His team accomplished a first over the weekend, but he hopes it isn't the last positive thing to happen this season.
Jim Fontaine's Anne Arundel Community College women's cross country team never had beaten Hagerstown until Saturday, when the Pioneers withstood the hot and humid conditions at the Howard Express Invitational in Columbia to finish ahead of the Hawks.
Salisbury State won the meet, with Anne Arundel placing second and Hagerstown third.
Lynn Kurchock, an All-American last year, took second out of 35 runners. Kerry Lindenmeyer was 16th and Marcela Fonseca 17th. Terri Long and Robin Leventry, Anne Arundel's fourth and fifth runners, edged out Hagerstown's women at Nos. 4 and 5.
On the men's side, the Pioneers placed second behind Hagerstown. Bobby Downs came in seventh out of 47 runners, followed by Shawn Stallings (13th), Pete Dugan (16th), John Flannery (21st) and Mike Lashley (23rd).
Fontaine said that Stallings has the potential to be "one of the best runners to ever attend AACC."
"We've got a long way to go," Fontaine said, "but we're trying to repeat as region champions. We're going to try to stay healthy and continue to improve."
The Pioneers will compete Saturday at the Retrievers Invitational at UMBC.
Anne Arundel's volleyball team has won its first three matches. And in convincing fashion.
The latest conquest took place Tuesday, when Anne Arundel defeated Potomac State, 15-7, 15-6, 15-5. Elena Baloglou and Cassandra Melton (five aces) combined for 13 kills. Lori Sharpless had four kills and four aces.
On Saturday, Anne Arundel swept Garrett, 15-11, 15-9, 15-12. Sharpless had five kills and two aces, and Baloglou added three kills and four aces.
Amy Rottman had four kills and two solo blocks. Carrie Parsons contributed four aces and seven setting aces.
Rottman and Parsons are running the Pioneers' 6-2 offense. This is the first time Rottman has worked as a setter. Parsons was an All-County setter/hitter at Spalding.
"Both of them are doing a good job of picking up the different plays and sets," said coach Betty Hession.
"So far, it's been a total team effort. We're moving real well."
Three different Anne Arundel players scored Monday, and the Pioneers broke out of a brief slump by blanking Dundalk, 3-0.
Nick Badalian scored five minutes into the game off a pass from Bob Thomas. Gary Gregory then headed in a corner kick by Pat Crawford five minutes later for a 2-0 lead. Jack Wildt scored unassisted seven minutes into the second half.
Mike Mullen, a transfer from UMBC, made three saves and posted his third shutout.
The Pioneers opened the season by winning their first three games, including a 7-0 drubbing of Howard on Sept. 10. They lost to Charles, 7-5, last Thursday and tied Burlington (N.J.), 5-5, Saturday.
"We had conceded more goals than we should have in the last two games, but we made some adjustments and I hope to begin really fine-tuning the next couple of games," said coach Ken Wolf, whose team returns five players, including Badalian, an All-American who led Anne Arundel in scoring with 17 goals.
The Pioneers travel to Frederick today.