Dulaney sweeps as White rests

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

Yesterday's group meet at Dulaney High School could have been a showdown between two of Baltimore County's premier female cross country runners.

However, with Perry Hall's Krissy Jost and Dulaney's Meghan White sitting out of the girls race to prepare for invitationals this Saturday, the race only provided the Lions with a forum to exhibit their depth.

Behind a 1-2-3-4 finish by teammates Suzanne Sclafani, Marjorie Bollinger, Melissa Wilson and Erin Cecil, Dulaney's girls team went on to defeat Perry Hall, 16-41, and Parkville, 15-50.

Jost, who missed last week's Knights' Invite at Baybrook Park because she was on a college visit, was back at school training for this weekend's William and Mary Invitational. White, winner of the Westminster Invitational a week earlier, was resting for Saturday's meet at St. Paul's.

"I don't particularly care for running girls twice in a week unless I have to, so this week I rotated four seniors out and next week I'll rotate four more out," said Perry Hall coach Marilyn Bevins. "We had four meets in 10 days and that's too much, so I try to rest them as much as I can."

Although only two seconds separated Sclafani (20 minutes, 24 seconds) from Bollinger and Wilson in the girls event, Parkville's Joe Smith won the boys race with 29 seconds to spare.

Smith, only a junior, finished the three-mile course in 16:29, holding off runner-up Joe Lielich and Jason Harle of Perry Hall, both of whom finished in 16:58.

"Joe [Smith] is a real quality runner and he goes to another level when he gets in a race," said Parkville coach Jim Wich. "He's dedicated. He did his work over the summer and he came in in great shape and ready to run this year."

Smith, who emerged as the top metro performer at the UMBC Invitational, where he took fourth behind three runners from Virginia, created some space between himself and the rest of the pack at the 1 1/2 -mile mark and never looked back.

"This is only my second race and every race I expect to get better," said Smith, an honor student. "I was shooting for a better time today but I'm comfortable with the way I ran."

Jerry Martin's Perry Hall boys team swept second through eighth place, giving the Gators victories over Parkville, 20-42, Dulaney, 15-50, and Hickey School, 15-50.

Sean Kelly and Drew Glorioso finished fourth and fifth, respectively, for Perry Hall, followed by teammates Ryan Allesi, Chris Horodowicz and Chris Marye.

Parkville, which defeated Dulaney, 18-47, and Hickey, 15-50, received a ninth-place finish from junior John Runner and a top 10 performance from Jeff Jenkins.

Heather Edwards helped Perry Hall's cause by finishing fifth in 20:58 and teammate Krissi Diamond took seventh.

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