Parker spots opening, wins Barnhardt

Woodlawn runner, Capone of Towson break records

Cross country

High Schools

September 12, 2004|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Perhaps the one person shocked most by Dwight Parker's victory in the Barnhardt Memorial Invitational at Dulaney yesterday was Parker himself.

The Woodlawn sophomore had intended to keep up with a group of leaders that included Bel Air senior Brett Kelly, Dulaney sophomore Vince Walsh and Perry Hall senior Jesse Jaeger.

But when no one grabbed the lead outright, Parker turned on the juice at the two-mile mark and cruised to the finish line in 16 minutes, 26.75 seconds.

"I wasn't expecting to get first," said Parker, who broke the course record of 16:29 set by Dulaney's Jason Jura. "They weren't going as fast as I thought they would, so I waited until the last mile and gave it all I had."

The girls crown went to Towson junior Lauren Capone for the second straight year.

Capone ran the 3.1-mile course in 18:46.36 - a time that shattered the course record of 19:02 set by Westminster Trisha Repsher. Dulaney junior Sara Cimino was second in 19:42.58.

"I just kind of did my thing," said Capone, who claimed the Baltimore County championship on the same course last fall. "I know this course, and I know how to run it."

The host Lions won both the boys and girls team titles.

Top-nine outings from Walsh (second place in 16:48.61), junior Matthew Bond (fourth, 16:54.16), senior Jordan Chang (seventh, 17:09.86), senior Peter Spencer (eighth, 17:15.01) and senior Patrick Duffy (ninth, 17:23.96) gave the No. 10 boys squad 30 points and its sixth straight invitational crown.

The girls team used the performances of Cimino, freshman Kelly Rush (sixth, 20:12.47), sophomore Kate Askine (eighth, 20:36.31), senior Chrissy Shoemaker (ninth, 20:38.70) and junior Sarah Hearn (10th, 20:40.09) to compile 35 points and take its seventh consecutive title.

No. 8 Bel Air was second with 81 points, followed by Mount de Sales (95) and No. 10 Hereford (105).

Spiked Shoe Invitational: No. 1 C. Milton Wright opened its season by putting five runners in the top eight to easily clinch its second straight girls team title at Wyman Park.

The Mustangs totaled 20 points off the efforts of sophomore Allison Barnes (first in 20:00.0), freshman Sara Bailey (second, 20:05.0), junior Megan Ravenscraft (fourth, 20:43.0), senior Kelli Buck (fifth, 20:47.0) and senior Leah Estremera (eighth, 21:10.0).

The boys title went to Loyola, which posted 67 points.

The Dons were led by sophomore Greg Jubb (fourth, 17:29.0), sophomore Matt Kaplan (seventh, 17:30.8), senior Andrew Rahal (14th, 17:53.9), junior Tyler Krizan (20th, 18:14.0) and junior Josh Kraft (22nd, 18:20.0).

Georgetown Prep's Steve Duplinsky's winning time of 16:10.0 smashed the course record of 16:42 set by Milford Mill's Mike Mamo in 1991.

Mid-Atlantic Classic: Maryvale senior Glenna Sullivan finished fourth in 20:37.03, but the No. 6 Lions could not catch Newark (Del.) and placed second with 59 points in the girls race at Goucher College.

Eastern Tech junior Tyler Westgate was fourth (18:10.83) in the boys race.

Fallston, which finished third with 76 points behind winner St. Mark's (Del.) and Newark, was paced by senior Roman Galeone's fifth-place showing (18:19.38).

Peter Geraghty Invitational: Bryn Mawr sophomore Lauren Childs placed second in 19:30.74, but the No. 4 Mawrtians finished fifth in the girls team race with 143 points at Mount St. Mary's.

No. 9 Westminster was sixth with 170 points courtesy of a fourth-place effort from Trisha Repsher, a junior (19:42.74).

Mount St. Joseph junior Kevin Morrison was the highest area finisher on the boys side, finishing 11th in 17:20.76.

The Gaels finished fifth with 183 points.

Oakton (Va.) swept the boys and girls titles.

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