1994 All-carroll County Cross Country Teams

November 21, 1994|By Bill Free

GIRLS RUNNER OF THE YEAR

Jen Moorman, Francis Scott Key, Sr. -- The day Moorman decided to give up field hockey in her senior year to run cross country just may have been one of the luckiest days in the history of F. S. Key girls cross country. Moorman, adept at track, decided to run cross country for the first time this fall and had an unbelievable season. She became the Eagles' No. 1 runner in all but three races and led the team to its first-ever Carroll County championship and first-ever Class 1A regional title. To top it off, Moorman finished 16th in the states at Hereford, helping the Eagles take second in the 1A team standings. Key coach Rich Salkin said Moorman's performance was remarkable and was accomplished through dedication to training.

GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR

Rich Salkin, Francis Scott Key -- Less than two years after replacing Jim Bullock, Salkin and the 1A Eagles pulled off the big one -- they knocked off 4A Westminster for the Carroll County girls title, ending a five-year run for the Owls. That is amazing when one thinks about the fact that Key had only two runners on the team in 1988. Salkin admits to getting a lot of guidance from the likes of Bullock and current Key boys coach, Tom Hill, and having the good fortune to have runners such as Jen Moorman and Christine Harner on the squad. He enabled the Eagles to surpass the always-deeper Westminster squad. Adding the 1A region title and second place in the 1A states to the county championship made that all the better.

FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

Carie Bean, Liberty, Sr. -- One of the few bright spots for the Lions girls this season, Bean took fifth place in the county meet, which was something of a surprise since she finished ahead of such well-known runners as Ali Jones of Key, Emily Jones of Westminster and Annie Mullin of South Carroll. Bean's strong effort prevented Liberty from finishing last in the team standings.

Carrie Braun, South Carroll, Soph. -- Braun is a bit of a character who spices up cross country in the county. She was shooting for first in the county and the top eight in the 3A states in order to get a pair of Oakley sunglasses from her father. She came in second in the county (six seconds behind Jen Moorman) and 13th in the states but said: "I might get them [glasses] anyway." Braun was an instant success last season, finishing third in the county and 13th in the states.

Carrie Cook, North Carroll, Sr. -- Since the Panthers didn't have enough runners to compete as a team this season, Cook had to run solely for personal glory week after week and she was able to motivate herself to a sixth-place finish in the county meet and eighth in the 2A regionals at Middletown. Her coach, Sarah Osborn, said Cook "wanted to do well and she did it with her desire to practice."

Kristen Engel, Francis Scott Key, Fresh. -- Cool on the outside but nervous on the inside is the best way to describe this youngster, who figures to help the Eagles stay at or near the top of the county girls team standings for a few years. Even though the nerves act up, Engel keeps her intensity in check and seldom made freshman mistakes thus season. She took seventh in the county meet and 32nd in the 1A states.

Christine Harner, Francis Scott Key, Sr. -- This hard-working athlete was at the opposite end of the spectrum from teammate Jen Moorman, who made it big right away. Harner worked hard for four years and still had to settle for second place behind Moorman in all but three races this season. One of those three races where Harner beat Moorman was the state 1A championships nine days ago at Hereford. Harner was 10th and Moorman 16th. The 10th-place showing was four places above Harner's finish last season in the states. She is one of three repeat first-team choices from last year (Braun and Emily Jones are the others).

Dawn Harner, Francis Scott Key, Fresh. -- The latest in a seemingly endless line of fabulous freshman runners to come along in Carroll county. Two years ago, it was Ali Jones, last year it was Carrie Braun and Annie Mullin and now it is Christine Harner's younger sister, who took fourth in the county meet -- just nine seconds behind third-place Christine. According to her coach, Rich Salkin, Dawn deserved to be succesful due to her work rate and she was.

Ali Jones, Francis Scott Key, Jr. -- Jones would win any Comeback of the Year awards hands down this season after falling out of sight as a sophomore following a dream-like freshman year in which she was the Runner of the Year in the county. Jones made it back to eighth in the county race this season after winning in 1992. She was fifth on her team, helping Key win its first girls county team championship.

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