Broadneck captures girls crown

Towson's Koch defends classic's individual title

Cross country

High Schools

October 13, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Call it a split decision.

Towson senior Cori Koch outdueled Broadneck sophomore Lauren Centrowitz by 30 seconds to claim her second straight Meade Autumn Classic at Blob's Park in Jessup yesterday, but Centrowitz and her teammates on the No. 7 Bruins cross country team captured the team championship.

In the boys division, senior Joshua Perry's first-place finish powered eighth-ranked McDonogh to the team crown.

Koch, the reigning Class 2A state champion, had little trouble clocking a winning time of 21:11 - just 10 seconds off the course record she set last season.

"I was looking to beat my record," said Koch, who didn't have the luxury of running on the 3.25-mile course that had been hardened by rain as it was last year. "I actually thought I might've beaten it."

Centrowitz's second-place finish in 21:41, combined with outings from Sophie Thibodeau (ninth, 23:50), Susan St. Cyr (11th, 24:04), Danielle Veilleux (12th, 24:07), and Jamie Woodward (18th, 24:35) lifted Broadneck to a 52-57 edge against sixth-ranked Towson, which was missing No. 2 runner Anastasia Mukhina (studying for SATs).

Bruins coach Dana Dobbs said he thought the difference was placing his final four runners within 45 seconds and nine spots of each other.

"We have the B's on the back of our uniforms for a reason," Dobbs said. "It gives them teammates to look for and run with. It helps the narrow the gap between teams, and it's something we stress."

On the boys side, Perry battled Loyola senior and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association rival Brennan Bonner for much of the race. But Perry relied on his experience running 800 meters for the Eagles track team to blow past Bonner and win in 18:39. Bonner wound up fourth.

"That 800 speed kicked in at the finish," Perry said. "Even though my legs were already tired, I can still kick it a little bit."

Performances from Perry, freshman Tristram Thomas (second, 18:43), Bobby Singleton (sixth, 18:57), Jake Holt (11th, 19:26) and Scott Allen (30th, 20:20) gave McDonogh a convincing 48-93 victory over runner-up and No. 9 Broadneck.

"We knew that Loyola [third with 105 points] and Broadneck were the two teams to beat," said Eagles coach Andy Gill. "I told the guys to look for those uniforms, but to run their own race. I'm very pleased with the way they ran today."

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