Wright kicks by Spiked Shoe foes

Bailey leading, No. 1 boys win by 70

1-2 Bryn Mawr finish: Kagwima, Drossner

High Schools

Cross country

September 09, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Pat Bailey got off to a good start, while Nyam Kagwima simply extended hers.

Bailey's winning time of 16:28 paced the top-ranked C. Milton Wright boys cross country team to a convincing 70-point victory at the Spiked Shoe Invitational at Johns Hopkins University yesterday.

Kagwima, a Bryn Mawr junior, captured her second multi-team meet in as many outings by posting a time of 19:36 on the 3.1-mile course.

Bailey, who placed second at last season's Class 4A state meet, outraced 116 opponents to the finish line. He overcame a stiff challenge from Mount Hebron's Matt Sanders, who caught Bailey at the 2-mile mark.

"I could hear him right behind me the whole way," Bailey said of Sanders. "The first time he passed me, I just got recharged and passed him."

Sanders (16:56) said the key was the approach to a hill after the 2-mile mark. "As we got to the top of the hill, he surged," he said. "That's where he lost me."

The Mustangs earned top-20 finishes from its top five runners, easily outdistancing runner-up and third-ranked Mount Hebron, 40-110.

No. 8 Loyola finished fourth with 156 points, McDonogh fifth with 157 and Archbishop Spalding seventh with 171.

On the girls side, Kagwima and teammate Laura Drossner (20:04) placed 1-2 out of 104 runners -- a mirror image of their finish at the St. John's Invitational last week.

Kagwima said she and Drossner motivate each other.

"She pushes me and makes me work harder," Kagwima said of the sophomore. "And I know that if I push myself, she'll push herself, too."

Senior Cheryl Williams of third-ranked North Carroll placed third with a time of 21:02 to help the Panthers finish within three points of champion James Madison of Virginia (74 points).

Even with the absence of All-Metro runner Tarynn Barker (lower leg injury), the reigning Class 3A state champion placed five runners in the top 29 to edge out No. 8 C. Milton Wright (third with 89 points), No. 10 Bryn Mawr (fourth, 110), Catonsville (fifth, 116) and No. 7 Mount Hebron (sixth, 123), which competed without the services of top runner Jessica Galindo (hip injury) and No. 4 runner Katrina McGowan (college visit at Vanderbilt).

Peter Geraghty Invitational: All-Metro Runner of the Year and defending 2A state champion Cori Koch of Towson dropped her first multi-team invite in more than a year at Mount St. Mary's College.

Koch, a senior who won every tournament last season, finished second in 19:20.4, behind Oakton (Va.) senior Keira Carlstrom (19:00.3).

Koch, senior Anastasia Mukhina (eighth in 20:31.9) and three other Generals runners placed in the top 81 to forge a second-place tie with unranked Mount de Sales, which was led by sophomore Laura Garrett (third in 20:00.2) and four other runners who finished in the top 60.

No. 5 Notre Dame Prep was fourth with 129 points, No. 2 Broadneck fifth with 162, and No. 9 Westminster 13th with 413.

On the boys side, senior Chris Wright's second-place time of 16:43.4 propelled unranked Mount St. Joseph to a fifth-place standing with 170 points.

Broadneck was sixth with 175 points, No. 5 Westminster ninth with 258 and No. 10 Towson 12th with 379.

Mid-Atlantic Classic: Eastern Tech senior Ryan Cartwright won the boys race of the annual invite at Goucher College.

Cartwright's time of 16:59.54 established a course record. Centennial senior Nick Czabaranek was the closest local competitor at 14th place (18:00.58).

On the girls side, Maryvale freshman Glenna Sullivan posted a time of 19:53.73 to place fourth.

Her twin sister, Kelly, finished 16th (21:01.98) to power Maryvale to a ninth-place finish.

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