'94 All-metro Cross Country Teams

November 26, 1994

RUNNERS OF THE YEAR

* Greg Curtis, Oakland Mills, Sr. -- Curtis, Howard County's Boys Runner of the Year, led the Scorpions to their eighth state title in 11 years by winning the state Class 2A title in 14 minutes, 41 seconds, the fastest time at the state meet. An All-County and second-team All-Metro pick last season, Curtis was Howard County champ (16:11) and Class 2A South Region champ (16:37). He set an Oakland Mills course record (16:29). He won the Howard County, Westminster, Arundel, Pallotti, Harford and Lancer invitationals. He won 11 straight races; his only loss was a third-place finish at the Griffin Invitational. "A lot of times kids are just endowed with God-given talent and don't work hard," said Oakland Mills coach Steve Carnahan. "Greg works as hard or harder than anyone I've coached." * Krissy Jost, Perry Hall, Sr. -- This University of Alabama-bound senior won nearly every race she entered. Jost captured the Baltimore County title by crossing the line 1 minute, 15 seconds ahead of the runner-up, won the region crown at Oregon Ridge in 19:26 and secured her first state cross country championship by holding off defending state champ and longtime rival Kristen Nicolini of Annapolis. Before that, she won the Harford and Lake Forest invitationals. "Her threshold of pain is mind-boggling," said coach Marilyn Bevans. "She had that good fighter instinct this year." COACH OF THE YEAR * Charlie Shoemaker, Wilde Lake -- The Wildecats boys team pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the history of Howard County cross country by winning its first county championship since 1972, beating runner-up Centennial by seven points and third-place Oakland Mills by 22 points. The team also won the Class 1A Central Region championship without its top runner, Faisal Hasan, who came down with chickenpox, and it finished second in the state Class 1A division. The Wildecats also won the Howard County Invitational. "Everybody was shocked," said Shoemaker. "They had no idea they'd win. It was a little bit of magic, a dream come true." In addition, Wilde Lake's girls team finished second in the county -- its best finish ever. A year ago, the Wildecats did not field a complete girls team.

TEAM AT A GLANCE * Jonathan Dietrich, Calvert Hall, Sr. -- Dietrich was the only runner to finish ahead of Greg Curtis, and he did that by two seconds at the Jack Griffin Invitational. After winning the Maryland Scholastic Association individual championships as a junior, he returned for his final season and helped the Cardinals extend their dual-meet winning streak to 18 and earn their 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. Said Calvert Hall coach Jim McCoach, "He's a rare kid. Totally unselfish." Dietrich hopes to attend Bucknell.

* Ted Lord, Gilman, Sr. -- The highlight of Lord's season came a week sooner than he planned as he broke the course record at Calvert Hall by more than 30 seconds. A week later, he settled 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 at the Anne Arundel Invitational. "When other coaches talk about Ted, the first thing they talk about is his sportsmanship and how well he gets along with their teammates," said Gilman coach Jack Thompson. "Then, as an afterthought, they talk about how good a runner he is and they are absolutely right." The Greyhounds senior class president hopes to study pre-med at either North Carolina or Rice.

* Steve Petro, Oakland Mills, Jr. -- Petro is another reason the Scorpions took their eighth state title. He took second at the county championships (16:35) and the Class 3A East Region championships (17:01) and was runner-up to Curtis at the state Class 3A championships in 17:51 -- the third-fastest overall time at the state meet. He also was second at the Howard County Invitational and third at the Westminster Invitational and posted the third-fastest time at the Harford Invitational.

* Mike Recek, Westminster, Jr. -- Carroll County's Boys Runner of the Year dominated the opposition most of the season, losing only one of 10 races. He finished second by nine seconds to Greg Curtis at the Westminster Invitational but came back to win seven consecutive races, including the Central Maryland Conference and Carroll County championships, the Class 4A West Region title and the state 4A championship at Hereford, where he did a swan dive over the finish line. "Mike is the class of our team, the class of the county and one of the top runners in the state," said Owls coach Jim Gilford.

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