Coogan does Spiked Shoe encore Wright senior outpaces McDonogh's Remeto

Cross country

September 14, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Harford County products Kelly Coogan and Kacie Remeto both broke the course record at yesterday's 49th annual Spiked Shoe Invitational at Johns Hopkins but it was Coogan, a senior at C. Milton Wright, who set the new standard and repeated as meet champion.

Coogan, who outlasted former teammate Mary Beth Rollins (UMBC) to win the meet last year, covered the 3.1-mile course through Wyman Park in 19 minutes, 21 seconds -- 18 seconds ahead of Remeto, her former teammate on the Harford County Track Club.

"This feels so much better than winning it last year because there was so much competition here this year," said Coogan, a first team All-Metro selection last season. "When I saw all the teams that were going to be here, I said, 'Oh my God, there's just no way I'm going to win this year.'

"I thought Casey was going to beat me because she was doing really, really well in track this summer."

Coogan's coach, Barbara Johnson, wasn't at all surprised by the outcome.

"Kelly's training super. She's on a regular program and she doesn't waiver from it," said Johnson. "She's an ideal kid to have on a team because there are never any excuses. She knows what she wants and she goes after it."

Remeto, a Fallston resident running as a freshman on McDonogh's cross country team, was happy with her runner-up finish, especially considering it was her first official cross country race.

"I was just trying to get out good so that I wouldn't get trampled by the other girls," said Remeto, who is only 14. "Kelly and I ran against each other indoors last winter, and I beat her a couple times and she beat me a couple of times. So I know when I race against her there's going to be some stiff competition."

Competition was equally as tough in the boys race. Seamus Whelton of Gilman was the metro area's highest finisher in the boys race, placing fourth in 17: 16.

Brad Einboden of St. Mary's-Ryken won the boys race in 16: 46, followed by out-of-towners Tekia Amlesom (West Potomac) and Davy Rogers (Richard Montgomery).

Quince Orchard edged Good Counsel, 85-89, in the girls team competition and another Montgomery County power, Walt Whitman, ran away with the boys title.

Gilman and C. Milton Wright finished sixth and seventh, respectively, among the 29 boys teams that finished and Bel Air and Bryn Mawr, finished fifth and sixth, in the girls team competition.

Pub Date: 9/14/97

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