Sunday, October 10, 1999

Brossart girls win NKAC meet

5th runner keys win over St. Henry

Enquirer contributor

        TAYLOR MILL — The Bishop Brossart girls cross country team wondered if it would ever beat St.Henry in a Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference meet.

        The Mustangs can quit wondering. By edging the Crusaders 47-49 for the DivisionII title Saturday at Scott, Brossart notched its first NKAC win over St.Henry since 1984.

        Sophomore Holly Johnson knew she couldn't walk the last time Brossart's runners defeated St. Henry in the NKAC.

        “And that's why this is extra special,” Johnson said. “We've been thinking about it for a while, and we've been working for this day to come.”

        Brossart's win also proved the fifth runner can be more important than the first runner.

        St. Henry's Crissy Cummings won, and the Crusaders' Nicole Rose, Julie Armstrong and Stephanie Walterman finished eighth, ninth and 10th. Johnson led Brossart in fourth place, followed by sister Erica Johnson in fifth, Celia Dischar in seventh and Danielle Rauch in 12th.

        The difference: 13.5 seconds, the time it took Brossart's Megan Uebel (19th in 22:49.9) to get to the finish line ahead of St. Henry's Alison Diebold (21st in 23:03.4).

        “It was a nice win for us,” Brossart coach Dave Schuh said.

        Brossart's boys, ranked first in the state, completed a small-school sweep with a 22-59 victory over St. Henry behind senior Jarrod Schmidt's first-place finish.

        “For the rain and the mud, I made the most of what I could do,” Schmidt said. Covington Catholic won the Division I boys crown 69-70over Campbell County.

        CovCath won for the first time since 1996, which moved coach Jack Kaelin to what is for him unusual behavior: screaming and pumping his fists at the end of the race.

        “The kids knew I wanted this meet real bad,” Kaelin said. “(Class AAA) regional and this are important.”

        Campbell County sophomore Denny Kramer and junior Nick Rebholz finished 1-2.

        Notre Dame won the Division I girls title over Scott, 29-37. Senior Stephanie Little won her first race of the season.

        “I certainly think we're a top five team (in state Class AAA),” coach Bob Meyer said. “Stephanie's been running strong all year.”


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