Freshman Remeto wins fifth race de Sales, Westminster win Meade Classic's team titles

Cross country

October 11, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

McDonogh's Kacie Remeto says it's not easy being a freshman sensation.

Despite the presence of several other talented -- and substantially older -- runners on the team, the 14-year-old is the one who is getting most of the attention around school these days.

"I feel bad about it," she said.

It's a feeling that may only get worse.

Remeto won her fifth race of the season yesterday, defeating 72 other runners from public and private schools in Anne Arundel, Carroll and Baltimore counties and Baltimore City at the sixth annual Meade Autumn Classic at Blob's Park in Jessup.

She navigated the wide-open, 3.25-mile course in 21 minutes, 8 seconds, beating Bryn Mawr's Tess Deanehan by 24 seconds.

Battling hot weather, as well as shin splints in her left leg, she went out with the lead pack and pulled away down the stretch.

"There was a pack of four or five girls that went out," said BTC Remeto. "I didn't know who anybody was, so I just tried to stick with them."

Mount de Sales, led by Rose O'Neill (fourth) and Jennifer Aversa (fifth), took the girls' team championship, placing five runners in the top nine to score 31 points. Westminster was second (75), top-ranked Bryn Mawr third (82), Broadneck fourth (111) and South Carroll fifth (125).

Boys race

Westminster junior Jason Santucci came from behind to win in 17: 17, helping the top-ranked Owls to breeze to their second team title in four years.

Santucci, who beat out Loyola's Chris Knott by 43 seconds, said it was simply a matter of sticking to his game plan.

"I wanted to go out slow, stay with the pack and make a move toward the middle of the race, and that worked well today," said the transfer from Virginia Beach, Va., who moved to the front in the woods.

With five runners in the top 17, including 1996 Carroll County Runner of the Year Greg Fisher (fourth), Westminster scored 46 points to beat out South Carroll (66), defending champion Loyola (71), Mount St. Joseph (91) and Arundel (140).

Pub Date: 10/11/97

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