Startled Sloan, stealthy Warner win in Arundel Severna Park boys, girls win team county titles

Cross country

October 31, 1998|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Surprised by an early start time, Glen Burnie's Katie Sloan had to forgo warm-ups before yesterday's Anne Arundel County Cross Country Championships at Annapolis High School.

Arriving at the starting line seconds before the gun, she wasn't sure what kind of performance to expect.

She turned in one to remember, leading from wire-to-wire, gradually building her lead over Southern's Maureen Carr to win the 3.1-mile race in 19: 20.

Arundel's Todd Warner easily won the boys race in 16: 27. And Severna Park captured both the boys and girls team crowns.

For Sloan, it almost wasn't to be, thanks in part to the shortcomings of modern telecommunications technology. Originally scheduled to begin at 3, the event was moved up a half-hour in a late move by organizers, who wanted to accommodate the earlier sunset.

Trouble was, Glen Burnie never got the fax with the revised time.

"I didn't even know that we were racing yet," said Sloan, who has won all but one of her races this season. "A woman came out

and asked us if we had any runners. We thought it was the JV race, but all the varsity runners were lined up. I was still pulling out earrings and pulling off my sweats. I think I could have run under 19 [minutes] if I would have been ready.

"I'm just glad I won. I would have been so mad if I didn't win."

Carr finished second in 19: 57, and Severna Park's Bonnie Sowa was third (20: 20).

Sowa was one of five Severna Park runners in the top 13 finishers, giving the Falcons their 17th county team title in 19 years.

"I was concerned," said Severna Park coach Ed Purpura, who said a loss to Broadneck two weeks ago may have served as a wake-up call. "They were slumbering and didn't take anybody serious in the county. We always shoot to have the deepest depth, and that's what won it for us today. We put seven girls in front of their No. 5 girl."

In the boys race, Warner trailed Annapolis' Ben Morris early but made his move on a hill with two miles to go. "Coming up the hill -- I knew he couldn't work hills, so I just said ta-ta," he said.

Severna Park's boys, with five of the top 10 finishers, had 34 points. Broadneck (80) was second and Arundel (85) third.

Pub Date: 10/31/98

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