Mercy ends Bryn Mawr run of three IAAM titles

Maryvale second, 72-73

Childs wins, sets mark

Cross country

High schools

October 28, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Mercy senior Maggie King couldn't help but say "amazing" over and over yesterday.

The No. 7 Magic was flat-out tired of finishing second in the past two Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference cross country championships.

In yesterday's 2004 version at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, tired turned into inspired.

Led by Karen Buchheister's fourth-place finish and King's ninth, Mercy edged No. 5 Maryvale by the slimmest of margins -- 72-73 -- to earn its first team championship.

Bryn Mawr sophomore Lauren Childs won the individual title with a course-record time of 19 minutes, 17 seconds, but the No. 6 Mawrtians, three-time defending champs, had to settle for third in the nine-team field with 83 points.

After all the "amazings" were out of the way, King summed up Mercy's win.

"It was just all being united and encouraging each other. We're a team," she said. "We all pulled together, and all five of us had a really good race today. This has never happened before, and all the hard work we put into the season, it all came together today."

Jamie Antonious placed 11th, Theresa Lippy was 16th and Amanda Doran was Mercy's fifth runner across in 32nd, just enough to get by Maryvale, which got second- and third-place finishes from Glenna and Kelly Sullivan, respectively.

While Mercy's breakthrough was the big story from a team standpoint, Childs clearly stood out, finishing 10 seconds ahead of the field to set a new course standard and vastly improve on her sixth-place showing last year.

"It's great to improve from one season to the next," said Childs, who finished in 20:06 as a freshman. "Glenna was great competition for me. She was always right there behind to push me along. I think she did come close in the end, but then I picked it up a little to get my space back. I was just pushing as hard as I could because I knew there's nothing tomorrow and there's nothing the next day."

Glenelg Country School easily captured the B championship with 56 points, followed by Seton Keough's 82. St. John's at Prospect Hall's Liz Milligan was the individual winner of the B race in 20:11.

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