Hebron, R. Hill boys keep winning pace

At Georgetown Prep, No. 2 Vikings defeat Dulaney in seeded race

High Schools

Cross country

October 21, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

For several area cross country teams, the 31st 3.1-mile Georgetown Prep Classic stood as a final tune-up for county and league championships.

For some, it was a chance to preserve what they had. For others, it was a shot at redemption.

Take, for instance, the clash of No. 2 Mount Hebron and No. 3 Dulaney in the boys seeded race and No. 4 River Hill and No. 5 Severna Park in the Division II boys division.

All four squads are Class 3A programs, and Mount Hebron, River Hill and Severna Park are in the East region.

So, with psychological advantages at stake, the status quo remained as Mount Hebron repeated its effort at last month's Bull Run by defeating Dulaney, while River Hill duplicated its performance at the Anne Arundel Invitational two weeks ago by holding off Severna Park.

"It's always nice to know what you're up against," said Mount Hebron coach John Sunderdick, whose Vikings placed third with 184 points. "[Dulaney is] going to be [at the state meet] and primed and ready to go, and I know we're going to be there and primed and ready to go."

Lions coach Chad Boyle, whose squad finished sixth with 210 points, said his runners are improving, but he wondered whether they would be good enough to defeat Mount Hebron on Nov. 10, the date of the state meet at Hereford.

"I told our guys, `Whoever wins today has a huge advantage,' " Boyle said. "The advantage is theirs. Now, we have a little more to overcome."

For River Hill coach Earl Lauer, the second-place outing (123 points) was remarkable considering the Hawks placed much of their focus on edging the Vikings at a quad meet Wednesday.

"We peaked for Wednesday," said Lauer, who expressed concern that Northwest of the 3A West region won the Division II race with 61 points. "We tried to make sure that we did what we needed to do on our home course. Can't ask them to run hard twice in four days."

Severna Park coach Ed Purpura was disappointed that his squad, which lost by only six points to River Hill at the Anne Arundel Invitational, finished 27 points behind the Hawks.

"I don't know whether they ran really well or we ran really poorly," Purpura said. "I think we can run with them. We didn't do that today."

In the Division I girls race, third-ranked Notre Dame Prep claimed the team crown and earned a measure of revenge by sneaking past ninth-ranked and runner-up Maryvale, 128-134.

The Blazers -- powered by senior Megan Schollenberger (fifth, 20 minutes, 39.56 seconds), junior Elena Amato (12th, 21:20.12), freshman Kate Meany (19th, 21:59.63), junior Olivia Fraden (45th, 22:54.80) and senior Teresa Schell (64th, 23:22.65) -- did it without Melissa Donovan, who dropped out of the race after the 2-mile mark due to stomach pins.

"I think they took Maryvale too lightly on Wednesday," said Blazers coach Ed Donnellan, referring to Maryvale's upset of Notre Dame Prep in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference meet. "We wanted to show them that we're a team with a lot of tradition. They bounced right back today."

In the seeded girls division, Bryn Mawr junior Nyam Kagwima repaid a 61-second loss to Dulaney senior Tenke Zoltani at the Bull Run by out-kicking Zoltani and winning the race in 18:59.

Despite the individual setback, Zoltani, senior Christine Myers (seventh, 19:43), senior Dusty Aeiker (20th, 20:30), sophomore Natalie Bond (30th, 21:16) and junior Catherine Winders (34th, 21:24) propelled the Lions to a 79-80 win over Allentown Central Catholic for the team championship.

Several area runners turned in championship performances. Chapelgate junior Laura Holtrop captured her second straight Division I girls crown in 20:05.11. Archbishop Spalding junior J.J. Wetzel never relinquished the lead in the Division I boys race after the first mile and cruised in 16:48.59.

And River Hill senior Shane Stroup claimed his third invitational title of the season in 16:18.91 in the Division II boys race.

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