Olp secures victorious send-off

January 16, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Bridget Olp has had more than a few reasons to smile during her standout career at Catonsville High.

After helping her team win the Class 3A indoor title in 1991, she captured a state championship in cross country this past fall and was favored to win indoor titles in the mile- and two-mile later this winter.

But yesterday's Maryland National Guard Scholastic Games at the 5th Regiment Armory was bittersweet for the junior.

It was her last competition for Catonsville.

With her family scheduled to move to Chicago today, Olp wanted to give it one last run in a Comets uniform, so coach Jeff McDaniel entered her in the two-mile relay.

Surprisingly, the Comets' team of Julie Shimko, Olp, Chris Saffran and Ann Giardina won the race in 10 minutes, 22.6 seconds, ending the runner's local career on a winning note.

"I'll miss it a lot," Olp said. "I just wanted to come here and run one last race."

For McDaniel, the loss will go far beyond her on-the-track abilities.

"The main thing about Bridget is her competitive drive," McDaniel said. "She's such a leader by example. She gets out there and gives it everything she has."

On Friday, the Catonsville physical education department said goodbye with a plaque and a cake.

Last night, Olp went home with a medal.

Other top finishers from the area included Woodlawn's Toni Fleming, third in the high hurdles; Towson's Nicolle Walker, first in the shot put and fourth in the 55 dash; and Perry Hall's Megan Makowski, third in the 3,000 and fourth in the 1,500.

Eleanor Roosevelt won the girls team title for the third straight year, followed by Northwestern and Linganore. Catonsville finished eighth.

On the boys' side, top finishers included Andre Eure of Milford Mill, second in the high hurdles and fourth in the high jump; Catonsville's Jamie Davies, third in the 1,500; Dulaney's Ian Vair, second in the shot put; Perry Hall's Dave Russell, third in the pole vault; Woodlawn's Al Darby, third in the 500 run; and the Warriors' winning 800 relay team.

In the race for the boys team championship, Old Mill placed first with 47 points. Roosevelt was second with 27 points.

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