Purpura gets clean sweep -- again COACH OF THE YEAR 1992 ALL-ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS

November 16, 1992|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Winning the county and Class 4A, Region IV girls cross country titles was expected at Severna Park this fall, but not the boys Region IV championship.

After a second-place finish in the county meet to Old Mill by 39-53, the Falcons of veteran coach Ed Purpura edged the Patriots, 63-68, to repeat as Region IV champion.

Purpura is The Baltimore Sun Anne Arundel County cross country Coach of the Year for coaching the Falcons girls to their 10th straight county title and seventh consecutive regional and for leading the boys to their third Region IV title in five years.

"It's been a decade of dominance for our girls, and we wanted to make it 10 in a row badly," said Purpura, whose girls showed up at the county awards ceremony wearing T-shirts reading, "Decade of Dominance."

The boys Region IV title proved to be icing on the cake.

With sophomore Jackson Longley and junior Brendan Naydan emerging as two of the top runners in the county under the tutelage of Purpura, the Falcons made up for the loss of five of their top seven runners to graduation.

Longley was a surprising second in the county meet and fourth in the regional, with Naydan taking eighth and seventh, respectively.

Senior Jeremy Kokalis was seventh in the county and 14th in the regional. Old Mill had placed three in the top five of the county meet and four in the first 12, but couldn't match that in the regional.

Purpura pushed sophomores Frank Norcross and Scott Roberts to step it up in the regional after disappointing 16th and 27th places, respectively, in the county.

Norcross and Roberts responded and took 14th and 21st, respectively, to get the Falcons over the top in the regional.

The Falcon girls rolled to the county championship by placing seven girls in the top 20. Sophomore Brianna Weidman and senior Kerry Lindenmeyer led the pack, finishing fifth and eighth, respectively, as the Falcons defeated Old Mill, 43-54.

A seventh consecutive Region IV title came by 37-66 over Old Mill and Chesapeake.

Lindenmeyer was the top runner at No. 6, pacing six Falcons who finished in the top 15.

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