Bridget Quenzer was "waiting and waiting" for someone to pass her in yesterday's 48th annual Spiked Shoe Invitational at John Hopkins University.
After all, the senior from Mount de Sales didn't think she had any right being out front in the first place because it was only the second time she had ever competed in a cross country race.
"I'm inexperienced so I just got with the lead girls and tried to stay with them as long as I could," said Quenzer, a former soccer player who took fourth in her first meet last week at Fort Detrick in Frederick.
"I just wanted to run with the front pack and see how it went from there. Toward the end, I kept thinking, 'She's right behind me . . . she's right behind me,' but no one ever passed me."
Quenzer, who fell in love with running after joining the indoor track team last year to get in shape for the lacrosse season, finished the race in 19 minutes, 36 seconds -- 14 seconds faster than runner-up Laurel Hildebrandt of Gaithersburg.
Megan McNew of North Harford placed third. Kristy Klima of Glen Burnie was fifth, and Annapolis junior Alison Ross helped the Panthers win the girls team competition with a sixth-place finish.
Anders Fristedt of McDonogh won the boys race and set the new standard on the 3.1-mile course through Wyman Park at 16:31.
Fristedt and runner-up David Chalmers of Gilman both broke the old course record set last season by Gilman's Ted Lord. Fristedt completed the first mile in 5:05 before dropping back midway through the course and making a wrong turn.
"I really started to pick it up when I heard someone from Gilman yell DC [Chalmers' initials]," said Fristedt. "Once I had the lead I knew I could just push it at that point and just cruise in."
The 60 miles per week Fristedt ran during the summer paid off down the stretch and the victory should give the Eagles' top harrier a confidence boost as he prepares for this Thursday's North County Invitational, where McDonogh will meet Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association rival Calvert Hall.
"If you're going to run 60 miles a week over the summer, you better do very well in your first meet because it's going to make you question whether the time spent training was worth it," said McDonogh coach Jeff Sanborn. "In this particular case, I think it's proved that if you do the hard work, there are benefits in the end."
Steve Moxey of Curley finished fifth in the boys race and Mervo's Mike Curtis was sixth.
"I couldn't quite catch him," said Chalmers, whose time of 16:41 helped the Greyhounds take third in the team competition behind James Madison (Va.) and Richard Montgomery. "Every time Anders and I race it's always exciting and I always have a fun time racing against him even though I usually finish second. Hopefully I'll catch him by the end of the year."