Sullivan streaks through IAAM race

Maryvale freshman stuns Kagwima

Bryn Mawr wins

High Schools

Cross country

November 01, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Glenna Sullivan of Maryvale and the Bryn Mawr cross country team stretched their regular-season success into the postseason.

Sullivan upset Nyam Kagwima of Bryn Mawr and Laura Garrett of Mount de Sales in the individual race, and the third-ranked Mawrtians out-dueled No. 9 Notre Dame Prep, the defending titlist, in the team portion of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championships yesterday at Oregon Ridge Park in Hunt Valley.

In the B Conference, the number two was the main theme as Laura Holtrop of Chapelgate and Glenelg Country captured their second straight individual and team crowns, respectively.

Sullivan, a Lions freshman, has won eight dual meets in the conference and the Greenspring Invitational this season. But even she was surprised that she had spoiled Kagwima's hopes of claiming her third consecutive title on the 3.1-mile course.

"I didn't think I was going to win at all," said Sullivan, whose time of 19:35 was 31 seconds faster than Kagwima's. "I thought I would get third."

Sullivan, whose twin sister, Kelly, finished third in 20:08, took advantage of her strength on the hills and Kagwima's painful shin splits to take a 70-yard lead over Kagwima with less than a quarter-mile to go.

Kagwima said she wasn't shocked by her finish.

"I kind of saw it coming," she said. "I wasn't feeling too good, and I knew people were out there to get me."

Still, behind Kagwima, sophomore Laura Drossner (fifth place in 20:34), junior Ashley Campbell (seventh, 20:43), sophomore Cora Sellers (14th, 21:45) and freshman Sinead Nyhan (16th, 21:59), Bryn Mawr powered to its second conference title in three seasons.

"I think the girls have been focusing on this meet more than being the regular-season champs," said Mawrtians coach Jason George, whose squad compiled an 8-1 dual meet record. "They felt that winning this meet was more important, and I think they'll remember this more than the regular season."

Notre Dame Prep, which defeated Bryn Mawr last season for the championship, was paced by senior Megan Schollenberger (sixth, 20:39), junior Elena Amato (ninth, 21:14), senior Melissa Donovan (10th, 21:17), freshman Kate Meaney (18th, no time posted) and junior Olivia Fradin (20th, no time posted).

No. 5 Mount de Sales placed third (75 points), and No. 10 Maryvale finished fourth (83 points).

But Blazers coach Ed Donnellan credited the Mawrtians with outrunning the competition.

"Their [Nos.] 4 and 5 runners ran the race of their lives today," he said. "It's tough to beat a team with that much talent at the top."

In the B Conference, Holtrop cruised to a winning time of 20:24, which was 70 seconds faster than Kenan Cole of St. John's-Prospect Hall.

But the Flames' junior was disappointed that she didn't improve on last season's time of 18:45 over the same course. "I just wasn't strong today," Holtrop said.

Glenelg Country capped an undefeated dual-meet season by outdistancing runner-up St. John's, 40-91.

The Dragons earned top-16 outings from sophomore Laura Walls (third, 21:42), sophomore Annie Simpson (fourth, 21:43), sophomore Laura Landstra (seventh, no time posted), freshman Shana Silver (13th, no time posted), and sophomore Karen Simpson (16th, no time posted).

"It's very exciting to coach a young team that is very dedicated," said Glenelg Country coach Tom Klein.

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