Calvert Hall collects another title Cardinals, Smith seek to get back some respect

November 03, 1995|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Calvert Hall had heard the whispers.

After some early-season stumbles, rumors began to circulate about the Cardinals not packing as much punch as in years past. As the season went on, Calvert Hall runners looked for a way to show they deserved the same respect.

And that's why the victory that No. 3 Calvert Hall -- led by winner Cory Smith -- scored in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship meet yesterday at Goucher College meant so much to the team.

Calvert Hall, which now has won five straight MIAA or MSA titles, lost to Archbishop Curley in an early-season invitational and fell to Gilman in a dual meet. But injuries and illness plagued Calvert Hall the entire season, and coach Jim McCoach said his team was ready for yesterday.

"We came here to rip," said McCoach. "I wanted to win this thing so bad to prove that we were No. 1 in the metro area."

Calvert Hall had little trouble, winning with 43 points. No. 2 Gilman took second with 58 points, and No. 6 McDonogh finished third with 62.

Smith won for the second consecutive year in a time of 17 minutes, 5 seconds, nine seconds ahead of Anders Fristedt of McDonogh and 22 seconds in front of Gilman's Dave Chalmers.

"We wanted to show we could still do it as a team," said Smith, who set seven course records this season.

Doug Stewart (fourth, 17:40), Eric Linder (eighth, 18:26), Jed McCormick (11th, 18:46) and Nick Mansperger (19th, 19:12) helped give Smith his wish.

McCoach said the Cardinals needed a big day from the underclassmen, and Linder (junior) plus sophomores McCormick and Mansperger came through. Stewart, a senior who has battled mononucleosis the entire season, also ran a strong race.

"I'm just glad we took it and showed what Calvert Hall can be about," said Stewart. "I think [the rumors] kind of sparked me personally, and I know that it sparked the team."

For Gilman, Ted Wasserman (10th, 18:37), Reed Townsend (12th, 18:50), Seamus Whelton (16th, 18:55) and Tom Hale (17th, 19:01) all ran good races.

Garth Terry helped spark McDonogh with his sixth-place finish in 17:50. Alex Taylor (14th, 18:53) and Bill Burch (15th, 18:54) also had top 20 finishes for the Eagles.

"I thought my kids ran as well as they could on this course," said Gilman coach Jack Thompson. "But Calvert Hall just stepped up and ran a very good race."

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