Bryn Mawr leaves Maryvale behind

Five Mawrtians finish in top nine for 23-36 win

Kagwima places first

Cross country

October 10, 2002|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Fueled by a recent nonleague loss, a drop in The Sun's poll and a chance to compete against No. 7 Maryvale, fourth-ranked Bryn Mawr had plenty of motivation for yesterday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference cross country meet at Oregon Ridge Park.

It worked, too. The Mawrtians remained undefeated (11-0) in IAAM competition with a 23-36 win over the Lions (9-1). They took five of the top nine spots in a race that had three other teams running in dual competition.

And Bryn Mawr senior All-Metro runner Nyam Kagwima won individual honors in 18 minutes, 57 seconds.

"I think Nyam was motivated today," said Bryn Mawr coach Jason George. "She is a great competitor [who] has great willpower, and she didn't want to lose."

Maryvale's Sullivan twins placed second and third, Kelly posting a personal record (19:06) on three days' rest and All-Metro performer Glenna matching her personal best (19:36).

But Bryn Mawr scored decisive points by sweeping the fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth spots. Runners from Mercy and Mount de Sales finished seventh and eighth overall.

Fourth in the 3.1-mile race went to All-Metro runner Laura Drossner, who posted a 19:43 despite a toe injury.

"We wanted to come in and finish strong," said Kagwima. "I personally wanted to go out there and run a good race."

She and Kelly Sullivan ran neck-and-neck for a majority of the race, hitting both the mile and 2-mile marks in stride, together.

Kagwima made a move right after the 2-mile mark, but her lead was short-lived. Kelly Sullivan caught her heading into the final turn only to watch Kagwima kick into another gear to the finish line.

"It was a long race, and I just worked to stay with her," Kelly Sullivan said. "She had a good kick at the finish, and I was just tired."

The Mawrtians fell from their No. 1 ranking after losing last Saturday's Anne Arundel Invitational, a nonleague meet, by two points to Mount Hebron without Kagwima and Drossner.

"The race at Anne Arundel was tough to lose, but I think at the same time, it made the other kids run with a sense of urgency," George said. "Fortunately, they carried that urgency over to today."

Mercy recorded its first win over Mount de Sales, 23-31, beat Roland Park, 15-50, but lost to Maryvale, 24-33. The Lions also beat Mount de Sales, 24-31. Roland Park lost its other match, 15-50, to Mount de Sales.

All-Metro runner Laura Garrett, returning from a hip injury, made her second start this season for Mount de Sales but finished well off the pace.

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