Calvert Hall boys repeat in A1 race in Annapolis Severna Park boys, girls also excel in invitational

Cross country

October 04, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Calvert Hall's boys repeated, Severna Park's boys and girls dominated and Glen Burnie's Katie Sloan captured the girls varsity A1 race as expected.

But there were a few surprises at yesterday's Anne Arundel County Invitational at Annapolis High.

Catonsville freshman Tricia O'Connell stole the spotlight. Her time of 20 minutes flat over the 3.1-mile course to win the girls varsity A2 event would have placed her second to Sloan (19: 38) had she run in the A1 race.

Arundel's Todd Warner was the surprise winner in the boys A1 race and the Broadneck boys were equally surprising winning the A2.

Severna Park's girls won the A1 in a breeze, with seven Falcons finishing in the top 20 and three in the top 10, including Bonnie Sowa (20: 13, fourth).

Severna Park also easily won the B1 over Perry Hall, with Melissa Wallace the individual winner.

The Severna Park boys won three of four runs and finished runner-up to Calvert Hall in the A1 race, 59-76. Calvert Hall was second in each of the three Falcons team wins. Calvert Hall won the showcase race for the second year in a row and the fourth time in the last five years by placing five in the top 20.

Senior Aaron Johnson was the Cardinals' highest finisher, taking third behind Warner and runner-up Donald Harrison of Eleanor Roosevelt.

"I feel good about this because we lost six seniors from last year's team," said Calvert Hall coach Jim McCoach. "We point to this meet."

Sloan, All-Metro last fall, coasted to the A1 victory by 31 seconds over Perry Hall's Laura Brazil. "Katie won it going away today," said coach Tony Benicewicz.

O'Connell, running in only her third race, could soon be in that class.

"I was third most of the way, but then going on the downhill after two miles through the woods, I pushed it hard up the big hill and sprinted in," said O'Connell.

Her coach, Jeff McDaniel, whose team also boasted the boys A2 winner in Dave Scwartz (17: 00), says O'Connell is a game-day performer.

"Rachel Hayes [sixth] is my No. 1 runner, but Tricia went right by her," said McDaniel. "In practice, she's not running the times Rachel is, but she has such a competitive streak in meets."

It took a more competitive effort by Warner to win the boys A1, a race he wasn't focused on a year ago.

In the boys A2, Broadneck nipped St. Paul's, 44-46 with runner-up Stephen Weller one of six Bruins in the top 20.

"It was a nice surprise, especially since we are running a split varsity and didn't run our top seven guys," said Broadneck's first-year coach Dana Dobbs. "It's special, showed our depth."

Pub Date: 10/04/98

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