Winning state, region titles wasn't a surprise to Warren Warren and Nicolini make it the year of the underclassmen Arundel junior has confidence 1992 ALL-ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS Boys Runner of the Year

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

Arundel High's Geoff Warren went into the Anne Arundel County and Class 4A, Region IV cross country meets believing he could win, and he did.

Taking the county and region meets impressively has earned Warren The Baltimore Sun's Anne Arundel County Boys cross country Runner of the Year honors.

The junior won the county meet at Annapolis High by seven seconds with a time of 17 minutes flat, and he nosed out Old Mill's Jason Reckner for the Region IV title in 16:37 at Baybrook Park in Brooklyn.

"I prepared myself to win the county meet as a junior," said Warren, who finished 10th in the county as a sophomore. "I really wanted to win as a junior to build on it for my senior year. I went into it thinking I could win."

Veteran Arundel coach Ralph Luce said Warren is one of those who gives his all, thus his success.

"Geoff gets as much out of what was given to him physically as anyone can," said Luce, who boasts his first cross country champion in 15 years as coach.

"He has certainly done better than anyone else we've ever had here and with all things being equal and what he accomplished, yes, you have to say he is the best."

Warren, who also claimed first place in the Queen Anne's and North County Knights invitationals this fall, was mentioned in the preseason as a county contender with Old Mill's Brad Boetig, who was sixth a year ago and Jeremy Kokalis of Severna Park, who was eighth.

Boetig ended up 12th at 17:54 while Kokalis was topped by sophomore teammate Jackson Longley who came in second. Kokalis was seventh at 17:34.

"I expected Boetig and Kokalis to be right there in the county meet and admit it was surprising to see Longley come in seven seconds behind me," said Warren.

"I was focused on the county meet because I consider it more important than the state meet, and the regional was a tougher race because it was so challenging just a week later."

Warren and Reckner came in together at 16:37 in the regional, but Warren leaned forward to win by inches. Reckner had finished fourth in the county meet, 16 seconds behind Warren.

Luce said the county race was by far the best run by Warren this fall and added that what he did a week later in the regional was "pretty amazing."

"Geoff is very coachable, and he peaked for the county race, mentally and physically," said Luce. "He is just an outstanding young man who works hard in school and has a fine sense of responsibility."

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