All-harford County Cross Country Teams

November 20, 1994|By Bill Blewett

GIRLS TEAM

RUNNER OF THE YEAR

* Amy Altmann, C. Milton Wright, senior -- She won the county and regional titles then placed seventh in the 3A state meet. A well-rounded student, she maintains a 4.02 grade-point average and is a class officer, homecoming queen, and community volunteer. "It's amazing, all that she does," said Wright coach Barbara Johnson. "She is a super kid."

COACH OF THE YEAR

* Barbara Johnson, C. Milton Wright -- Since coming to Wright when it opened in 1979, she has guided her girls teams to seven county titles, the most by any school since the girls meet began in 1975. This year's county championship was Wright's fourth in a row. The Mustangs also won the regional and took second in state 3A. An avid runner who has completed several marathons, Johnson runs each workout with her girls and at 45 can still outrun most of them. "There was a time when only [one] could beat me," she said. "Quite a few of the girls can beat me now, and I'm glad they can."

THE TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Michelle Apland, Bel Air, senior -- She was the fastest in the county until a severe case of anemia slowed her in the last part of the season. She won the Salesianum Invitational, placed second in the Harford Invitational and third in Howard Invitational. President of her senior class, she maintains a 3.8 grade-point average.

* Erin Chlumsky, Fallston, sophomore -- A strong runnethroughout the season, she led the Cougars with a fourth place in the Anne Arundel Invitational, sixth in the county meet and fifth in the regional. She was 20th in the 2A state meet.

* Kelly Coogan, C. Milton Wright, freshman -- Wright's No. 3 runner, she placed third in the county and regional meets, third in the Anne Arundel Invitational and 11th in state 3A meet. "She puts a lot of energy and thought into her training," said coach Johnson. "She has tremendous potential."

* Jen Englehart, C. Milton Wright, junior -- Last year, she won the county meet. This year, she came on strong in the last half of the season to take second in the county and second in regionals behind Altmann. She was eighth in the 3A state meet.

* Beth Hadrys, Joppatowne, freshman -- Not only was this newcomer the Mariners' best runner, but she also recruited enough girls to give Joppatowne its first complete girls team. She placed fifth in the county meet, second in the regional meet and 11th in the 1A state meet.

* Megan McNew, North Harford, sophomore -- She came on strong at midseason and finished third in the Harford Invitational, fourth in the county, second in the regional meet and fifth in the 2A state meet. An academic award recipient with a 3.5 grade-point average, she also competes in swimming.

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