Hebron teams up in meet debut

Sanders cruises to pace boys' win over Linganore

girls hold off Bryn Mawr

Cross country

High Schools

October 06, 2002|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The No. 4 Mount Hebron Vikings ventured into uncharted waters yesterday at the 30th annual Anne Arundel County Cross Country Invitational held at Annapolis High School.

Making their first-ever appearance in this meet that was renamed the John "Doc" Jones Invitational this year in memory of the former Arundel High coach, the Vikings swept both the boys and girls A2 competitions (consisting generally of smaller schools). For the boys, it was their first-ever invitational win.

"This is the first time we have ever won together like this," said Mount Hebron girls coach Mark Reedy. "This is also the first time we have ever raced here. It was just a great day."

The third-ranked Severna Park boys team won the A1 competition (generally larger schools) as they held off Broadneck by 10 points. The roles were reversed in the girls A1 race as No. 2 Broadneck beat No. 6 Severna Park by 10.

The Vikings' boys team won the event with 53 points, eight better then Linganore who took second place with 61. Mount St. Joseph's was third (109).

"We are very excited," said Mount Hebron boys coach John Sunderdick. "Linganore is a very good team and we are going to see them again because we are both [Class] 3A."

The Mount Hebron boys team was led by their No. 1 runner and All-Metro selection Matt Sanders. The senior took first place in the A2 race as he led from start to finish. He was just 13 seconds shy of the course record with a time of 16 minutes, 25 seconds. Linganore's C.K. Thomas finished second (16:57) followed by Sander's teammate Seth Kampf (17:05).

"I wanted to go for that course record. I didn't go out too fast because I knew that second mile was going to be hard," Sanders said. "This was a big win. It was a breakthrough for us. We are all pretty happy with it."

The Vikings' girls team placed three runners in the top 10 and held off top-ranked Bryn Mawr by two points to win the invitational with a score of 45. St. Mary's took third place (69).

"I never dreamt we could run with Bryn Mawr. Fortunately, they were missing a couple of kids. Our team just ran out of their minds today," Reedy said.

St. Mary's Alyssa Super finished the three-mile course in first place with a time of 20:23.

Senior J.J. Wetzel from Archbishop Spalding won the boys A1 race, finishing six seconds ahead of Annapolis' Will Eden with a time of 16:31. Wetzel is an All-Metro runner and is the reigning Anne Arundel County's Boys Runner of the Year.

Severna Park's No. 1 runner Chris Magette finished sixth (17:22) to pace the Falcons to a team score of 83. Broadneck was second (93), and Archbishop Spalding came in third (106).

The Bruins' girls team had all of their seven runners place in the top 25 to garner 48 points, the Falcons were second (58) and Thomas Johnson was third (62) in the tightest race of the day. Chelsea Powell of Thomas Johnson won the race (19:58).

"I was very worried about Thomas Johnson because they are such a quality program," said Broadneck girls coach Dana Dobbs. "But to beat them [Severna Park and Thomas Johnson] without our top runner and our No. 5 makes this victory that much [more] special."

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