Anne Arundel reclaims title College cross country

November 04, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Judging by appearances, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Anne Arundel Community College's men's cross country team.

That all changed when the Pioneers upset Montgomery-Rockville last weekend to win their second consecutive Region XX championship at Howard Community College.

"We have all freshmen, and we didn't expect to win the region championship, especially since Rockville had beaten us three times this year," said coach Jim Fontaine. "They expected to win unchallenged."

Instead, Anne Arundel won by the narrowest of margins, 27-28 -- the Pioneers' first victory over Rockville in three years.

"There was a 45-minute period after the run where we were adding up the numbers in our heads and we kept coming up with a different total," Fontaine said. "It was agony until they finally posted the results."

Colorado native Dave Oster registered the best time for Anne Arundel on the 5.3-mile course, finishing in 30 minutes, 20 seconds. Jim DiCanio of Annapolis was second for the Pioneers at 30:52, an improvement of 2:30 over his previous time at Howard.

Bobby Downs of Arundel, who had been sidelined with shin splints, ran a time of 30:53, followed by Craig McKenzie of Queen Anne's at 31:30 and John Flannery of Old Mill at 32:40. McKenzie had missed the last three meets with a sprained ankle.

The next challenge comes on Nov. 13, at the national meet in New York.

On the women's side, Broadneck graduate Lynn Kurchock was third with a time of 21:55 on the 3.3-mile course.

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