Athletes Of The Week


November 29, 2006


Leon Kinnard,

Loyola, football

The sophomore passed for 141 yards and rushed for 76 yards and three first-half touchdowns, as the No. 2 Dons routed Calvert Hall, 26-0, on Thursday in their fourth straight Turkey Bowl victory.

Loyola (10-1, 4-1) tied a single-season school record for victories, forced a three-way tie with McDonogh and Gilman for the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title and improved its lead in the 87-year-old series to 46-33-8 with its 18th victory in the past 22 meetings with Calvert Hall.

Kinnard, 5 feet 9 and 170 pounds, has generated half of the Dons' offense with 1,413 passing yards for 11 touchdowns, and 302 rushing yards for a team-high 11 scores.

Kinnard orchestrated game-winning drives against Landon, Mount St. Joseph, McDonogh and Georgetown Prep.

Others considered / /Tavon Austin, Dunbar, football; Eric Foote, Southern, football; Carroll Washington, Edmondson, football.


Alison Smith

Atholton, cross country

The senior ran fifth in the girls elite race at the Foot Locker Cross Country Northeast Regional Championships on Saturday, a finish that earned her a trip to the national finals Dec. 9 at Balboa Park in San Diego. She is only the fourth girl from Maryland ever to qualify for the national meet.

Smith finished Saturday's 5K race in 17 minutes, 55.9 seconds, 14 seconds off the winning time of Neely Spence of Shippensburg, Pa., at Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, N.Y.

A three-time All-Metro cross country selection and Runner of the Year as a sophomore, Smith won her third straight state title this fall. She also became the first girl to sweep four Howard County championships.

Also an All-Metro selection in track and field, she has won two straight state titles in the 3,200 meters and 800 meters. She runs club track during the indoor season.

Smith, who has a 3.72 grade point average, remains undecided about college, considering offers from Georgetown, Syracuse, Virginia, Villanova and others.

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