The South River boys' cross-country team has been getting some unexpected rewards lately, and the top finish at the Doc Jones Invitational at Annapolis on Saturday was just one more pleasant surprise for Coach Hugh Harris.
After graduating eight of the top 10 runners, South River's squad didn't seem as if it would have many legs to run on. Then came three runners from the track team, a transfer from Eleanor Roosevelt in Prince George's County and a transfer from Archbishop Spalding. Now the Seahawks seem primed to put in some good finishes this season.
On Saturday, junior Chris Moody, the Spalding transfer, finished second overall with a time of 17 minutes 8 seconds, helping South River beat his old team, 53-52.
Three Seahawks finished in the top eight, including John Brungot (seventh, 17:41) and Curtis Hatch (eighth, 17:44).
"He's like our ace runner," Harris said of Moody. "I have a couple others who are not too far behind that are trying to train with him more. I'd say my number four [runner] through number seven [runner] could almost switch [in results] every week."
Spalding's Rob Wetzel finished first in 16:50.
South River's girls' team also did well, with four runners finishing in the top 10, helping the team to second place overall. Senior Stephanie Miklos was the top Seahawks runner, finishing sixth in 20:28. She was joined in the top 10 by freshman Miranda Heater (seventh, 21:26), freshman Mary Fromme (ninth, 21:34) and sophomore Hannah Rivers (10th, 21:37).
Fromme's and Heater's success has been especially gratifying for Harris.
"You never know who's going to come into the school," Harris said. "As far as the freshmen who come in, a lot of good athletes go to soccer and field hockey. For those two to come in really puts a spark into our team."
Arundel's Marissa McPhail once again dominated the girls' side, winning in 19:45.
Honors for Four
The Anne Arundel County Sports Hall of Fame will hold its 15th annual induction ceremony at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie on Oct. 19, this year honoring four.
The most familiar name entering the hall in 2005 is former Duke University basketball player Steve Wojciechowski. A Severna Park native, Wojciechowski was the Blue Devils' starting point guard for three years, a two-time all-Atlantic Coast Conference player and an honorable mention all-American in his senior year. The Blue Devils went 74-26 with Wojciechowski.
Pat Chance, the Old Mill girls' basketball coach from 1972 to 1997, was the most successful girls' basketball coach in Anne Arundel County history. She tallied a 415-150 record, finishing with a winning percentage of .730 and four state championships.
Eric Reid, an Annapolis High School graduate, was the 1987 NCAA champion in the 110-meter high hurdles at LSU and a three-time all-American.
Dickie Connolly, a Linthicum native, was a star of the fast-pitch softball circuit that was popular in the 70s, helping his team to three Maryland state tournament championships.