Broadneck girls take title, but boys 2nd in Jones meet

La Plata spoils Bruins' bid

Bull Run meet called off

Cross country

High Schools

October 05, 2003|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Mixed results brought mixed feelings to Broadneck cross country coach Dana Dobbs.

After celebrating his top-ranked girls team's convincing win in the 31st annual Doc Jones Anne Arundel County Invitational, Dobbs watched his No. 1 boys squad drop its bid for a sweep on the 3.1-mile course at Annapolis High yesterday.

Broadneck collected five top-26 places and pushed its first five runners across the finish line before any other team, but it wasn't enough to pass La Plata.

The Warriors from Charles County posted 76 points, while the Bruins recorded 83.

The key was La Plata's ability to place its top three runners before Broadneck senior Andrew Younger, who was the Bruins' top finisher in 10th place in 17 minutes, 40 seconds.

"I think the boys were not sharp today," said Dobbs, whose bid to have Broadneck run in the Bull Run Invitational at Hereford High instead of the Anne Arundel meet was blocked by the county. "Just because you're not running at the Bull Run doesn't mean you don't bring your best."

Patuxent of Calvert County was third with 95 points, Mount St. Joseph fourth with 119 and No. 9 Archbishop Spalding fifth with 137.

Annapolis junior Will Eden, who was runner-up last season, took home the individual crown in the time of 16:37.

Eden did not seem bothered by a strained left-calf muscle that he suffered in the Great American Cross Country Meet in North Carolina a week ago.

"It did not hold me back at all," Eden said. "I felt it a little bit, but it didn't slow me down."

Aside from Eden and Younger, Archbishop Spalding senior Brian Parker (eighth place in 17:35) was the only other local athlete to finish in the top 10.

In the girls division, Broadneck senior Lauren Centrowitz -- the reigning Class 4A state champion and the Sun's All-Metro Cross County Runner of the Year -- found herself in a neck-and-neck battle for about two miles with senior Katherine Read of Yorktown (Va.).

"It was a nice surprise," said Centrowitz, who pulled away in the final mile and finished in 18:39 -- 25 seconds faster than Read. "There's always a girl up front for some time, but she held on. I thought, `This is nice. Someone new.' "

Other big performers for the Bruins were junior Emily Nagle (third in 20:23), sophomore Kasey Jamison (fifth, 20:43), freshman Tait Woodward (ninth, 21:17) and junior Jacquelin Sibears (13th, 21:35), who registered a total of 31 points.

Bull Run Invitational: Persistent rain and treacherous course conditions forced the cancellation of the eighth annual meet at Hereford High in Parkton.

Ninety teams had hoped to compete in the invitational postponed from Sept. 20 by Hurricane Isabel, but Hereford athletic director Mike Kalisz was forced to call it off after several JV runners in the day's first race slipped and fell in the muddy conditions.

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