Sailors' Quenzer, Cardoni keys to cross country title

AIS roundup

November 09, 1995|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Bridget Quenzer wasn't running for Mount de Sales' cross country team last season when upstart Notre Dame Prep won the Association of Independent Schools championships at St. Timothy's School.

That doesn't mean she didn't hear about it.

"All I've heard all year is how important this race is," said Quenzer, a senior and first-year cross country runner. "My teammates who were here last year have been looking forward to this ever since they beat us last year and they told me, 'You have to come through today.' "

Quenzer did all she could, finishing first in 19 minutes, 57 seconds, and her teammates did the rest as Mount de Sales won the title with 37 points.

NDP, which won all 11 of its dual meets this season, finished second with 60, followed by Bryn Mawr (103), Garrison Forest (169) and Mercy (181).

"We lost our four top runners and five seniors from last year's team and they wanted to do it this year not just for themselves, but for those who were on the team last year," said Sailors coach Sean Moran. "They knew it was going to be a really big challenge because we lost those four runners but they worked hard and made it happen."

Notre Dame Prep's Carrie Krull finished as runner-up in 21:15 and Anne Goetze of Garrison Forest and Mercy's Jessica McGowan placed third and fourth, respectively.

Mount de Sales team captain Katie Cardoni took fifth for the Sailors and teammates Rose O'Neil (eighth) and Liz Salmon-West (ninth) rounded out the team's top 10 finishers.

"If any one person deserves credit on this team, it's Katie Cardoni," said Moran. "We knew Bridget Quenzer was going to go out and, if she was on, she would win, but it all centered on our pack against NDP's pack and that responsibility was solely on Katie.

"The whole season she would go out and establish position for our pack and show them where they needed to be and Katie put them where they needed to be today."

If NDP coach Ed Donnellan was disappointed in his team's failure to become the first team to repeat as AIS champion, he didn't show it.

"We knew it was going to be tough and that it wouldn't we handed to us, but Mount de Sales really came though today. They were incredible," said Donnellan.

"We still have a lot to be proud of. We had an undefeated season. We beat Mount de Sales in a dual meet for the first time. We won our first invitational [the Knights' Invite] and we're returning our top five runners, so we're excited about next year."

Field hockey

* St. Paul's 2, Roland Park 1: Michelle Wachter and Sarah Oglesby each had a goal and Gretchen Goldberg had nine saves as host No. 8 St. Paul's edged Roland Park (4-6-3) in an A Division tournament quarterfinal. The Gators play host to Bryn Mawr in today's semifinal at 3:15 p.m.

* Bryn Mawr 1, Friends 0: Karine Gibbs scored in the first half to lift No. 4 Bryn Mawr (8-0-4) over visiting No. 12 Friends.

* Garrison Forest 2, McDonogh 0: Devin Fitzpatrick and Lauren Klein scored second-half goals as No. 9 Garrison Forest (6-0-5) defeated visiting No. 13 McDonogh. The Grizzlies will play host to Severn today at 3:15 p.m. in a semifinal game.

* Severn 3, Notre Dame Prep 2: After two scoreless overtime periods, visiting Severn (7-5-1) outscored No. 10 Notre Dame Prep (5-2-5), 3-2, on penalty kicks by Amy Gutebach, Bess Freebauder and Kelly Mahay.

* John Carroll 1, St. Timothy's 0: Visiting John Carroll (2-5-2) held St. Timothy's to one shot on goal, and Sarah Dannenfelser scored on a rebound as the Patriots advanced to the B Division tournament semifinals today against host Lutheran at 3:15 p.m.

* Oldfields vs. Seton Keough, ppd: The AIS B semifinal was postponed because of poor field conditions and will be played today instead.

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