Calvert Hall's Dietrich --es past Gilman's Lord Cross country

November 03, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Jonathan Dietrich of Calvert Hall and Gilman's Ted Lord love to race each other.

The two have run several memorable races, but yesterday's might have been the best of all.

Dietrich outraced Lord in a tense sprint over the final 100 yards to edge the Gilman runner by one second for the victory, one that helped No. 1 Calvert Hall win for the second consecutive time in the final Maryland Scholastic Association championship at Herring Run Park.

The MSA has dissolved and no plans have been made for next year.

On the girls side, Western repeated as the District IX (City-Wide) titlist. The Doves, led by victor Kimya McCoy, captured the first four spots and five of the top nine for an easy victory.

Dietrich and Lord have battled several times. The two juniors stayed at the front of this pack for much of the race, with Lord often leading.

The Calvert Hall junior bided his time, waiting to make a move. He finally did and caught Lord 100 yards from the finish. From there, the two stayed neck-and-neck, trading the lead.

Finally, with about 20 yards remaining, Dietrich pushed forward and hung on for the victory. He posted a 16:54, one second better than Lord.

"All I could see was the finish, and that's all I wanted," said Dietrich. "I really wanted to win."

Lord proved a gracious loser, giving Dietrich all the credit. "He's stronger than I am," said Lord. "He's also a better sprinter. It was a great race."

Said Dietrich: "There's no one I'd rather race against. There's no one who has more sportsmanship than Ted Lord."

Dietrich got lots of help from his Calvert Hall teammates in giving the Cardinals the title. Kyle Martin (second, 17:14); Cory Smith (seventh, 17:18); Doug Stewart (ninth, 17:28) and Chad Hardy (13th, 17:54) finished out Calvert Hall's top five.

Calvert Hall finished with 35 points, easily topping No. 6 Gilman (52) and No. 8 McDonogh (112). Calvert Hall coach Jim McCoach said it was easy to explain the victory.

"It was a team effort," said McCoach, who complimented Martin and his brother, Kurt, for working hard through an injury-filled season. "They're a good [group] that works hard. In this day in age, that's not flashy, but I'll take it."

For Gilman, David Chalmers (sixth, 17:15), Ted Wasserman (11th, 17:34) and Dan Pollard (12th, 17:36) also finished in the top 15. Anders Fristedt (third, 17:03 ), Eric Bind (fourth, 17:09) and Eric Beauvois (10th, 17:32) turned in strong efforts for McDonogh.

It was all Western in the girls race. McCoy (20:50), Tamara Clarke (21:36), Somaree Taru (21:54) and Gabrielle Butler (22:10) took the first four places. Tamika Blanks (ninth, 25:07) and Steeley Spencer (10th, 25:25) also pitched in.

Western finished with 19 points, easily topping second-place City (60). After McCoy, a freshman, won the race, it was more than two minutes before a runner from another team crossed the finish line. That was Dunbar's Christina Stansbury, in fifth at 22:54.

"I look at the times," said Western coach Jerry Molyneaux. "The times improved."

City's top finisher was sixth-place Sherrell Peters (23:37). Dunbar had a second top-10 runner -- Laketa Dyson (seventh, 23:58).

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