Perry Hall's Jost takes hills in stride in girls 4A

November 13, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

When the University of Alabama received Krissy Jost's signature last week on a national letter of intent, the Crimson Tide gained a talented runner, but it had not acquired a state champion.

Well, it has one now.

Jost, of Perry Hall, conquered the hilly, 3.1-mile course and outlasted longtime rival and defending state champion Kristen Nicolini of Annapolis to win the Class 4A girls race at yesterday's Maryland State Cross Country Championships at Hereford High. Her time was 20 minutes, 18 seconds. Nicolini was third in 20:51.

"I felt strong on the hills today, but I was just running the race moment to moment," said Jost, who finished second to Nicolini in last year's state meet. "She [Nicolini] got me good on the down hills, but I felt good going up them. Hills are something I've worked on all season, and I have to give credit to my coach [Marilyn Bevans] because she is the one that had me doing 'hill repeats' to prepare me for this course."

Dulaney's girls team edged Quince Orchard, 84-89, for the 4A title, and Catonsville's girls finished second to Damascus in 2A. The Comets and Damascus tied at 84, but the Hornets' sixth runner placed 28th, while Catonsville's placed 55th for the tie-breaker.

Brigid O'Connell led the Comets with a second-place finish behind senior Dana Strickland of Atholton. Gina Panell and Karina Bowie finished 8-9 for the Comets, and teammate Emily Knight placed 20th.

Meghan White of Dulaney didn't threaten any of the records her sister, Amanda, set, but she did lead her team to a state title. White finished seventh in 21:37, and teammates Suzanne Sclafani and Melissa Wilson took 14th and 15th, respectively.

Towson's Becky Foster (23:04) claimed seventh in the girls 2A event, and Edward Vachino's 10th-place effort in the 1A boys race helped the host Bulls finish fourth.

Western placed four runners in the top 20 en route to a third-place finish in the 4A girls team standings. Lolita Manning led the Doves in 10th, followed by Tamara Clark (13th) Kimya McCoy (19th) and Gabrielle Butler (20th).

Mike Curtis of Mervo finished sixth in the 4A boys race in 18:38. The race was won by Westminster's Mike Recek (18:16).

In the same event, Shawn Kelly and Ryan Alessie finished 12th and 15th, respectively, to lead Perry Hall to second place behind a Quince Orchard team that claimed four of the top eight spots. Chris Marye (19th) and Joe Lielich (20th) also contributed for the Gators, as did Drew Glorioso (27th).

Parkville's region champion boys team took fourth, powered by a fourth-place performance by Joe Smith and 17th place by Jeff Jenkins.

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