`B' runners lead in IAAM title run

Four place in top 10 at Oregon Ridge Park

Fall sports

November 01, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun

The B Conference runners stole the show at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship run.

The A and B conferences run one race with separate team and individual championships awarded from that. But Maeve Ricaurte from Glenelg Country School won the race, and the B Conference placed four runners in the top 10 overall yesterday at Oregon Ridge Park.

Shinsplints sidelined Ricaurte last year, and the junior remembered watching in her Halloween cowgirl outfit, thinking that things would be different next fall. She was right, taking the lead with about a mile to go and winning in 19:01, beating A Conference champion Erika Stasakova from John Carroll by nine seconds.

"It was so much fun, and I just love to run," Ricaurte said.

However, Ricaurte and the Dragons couldn't hold off the Institute of Notre Dame from repeating as the B Conference champion. The Dragons put three runners in the top 10 overall, but Institute of Notre Dame used balance to finish with 37 points and edge Glenelg Country by one.

IND's Sarah Steinmetz was second in the B Conference (19:43) as both schools put four runners in their top 10.

"I [told them] that there's no prize without a price," IND coach Tim Smith said.

Notre Dame Prep finished with 62 points to beat out defending champion John Carroll (74) in the A Conference.

Girls volleyball

St. Paul's 3, Mount de Sales 0 -- Junior Bailer Webster, considered by many the top junior prospect in the nation, had 23 kills, five blocks, and was perfect from the serving line for top-seeded St. Paul's (18-1) in its victory over fourth-seeded Mount de Sales (14-2) in the IAAM A Conference semifinals.

Lutheran 3, Bryn Mawr 1 -- Third-seeded Lutheran pulled the upset over second-seeded and defending champion Bryn Mawr in the IAAM B Conference semifinals thanks in large part to one player. "We couldn't stop [center] Erin Sauter," Bryn Mawr coach Tim Dunbar said. "We killed them the first game, and we were on the verge of winning the second game, and she just took Lutheran on her back and just carried them. There was nothing we could do to stop her. She had a gazillion kills."

Annapolis Area Christian 3, Beth Tfiloh 0 -- Senior captain Amy Crout finished 21-for-24 serving with seven aces, five digs and 15 assists for Annapolis Area Christian (17-1), as it defeated Beth Tfiloh in the IAAM C Conference semifinals. Crout's co-captain, senior Shanan Higgins, added five kills, six digs and three aces and went 7-for-8 serving.

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