A busy schedule keeps Gilman's Lord on the run

September 29, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Ted Lord admits he wasn't much of a baseball player. Getting around the bases was easy; getting aboard was the problem.

"I tried just about every sport there is before I started running," said Lord, who has emerged as Gilman's No. 1 cross country runner and one of the metro area's finest distance runners. "If I wasn't any good at this, I would have been out of luck."

Lord, an All-Metro cross country selection last season after finishing second to Calvert Hall's Jonathan Dietrich in the Maryland Scholastic Association championship meet, kicked off his senior campaign by winning the Spiked Shoe Invitational earlier this month at Johns Hopkins University.

This Saturday, Lord and Dietrich both will run in the Anne Arundel County Invitational at Annapolis High, but because of their schools' different sizes, they will participate in separate races, putting off their head-to-head matchup until their dual meet Oct. 26.

"I'd love to race Calvert Hall early on in the season to get a feel for where I stand," said Lord, who hasn't faced Dietrich since last November when he lost to him by a second at Herring Run Park. "I'm hoping we may run into them at the Harford Invitational but if not, I'll have to wait until our dual meet."

In the interim, Lord will continue to push his his 6-foot, 152-pound frame to the limit, something he enjoys doing whether he's running alone or among a field of 200.

"I'm really not interested in running unless I'm actually doing it," said Lord. "If I weren't competing I'd be running anyway because I love to do it. Usually I don't think much about running, I don't read running magazines and I don't go out to other races. The second the meet is over I forget about it because I have other interests."

Last summer, Lord, who has a strong interest in medicine, served as a volunteer lab assistant at Johns Hopkins University where he worked with neurologists and neonatologists. After much pleading with the cardiologists, he was able to observe close to 75 hours of cardiac surgery.

In his "down time," Lord, who serves as president of Gilman's student body, maintained his endurance by running and swam to build strength in his foot, which sustained a stress fracture while winning the Spiked Shoe meet during his sophomore year.

"He has a discipline to train that most high school youngsters don't have," said Gilman coach Jack Thompson. "In past years, he's always tried to take a big lead in races because he knew a lot of kids could out-kick him in the end. But through his training he has become a stronger and better sprinter. When he runs, he reminds me of a sprinter."

What impresses Thompson -- and opposing coaches -- more than anything, is the way Lord carries himself before and after races.

"He's a genuinely nice kid," said Thompson, who is in his 20th season as head coach of the Greyhounds. "He's concerned about his teammates and their welfare.

"When other coaches talk about Ted, the first thing they talk about is his sportsmanship and how well he gets along with their teammates. Then, as an afterthought, they talk about how good a runner he is and they are absolutely right. Right now, I'd have to say he's the best runner I've ever had here at Gilman."

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