New season but old story: Look for Calvert Hall again Notre Dame, Mount de Sales should contend for girls title

Baltimore County cross country

September 08, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The year is new, but not much else may be in the world of Baltimore County cross country.

The same teams appear poised to win big again. Calvert Hall looks to be the top contender for the boys' private schools, while Notre Dame Prep and Mount de Sales fight for No. 1 among the girls. The Perry Hall boys and Dulaney girls also appear ready to lead among public schools.

Calvert Hall, which won its fourth straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (or MSA) title last fall, lost top runners Cory Smith (MIAA champion) and Doug Stewart, but still has a strong top five.

Senior Eric Linder and junior Jed McCormick should be the top two for the Cardinals. Juniors Joe Bryson, Chris Fields, Nick Mansperger and Zack Walman should also help make them tough again.

"We have a reputation to try and live with, which can be an albatross hanging around your neck," said Calvert Hall coach Jim McCoach. "But I think we can deal with it."

McDonogh will give the Cardinals a fight. Despite losing top runner Anders Fristedt, the Eagles have several good runners, starting with seniors Garth Terry and Alex Taylor. These two will battle for the top spot and should be a tough 1-2 punch.

Sophomore Brandon Cole and junior James Disney will come next for coaches Andy Gill and Jeff Sanborn; several others are battling for the fifth spot. The Eagles took third in the MIAA last year and should be good once more.

Loyola also should turn some heads. Sophomore Chris Knott will lead the Dons and could be one of the conference's best. Junior P. J. Prosser is next and several other strong runners make this coach Jose Albornoz's deepest team since the title squad of 1991.

Of the girls teams, Mount de Sales and Notre Dame Prep will fight for the top spot once more. Mount de Sales won the Association of Independent Schools championship meet last year -- after NDP captured the dual meet title -- but the Pirates may have too much this season.

Carrie Kroll leads the way for Notre Dame Prep. The senior, a runner-up in the championship meet, finished 17th in the World Triathlon Championship last month in Cleveland and is primed for a big season.

Senior Gretchen Stutz, juniors Katie Baird and Heather Ward plus sophomores Laura Sellinger and Sara Abrams (all of whom finished in the top 23 in the title meet), will give the Pirates a powerful punch.

Mount de Sales -- which lost AIS champion Bridget Quenzer -- is led by senior Katie Cardoni, sophomores Amy Miller and Colleen McGarvey plus juniors Rose O'Neill and Bridget Cugle along with sophomore Liz Salmon.

For the Perry Hall boys, winning an 11th straight county title should not be hard. Nine runners will fight for its top five spots. Seniors Jason Harle, Omar Knight, Dan Jost plus Cody and Cory Green should all have good seasons.

"The whole thing boils down to can we transform track speed into cross country running," said Perry Hall coach Jerry Martin. "If we can, we can take it all."

Dulaney, Hereford and Parkville should battle for the runner-up spot. For Dulaney coach Bob Dean, a solid group, led by junior Sean Sullivan (second in county, region and state), sophomore newcomer Greg Vincent, senior Mike Murdzak, freshman Jason Bryant and junior Matt Insley, should help the Lions do well.

With the same top five back that helped the Bulls take second in the state in Class 1A (plus second in region and third in county), Hereford coach Jim Heffner should enjoy his 31st and final year of coaching.

Senior Paul Cross, junior Pat Tyrrell, senior James Berry and juniors Adam Vickers and Steve Clarke should spark the Bulls.

County runner-up Parkville, which won the region and took fifth in the state in Class 3A, lost several including state champion Joe Smith. But the Knights have a strong first three in Darryl Cooney, Veuril McDavid and Matt Comins (seniors) plus some good young runners fighting for the other spots for coach Jesse Hannon.

The Dulaney girls will go for their third straight Class 4A state title and seventh straight county crown. County champion Meghan White returns for her senior year. Junior Marjorie Bollinger (third in county), senior Meredith Fellman (fifth), junior Bianca Jay (eighth) plus classmate Bethany Skeen, plus seniors Melissa Wilson and Holly Zahner (fifth in region) give the Lions a ++ formidable pack.

Led by seniors Brigid O'Connell (third in county and state) and Eden Rellihan (second in the state in the indoor mile), Catonsville should be able to win its seventh straight region title and compete for its second Class 2A state title in four years.

Coach Jeff McDaniel also looks for help from junior Jessie Augustine and senior Gina Panella along with a bunch of runners vying for the No. 5 spot -- something McDaniel said will be crucial.

Hereford and Parkville also should do well. The Bulls (second in PTC region, fourth in county, seventh in state), have a strong pack led by senior Bridget Wildt, sophomore Sarah Rives, senior Rebecca Sauder and sophomores Lindsay Clarke and Sarah McCaughey.

Hannon thinks the Knights could surprise. Juniors Jen Geroux and Brandi Caton plus sophomore Erica Santa-Cruz and senior Liv Nuland have run well and combine with sophomore returnee Meaghan Burke for a tough group.

Pub Date: 9/08/96

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