Top-ranked Loyola edges Calvert Hall for `A' title

Cross Country

November 02, 2006|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun

Top-ranked Loyola won a second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title at yesterday's championship meet - but No. 4 Calvert Hall made the Dons work for it.

Loyola put two runners in the top 10 and finished with 66 points in the race at Oregon Ridge Park. The Cardinals had three in the top 10 but ended up with 67 points as the Dons captured their third championship in four years.

Loyola also clinched a fourth straight regular-season title. The Dons went 8-0 this season and have 32 consecutive wins.

"We faded a little bit, but we had enough depth to pick up the win," Loyola coach Jose Albornoz said. "We ran well. Our times were good. Calvert Hall, from the time we ran [against them] earlier in the season, improved tremendously."

Greg Jubb (third) and Ryan Stasiowski (fifth) led the way for the Dons, as they have all season. Joe Orsulak (16th), Kevin Matusak (20th) and Matt Kaplan (22nd) rounded out the top five.

Tony Rowe (fourth), Jason Wilson (ninth) and Chris Swisko (10th) sparked Calvert Hall, which finished fifth last year and lost by 15 to Loyola in a dual meet earlier this fall.

"We've got nothing to hang our heads about," Cardinals coach Randy Fowler said.

Archbishop Spalding's Rob Wetzel won the race in 15 minutes, 49 seconds, edging out Erik Anderson from Archbishop Curley by four seconds. Wetzel led for a big part of the race until Anderson took over about two miles into the three-mile run.

But Wetzel regained the lead with about 1,200 yards left and held on.

"I let him go for a while, and then I got it back," said Wetzel, who struggled with some back problems late in the season. He finished second in last year's championship run.

Grisha Iventichev of Friends was the top B Conference finisher. He ended up 11th overall with a time of 17:02, beating out Lutheran's Joel Armes by two seconds.

St. Paul's finished ninth overall and was first among B Conference schools with 279 points.

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