Cordis Stanfield has finished in the top four at two cross country meets with large fields this season. He was fourth at the Interstate Classic at Clear Spring High on Sept. 4, and runner-up at the Spiked Shoe at Johns Hopkins last Saturday.
There is a problem, however: Stanfield, a 1998 All-Baltimore County/City indoor track team member, is not eligible to compete in high school events.
A junior at Mount St. Joseph, Stanfield isn't a member of the Gaels' cross country team as the result of a run-in with the coaching staff involving insubordination last spring, according to Gaels assistant coach Gene Constantine. Consequently, he has been showing up at meets and running unattached.
"I didn't know I was doing anything wrong," Stanfield said last night. "I had permission to run the meet at Johns Hopkins. "It was only [Tuesday] that I was informed at school that I couldn't run unattached."
Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association rules state that individuals must run with their high school team. If a runner is unattached and competes, all participants in the race could face eligibility problems.
Stanfield talked to Mount St. Joe head coach Andy Bauer yesterday. "I told him I'd like to come back to run cross country," Stanfield said. "He said he wants me. We'll see."
Notes: A solid field of 23 teams, including the boys defending champion, Colonel Zadok Magruder of Montgomery County, makes up the field for tomorrow's Knights Invitational at Baybrook Park (3: 30 p.m.). In addition to the 12 public schools in Anne Arundel County, Perry Hall and Parkville from Baltimore County, Loyola, McDonogh, Curley and Mount St. Joseph from the MIAA and Notre Dame Prep, Catholic and Archbishop Spalding from the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland are entered.
Pub Date: 9/15/99