1993 All-county Cross Country Team

November 28, 1993|By Steven Kivinski

MALE RUNNER OF THE YEAR

* Geoff Warren, Arundel, senior -- Warren won eight of 12 races this fall and didn't lose to a county runner until the state meet where -- weakened from the flu -- he finished 14th, 55 seconds behind Old Mill's Class 4A state champion Jason Reckner. "He was sick and had a week where he couldn't practice because his temperature was around 104 degrees," said Arundel coach Ralph Luce. "His performance at states was not at all indicative of what he can do. He got to the 2-mile mark and he couldn't feel his legs. It was like they weren't related to him. I'm surprised he did as well as he did." Warren repeated as county champion Oct. 29 and helped the Wildcats win their first county team championship in 20 years. At the Class 4A East Region meet at Bay Brook Park, Warren was runner-up behind Northern-Calvert's Nick Gramsky, but it was enough to lift the Wildcats to the team title. He opened the season by winning the UMBC High School Classic and later claimed top honors at the 21st annual Anne Arundel County Cross Country Invitational and the Knights' Invite.

FEMALE RUNNER OF THE YEAR

* Kristen Nicolini, Annapolis, junior -- Nicolini won nine of 12 races, including the county, region and state meets, where she ran away from the rest of the field. "Even though she was winning easily, the thing that helped her stay focused this year was her concern for her teammates and the interest she took in how they were doing," said Annapolis coach Ken Goncz. "She was a captain this year as a junior and as soon as she was finished her race she worried how her teammates were doing. The other kids looked up to her." Nicolini began the season by winning the UMBC High School Classic and also won the 21st annual Anne Arundel County Cross Country Invitational and the Knights' Invite.

COACH OF THE YEAR

* Ralph Luce, Arundel -- Luce admitted to being as surprised as anyone at how well his boys team fared in the postseason. The Wildcats cruised to the team title at the region meet with four runners in the top 15 and had two runners in the top 10 at the county meet, where they outlasted second-place Broadneck, 56-79, for their first county title in more than 20 years. "For me, the high point of the season was how well my second through sixth runners did at the county and region meets," said Luce, referring to Blair Morse, Jason Birch, Tim Kelly, Mike Rodgers and Rob Sutton. "Naturals can do it with their eyes closed, but these five guys did it by sheer determination and work ethic. When you stop to think that some of these guys couldn't break 22 minutes [for three miles] as sophomores, that's quite amazing."

ALL-COUNTY FIRST TEAM

* Amy Cronin, Meade, freshman -- This freshman lived up to the advanced billing of Mustangs coach John Dockstader and finished seventh at the county meet with a time of 21 minutes, 9 seconds.

* Jessica Davis, Old Mill, junior -- An All-Metro selection last season, Davis took third at the county meet in a time of 20:43, third in the Class 4A East Region meet and 13th at the states (20:08). She also won the Westminster dual meet and was fifth at the Anne Arundel Invitational.

* Chris Long, Old Mill, senior -- Long was sixth at the county meet (17:02), fifth in the regions and 25th at the state meet. He placed 15th at the Anne Arundel County Invitational at Annapolis High.

* Jack Longley, South River, junior -- Longley was second in the county last season for Severna Park and finished as county runner-up this year for the Seahawks. His second-place finish at Kent County helped South River's boys team claim the Class 2A East Region title. He finished the season with a second-place finish at states behind Jamie Davies of Catonsville.

* Becky McDivitt, Glen Burnie, junior -- This three-time All-County selection finished second at the county and region meets behind Nicolini and was eighth at the state level. "She's a top academic student and she's very dedicated to the sport," said Gophers coach Tony Benicewicz.

* Stefanie Petr, Severna Park, sophomore -- Petr took fifth at the county meet and fifth at the regions in times of 20:52 and 20:29, respectively. And with two more seasons to look forward to, she should get even better in the future.

* Jason Reckner, Old Mill, senior -- Reckner capped his senior campaign by winning the Class 4A state championship at Hereford. His state-championship time of 16:08 was 22 seconds ahead of the runner-up and 55 seconds better than Warren. He finished third at the county meet and region meets and was first in a dual meet at Westminster.

* Alison Ross, Annapolis, freshman -- Ross took sixth in her

county-meet debut with a time of 20:54 and was fourth at the Class 4A East Region meet. "I knew she had some talent, but she exceeded all my expectations," said Panthers coach Ken Goncz.

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