Wright's boys high-five Invite field

Having 5 in top 8 wins title

NDP teams up for girls win

High Schools

September 18, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The message from the C. Milton Wright boys cross country team was loud and clear.

Nine days after compiling an impressive 40 points in a meet at Johns Hopkins University, the top-ranked Mustangs outdid themselves by totaling a minuscule 24 team points to win the 12th annual Knights Invite yesterday.

In the girls division, No. 8 Notre Dame Prep used its "pack" style of running to upend sixth-ranked C. Milton Wright by 23 points for the title.

The C. Milton Wright boys squad blistered the three-mile course at Baybrook Park, placing its top five runners in the top eight individual standings.

Junior Pat Bailey won the race in 15:31, junior Jesse Slowikowski was third (16:18), senior Will Murdoch fifth (16:30), senior Aaron Smith seventh (17:11), and junior Brian Eagan eighth (17:16).

"They're definitely making a statement," Mustangs coach Eric Clark said. "I thought we'd place five in the top 20, but not five in the top eight. That's unbelievable."

Bailey's time was just five seconds off the course record of 15:26 established last year by Dusty Lieb of Archbishop Spalding.

But Bailey wasn't pleased with his time or his strategy.

"I like it better when I come from behind," he said. "I was ahead way too early. When I'm ahead like that, there's nothing to fight for."

Second place went to senior Chris Wright of No. 7 Mount St. Joseph, which placed five runners in the top 31.

"I kind of wanted to hang onto Pat and use whatever I had left to pass him," Wright said. "But he started to pull away and then I was just trying to stay where I was."

On the girls side, Bailey was joined by teammate and junior Morgan Little, who attacked a hill after the two-mile mark to clock a winning time of 20:33.

"I'm not very good at hills," Little said. "My arms were going every which way, but I had to go for it."

And while the C. Milton Wright team compiled 48 points, the Mustangs couldn't catch Notre Dame Prep, which scored just 25 points.

Senior Megan Schollenberger finished second in 20:44, senior Melissa Donovan was fourth in 20:50, junior Elena Amato was fifth in 20:55, freshman Kate Meany was sixth in 20:58, and junior Olivia Fradin was eighth in 21:12.

Schollenberger fended off C. Milton Wright senior Jessica Hepner over the final 200 yards.

"I saw her in my shadow behind me," Schollenberger said. "I said to myself, `You're not going to lose this race after being ahead of her all this time.' "

For Blazers coach Ed Donnellan, the team's advantage was embodied by the top five runners finishing 28 seconds within each other.

"They ran as a pack, which is our strength," Donnellan said. "We don't have a superstar. We have to make up for it with our depth."

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