Rec sports: Columbia Volleyball Club 13U team wins gold at Viper Invitational

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Columbia Volleyball Club

The CVC Eagles 13U team won the gold medal at the Carroll Viper 13-14 Invitational on Feb. 17. The Eagles won their semifinal match against Hub City 14A's, then beat Virginia Piedmont Volleyball Association 13's in the finals.

Members of the team are Melissa Bonzelet (Resurrection), Lisa Zoch (Clarksville Middle), Camille Johnson (Wilde Lake Middle), Tomiwa Sobande (Bethel Christian), Kennedi Holloway (Calverton), Catherine Ott (Sudbrook Middle), Madeline Winters (Hammond Middle), Emily Przybyla (Ellicott Mills Middle), Valerie Odonkors (Bethel Christian) and Alexa Welch (Ellicott Middle).

The CVC Lightning 16U-1 earned the silver medal at the Maryland Juniors 16's Open Tournament on Feb. 23, competing against teams from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. The Lightning lost just one set to Metro American 16 Travel in pool play and finished first overall in their bracket. They advanced to the gold bracket for the playoffs and won their first set of games against Delaware United 16 Black.

They fought hard against Metro American again in the finals but finished in second place.

Team members include setter Hanna Webster (Howard); hitters Allie Desmond (Marriotts Ridge), Meghan Kelley (Centennial), Reeana Richardson (Mt. Hebron), Jillian Randolph, Ashli Taylor and Kerra Tirado. The defense was anchored by libero Kelly Surkovich (Wilde Lake), along with specialists Lizzie Berg (Howard) and Mikaila Fitzpatrick (Marriotts Ridge).


Howard County Striders

The Striders believed their chances of winning the Road Runners Club of America 10-Mile Challenge on Feb. 23 in Columbia went down the drain when team captain Carlos Renjifo pulled out of the race with an Achilles injury earlier in the week.

But Brian Harvey (Centennial High School graduate) and Kyle Stanton (Hammond) stepped into the breach and delivered an astounding victory in the men's team competition. Harvey and Stanton began the race in a tight contest with Dave Berdan from rival Falls Road. After a 4:40 first mile, the three were running neck-and-neck.

After running the hilly portion of the course, Harvey took control of the race and cruised the remaining three miles to win and set a course record of 51:00. Stanton bested Berdan by 14 seconds to capture second place, and the Strider men were on their way to beating the Falls Road Team for the first time in several years.

The Strider women also did something they had not done in many years, beating the Falls Road women's team. Master-runner-of-2012 Kelly Westlake spearheaded the effort by placing third in a personal-best time of 1:05:02. The team included new member Jessica Ivy (fifth place), triathlete Suzy Serpico (sixth place) and half-marathoner Caroline Bauer (ninth place), who also set a personal record.

The Striders' coed team couldn't complete the sweep, falling to the Falls Road team by two points, 557-559.

Top 20 men: 1. Brian Harvey (Howard County), 51:00; 2. Kyle Stanton (HC), 52:25; 3. Dave Berdan (Falls Road), 52:39; 4. Mark Buschman (HC), 54:14; 5. Matthew Barresi (HC), 54:50; 6. Nathan Brigham (FR), 54:56; 7. Dustin Meeker (FR), 55:21; 8. Andrew Madison (HC), 55:36; 9. Hugh Toland (DC Road Runners), 55:56; 10. John Ealy (FR), 56:02.

11. Erik Anderson (FR), 57:03; 12. Steve Kartalia (Westminster), 57:05; 13. Phil Turner (FR), 57:16; 14. Kevin Ford (HC), 57:28; 15. Stephen Olenick (HC), 57:36; 16. Douglas Woods (Montgomery County), 57:57; 17. Kent Werner (HC), 57:59; 18. Daniel Meranda (FR), 58:07; 19. Andy Sovonick (FR), 58:47; 20. Karsten Brown (Annapolis), 58:54.

Top 20 women: 1. Melissa Majumdar (Falls Road), 1:03; 2. Christy Ramsey (FR), 1:03; 3. Kelly Westlake (Howard County), 1:05; 4. Sherry Stick (Westminster), 1:05; 5. Jessica Ivy (HC), 1:05; 6. Suzy Serpico (HC), 1:05; 7. Sage Norton (Frederick), 1:05; 8. Suzanne Hurst (FR), 1:06; 9. Caroline Bauer (HC), 1:06; 10. Lindsay Warfield (W), 1:06.

11. Cindy Conant (Montgomery County), 1:06; 12. Stefani Penn (HC), 1:07; 13. Carly Page (FR), 1:07; 14. Jackie Range (FR), 1:07; 15. Robyn Humphrey (HC), 1:08; 16. Nicole Deziel (Montgomery County), 1:08; 17. Heidi Lane (Annapolis), 1:08; 18. Tiffany Hevner (HC), 1:08; 19. Catherine Howard (MC), 1:09; 20. Candice Rhine (A), 1:09.

Coed team scores (low score wins): 1. Falls Road Running, 557; 2. Howard County Striders, 559; 3. Montgomery County Road Runners, 1,321; 4. Annapolis Striders, 1,471; 5. DC Road Runners, 1,597; 6. Baltimore Road Runners, 2,012; 7. Westminster Road Runners, 2,181; 8. Frederick Steeplechasers, 2,234; 9. Renaissance All-Sports Athletic Club, 3,206; 10. Prince George's Road Runners, 6,645.

Men's team scores: 1. Howard County Striders, 165; 2. Falls Road Running, 211; 3. Montgomery County Road Runners, 748; 4. Annapolis Striders, 851; 5. DC Road Runners, 881; 6. Baltimore Road Runners, 1,129; 7. Frederick Steeplechasers, 1,433; 8. Westminster Road Runners, 1,467; 9. Renaissance All-Sports Athletic Club, 2,234.

Women's team scores: 1. Howard County Striders, 50; 2. Falls Road Running, 59; 3. Annapolis Striders, 147; 4. Montgomery County Road Runners, 157; 5. DC Road Runners, 218; 6. Baltimore Road Runners, 290; 7. Westminster Road Runners, 292; 8. Frederick Steeplechasers, 315; 9. Renaissance All-Sports Athletic Club, 371; 10. Prince George's Road Runners, 963.


Top Flight

The Top Flight USAG compulsory girls teams competed at the Pink Invitational Meet in Philadelphia on Feb. 22. The Level 5 team placed first.

Level 5 individual results: J. Cox - 3. Beam; J. Heiner - 1. Vault, 1. Bars, 2. Beam, 1. Floor, 1. All-Around; L. Pierce - 1. Vault, 1. Bars, 3. Floor, 2. All-Around; L. Bauman - 2. Floor; R. Davis - 2. Vault, 1. Bars, 2. All-Around; Y. Yamamoto - 3. Vault, 1. Beam, 2. All-Around.

The Top Flight Optional girls Level 7 team participated in the Rock N Roll Classic at Apollo Gymnastics in Virginia Feb. 23. Mandie Pierce placed third on the beam to highlight the team's performance.

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