Atholton junior Andrew Revelle found his way back to the winner's circle Saturday at the Scorpion Crawl at Oakland Mills, a week after posting one of his most disappointing cross-country finishes of the season.
Revelle, the defending Maryland 2A champion, posted a time of 16 minutes 40 seconds to finish atop a field of 96 runners and lead his team to second in the team competition behind Gonzaga.
Revelle, who finished third at the Lancer Invitational at Linganore on Oct. 8, had little trouble on a familiar course. Gonzaga senior Matt Chandler was second in 16:56.
"I needed to run well so I could gain some confidence," Revelle said. "I'm feeling a little more pressure this year after winning the state title last year, but I don't want to run any differently."
Gonzaga placed five runners in the top 25 to compile 41 points, well ahead of Atholton (66 points). Atholton freshman Graham Bazell placed third in 17:11, and senior Reggie King placed fifth in 17:19.
"I think Andrew showed everyone that he still had his stuff," Atholton Coach Neil Steen said. "I'm feeling good about the way he ran. But with us as a team, the problem is always with our number four and five runners because they can't stay close to the rest of the team, and that hurts our chances of winning."
Severna Park took third in the 14-team field with 92 points, followed by James Madison (133), Oakland Mills (147) and Perry Hall (178). Hammond, led by junior Devon Gillett (sixth, 17:26), took eighth, and Mount Hebron, led by senior Sergio Broholm (34th, 19:03), finished ninth with 254 points.
On the girls' side, Severna Park won with an impressive 34 points. Freshman Kelsey Hill won the race in 19:02 to lead a pack of five Falcons who finished in the top 10. James Madison was second (89 points) and Perry Hall and Wootton tied for third (116). Mount Hebron was fourth (118), led by junior Liz McCarter (5th, 19:58). Atholton junior All-Met Kate Nicholson placed second in 19:14, but no other Raider finished in the top-30, as the team finished in sixth (162).
Lacrosse Players Choose Schools
Mount Hebron lacrosse players Karen Nicolaus, Ashley German and Kate Smith have orally committed to college teams.
Nicolaus, a goalie who saved 63 of 93 shots last spring, chose Loyola, where she will follow in the footsteps of sisters Cindy and Chrissy, who will conclude their college careers this spring.
German, a defender who collected 12 ground balls and had three interceptions, chose Virginia Tech, which had received an oral commitment from Mount Hebron senior attacker Alexandra Mengel.
Smith, an attacker who had 14 goals and three assists, chose Mercyhurst College, a Division II school in Erie, Pa.
Game of the Week
Glenelg hosts top-ranked Centennial in a volleyball match at 5:30 p.m. today, the second of a possible three meetings this season.
Centennial (10-0 overall, 9-0 league), the defending Maryland 3A champion, is on a 30-match winning streak dating from a loss to Glenelg (9-2, 7-2), a 2A school, in the 2003 county championship game. Centennial posted a season-opening, 25-18, 18-25, 25-19, 25-27, 15-12 victory over Glenelg. The top two teams during the regular season play for the county title Nov. 2. Right now, Centennial, Glenelg and Atholton (10-1, 8-1) are vying for two spots.
"Every time we play Glenelg, it's close," Centennial Coach Mike Bossom said. "What concerns me the most is that we're playing in their gym because Glenelg plays a lot better at home. It's a tough place for us to win."