Eastern Shore resident, and native of Perry Hall, blew away the field by nearly a minute.

Jost, a junior transfer from Queen Anne's High, won the race in 19 minutes, 41 seconds, beating second-place Jacquelin Hays of Linganore by 53 seconds and evoking comparisons to two-time Baltimore Sun Female Athlete of the Year Amanda White, who often compiled lopsided victories.

But enduring those comparisons are nothing new for the junior, who defeated the former Dulaney standout her freshman and sophomore years in the 800-meter race at the Class 4A state indoor championships.

"Mandy is one of the best athletes our age anywhere in the country, so I feel that being compared to her is an honor," said Jost, who lost to White by 16 seconds last fall in a head-to-head matchup in College Park.

In this one, Jost led from the outset, gradually stretching her lead throughout the race before coasting across the finish line.

"I was hoping to finish in the low 19s [minutes], but it's my first race and it wasn't a real great day, so I'm happy with that," said Jost. "I felt really relaxed out there."

Walt Whitman won the girls race with 58 points, followed by Linganore (93), Catonsville (94), Severna Park (114) and Quince Orchard (124). Jost's Perry Hall team, missing three runners who were on a band trip, finished sixth.

Other local finishers were Catonsville's Bridget Olp (fifth), Glen Bernie's Becky McDivitt (sixth), Severna Park's Bri Weidman (seventh) and Catonsville's Julie Shimko (10th). Perry Hall's Megan Makowski, expected to be among the leaders, fell and didn't finish among the top 15.

The Gators, however, had better fortunes on the boys side, where Frank Trimble took fourth and Joe Leilich sixth to propel their team to the title. Perry Hall had 82 points, followed by Severna Park (98) and Walt Whitman (100).

Jamie Davies of Catonsville won the race in 17:16, making his move at the half-mile mark and never looking back. The senior said he used the rain to his advantage, negotiating the slick 3.1-mile course with ease. That's a big change from last season.

"I got psyched out in a rain race once before [at last year's regionals], and I did kind of bad," said Davies, who went out too fast in that race and slowed to a crawl around corners. "Ever since then I've been trying to get used to running in the rain, and now I kind of actually like it."

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