Bull Run Invitational puts emphasis on upsets

Centrowitz loses 1st race in nearly a year

Johnson, Donadio add to surprises

Cross country

High schools

September 18, 2005|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Surprises were the order of the day in the Bull Run Invitational at Hereford yesterday.

Broadneck junior Matthew Centrowitz lost his first major cross country race in almost a year, Bryn Mawr senior Christy Johnson converted her track prowess into an unexpected victory in the girls elite division, and Franklin senior Michelle Donadio upset Baltimore County rival and Towson senior Lauren Capone to take the medium schools race.

In the boys team competition, No. 1 Loyola wasn't assured of capturing the elite division crown until the awards ceremony, Liberty won the boys small schools competition without its No. 1 runner, and a pair of unheralded squads in Wilde Lake and Bel Air took top honors in the boys and girls medium school races, respectively.

Perhaps the only results that could be considered routine came in the girls large schools race in which Arundel senior Marissa McPhail won her second straight title and the No. 1 Severna Park girls took the team crown. Also, No. 6 John Carroll won the girls small schools title.

The highlight was the boys elite race in which Centrowitz, the reigning Class 4A state champion and The Sun 's All-Metro Runner of the Year, joined a field that included Georgetown Prep's Steven Duplinsky, Chantilly of Virginia's Brad Siragusa, Woodlawn junior Dwight Parker and Atholton junior Andrew Revelle.

For a good part of the race, Centrowitz hung with Duplinsky, but the winner of last week's under-20 world triathlon championship proved to be too strong, missing the course record by just four seconds as he crossed the finish line in 16 minutes, 3 seconds.

Siragusa was second in 16:44 and Centrowitz was third in 16:48. Afterward, Centrowitz, who hadn't lost a cross country race since last October, said he was affected by a sore throat and the heat but declined to use them as excuses.

"What's done is done," he said. "I'm going to think about [the loss], but I know my time last year was a lot slower than today."

Loyola, which defeated Broadneck last week to gain the area's top ranking, wasn't sure at first how it had fared in the team boys race. But efforts from junior Ryan Stasiowski (11th place in 17:38), senior Josh Kraft (14th, 17:54), senior Tyler Krizan (16th, 18:00), junior Matt Kaplan (24th, 18:18) and junior Greg Jubb (36th, 18:38) propelled the Dons to 96 points and a 16-point margin over runner-up and No. 2 Broadneck.

"This was the one meet that they really pointed to," said Loyola coach Jose Albornoz. "The best team here is the best team in the area. They really wanted this one."

In the girls elite race, many observers figured the race would come down to either Atholton junior and defending Class 2A state champion Alison Smith or Wootton's Veronica Salcido. But it was Johnson and Hereford freshman Kristen Malloy who set the pace early.

Johnson eventually seized control, with Salcido on her heels. With 800 meters left, Johnson, runner-up in the 800 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland outdoor track championships last spring, surged and was never seriously threatened as she finished in 19:38.

Smith, The Sun's All-Metro Runner of the Year who battled a fever all week, was 12th in 21:19.

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