Mount St. Joe loaded again in MIAA

Cross Country

September 02, 1999|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Time was when Mount St. Joseph couldn't win a meet, inside the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association or out. The Gaels would get waxed, 15-50, in a dual meet and do even worse when they ventured out for an invitational event.

No more.

Once again, the Gaels are loaded and, this time around, the team has incentive. Last season, St. Joe was unbeaten in head-to-head competition and had only to finish first or second in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship meet to capture the league title. It finished third, and Loyola prevailed.

While the Dons are solid again, they probably can't match the Gaels' depth, including Greg Zmijewski, Dam Ramirez, Kyle Regan, Chris Wright and David Dwimm plus twins Jeremy and Justin Duncan.

Also figuring in the mix is always potent Calvert Hall, which is led by Tim Briggs and has a terrific JV team moving up.

A look around the area:

Baltimore County

Perry Hall's boys had won 13 straight Baltimore County cross country titles but lost out to Dulaney on a double disqualification in last fall's county championship.

The Gators didn't get mad, relatively speaking, but they do plan on getting even. They are favored, but climbing back on top will not be easy.

Dulaney is always formidable and has good ones in Brett Harvey and Andy DeFusco back. Meanwhile, Perry Hall's mainstay is Andy Hart, tradition and some promising runners up from JV. Towson's John Winternitz is a good bet for individual honors.

Dulaney's girls ran 1-3-7-8-11 to dominate last year's county, championship, scoring 30 points to easily defeat Parkville, Perry Hall and Catonsville. These three schools have excellent individual performers but don't figure to be able to handle Dulaney's legions.

The Lions came up short in their attempt to win a fifth straight Class 4A state girls crown last November (Severna Park won), so they figure to be all business this time.

Outstanding individuals include Catonsville's Tricia O'Connell and Katie Pfeifer, Perry Hall's Laura Brazil, Parkville's Kristy Geroux and Christy Myers, and Dulaney's Chrissy Dachille and Katie Lavezza.

City public schools

Poly has won the last two city boys championships and has its leader, Alex Scally, and all but one of its usual five scorers back.

Mervo has rapidly-developing underclassmen coming along, however, and is in position to challenge. Colby Smith is the Mustangs' top returnee. Northern and City figure to be improved.

Western has won 12 of the last 13 city girls titles, and the string probably will continue with Lisa Henry and Takee Jobe leading the way.

Northern's Deborah Green won the girls' championship by more than a minute last year but can't carry her team alone.

Private schools

Notre Dame Prep, unbeaten in dual meets last season, completed its run by taking the girls' Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship trophy over Mount de Sales.

All five scorers return for the Pirates, who will be extended with the Sailors being a veteran bunch, too.

Last year was the first seasonthe merged former Association of Independent Schools and Catholic League split into two divisions, and St. Paul's won the B Division by going undefeated, too.

While NDP and Mount de Sales figure to battle it out for team honors in the new IAAM A Division, the race for individual honors figures to pit McDonogh junior Kacie Remeto and Archbishop Spalding senior Kelly Zuknick.

Harford County

C. Milton Wright's boys finished second to loaded South Carroll in the Class 3A state title run last fall by placing three runners in the top 13.

Mike Peterson, Brian Deford and Jacob Still are all back, so the good times are likely to continue for the Mustangs. Bel Air, ninth in the state 3A, looms as the top contender for county honors.

The same scenario is likely in the girls competition, in which Wright finished fourth in the states with Jennifer McHugh finishing third in a deep and solid field. Carroll County's Liberty probably will be Wright's closest pursuer.

Preseason polls

Boys Top 10

Rank ..................School

1........................ Westminster

2. .......................South Carroll

3. .......................Mount St. Joseph

4. .......................River Hill

5. .......................Calvert Hall

6. .......................Severna Park

7. .......................C. Milton Wright

8. ........................Loyola

9. ........................Perry Hall

10. ......................(tie) Arundel,

...........................Broadneck

Girls Top 10

Rank ..................School

1. .......................Severna Park

2. .......................Westminster

3. .......................Dulaney

4. .......................C. Milton Wright

5. .......................Broadneck

6. .......................River Hill

7. .......................Notre Dame Prep

8. .......................Perry Hall

9. .......................Mount de Sales

10. .....................Mount Hebron

Pub Date: 9/02/99

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