Severna Park's girls team captures third place at states Cross country


Severna Park's county and region champion girls team finished third, the best for Anne Arundel County at yesterday's Maryland State Cross Country Championships at Hereford High.

Junior Alison Ross of Annapolis turned in the county's best individual performance as she placed fourth in the Class 4A girls race.

"It was relieving to see Alison run well again," said Annapolis coach Brian Funk, whose girls team finished seventh with 166 points. "She's been running under her potential all year and finally she got pretty close to it today.

"I preach to her not to run against other individuals but against herself and the course and Ali did that today."

Ross, who failed to overcome county and region champ Kristy Klima of Glen Burnie in numerous races this year, changed her approach yesterday.

"This course will take a lot out of you if you don't have a positive mental attitude and I had a positive mental attitude today," said Ross, who covered the hilly 3.1-mile course in 20 minutes, 36 seconds. "I haven't been having a great season, but I feel like I'm doing much better now. I've decided that I'm not going to concentrate on the competition anymore. I'm going to compete against myself and the course. It's a personal thing for me."

Kim Chwan led Severna Park's girls team, which had all seven of its runners finish in the top 50. Chwan finished 19th, followed by Katrina Lee (24th), Ann Crespo (25th), Rebecca Chwan (28th, Leslie Tate (37th), Stephanie Petr (39th) and Erica Krajnik (50th).

In the same race, Arundel's Stephanie Rahorn was 20th and Chesapeake's Stephanie Stevens was 27th.

In the girls 3A race, won by four-time state champion Sally Glynn of Walter Johnson (19:29), Amanda Schmidt of Broadneck claimed 14th (21:52) and teammate Stephanie Hooper was 29th (22:41).

Jon Carnes of Broadneck turned in the fastest time of the day among county runners as he took 10th in the Class 3A boys race in 17:54.

Arundel senior Chad Webber had the county's second-best time. Webber took 20th in the 4A race in 18:04 and Annapolis' Ian Ross was 21st in 18:05.

Other county runners earning ribbons for top 50 finishes in the 4A boys race were Severna Park's Paul Mathieu (28th, 18:17) and Scot Waite (39th, 18:45) and Justin Wooldridge of Chesapeake (33rd, 18:28).

Old Mill's Jon Mikeska, the runner-up at the region meet, finished 71st.

Eric Arnold of South River finished 26th in the boys 2A race and fellow Seahawk Jeremy Schropp took home a ribbon for his 29th-place finish.

Broadneck' Ryan Schmidt was 48th in a field of 134 in the 3A race.

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