What a run -- from ER to title trophy Notebook

November 14, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

For German exchange student Tini Wagner, finishing 23rd in Saturday's state Class 4A cross-coun- try championships and helping No. 1 Dulaney win the girls team title could not have been more exciting.

Wagner had never run cross country until this fall. She started on JV, but her accomplishment is more astounding considering facial injuries she received in a freak accident at school Oct. 30.

Hurrying to a class in a trailer, Wagner headed outside just as a boy burst through the door.

"I stumbled over his leg because he was in such a rush, and I fell completely on the concrete on my face," she said. "When I opened my eyes, I saw so much blood and I had my teeth in my hand. When I looked at a mirror, I was so shocked. I looked so awful."

The fall left Wagner with two chipped teeth, two more loosened teeth, cuts around her eyebrows, nose and lips, a severely swollen nose and black eyes. A hospital trip for a CT scan and X-rays ruled out broken bones and a concussion, but dental work is still being done and she will have wires on her teeth for at least a month.

Despite all of that, she missed only three days of running. Wagner could not run in the regional race on Oct. 31, but came back strong as the fourth finisher for Dulaney in the state finals.

Wagner spared her parents back in Munich many of the details because she didn't want to scare them, and now, she can laugh about her ordeal. Still, she remains puzzled.

"I don't understand why the boy did not apologize," she said. She doesn't know who he was.

Streaking Eagles

McDonogh won the Association of Independent Schools A Division tennis tournament last week and finished an eighth straight unbeaten regular season against AIS competition.

Coach Diane Young's Eagles have lost only two matches, both to Lawrenceville, N.J., during that stretch. They last fell to an AIS foe in the spring of 1989. That year, the AIS switched to fall tennis, and the streak began.

This year's tournament singles championship was all-McDonogh, pitting Leena Krishnaswamy against Heather Cole. The two swapped the No. 1 slot during the season, but Krishnaswamy won the title.

McDonogh's Bana Hajj and Stephanie Rosen rallied to defeat Bryn Mawr's Sara Batterton and Liz Mulaikal for the doubles title. Randi Macdonald and Melissa Blume won the consolation doubles for the Eagles (11-0) while Ellen Haller and Lauren Cohn fell to teammates Hajj and Rosen in the semifinals.

Krishnaswamy, Cohn, Batterton and Mulaikal were named AIS A Division All Stars, along with Bryn Mawr's Sara Barnett; Park's Casey Zubrin and Aluina Kittur; Roland Park's Kate Archibald and Allison Michels; and St. Paul's Jennilie Brewster and Maeve Townsend.

In the B Division, the regular season ended in a three-way tie among John Carroll, Friends and Notre Dame Prep.

John Carroll's Kathrin Schultz, an exchange student from Germany, defeated teammate Soraya Scroggins for the tournament singles title. Garrison Forest's Katie Schou and Elizabeth Voss won the doubles championship over NDP's Lindsey Arenson and Ali Gill.

Schou and Voss were named B Division All-Stars along with NDP's Nikki Strakes, Sara Tesi and Alison Karbonik; Friends' Karie Gaare, Sammy Williamson, and Amanda Lower; John Carroll's Jenn Westervelt; Oldfields' Christina Robbat; and St. Timothy's Sarah Buckley-Green.

Badminton champs

Towson's Cathy Ding and Hereford's Matt Fausto won the Baltimore County badminton singles championships on Oct. 29 at Franklin. Ding defeated Dulaney's Alexis Green. Fausto beat Dulaney's Gagan Ahluwalia.

Pikesville, which won the regular-season title, claimed the boys and girls doubles titles. Rachel Freiman and Mandy Gordon beat Towson's Lei Zong and Amanda Sibley while Eugene Krivenko and Michael Kroopnick defeated Franklin's Josh Lissauer and Amar Mehta.

The mixed-doubles title went to Hereford's Julie Higgs and Justin Miller over Pikesville's Katrice Howard and Greg King.

Pub Date: 11/14/96

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