John Carroll goes deep to earn girls `A' crown

Cross Country

November 01, 2006|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Third-ranked John Carroll demonstrated the importance of depth to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference yesterday, putting four runners in the top 10 to capture the team title at the annual championship meet at Oregon Ridge Park.

Erika Stasakova of John Carroll won the race in 19 minutes, 25 seconds, beating out teammate Nicole Clarke by eight seconds. Katelynn Colgain took seventh while Brittany Furst (ninth) and Meghan McAdorey (13th) helped the Patriots win with 32 points, beating out No. 5 Seton Keough (49).

This was the school's first team title at this meet in 23 years. The Institute of Notre Dame found similar success in the B Conference by taking its first team title ever. Maddy Jackson won the race to help the Indians (72 points) beat out Severn (88).

Stasakova, Clarke and Furst have been John Carroll's top three all season, but Colgain made the Patriots even stronger with her effort. John Carroll had focused on this meet all year because it won the B Conference dual meet title last fall, but Seton Keough then beat out the Patriots in this race days later.

Stasakova said coach Rob Torres drove the Patriots hard all season to have a shot at this.

"We wanted to push, and we wanted to work hard," Stasakova said. "We wanted to show how strong we are."

Lindsay Wilson (third), Megan McQuillan (fifth) and Colleen Shea (eighth) all finished in the top 10 for Seton Keough, but it wasn't enough to hold off John Carroll.

Jackson (20:15) led the way for IND in the B Conference. The Indians went 19-0 this season despite having only 10 runners.

"We were very excited because our team had never done this well before," Jackson said. "We just stuck together as a team, and our top three runners just tried to outnumber Severn's top three."

Sarah Steinmetz (fifth), Emma Rybcznski (12th), Abby Gatch (14th) and Tina Uddeme (40th) wrapped up the IND scoring. Kendall Farnham finished second and Whitney Avers third for Severn, but the Admirals didn't have enough.

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