RUNNERS OF THE YEAR
* Brian Harris, C. Milton Wright, Sr. -- He won three invitational meets, plus the county and the Class 3A North regional. In earning a share of a third successive Runner-of-the-Year title, he lost to only one state runner prior to the state meet, where he placed 11th. He ran 16 minutes, 12 seconds in the county meet at Harford Glen, one second off of his meet record of a year ago.
* Bobby Simmons, Joppatowne, Sr. -- He came back from an early-season knee injury to peak at the right time. He followed a third-place county finish with a win at the Class 1A East regional and a second straight Class 1A state championship. His time of 16:23 at Hereford was the second-fastest for county runners in the meet. This is his second All-County selection.
* Jen Englehart, C. Milton Wright, Soph. -- She was the premier girls runner, getting beaten by county runners only once in five major events. She was second and fifth in two invitationals, won the county meet, then was third in the Class 3A regional behind Amy Altmann and Michelle Apland. She was the county leader (20:04) in the state meet, finishing eighth. In gaining her second All-County selection, her best times were 19:49 at Harford Community College (Harford Invitational) and 19:57 in the county race at Harford Glen. Saturday she will run in the prestigious Foot Locker Northeast Regional Championships at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y. Formerly known as the Kinney Championship, this race pits some of the best runners from the northeast region. A finish among the top eight would send her to the national championship in San Diego on Dec. 11.
COACHES OF THE YEAR
* Greg Thompson, Joppatowne -- A graduate of Edgewood High School and the University of Maryland, he has been coaching cross country at Joppatowne for the last four years. He coached Class 1A state championship teams in 1991 and 1992, but he had only veterans Bobby Simmons and Keith Phillips around which to build for a third straight title. The team came along to get second in the county race, though, then won the Class 1A East regional before coming up short in the state meet.
* Carol O'Donnell, Fallston -- In her sixth season of coaching the school's cross country teams, O'Donnell guided this squad to the school's best state finish, second place. She told them before the season began this was the best team she had coached -- although previously there had been some outstanding individuals, such as Jenny Howard and Monica Beall -- and, as she said, "They showed it in the state meet." This was a season when the team had four runners under 21 minutes in the state meet at Hereford. In the county, the Cougars closed the gap on C. Milton Wright from 29-51 of a year ago to 27-42. O'Donnell brought sophomore Shalini Ayyagari along, and she responded as a solid fifth finisher.
ALL-COUNTY BOYS FIRST TEAM
* Mike Anderson, Bel Air, Sr. -- He placed seventh in the county meet and went on to place 11th in the Class 3A North regional, a finish that qualified him for the state meet.
* Eric Benjamin, C. Milton Wright, Fresh. -- He came in with a strong running background and joined three holdovers and another newcomer in being consistent top-five finishers for the Mustangs. Other than to his four first-team All-County teammates, his only county loss was to Simmons.
* Steve Donahue, C. Milton Wright, Sr. -- His only county losses were to Harris and Simmons, whom he either defeated or had a faster time on three of four occasions. Down the stretch, he was second in the county, second in the Class 3A North regional, and fifth in the state with the county's best time, 16:12. This is his second All-County selection.
* Chris Parkinson, C. Milton Wright, Jr. -- He and teammate Dave Warnick took turns being the team's third and/or fourth finishers. He had the better finish in the state meet, 24th against 28th. For the year, he lost only to Harris, Donahue, Warnick and Simmons.
* Dave Warnick, C. Milton Wright, Soph. -- Warnick was fourth at the county and sixth at the regional. For the season, he lost to Harris, Donahue, Parkinson and Simmons. Head to head against Parkinson in nine races, Warnick won six times.
ALL-COUNTY GIRLS FIRST TEAM
* Amy Altmann, C. Milton Wright, Jr. -- She had her best race in the Class 3A regional at Lansdowne, where she won in 19:34. Otherwise, she was the second team member to Englehart in every major test. Her performances included second in the county race and 16th in the state meet. This is her second All-County selection.
* Michelle Apland, Bel Air, Jr. -- She came on strongly in the races that really counted, as she split Altmann and Englehart in getting second in the 3A regional, then chased Englehart home in the state meet, winding up 10th. She was also second in an unseeded division of the Harford Invitational, with a county time second only to Englehart. Her only bad race was the county meet, where she finished 11th.