Mount de Sales wins team title for the fifth time since 1989 Bryn Mawr's Deanehan sets course record

Cross country

November 07, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Tess Deanehan of Bryn Mawr claimed top individual honors and Mount de Sales defended its team title in yesterday's Association of Independent Schools Cross Country Championships at St. Timothy's.

And both did it in a convincing fashion.

Deanehan won by more than a minute and completed the 3.1-mile in a course-record 19: 27, shattering by 30 seconds the mark set last season by Mount de Sales' Bridget Quenzer and helping the Mawrtians to a second-place team finish.

Mount de Sales, which finished third in the AIS dual meet competition behind champion Bryn Mawr and runner-up Mercy, placed six runners in the top 15 and finished with 35 points -- more than enough to hold off the Mawrtians (73), Mercy (90) and Notre Dame Prep (92).

"I went out a lot faster than I usually do," said Deanehan, a 5-foot-1, 99-pound freshman. "I was a little bit nervous, but I just tried to think of this as a regular meet."

Senior Katie Cardoni led the Sailors with a third-place effort, followed by junior Rose O'Neill (fourth), sophomore Amy Miller (sixth) and junior Jean Aversa (ninth).

Garrison Forest's Anna Goetz was runner-up in 20: 31 and Jessica McGowan of Mercy took fifth in 21: 23.

"We weren't expecting it to be this overwhelming," Mount de Sales coach Sean Moran said after his team won the title for the fifth time since 1989.

"We had a lot of injuries early in the season but the girls stayed faithful and just worked and worked and worked, and they really believed they could win."

Pub Date: 11/07/96

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