Knights cross country meet is set for tomorrow

SIDELINES

September 16, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Barring any unforeseen developments, North County coach Ed Harte will have 25 teams off and running at tomorrow's Knights Invitational cross country meet at Baybrook Park.

The perennially talent-laden meet held at Sixth Street Hill, located half in Baltimore City and half in Anne Arundel County, was called off Friday along with all other Anne Arundel County athletic events because of Tuesday's terrorist attack.

Four Baltimore County teams - Franklin, Lansdowne, Parkville and Pikesville - are unable to participate because of the schedule change, but Harte is excited about the field for the three-mile event .

Three of the boys teams are ranked in The Sun's poll, including No. 1 C. Milton Wright. Montgomery County's Magruder, winner of last week's Mid-Atlantic Classic at Goucher College, also is entered. The girls' field boasts five ranked teams in No. 5 Severna Park, No. 6 C. Milton Wright, No. 7 Bryn Mawr, No. 8 Notre Dame Prep and No. 9 Broadneck.

The C. Milton Wright boys won the Spiked Shoe at Johns Hopkins last week with Pat Bailey the individual winner by 28 seconds. Bailey, runner-up in last year's 4A state meet, is one of the favorites tomorrow along with Chris Wright of Mount St. Joseph, Loyola's Eugene McAuliffe, Spalding's J.J. Wetzel and Bailey's teammate, Jesse Slowikowski.

Among the girls favorites are the Bryn Mawr duo of Nyam Kagwima and Laura Drossner, who finished 1-2 in the Spiked Shoe.

The Bryn Mawr tandem should be challenged by the likes of Severna Park's Rebecca Funk, Melissa Donovan of Notre Dame Prep, the C. Milton Wright pair of Jessica Harper and Jessica Arms and Northern's Deborah Green.

Except for Chesapeake, all of the Anne Arundel County public schools are competing in the meet, as are private schools Spalding and St. Mary's.

Academics

An academic eligibility check will be conducted Tuesday by Anne Arundel County public Schools, and many student athletes who have been on academic probation the first two weeks of the season are expected to return.

Student athletes and others participating in extracurricular activities must have a 2.0 grade-point-average to be eligible to play.

Annapolis running back Eric Venerable, last year's county Offensive Player of the Year and an All-Metro selection, is expected back for Friday's game at upstart Glen Burnie (1-0). No. 4 Annapolis (1-0) has a showdown with No. 3 Broadneck tomorrow at 4 p.m.

Rescheduling

Because of the week's horrific terrorist attack, Meade, which is located on the Fort Meade military base, could not practice or play games on its home field. Coach Kenny Gray's Mustangs (0-1) had to practice on a recreation and parks field, and their home game with Chesapeake (1-0) was moved to the latter's field for tomorrow's 4 p.m. contest.

Meade was the only Anne Arundel county school not re-opened Thursday after early dismissal Tuesday. Meade did not re-open until Friday, at which time the Mustangs were able to get their equipment to practice. Meade will likely play the remainder of its home games and 4 p.m. instead of at night.

Sideliners

O.T. Campbell, a longtime assistant and head coach at St. Mary's High, has been named head wrestling coach at Broadneck, replacing Bob Halcomb. ... Five different Bruins scored in the No. 11 Broadneck 5-0 girls' soccer victory over North County Thursday. Those who scored for the 3-0-1 Bruins were: Steph Jones, Kristen Kibler, Jenny Seberg, Desiree Colon and Allie Johnson.

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