|Spiked Shoe Invitational|
Walter Johnson Boys Do a Trifecta
The Spiked Shoe Invitational in Baltimore came back with a vengence on Saturday after a short layoff due to Baltimore City construction in the park.
The 61st edition featured a slightly revamped and longer course and a partnership between Running Maryland and Johns Hopkins University in meet management.
Over 30 teams showed up for this edition with a changing weather pattern throughout the day, none of it for the better. A cloudy, humid morning with threats of storms turned into a sunny, hot and humid afternoon that took its' toll on the runners.
The Walter Johnson boys surprised by taking all three boys titles despite only placing one boy (Michael Spak, 8th) in the top ten in the varsity race. WJ was without number one runner, Will Delay, and Nathaniel Rees taking a bad spill and limping into the finish.
Patrick Duboyce of Linganore took the lead from the start to get out in front of the pack on the course with many turns and short steep uphills. Colin Crilly of Good Counsel was seen to be the main challenger for Duboyce, but did not keep himself closer during the beginning of the race.
"I don't like to go out hard", said Crilly, "but I lost him on the turns so he got out of my site."
Tyler Spear of Loyola was the surprise of the race, having broken ten minutes in the 3200 last year, but after a summer of hard work went out and stayed with the leaders. Only towards the end of race did he falter and wound up fourth with Albert Einstein's Nick Simpson passing him in the final 800.
Kevin Wegner, Mike's brother, and a freshman finished 16th for Loyola, helping them to a second place finish.
Montgomery County's Albert Einstein and Sherwood were third and fourth in the team standings with a rebuilding Calvert Hall in fifth.
The boys championship race was held up for twenty minutes as ambulances made there way onto the field to assist some finishers in the girls championship race who had succumbed to the heat and humidity as the sun raised the uncomfortable level ten notches.
In the girls championship race, training partners Ellie Gonzalez of Catholic and Hannah Mansbach of Glenelg Country, were going to be the top two by most observers, but no one though the race would be so close.
Gonzalez went out hard but Mansbach never let her more than ten meters out of her site. By the two mile point - they were even with Mansbach nudging ahead just before the two mile mark.
Gonzalez charged the big hill and opened up a slight lead on Mansbach which she was not able to put a dent in. Charging hard down the finish chute, Gonzalez set a meet record for the slightly longer course with a 19:20.3 time.
Mansbach was eight seconds back in second place and then a minute later was Taylor Kozam of Good Counsel who took the pace out fast and paid for it in the end.
Archbishop Spalding who lost a good portion of their team to graduation won with 114 points, led by Alexandra Kamm in fourth place.
McDonogh was second and Holy Cross beat Northwest for third by two points.
|Last Updated ( Friday, 19 October 2012 18:19 )|