Ng finishes second, Arundel girls third in Class 4A championship Wildcats' team effort tops fifth-place Severna Park

Cross country

November 10, 1996|By CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Jennifer Ng sat in the bleachers at Hereford High yesterday holding her 1-year-old sister, Sarah, and sporting a smile that seemed to stretch from one end of the gymnasium to the other.

When the awards ceremony for the Maryland State Cross Country Championship ended and Ng and her teammates had collected their hardware, the soft-spoken senior from Arundel counted her blessings and rehashed the Class 4A race that saw her finish second and her team third.

"I was coming here hoping to finish in the top 5 so I'm thrilled with second," said Ng, who will find out next week whether she will be accepted into the Coast Guard Academy. "I went strong for the first part of the race, and when we got to the hills late in the race, two people passed me. But when we got down to the last hill, I was able to get by one of them.

"I knew [Dulaney's] Meghan White was really good, but I didn't recognize her so I was really pleased when I finished the race and realized that she was the one that I passed on the final hill."

Ng's runner-up finish, combined with a strong showing by freshman Amanda Rahorn (15th), Valerie McDowell (21st) and Heather Bartsch (31st) helped give the Wildcats 125 points, more than enough to hold off county nemesis Severna Park (fifth, 137), but not enough to overcome champion Dulaney (64) and runner-up Quince Orchard (103).

"These girls have been together all year long, and from the get-go they were aiming at the county meet. That's where we peaked," said Wildcats coach Ralph Luce, whose team pulled off an unlikely sweep of the team titles at the county championship meet. "They're just a nice hard-working group of people. The school is proud of them, and they're proud of themselves."

With three sophomores in its top 5 and everyone eligible to return next season, Arundel's boys team is still a year or two away from making a serious run at the state title. The young Wildcats, with county and region titles , did manage to capture a county-best fifth place in the 4A boys team competition. The Wildcats, who tied Frederick with 181 points, got a 14th-place effort from Todd Warner and a top 20 performance from Ben Baxter.

Chesapeake's Justin Wooldridge, an All-County performer last season, was 37th, and County and 4A East region champ Jon Thomas of Meade had to settle for 48th.

Severna Park's girls team, which edged the Wildcats by a point in last week's regional meet, finished five points behind fourth-place Westminster (132).

Bonnie Sowa crossed the line first for the Falcons and received a medal for 14th place. Teammates Anne Crespo and Kim Chwan finished 22nd and 25th, respectively, for Severna Park and Glen Burnie's Kristy Klima, last year's Anne Arundel County Runner of the Year, finished 32nd in the girls 4A race.

Old Mill's Sarah Ouslander was the first runner other than those on Arundel and Severna Park to cross the line as she finished 18th in a field of 115.

Another Patriot, Jon Mikeska, had the best county finish in the 4A boys race and he has the 13th-place medal to show for it.

South River's Jeremy Schropp finished 27th in the boys Class 2A race and his team finished 13th. The Seahawks' girls contingent, led by Zandi Marinzel's 23rd-place effort, finished 14th.

Broadneck's boys finished 14th out of 16 teams in Class 3A. Matt Aulbach was the highest finisher for the Bruins as he claimed 59th out of 129 finishers.

The Bruins didn't qualify a girls team for yesterday's meet, but Amanda Schmidt represented Broadneck and finished 27th.

Pub Date: 11/10/96

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