Calvert Hall boys aim at 3rd unbeaten season COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY

September 16, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

For the past two years, Calvert Hall's cross country team has been perfect.

The Cardinals posted two undefeated seasons, and coach Jim McCoach said he'd like to see a third.

He just might get his wish.

The Cardinals won the now-defunct Maryland Scholastic Association dual-meet crown as well as taking first place in the championship meet at season's end for the second straight year. And now, with several key runners back, the Cardinals look tough in the new Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Jonathan Dietrich -- the MSA champion from last year and an All-Metro pick -- looks to be the top Cardinal, but juniors Cory Smith (first-team All-City/County) and Doug Stewart (second-team All-City/County) will challenge the senior.

Senior Dave Maxwell (second-team All-City/County) and sophomores Bryan Seipp and Mike Feroli also should help. Seipp and Feroli finished 1-2 in the MSA junior varsity title race. "We're better than we were last year, and we were pretty good," McCoach said. "But we're going to be better next year than we are this year."

McDonogh finished second in the dual-meet season and took third in the championship meet. Junior Anders Fristedt and senior Eric Bind (both first-team All-City/County picks and third and fourth, respectively, at the MSA meet) should lead the way.

Sophomore Garth Terry, senior Brendan Flynn and junior Mark Gormley round out the top five. Coach Andy Gill said the Eagles lost only one of their top seven. Still, they probably don't have enough to catch Calvert Hall.

Loyola might not be able to catch Calvert Hall, either, but the Dons are greatly improved. Coach Jose Albornoz's team took fourth in the MSA last year, and he said his runners worked hard over the summer.

Senior Greg Shaffer missed most of last season with a stress fracture in his foot, but is back in the top spot. Classmate Jamin Parezo, No. 1 at times last year, will be next, followed by senior Steve Birdsall and junior David Marsalek. Senior Henry Snyder and junior Ben Sobotka should battle for the fifth spot.

In the MIAA B Division, Park returns the best runner in second-team All-City/County senior Mike Friedberg. A top 10 runner in the past two MSA championship meets and a winner of his age group in a preseason triathlon, he should star in a league whose title chase could be wide open.

On the girls side, Mount de Sales won the Association of Independent Schools dual-meet title as well as the championship meet last year, and the Sailors bring back plenty of talent.

Coach Sean Moran is hoping for a big senior year from All-Metro pick Teresa Love -- who finished third at the AIS meet. Classmates Liz Williams (second-team All-City/County) and Renee Leach (an AIS all-star) will help, along with sophomore Katie Cardoni and freshman Jennifer Aversa. The Sailors also have plenty of depth.

"If everybody stays healthy, it looks good," Moran said. "But that's a big if."

Notre Dame Prep finished second to Mount de Sales in the regular season and the championship meet, and the Pirates could challenge once more. Sophomore Carrie Kroll (second-team All-City/County), who took second place in the state Catholic meet and in the AIS meet, is No. 1. Senior Robin Brand, freshmen Katie Baird and Heather Ward, and senior Meredith Brand are the rest of the top five for coach Ed Donnellan.

McDonogh, with Gill and co-coach Carol Rubino, lost only one of its top seven. AIS champion Jenny Scott (first-team All-City/County) leads the way, followed by senior Rahhama Kenya (second-team All-City/County and the AIS champion two years ago), sophomore Brooke Appler, senior Natalie Patinella and sophomore Katie Gill.

In the public schools, Perry Hall's boys look strong again with a good first six. Senior Joe Leilich (first-team All-City/County) leads the way, followed by sophomore Jason Harle, juniors Ryan Alessi and Chris Horodowicz plus seniors Drew Gloriso and Shawn Kelley. The Gators won the county and region titles last year and took fourth in the state. Coach Jerry Martin thinks the Gators can make a good run at the Class 4A state title this year.

"We're training like we want to win the state," Martin said. "We've certainly set that as our goal."

Baltimore County has several other good teams. Dulaney, with Bob Dean at the helm again, has a nice top five. Senior David Carpenter, juniors Vince Field and J.R. Wikes along with senior Shawn Meehan and freshman Shawn Sullivan will help the Lions.

Despite losing state titlist Jamie Davies, Catonsville (third in the state last year) still has some talent. Senior John Jahnigan and junior Pat Dingle should lead, as Bill Mouser's Comets have depth.

Parkville, led by junior Joe Smith and a pack of good returnees, should do well. Towson also could score well, led by senior Ryan Haden (second-team All-City/County).

On the girls' side, Perry Hall (Class 4A) and Catonsville (2A) are bTC trying to defend their state title, and Dulaney (second in 4A) tries to get closer to one.

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