Broadneck slips by C. Milton Wright to win Knights Invite

Bruins girls too much for top-ranked Mustangs

Notre Dame Prep is 3rd

Cross country

High Schools

September 14, 2002|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Rankings don't mean much to Broadneck junior Susan St. Cyr.

In fact, she hadn't even looked at the latest cross country poll that placed her Bruins team at No. 4 - three spots behind top-ranked C. Milton Wright.

"I didn't even know the rankings, and Coach [Dana Dobbs] doesn't tell us," St. Cyr said. "We just ran to do our best."

Broadneck did just that, nipping the Mustangs by two points to capture the 13th annual Knights Invite at Baybrook Park yesterday in Baltimore.

The Bruins, who also boasted an individual winner in junior Lauren Centrowitz, edged C. Milton Wright, 64-66, on the three-mile course.

Centrowitz finished first (18 minutes, 57 seconds), sophomore Emily Nagle was sixth (20:26), St. Cyr 14th (21:15), freshman Casey Jamison 17th (21:29) and senior Sophie Thibodeau 26th (22:07).

"Judging from what the girls showed me in practice, I knew they would have a strong showing," Dobbs said. "This being the first meet of the season and the first invitational, that's a bonus."

Broadneck had enough to slip by the Mustangs, who placed sophomore Kelli Buck third (19:34), senior and defending champion Morgan Little fourth (19:48), sophomore Samantha Beltz 10th (21:01), sophomore Jillian Roberts 16th (21:23) and senior Jessica Arms 33rd (22:39).

C. Milton Wright coach Eric Clark said he had mixed emotions about his squad's performance.

"I'm happy for the first four girls because they got some really good times," said Clark, who was somewhat dismayed by the 1:16 gap between the No. 4 and 5 runners. "That's too much space in there. That's where we've got to work."

Notre Dame Prep was third (114 points), Archbishop Spalding fourth (132) and St. Mary's fifth (151).

The Mustangs could take solace in their boys team. It continued its winning ways from last season's run to a Class 4A state championship.

No. 1 C. Milton Wright grabbed its second consecutive team crown in easy fashion, and senior Pat Bailey claimed his second Knights individual title.

Bailey improved on last year's time of 15:31 by three seconds, but was still two seconds shy of tying the course record set by Dusty Lieb of Spalding in 2000.

"I wanted to go for the record," said Bailey, the reigning Class 4A state champion. "At two miles, I was at 10:04. I knew I had a shot, but I tightened up a little bit at the end."

With Bailey, senior Jesse Slowikowski finishing fifth (16:33), senior Brian Eagan 16th (17:11), sophomore Brandon Hepner 19th (17:19) and junior Sean McCormack 21st (17:25), the Mustangs outpaced runner-up Magruder, 62-110.

No. 4 Westminster placed third (116 points), Broadneck was fourth (143) and McDonogh was fifth (148).

The No. 10 teams in the boys and girls polls slipped. The Spalding boys placed sixth with 165 points.

The Chesapeake-Anne Arundel girls had an even more dismal outing, falling to ninth with 267 points.

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