McDivitt, Stevens finish first

September 28, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Becky McDivitt of Glen Burnie and Chesapeake's Ryan Stevens braved the hills and dangerous patches of mud to win their races in yesterday's Arundel High Invitational cross country meet in Gambrills.

McDivitt, who finished a disappointing fifth in last week's Knights' Invite at Baybrook Park, fell once and turned her ankle three other times before turning in a winning time of 22 minutes, 41 seconds -- 45 seconds ahead of runner-up Stephanie Stevens of Chesapeake.

"I usually do pretty well on the hills, and this course has a lot of them," said McDivitt, who fell in some standing water on the third lap and the final lap.

"I just wanted to get through this race without getting hurt. It's kind of crazy back there."

Ryan Stevens, Stephanie's older brother, trudged through the puddles along the 3.5-mile course and won the boys race in a time of 17:32. Arundel's Blair Morse took second in 18:42, edging teammates Chad Webber (18:55) and Tim Kelly (19:01).

In addition to Ryan Stevens' first-place finish, the Cougars added fifth, seventh, eighth and ninth to place second behind Arundel in the boys team competition.

"I just wanted to run a good race and win because I had an off day at the Knights' Invite and I don't know what it was," said Ryan, who finished sixth at Baybrook, the second-best finish among the county entrants.

"I wanted to win today to get some confidence for Saturday's race [The Anne Arundel County Invitational] and I think I did that."

McDivitt's first-place finish and a 4-5-6 showing by teammates Nikki Wood, Missy Hennessy and Kristy Klima helped Glen Burnie win the girls team title with 42 points.

The Gophers' victory would have been even more lopsided had Ann Kollar and Heidi Schneider not stopped to help teammate Tershira Pinder, who fell and injured her ankle in the woods.

North County junior Agnes Osinski ran to a third-place finish. Osinski, who attended a cross country camp last summer at the Timberidge Sports Academy in West Virginia, turned in her highest finish of the season on a course that she found user-friendly.

"I like running hills," said Osinski. "The course had a lot of ruts that you couldn't see, so you just had to watch your footing."

Broadneck's boys team finished third, thanks to a 10th-place finish by Igor Charbonnier (19:46).

Arundel's girls squad did not participate in the team competition, but the Wildcats were well-represented in the individual standings with Heather Bartsch occupying the No. 7 position among the top 10 finishers. Sarah Watts of Chesapeake took eighth (25:14), followed by Stephanie Hooper of Broadneck.

"This is a good cross country course," said Arundel coach and meet host Gerald Kiple. "It's tough. It's got hills. It's a good course."

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