Lord, Nicolini run away with Spiked Shoe titles

September 18, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Serving as a volunteer lab assistant last summer at Johns Hopkins, Ted Lord did most of his cross country training at Wyman Park -- a scenic piece of property nestled behind Homewood Field.

Yesterday morning, Lord, a senior at Gilman, showed just how well he knew the place as he scorched the 3.1-mile course in 16 minutes, 46.8 seconds to claim the boys championship title at the Spiked Shoe Invitational.

Kristen Nicolini of Annapolis had never seen the place but that didn't stop her from claiming the girls championship trophy.

Nicolini, the defending Class 4A state champion, covered the twisting course in 19:44, nearly a minute ahead of Thomas Stone runner-up Amy Phillippi (20:39).

Only about 15 seconds stood between Lord and second-place finisher Nick Gramski of Northern-Calvert (17:10) but it must have seemed like an eternity for Lord, who like many harriers, prefers to be pushed by his opponents.

"I tried to push myself but it's hard because I love being in a close race and feeling some contact from other runners and I didn't have that today," said Lord, who won the event as a sophomore before settling for second last season behind Jamie Davies of Catonsville. "But it was a great way to start the season and I'm really pumped."

Quince Orchard's boys team sounded pumped when it was announced as champion of the boys team competition. Another Montgomery County squad, Richard Montgomery, let out a scream when it was presented the girls team trophy.

With the help of Lord and a sixth-place finish by David Chalmers, Gilman finished third (128) among the male contingents and Loyola wasn't far behind in sixth (200).

Mike Friedberg of Park School ran an excellent race and finished third with a time of 17:12. On his heels were Ryan Stevens of Chesapeake-AA (fourth, 17:13) and Towson's Ryan Haden (fifth, 17:21).

Fallston's boys team took ninth out of the 32-team field, thanks to a top 15 finish by Chris Parkison.

Western, behind a ninth-place finish by Kimaya McCoy (21:38) and freshman Lolita Manning (13th, 22:00), took second in the girls team competition with 118 points, seven short of Richard Montgomery.

Kelly Sloan of Roland Park placed fourth in 21:21, three seconds ahead of Glen Burnie's fifth-place finisher Becky McDivitt, but more than a minute and a half behind Nicolini.

"I just went out and ran my race and didn't worry about anyone else," said Nicolini.

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