For the Cumberland Times-News
DERWOOD — Maggie Czapski capped off her Bishop Walsh career by taking second place in the small schools division at the 2013 Maryland-DC Private School Cross Country Championships held Saturday at the Agricultural History Farm Park.
In her four years at the state meet, Czapski earned a medal each year, having finished 10th, eighth and eighth in her previous efforts there. With this year’s time of 21:23 for the 5K course, she also set a school record for the current phase of cross country at Bishop Walsh. After a long absence, the sport was reinstated at the school in 2008.
BW’s Caroline Snyder finished 12th with a personal best time of 22:27. BW’s Olivia Nield also recorded a career-best (25:17) and finished 30th overall. In the team competition the Bishop Walsh girls finished fourth.
Annapolis Area Christian School captured its third consecutive state championship, with St. Andrews Episcopal of Potomac finishing second and Rockbridge Academy of Millersville coming in third. Caitlin Flanagan of Rockbridge won the small school race in a time of 20:46. Megan Wilson of Sidwell Friends, Washington, D.C., was the fastest female competitor overall, posting a time of 18:27.
The Bishop Walsh boys finished sixth and were led by John Rossi who finished 12th overall in the individual competition. Rossi recorded a personal best time of 18:32, setting a new Spartan record for the six-year period since cross country was reinstated at the school. Marcus Linn finished 28th for the Spartans with a time of 19:43.
St. Andrews Episcopal successfully defended its state crown, followed by Annapolis Area Christian School and The Heights (Potomac). Alex Armbruster of St. Andrews Episcopal won the individual championship in the small schools division in a time of 17:01. Tai Dinger of St. Albans for Boys, Washington, D.C., led all runners with a time of 15:54.
Bishop Walsh finished fourth in the boys’ junior varsity event. The Spartans were led by Mickey Snyder who recorded a career-best time of 21:38 that was good for 14th place among the individual JV boys.