Calvert Hall boys win Anne Arundel title Six Cardinals runners finish in top 20 in A1 race

October 05, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Noodles and potatoes.

That was the breakfast of one of the champions at yesterday's Anne Arundel Invitational at Annapolis High.

The carbohydrate-laden combination fueled Broadneck senior Amanda Schmidt to victory in the girls A2 race as she gobbled up the 3.1-mile maze in 20 minutes, 52 seconds for her first major invitational title.

"I didn't eat anything before I ran last week at the [Hereford] Bull Run and I felt really tired, so I made sure I ate something today," said Schmidt, a gold medal dangling from her hand. "They changed this course a lot from last year so I kind of didn't know where I was going. I got lost once but I figured it out when I saw my teammates all jumping and shouting, 'Wrong way!' "

Calvert Hall coach Jim McCoach was leaning on a "No parking" sign when he learned that his team had won the boys A1 team competition.

"That's wonderful," said McCoach, reviewing the results that revealed that his Cardinals had held off upstart Arundel, 50-65. "I'm very happy with that. What's really nice is we swept all four races [three of them JV]."

Calvert Hall placed six runners in the top 20 in the varsity race, including Joe Bryson, who finished in third place, five seconds behind Arundel High champion Ben Baxter (17: 22). Aaron Johnson finished seventh for the No. 2-ranked Cardinals.

Severna Park stepped it up a notch and won the girls varsity A1 race easily by placing seven girls in the top 14 and five in the top 8. Becky Chwan paced the Falcons with a runner-up finish behind Nikki Beherns of Roosevelt. Jenna Nugent took fourth for the champs and Melissa Wallace, Bonnie Sowa and Mary Taitt finished 6-7-8, respectively.

Wilde Lake shined brightest among the smaller A2 schools. The Wildecats won the boys title with 25 points and came up one point short to Mercy Merion Academy in the A2 girls competition.

Benajamin Coffman and Joey Yahr finished 2-3 for the champion Wildecats behind Calvert's Jeremy Wilkinson and Michelle Smith led Wilde Lake's runner-up cause by placing third.

Annapolis (62), which finished a distant second to Severna Park (27), was powered by a fourth-place finish from Misha Bilyeu and a 10th place by Christine Mowery.

Glen Burnie didn't have the numbers to field a girls team but were well-represented in the A1 race by Katie Sloan (third) and Kristy Klima (20th).

Meade's John Thomas, last year's Anne Arundel County champion, finished fifth overall and was the second highest county finisher with a time of 17: 39.

Pub Date: 10/05/97

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