1994 All-city/county Cross Country Teams

November 21, 1994|By Steven Kivinski

MALE RUNNER OF THE YEAR

* Cory Smith, Calvert Hall, Jr. -- Smith quietly emerged as the most dominant runner on Calvert Hall's top-ranked squad as well as in the entire Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. He started the season by winning the Lake Forest Invitational in Felton, Del., and a few days later crossed the finish line in unison with teammates Jonathan Dietrich and Doug Stewart for a 1-2-3 finish at the North County Knights Invite and finished neck-and-neck with Dietrich at the Anne Arundel Invitational. Smith ended his junior campaign by outlasting Gilman's Ted Lord in the MIAA Individual Championships at Herring Run Park.

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

* Jim McCoach, Calvert Hall -- Calvert Hall's cross country program continues to make strides under McCoach. After winning the last three Maryland Scholastic Association titles, the top-ranked Cardinals kept to their winning ways as they captured the first MIAA crown earlier this month at Herring Run Park. Powered by first-team selections Dietrich, Smith and Stewart, the Cardinals went undefeated in dual-meet competition for the third straight year while also winning the Knights, Lake Forest and Anne Arundel invitationals and the state Catholic League Championship. Said McCoach: "These kids have old-fashioned work ethic."

THE TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Ryan Alessi, Perry Hall, Jr. -- Alessi was one of Perry Hall's steadiest performers as he captured sixth at both the county and region meets before finishing 15th at states in 18:52. "He finished the season strong and you can't ask anything more from a runner," said coach Jerry Martin.

* David Chalmers, Gilman, Soph. -- Chalmers and Ted Lord provided the Greyhounds with a 1-2 punch that veteran coach Jack Thompson never had seen at Gilman. Chalmers took fourth at the Anne Arundel Invitational, sixth at the MIAA Championships and was 10th at the Harford Invitational. "He's the most consistent runner I've ever had," said Thompson. "He keeps a steady pace the whole way."

* Mike Curtis, Mervo, Jr. -- This 6-foot-2, 135-pounder finished second at the Class 4A North region meet, and his sixth-place finish at the 4A meet was the highest of the metro area runners. He also took fourth at the Georgetown Prep Invitational. "I'm expecting great things from him next year," said Mervo coach Ron Neal.

* Jonathan Dietrich, Calvert Hall, Sr. -- After winning the MSA Individual Championships as a junior, Dietrich returned for his final campaign and helped the Cardinals extend their dual-meet winning streak to 18 and earn its first MIAA crown. He began the season with a victory at the Frederick Invitational and shared top honors at the Knights Invite and Anne Arundel Invitational. "Jonathan made Calvert Hall's program what it is," said McCoach. "He's a rare kid. Totally unselfish." Dietrich hopes to attend Bucknell.

* Mike Friedberg, Park, Sr. -- After missing his first B Conference meet because of illness, Friedberg, a triathlete, returned and won the next nine conference dual meets. He also won the St. Paul's Invitational and was third at the Spiked Shoe meet. He capped off his senior campaign by claiming seventh at the MIAA Championships (16:49).

* Anders Fristedt, McDonogh, Jr. -- Despite running with a strained calf, Fristedt finished fifth at the MIAA Championships. He opened the season with a 14th-place finish at the Spiked Shoe Invitational and later won a small schools race at the University of Maryland Invitational and was fifth at the Knights Invite at Baybrook Park.

* Shawn Kelly, Perry Hall, Sr. -- After winning the Baltimore County open race a year ago, Kelly made tremendous progress. He took third at the county meet, won at the regions and finished 12th at states. "I guess that says something about hard work," said Gators coach Jerry Martin.

* Ted Lord, Gilman, Sr. -- The highlight of Lord's season came a week earlier than he had planned when he broke the course record at Calvert Hall by more than 30 seconds. A week later, he had to settle for the runner-up award for the second year in a row as he bowed to Smith in the MIAA Championships. He won the Spiked Shoe Invitational at Hopkins and lost to Greg Curtis of Oakland Mills at the Anne Arundel Invitational. The senior class president hopes to study pre-med at either North Carolina or Rice.

* Joe Smith, Parkville, Jr. -- Smith won the Baltimore County title at Hereford in 18:21, finished first in the region meet at Lansdowne in 16:15 and was fourth at the state meet in a county best time of 18:33. He started off the season by winning the Barnhart Invitational at Dulaney and finished fourth in a meet at UMBC. "When he gets into a race, he takes himself to another level," said Knights coach Jim Wich.

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