Severna Park boys, girls run to wins in Annapolis Glen Burnie's Sloan posts easy triumph in A1 event

Cross country

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

Severna Park's boys and girls dominated, Calvert Hall's boys repeated 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.

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.

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

Pub Date: 10/04/98

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