1993 All-baltimore City/county Cross Country Teams

November 25, 1993|By Jeff Seidel

RUNNERS OF THE YEAR

* Jamie Davies, Catonsville, senior -- Davies had a perfect year, winning all eight of his races. In addition to taking the Baltimore County, region and Class 2A state titles, he also won the Spiked Shoe, Harford County, Barnhart and Southwest invitationals. He capped his perfect senior season at the state title meet at Hereford for No. 10 Catonsville. Despite the cool, wet weather, Davies took the lead early and went on to blow out the competition. Davies won the county title last year and took seventh in the state, but truly hit his stride this year. Catonsville coach Bill Mouser said he told Davies at the beginning of his career that if stuck with the program, he could win it all during his senior year. Mouser turned out to be right.

* Krissy Jost, Perry Hall, junior -- Jost, a transfer from Queen Anne's, proved a welcome addition as No. 1 Perry Hall won its first state title. Jost stayed consistent much of the season despite having problems with asthma. She won the region title and finished second in the state. She won at the Harford Invitational and in her division at the Arundel. She also captured the Spiked Shoe and, struggling with the asthma, finished fifth in the Baltimore County title race. Jost is an honor-roll student.

COACHES OF THE YEAR

* BOYS: Jim McCoach, Calvert Hall -- McCoach guided No. 1 Calvert Hall to as close to a perfect season as a team can have. The Cards won their second straight Maryland Scholastic Association title and posted a second consecutive undefeated season. Before the season began, McCoach said he thought the Cardinals would have another big season and he was right. McCoach, in his fifth year at Calvert Hall, said the team's times in preseason practice improved 30 to 50 seconds. The Cardinals waltzed through the season, winning everything except two invitationals where they finished a close second each time. McCoach said Calvert Hall's success lies in the fact that everyone worked hard and worked together.

* GIRLS: Marilyn Bevans, Perry Hall; Jeff McDaniel, Catonsville -- Both coaches led their teams to state titles for the first time. Bevans guided No. 1 Perry Hall, heavily weighted with underclassmen, to the championship, and McDaniel did the same with a similar No. 2 Catonsville team. Bevans, in her third year as cross country coach, knows a thing or two about running: She won the Maryland Marathon twice and came in second for women at the Boston Marathon. Bevans said the Gators were a good group that had discipline and worked hard. The Gators' top five at the states consisted of three juniors, a sophomore and a freshman, so they'll be tough to knock off next year. Catonsville was similar to Perry Hall, as McDaniel said the Comets tried to have fun working out. McDaniel had them run a variety of trails and courses around Catonsville to break the tedium of practice, and it appeared to work. The Comets rolled to a surprisingly easy state title victory with 43 points, 39 ahead of second-place Fallston. McDaniel said he realized early the team was a special group, the question was how far it would be able to go.

ALL-COUNTY BOYS FIRST TEAM

* Eric Bind, McDonogh, Jr. -- The No. 2 runner for the Eagles raced consistently all season. After a slow start at the Spiked Shoe, where he finished 35th, Bind rallied to take 10th at the Knights Invite, eighth at the Anne Arundel County Invitational and a strong fourth at the MSA. Combining with Anders Fristedt, Bind will help give the No. 9 Eagles a strong one-two punch again next fall.

* Jonathan Dietrich, Calvert Hall, Jr. -- Dietrich capped a strong season with a dramatic victory at the MSA meet, where he out-sprinted Ted Lord of Gilman in the final 100 yards. Dietrich ran No. 1 for Calvert Hall all season and turned in several big performances. He set course records at Gilman and Calvert Hall, and finished second at several invitationals, including University of Maryland, Anne Arundel and Lake Forest (Del.). He won all his dual-meet races.

* Anders Fristedt, McDonogh, Soph. -- One of the stars-to-be in the county, Fristedt finished an impressive third in the MSAs, behind Dietrich and Lord. Fristedt also ended up fourth at North County and in the top five at Anne Arundel. Fristedt also finished eighth at the Spiked Shoe.

* Joe Leilich, Perry Hall, Jr. -- He was the No. 2 runner for No. 6 Perry Hall, behind Frank Trimble. Leilich came in second in the region, one spot behind Trimble, and fourth in the county, two spots behind his teammate. Leilich had trouble at the state meet. He was around 10th about 2.5 miles into the race when he fell and was elbowed and finished 22nd.

* Ted Lord, Gilman, Jr. -- The No. 1 runner from No. 8 Gilman made it all the way back from a stress fracture that kept him out for much of the 1992 season. He finished second in the MSA meet, losing to Dietrich in the final 100 yards. He also won in his division at the University of Maryland Invitational and at Anne Arundel.

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