Falcons roll to victory at Georgetown; Girls dominate large race; Spalding takes third place; Cross country; High schools


Rockville -- Teams from Severna Park, River Hill, Calvert Hall and Spalding and standout runners Lee McDuff, Tenke Zoltani, Kate Frande and Dusty Lieb had big days at the huge Georgetown Prep Cross Country Classic yesterday in front of 3,000 fans.

McDuff (19 minutes, 12 seconds) of River Hill and Frande (19: 33) of Mount Hebron ran 1-2 in the girls' large school race that was otherwise dominated by Severna Park. Led by Liz Funk's fifth-place, the Falcons placed their first five runners in the top 25 among 196 finishers. Severna Park scored 80 points to 128 by runner-up Eleanor Roosevelt. River Hill and Madison (Va.) tied for third among 26 teams.

In the girls' seeded section, Dulaney's Zoltani showed no ill effects from leg injuries suffered three weeks ago at Hereford; unfortunately, she was in against one of the region's top runners, Erin Swain of Lake Braddock (Va.)

Swain's time of 18: 13 for the 3.1-mile course was easily the best turned in by a girl on the 11-event program and Zoltani's second-place finish in 18: 57 was the only other clocking under 19 minutes.

"I just went for a best time, the girl out front was so far ahead," said Zoltani. "She's really something."

Calvert Hall, with Tim Briggs (17: 17) leading the way in fifth place, grabbed third in the large schools standings with 155 points behind Wakefield (112) and Thomas Jefferson (150).

In an impressive example of running as a team, Spalding's girls finished third to National Cathedral (D.C.) and Bishop Ireton (Va.) as Kelly Zuknick, U'Tonna Sherrod and Grace Wetzel finished 6-7-8 with just three seconds separating them. Cathedral scored 70 points to 80 for Ireton and 99 for Spalding.

Despite a strong second-place showing by Dusty Lieb (16: 56) behind Benedictine's Ryan Walker (16: 37), Spalding's boys were only able to finish ninth out of 23 teams.

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