Perry Hall's Jost likes running with new crowd Former Eastern Shore standout starts fast

September 27, 1993|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

A change in course has brought one of the state's best runners to one of the best cross country programs.

Krissy Jost, a two-year standout in cross country and indoor and outdoor track at Queen Anne's High on the Eastern Shore, is running for Perry Hall this year.

The blue and gold uniform she is wearing this season is a familiar one to the Jost family.

Krissy's mother, Cathy, and father, Steve, both were involved with the running programs at Perry Hall. Cathy ran cross country one season and Steve ran indoor track in his senior year.

Krissy already has made an impact at Perry Hall. She finished first at the Spiked Shoe Invitational at Johns Hopkins last Saturday. Her time of 19 minutes, 41 seconds on the rain-slicked course was 53 seconds faster than the next finisher.

"The course had a lot of twists and turns in it. It was much more hillier and intricate [than the ones on the Eastern Shore]," said Jost, who had grown accustomed to the flat courses around Queen Anne's.

"The time wasn't as fast as I had hoped, but I think it's definitely possible to gradually decrease my times so they peak at states around the low 18s."

In Thursday's fourth annual Knights Invite at Baybrook Park, Jost once again led all Perry Hall finishers. She finished second with a time of 18:19 behind close friend and rival Kristen Nicolini from Annapolis.

Jost has had to adjust to more than just the race courses. She has had to adapt to a larger team and more competition from her teammates and schools west of the Chesapeake Bay.

"At Queen Anne's there were only about four girls on the cross country team and running cross country was mostly just something people did after school," Jost said.

"There are close to 20 girls here [at Perry Hall] and even though people are close friends, there is still competitiveness."

Perry Hall coach Marilyn Bevans said: "She has really fit in well. She is willing to listen and follow directions and she likes the fact that there are a lot of good runners around her."

Jost hopes to succeed on the indoor and outdoor track teams as well.

Her strongest event indoors is the 800-meter run, in which she holds the state-record time of 2:17.1 and two victories over Dulaney graduate and Baltimore Sun Female Athlete of the Year Amanda White.

Those accomplishments are particularly noteworthy for someone who didn't take up running on a full-time basis until her freshman year in high school.

Throughout middle school, Jost played recreation soccer and basketball. But when she had an impressive finish in an area road race a friend of the family suggested she take up running full-time.

"I only miss soccer when I see them playing games while I'm running during practice," Jost said. "But, I know that if I wasn't running, my life would be so different."

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