The Notre Dame Prep and Severn girls both used the team concept to win titles in yesterday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship at Oregon Ridge Park.
Notre Dame Prep won its second straight A Conference crown with five runners finishing within 33 seconds of one another on a cold and blustery afternoon. Liz Schiavone (sixth place) was the first Pirate, and Notre Dame Prep then took four of the next six spots for 47 points to beat out No. 9 John Carroll (62).
Schiavone finished in 20 minutes, 48 seconds, with teammates Kate Dunseith (eighth, 20:56), Laura Slaughter (10th, 20:59), Julianna Rubino (11th, 21:12) and Nicole Troiani (12th, 21:21) behind her.
"It's all about the pack," NDP coach Tom Klein said. "That's our strength. We win as a team as opposed to winning as a couple of individuals."
John Carroll took second for the second straight year. Elizabeth Tauber won in 19:26, but Notre Dame Prep had too much depth.
Severn also used the pack strategy to capture the B Conference championship for its first girls cross country title. Kendall Farnham led the B Conference runners - the two conferences ran together - finishing in 20:23 to beat Colleen Randolph of St. Mary's (20:32)
The Admirals put five runners in the top 13 for 38 points to top the Institute of Notre Dame (59). Caryn Maconi (fifth, 21:23), Mattie Crow (ninth, 21:59), Margot Farnham (10th, 22:02) and Laura Brown (13th, 22:25) rounded out a top five that finished just 2:02 apart.
Severn coach Richard Zmuda had his team train and run in the Baltimore Half-Marathon this month, then do lots of hill work.
"It's a testament to their hard work," Zmuda said. "I think we caught everyone by surprise."