ND Prep closes out unblemished season Pirates take AIS title with 3 runners in Top 10

Cross country

November 05, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Notre Dame Prep finished its perfect season in the perfect way yesterday.

The No. 8-ranked Pirates became the first team to go undefeated in the 10-year-old Association of Independent Schools regular season and then win league's championship meet.

They did it by placing three runners in the top 10 and by edging three-time defending champion and ninth-ranked Mount de Sales at St. Timothy's.

Sparked by top-10 finishes by Stephanie Sellinger, Carey Andrews and Melissa Donovan, the Pirates completed the unmarred season with 49 points, good for an eight-point victory over Mount de Sales in the A Division race. Bryn Mawr, with 71 points, was third.

Race winner Kacie Remeto, of McDonogh, won the championship race for the second consecutive year. Her time of 19 minutes, 30 seconds gave her an easy victory over Archbishop Spalding's Kelly Zuknick (20: 14).

This also was the first year the AIS split into divisions, and St. Paul's, 8-0 in the regular season, won the B Division with 52 points.

Maria Peklo and Jennifer Van Sant, of Glenelg Country School, took first and second in times of 22: 11 and 22: 49, respectively. Their finishes raised a controversy, because a funeral that caused a traffic jam on the Beltway made the Glenelg Country School runners miss the start of the race.

Officials let the Dragons run in the A Division race and used their times to rank them among B Division runners, angering some parents and coaches.

The A Division race showed the balance of Notre Dame Prep. Sellinger finished fifth (20: 45) and Andrews took eighth in 21: 18, seven seconds ahead of Donovan. Kathleen Souweine finished 12th, while Mandy Bourquin was 15th.

"We knew we had to go out hard," said Notre Dame Prep coach Ed Donnellen. "We knew we had to break up their pack. This is incredible. To beat a three-time defending champion is just great."

Sellinger said that was what fired up her team.

"It gave us a lot of motivation," she said. "We wanted to go out ZTC there and win, finally."

Notre Dame Prep will likely be back as all of its top five runners are underclassmen. Sellinger and Souweine are sophomores, Andrews and Bourquin are juniors while Donovan is only a freshman.

Mount de Sales' Colleen McGarvey (sixth, 21: 16), Amy Miller (seventh, 21: 17) and Lara Wittstadt (10th, 21: 26) were top-10 finishers.

Pub Date: 11/05/98

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