1-2 finishers help Gilman to MIAA title Ill Chalmers, Whelton lead pack and Greyhounds' win

Cross country

November 08, 1996|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Now, Calvert Hall knows what it feels like to get hit with a one-two punch.

Gilman landed the combination yesterday at Goucher College to win its first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships in 16 years, and it nearly floored Greyhounds long-time coach Jack Thompson.

"I was having a hard time making out the score and giving it to the scoring table, because I was so overcome with emotion and happiness," said Thompson. "It was my finest moment in cross country, and that says a lot because I've had a lot of fine moments with wonderful kids and runners."

Senior David Chalmers delivered the first blow as he shrugged off "walking pneumonia" and a "touch of bronchitis" and became the first Gilman runner in Thompson's 22-year tenure to win the individual title.

Junior Seamus Whelton, a junior poised to carry on the winning tradition established by Ted Lord (now at North Carolina) and improved by Chalmers, followed with a runner-up finish that helped give the Greyhounds their first team championship since 1980.

The 1-2 finish was great, but it was the 15-16 finish of teammates Landis Kauffman and Alex Iliff, and the 22nd-place contribution of Will Spencer, that made it happen for the Greyhounds.

"I was a little disappointed with my time [17: 28], and my margin of victory [two seconds] was a little too close for comfort, but I'm really happy we won the team title," said Chalmers, a Moorhead Scholarship nominee who is hoping to qualify for the prestigious Footlocker national championships later this month in San Diego.

"Calvert Hall is always our most challenging nemesis, and it feels really good to beat them. It doesn't happen very often, but I'm feeling pretty good right now."

Calvert Hall couldn't move its young-but-talented pack out front far enough and fell seven points shy of the Greyhounds (56).

Eric Linder crossed the line first for the Cardinals, but his fifth-place effort, coupled with Jed McCormick's sixth-place finish and Joe Bryson's eighth-place showing, only helped to hold off third-place Loyola (76) and fourth-place Curley (113).

McDonogh wasn't much of a threat with its No. 1 runner, Garth Terry, on crutches because of a stress fracture in his right leg. Alex Taylor led the fifth-place Eagles (123) by finishing fourth behind Tony Diem of Curley.

"I had a feeling that this was going to be the result," said Calvert Hall coach Jim McCoach, whose team won its fifth straight regular season title last week.

Pub Date: 11/08/96

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