Eight runners posted their fastest times for Anne Arundel Community College's cross country team at last weekend's Bergen Bulldog Invitational in New Jersey.
The Pioneers' lone woman competitor, Broadneck graduate Lynn Kurchock, placed third out of 31 runners on the 5-kilometer course with a time of 21 minutes, 15 seconds.
Chesapeake graduate Janine Macmillan, who was a first-team All-Region XX selection and an honorable-mention All-American last season, has left the squad to spend more time at her job.
"That's the way it is," said coach Jim Fontaine. "The kids need to work for college and to get around. It's a big loss."
There weren't any big losses on the men's side, however.
Anne Arundel came in fifth among 14 teams, led by Arundel graduate Bobby Downs, who placed 25th out of 67 runners on the 8-kilometer course at 29:51. Hagerstown won the race, with Gloucester (N.J.) coming in second.
Downs was followed by teammates Dave Oster at 30:07, Craig McKenzie at 30:51, Jim DiCanio at 30:55, John Flannery at 33:36, Todd MacFarlane at 35:26 and Andy Greene at 38:48.
Oster improved his previous best time by almost two minutes. DiCanio has improved by five minutes since the season began, and MacFarlane has shaved seven minutes off his time.
"Everyone continues to improve. They're getting faster and faster," Fontaine said. "Our goal is to peak by the region championships. But we have to avoid injuries."
I= The Pioneers will compete at Frostburg State on Saturday.
Injuries continue to turn Anne Arundel's season upside down and make life miserable for coach Jim Shuck.
The Pioneers were without three more players in Tuesday's 5-0 loss to Essex.
Amy Fichter had to start in goal for the first time and she made 11 saves. But her team was outshot, 19-1, and had no chance.
"We played real well, considering all the adjustments we had to make. It was more like a 2-0 game than 5-0. We just ran out of gas," Shuck said.
On Saturday, the Pioneers lost in double overtime to visiting Camden, 4-3, after taking leads of 2-1 at halftime and 3-2 with about two minutes left in regulation.
Southern graduates Victoria Prince (two goals) and Lindee Sisk did the scoring for Anne Arundel. Michelle Credno had an assist.
Jennifer Rice was forced to play in goal because of injuries and made 10 saves. She couldn't stop a direct kick from 30 yards out, though, that proved to be the game-winner.
"We let them have this one. There's no two ways about it. It should have been a win for us. They let them back in in the last minute, which happens sometimes," Shuck said.
The Pioneers travel to Catonsville tomorrow. They are home Saturday against Farmingdale.
Anne Arundel's winning streak reached seven matches Tuesday when the Pioneers swept Potomac State, 15-2, 15-3, and defeated Chesapeake, 15-8, 9-15, 15-6, 15-5.
Queen Anne's graduate Penni Woolford had 19 kills, six blocks and two aces for Anne Arundel (10-1 overall, 3-0 in league). Elena Baloglou of Arundel had 15 kills, three blocks and four aces.
Severna Park's Lori Sharpless contributed 14 kills and four aces, and her twin sister, Suzi, had 11 kills, two aces and two blocks. Setter Mia Padgett added six kills and three aces.
"We're really happy with how the girls are communicating. This is a big difference from some other teams in the past. They listen to each other and call out instructions, something we've lacked in the past," said assistant coach Betty Hession.
On Saturday, the Pioneers swept a tri-match at Hood College, defeating the hosts, 15-8, 15-6, and Montgomery-Rockville, 15-10, 15-8.
Baloglou had eight kills and three blocks. The Sharpless sisters combined for 25 kills and eight aces. Andrea Carter of Arlington Baptist had four kills and two blocks.
Last Thursday, Anne Arundel defeated Notre Dame, 15-5, 15-10, and Cabrini of Philadelphia, 15-6, 15-10.
"That was the best volleyball we've played all season. It was fantastic," Hession said.
Woolford had 13 kills and three blocks. The Sharpless sisters combined for 27 kills and six aces. Baloglou added seven kills, three blocks and two aces.
Wendy Scheleur served five aces, and Courtney Golch "was great in the back row, and she did some setting," Hession said.
"We're real happy with how they're all performing on the court. They're playing like winners."
Anne Arundel plays host to Garrett tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.
Goals from Old Mill graduate Nick Badalian and Meade's Jason Hall weren't enough on Tuesday, as Anne Arundel lost to (( host Harford, 4-2. Joe Vogel made seven saves for the Pioneers (4-5).
Anne Arundel blanked Dundalk last Thursday, 4-0, behind goals from Hall, Badalian, Damion Dzambo and Rob Azzara, and five saves from Vogel.
The Pioneers travel to Essex tomorrow. They are home on Tuesday against Montgomery-Rockville.