Warren, Nicolini step it up Cardinals, Gators win team titles Cross country

September 24, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Geoff Warren of Arundel and Annapolis' Kristen Nicolini took top individual honors at yesterday's fourth annual Knights' Invite at Baybrook Park in Brooklyn, but it was Baltimore County contingents Calvert Hall and Perry Hall that claimed the boys and girls team titles, respectively, among the 16-team field.

Warren's time of 16 minutes, 51 seconds over the 3-mile course was enough to hold off runner-up Jonathan Dietrich of Calvert Hall, as well as the other 92 entrants. Not far behind Dietrich were Danny Zamarripa of South River and Frank Trimble of Perry Hall.

Zamarripa pushed the pace early and Dietrich led the field at the 2-mile mark, but it was Warren who led where it counts most -- at the finish line.

"This is by far the toughest field I've faced," said Warren, who entered the meet having won the Queen Anne's Invitational and the UMBC High School Classic. "I didn't get a good warm-up and that's happened my last three races and I've been having trouble starting.

"I made my move on [Dietrich] on the biggest hill before the end at about the 2.1-mile mark and I knew I could sprint well enough to beat him in the end."

Calvert Hall got some assistance in the scoring from top-10 finishers Corey Smith and Kyle Martin and Doug Stewart, who finished 11th.

The Gators' victorious girls team was anchored by Krissy Jost, who transferred from Queen Anne's for her senior year.

Jost put Nicolini to the test early and ran her first mile in 5:45 before being overtaken on the hills by her Annapolis rival.

"I was going to go out front, but Krissy went out front and her pace was good enough for me," said Nicolini, who turned in a winning time of 17:52, 27 seconds ahead of Jost.

"I know Krissy has a lot of speed and I figured she would just keep going and I was afraid that I might lose her, but then I thought, 'I have to give it a shot.' "

Jost said she was aware of the brisk pace she established at the outset of the race but said she was unaware of the toll it would take in the later stages.

D8 "I really started to feel it on the hills,"she said.

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