Calvert Hall captures A1 boys race

October 02, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

If Annapolis' Kristen Nicolini hadn't won the girls A1 race, yesterday's Anne Arundel County Invitational would have belonged to the representatives from Baltimore's private schools and Howard County.

Calvert Hall, which rules the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and perhaps the entire metro area, got a 1-2-3 finish from Jonathan Dietrich, Cory Smith and Doug Stewart.

Dietrich and Smith covered the rerouted 3-mile course at Annapolis High in 16 minutes, 44 seconds, and Stewart sprinted in seven seconds later.

"We're tough," said Dietrich, shortly after learning that he and his fellow Cardinals had won the boys A1 team trophy.

Howard County was well-represented by Oakland Mills in the boys and girls A2 races, which include runners from the smaller schools.

The Scorpions' Lauren Drake looked as if she could have run another three miles after winning the girls A2 race. Drake, who was second in the same meet last year behind Teresa Love of Mount de Sales, showed no signs of fatigue after finishing in 21:10.

Oakland Mills' Gregory Curtis recorded the best time of the day as he won the boys A2 race in 16:23.

Curtis had plenty of motivation throughout the race, with South River's Jack Longley setting what Stephon Petro called a "hellacious pace" and runner-up Ted Lord of Gilman pushing him until the final stride.

Lord lost the battle to the finish line by a second, but his team won the A2 team title, holding off runner-up Oakland Mills, 52-60.

Powered by a third-place finish from Liz Williams (21:37) and fifth place from Renee Leach (22:06), Mount de Sales won the girls A2 team competition with 54 points, six points better than runner-up Oakland Mills.

Running on her home course, Nicolini, who has won the Knights' Invite and the Spiked Shoe Invitational, took the lead on the first turn, built a 24-second lead at the mile mark and led teammate and runner-up Alison Ross by more than a minute after two miles before crossing the line in a winning time of 19:24 in the girls A1 race.

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