A big day for Wetzel

He beats Moody, but South River is top team

Cross country

High Schools


Competing against each other in the A1 division of the Anne Arundel County Doc Jones Invite yesterday was not terribly unusual for Rob Wetzel and Chris Moody. Only this time, they were opponents, not teammates.

Moody, a junior who transferred to South River from Archbishop Spalding last month, and Wetzel, a junior for the Cavaliers, competed against each other for the first time, and it was Wetzel who captured top honors in the invitational at Annapolis.

Moody and the Seahawks, however, took home the team title, edging Archbishop Spalding by a point.

Wetzel and Moody had been teammates and training partners with the Cavaliers, pushing and encouraging each other.

When Moody transferred, the pair hadn't raced against each other until yesterday.

"I guess it's a little bit of a rivalry, but it's not that big of a deal," said Wetzel, who crossed the finish line in 16 minutes, 50.5 seconds. "When I finished, I shook his hand and told him, `Good job.' "

As Moody set the pace and finished second in 17:08.6, his South River teammates followed his lead, putting their next four in the top 18.

Sophomore John Brungot (seventh place in 17:41.9), sophomore Curtis Hatch (eighth, 17:44.9), junior Michael Doyle (17th, 18:12.7) and senior Andy Pedelty (18th, 18:13.6) helped the Seahawks to 52 points, one better than Archbishop Spalding.

In the girls A1 race, Arundel senior Marissa McPhail added an individual title to the one she collected in the Bull Run Invitational last month by winning in 19:15.5.

"This is a really flat course, and flat courses aren't my specialty," McPhail said. "So I really had to work at it today."

The girls team crown went to Seton Keough, which compiled 52 points in winning the program's first invitational of any kind. Contributing top-18 efforts were sophomore Katie Sacker (third, 20:11.8), junior Alyssa Doyle (eighth, 21:29.7), junior Megan McQuillian (11th, 21:38.4), sophomore Colleen Shea (14th, 22:01.0) and senior Juliana Fernandes (18th, 22:18.2).


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