NDP, Perry Hall repeat Knights' Invite victories Arundel senior Ng wins her first major race

Cross country

September 20, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

After figuring out that his girls had won the team title at yesterday's seventh annual Knights' Invite, Notre Dame Prep coach Ed Donnellan glared at his note pad, shook his head and lamented: "Just think what we would have done if Carrie Kroll was here."

Kroll, the Pirates' No. 1 runner and one of the premier harriers in the Association of Independent Schools, couldn't make the trip to Baybrook Park because of a stress fracture in her right leg that is expected to sideline her for "at least four to six weeks."

NDP responded to its senior leader's absence by placing two runners in the top 10 and four in the top 16 en route to an 83-103 victory over runner-up Severna Park -- a perennial Anne Arundel County power.

Perry Hall, like NDP, repeated as the varsity boys team champion, and Arundel's Jenny Ng and McDonogh's Garth Terry took the top individual honors.

"This victory just shows how much depth we have," said Donnellan. "The girls knew that this was the beginning of a whole new season, and I think the girls wanted to win it for Carrie."

Terry, who recently won a national tetrathlon in Culpepper, Va., outlasted MIAA rival and runner-up Chris Knott of Loyola to win the boys race in 15 minutes, 54 seconds. Knott crossed the line 20 seconds after Terry. Curley's Tony Diem took third in 16: 26.

"A lot of people say I have a lot of endurance, but I just say, 'I have a lot of determination,' " said Terry, who finished third at last weekend's Spiked Shoe meet at Hopkins. "I thought I had a chance at winning it, but my coach thought I was the guy who could really take it today."

Ng, pronounced "ing," had to work a little harder for her first major invitational victory. The senior Wildcat finished the 3-mile course in 19: 28 -- one second ahead of Jen Geroux of Parkville.

"I've got a great team, and they are the ones who really push me, and keep me motivated," said Ng.

NDP juniors Kate Baird and Heather Ward finished 8-9 for the Pirates. Teammates Mandy Bourquin, a freshman, and senior Gretchen Stutz finished 15th and 16th, respectively.

Anne Marie Battikha of Magruder took third in the girls race and Glen Burnie junior Kristy Klima, the defending Knights Invite champ, finished fourth in 20: 35.

Omar Knight, an All-Metro sprinter, led Perry Hall's boys team with a fifth-place finish, followed by fellow-Gators Kirk Bouffard (sixth), Dan Jost (eighth) and Jason Harle (ninth).

Loyola placed second in the boys team competition, thanks to Knott's runner-up effort and that of teammates P. J. Prosser (12th) and Vince Pagoda (13th).

Pub Date: 9/20/96

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