Falcons take 11th region title in row Arundel girls 2nd by point to renewed Severna Park

Cross country

November 01, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

What's the difference between Arundel and Severna Park's girls cross country teams? At yesterday's Class 4A East regional championship, the answer was simple -- one point.

That point enabled Severna Park to capture its 11th straight region crown and helped the Falcons avenge last week's loss to the Wildcats at the county meet.

"Last week, we were looking past the county to the states, and Arundel, which is a good team, was the better team on that day," said Falcons coach Ed Purpura. "We've been looking forward to running Dulaney. I tried to tone down how excited we got last week, and it backfired.

"I told the girls today that Arundel is helping us now, because in the past, we've won the county and the region easily, and then, when we get to the states, we've had to switch gears. Now, when we get to states, we'll have two tough meets under our belt."

Arundel's Jennifer Ng and Meade's Jon Thomas will head to next Saturday's state meet at Hereford with back-to-back wins. Ng won yesterday's girls race in 19 minutes, 9 seconds, and Thomas won the boys title in 16: 28.

Yesterday's event, staged on a 3.1-mile course through Brooklyn's Baybrook Park, achieved its goal of narrowing the field for the upcoming state meet at hilly Hereford High. The top half of the teams earned a right to compete for a state title, and the top 25 percent of the individuals qualified.

Girls race

Severna Park's Kim Chwan was runner-up to Ng and ahead of third-place finisher Kristy Klima, of Glen Burnie.

"I went out a little too fast in this race, and I was getting tired during the middle, but I asked God for a little bit of help and He gave me the extra power I needed to boost me up the hill," said Ng. "As a team, we knew that we were going to make the states, so we looked at this as another meet to get us conditioned for it."

Severna Park's girls placed five runners in the top 15, including Kim Chwan (second), Bonnie Sowa (eighth), Becky Chwan (ninth), Jenna Nugent (11th) and Anne Crespo (13th).

Amanda Rahorn took fourth for the Wildcats, and teammate Valerie McDowell helped Arundel qualify with a sixth-place effort.

"On any given day, it's basically one point, either way, that separates us from Severna Park," said Arundel coach Ralph Luce. "Our girls ran a good race today. They're happy. They're going to states, and they'll do as good as they can do up there."

Severna Park (42) and Arundel (43) were the only county girls teams to qualify; the other two spots went to Northern (82) and Calvert (120).

Boys race

Ben Morris of Annapolis took third in the boys race behind Thomas and runner-up Jeremy Wilkensen of Northern-Calvert.

"After the first mile, I jumped out front, and nobody ever passed me after that," said Thomas, a 5-foot-4, 116 pounder. "I feel great. Now, I'm ready to try and win states."

Arundel's boys team had three runners finish in the top 10. Todd Warner led the Wildcats with a fourth-place finish, followed by Ben Baxter in sixth and Aaron Kaber in ninth.

Arundel (58), Severna Park (65), Meade (114), Annapolis and Chesapeake (142) all qualified as boys teams for the state championships.

Pub Date: 11/01/96

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