Geroux, Knott prove their points They win individual titles in Knights' Invite race with impressive times

Cross country

September 19, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Parkville's Jen Geroux went to yesterday's Knights' Invite looking to show that last weekend's victory at the Goucher Invitational was no fluke.

Loyola's Chris Knott came to Baybrook Park looking to prove that his dismal finish at last weekend's Spiked Shoe meet was a fluke.

Neither left disappointed.

Knott, who jumped out early in the Spiked Shoe before cramping up and letting "116 people pass me," established the pace early and never looked back.

The junior won the boys race by covering the 3-mile course in 15 minutes, 53 seconds. Ben Baxter, the runner-up from Arundel, crossed the line 28 seconds behind Knott and two seconds ahead of third-place finisher Ben Morris of Annapolis.

"I took a day off right before the Spiked Shoe meet, and that didn't seem to help, so I ran eight miles yesterday, and I felt great today," said Knott. "I wanted to win, and I went after it."

The result came as no surprise to Knott's coach, Jose Albernoz.

"We figured he was the strongest guy in the field, so I told him to take a real comfortable first mile, and he did," said Albernoz. "He ran a great race."

Geroux, last year's All-Metro Runner of the Year, was similarly impressive as she held off a pack of runners from the Association of Independent Schools and won the girls varsity race in 18: 44.

McDonogh freshman Kacie Remeto, runner-up to C. Milton Wright's Kelly Coogan at the Spiked Shoe, was second again, this time crossing the line four seconds after the winner.

"I lost this race by one-tenth of a second last year to that girl from Arundel [Jen Ng], so I really wanted to win today," said Geroux, after posing for a photograph with her sister and teammate Kristy, a promising freshman who finished 11th. "I didn't know who was going to be here today, but I felt real confident."

The boys team competition was a dog fight with only five points separating the winner from the fourth-place team. Perry Hall, led by top 10 finishes from Kirk Bouffard (sixth) and Jon Kappes (10th), won the boys title with 73 points, followed closely by Loyola (74), Arundel (75) and Mount St. Joseph (78).

The girls team competition wasn't nearly as tight. Bryn Mawr, powered by Tess Deanehan's third-place finish and Brianne Jenkins' seventh-place effort, captured the title with 83 points -- 20 more than runner-up Severna Park.

Sarah Arbaugh, a freshman from Notre Dame Prep, edged Broadneck's Amanda Schmidt at the line to finish fourth in the girls race.

In addition to Knott, Loyola had two other runners place in the top 15. P.J. Prosser finished seventh for the Dons and Eric Lichtenberg came in 11th.

Pub Date: 9/19/97

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