Calvert Hall trio puts it all together

September 23, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Contrary to reports in Friday's editions of The Sun, Krissy Jost of Perry Hall High School did not participate in the North County Invitational cross country meet Thursday.

+ The Sun regrets the errors.

Anyone who considers cross country an individual sport probably didn't witness the finish of the boys championship race at yesterday's fifth annual Knights' Invite at Baybrook Park in Brooklyn.

In an act to promote team unity, Calvert Hall runners Jonathan Dietrich, Cory Smith and Doug Stewart crossed the finish line in unison for a rare 1-2-3 sweep that left onlookers wondering who had won.


"We've been talking about finishing like this all season because our coach [Jim McCoach] has been telling us it has never been done," said Dietrich, who was named the winner because he was the first to hand in his number card.

"You race as a team in these things and we didn't care who won. We all wear the same kind of uniform and we all wanted to finish in a three-way tie for first."

Smith, who won the Lake Forest Invitational last week in Felton, Del., was named the second-place finisher and Stewart took third.

Despite a driving rain, Dietrich and Smith broke away from the field and didn't slow down until the final 200 meters, giving Stewart time to overcome South River's Jack Longley and catch up for the photo finish.

"We could have easily broken 16 minutes but it meant too much just to come in together," said Smith, who, like his counterparts, finished in 16 minutes, 5 seconds. "That's the statement we wanted to make. We wanted to show everyone what Calvert Hall's program is all about."

On the girls side, there was no doubt about the identity of the top runner and top team.

Kristen Nicolini of Annapolis, who five days earlier claimed first in the Spiked Shoe Classic at Johns Hopkins, showed she was the premier female runner in the race and the metropolitan area, as she turned in a winning time of 18:39 -- 1 minute and 11 seconds ahead of Western runner-up Lolita Manning.

Western's girls team placed three runners in the top seven, and four of the first 11 girls to cross the line.

Kimaya McCoy took sixth for Western in 20:43, followed by teammate Somaree Taru in 20:45. Tamara Clarke was the other Dove to break into the top 15 with her 11th-place finish.

Perry Hall's Krissy Jost, who won the girls race in the Lake Forest Invitational, in a record time of 19:15, didn't finish the race.

Anders Fristedt of McDonogh took fifth and teammates Garth Terry and Eric Bind finished eighth and ninth, respectively, to lead the Eagles to a third-place finish.

Jason Harle of Perry Hall placed seventh and Joe Lielich finished 10th for the runner-up Gators (57).

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