1995 All-Arundel County cross country teams

November 16, 1995|By Steven Kivinski

The boys

Runner of the Year: Ian Ross, Annapolis

Coach of the Year: Ed Purpura, Severna Park

Name .. .. .. .. .. .. School .. .. Yr.

Jon Carnes .. .. .. .. Broadnk . .. Sr.

FTC Paul Mathieu ... .. .. Sev. Park .. Sr.

Jon Mikeska . .. .. .. Old Mill ... Jr.

Chris Robey . .. .. .. Sev. Park .. So.

Ian Ross . .. .. .. .. Annap. .. .. Sr.

John Thomas . .. .. .. Meade ... .. So.

Chad Webber . .. .. .. Arundel . .. Sr.

Justin Wooldridge . .. Ches. ... .. Jr.

Runner of the Year

Ian Ross, Annapolis, Sr.: Ross won the Anne Arundel County championship by finishing his home course in 16 minutes, 32 seconds. He was third in the region and 21st in the state. He started the season by winning the inaugural South County Challenge at Anne Arundel Community College. Ross was fifth at the Meade Autumn Classic, seventh at the Knights Invite at Baybrook Park, 10th at the Anne Arundel Invitational and was 13th at the highly competitive Spiked Shoe meet at Johns Hopkins. "Ian is the kind of guy that wants to win every race," said Panthers coach Brian Funk. "When he runs against the top guys in the state he goes for it and when you do that you put yourself in position to either stay there or fall back. I would rather see someone like Ian go for that to hang back. He never runs for second and I envy that attitude."

First team at a glance

Jon Carnes, Broadneck, Sr.: Carnes was runner-up at the county meet and second at the Class 3A regional. At states, he was 10th in the Class 3A boys race -- with the highest finish and fastest time (17:54) among county runners. "He was consistent all year and he was constantly in the top 10," said Bruins coach Gerald Kiple.

Paul Mathieu, Severna Park, Sr.: Mathieu, who hopes to attend West Point, finished eighth at the county meet (17:10), fifth in the region (17:06) and 28th at states (18:17). "Paul was the guy who set the tone on the team in workouts," said coach Ed Purpura. "He's not the fastest runner but he is a very strong runner with efficient form."

Jon Mikeska, Old Mill, Jr.: Mikeska peaked at the Class 4A region meet at Baybrook Park where he outlasted Ross of Annapolis to claim second place. He later finished fifth at the county meet, but only 71st at the state. "He was the best team captain we've had in years," said Patriots coach Gary Bater.

Chris Robey, Severna Park, Soph.: Robey's sixth-place finish at the county meet helped the Falcons sweep the team competition. The first-year runner was ninth at the region meet and 12th at the Westminster Invitational. "He has a lot of natural talent and as he gets older and more mature he'll only get better," said Purpura.

John Thomas, Meade, Soph.: Thomas ran his best race at the Class 4A East regionals at Baybrook Park where he finished sixth. He was seventh in the county meet at Annapolis and 12th at the Meade Autumn Classic. "John made steady progress through the season," said coach John Dockstader. "He trained well and was very competitive when it counted."

Chad Webber, Arundel, Sr.: Webber finished third at the county meet, fourth in the region and was 20th at states with the second best time in the county. He had the best time of all county runners at the Anne Arundel Invitational and was runner-up at the Lions Invitational. "Chad is a person that will find a way to win," said Luce. "He does not give up."

Justin Wooldridge, Chesapeake, Jr.: Wooldridge finished seventh at the county meet and equaled that performance at the Class 4A regional. "If he works out this summer he could be a very special runner for us next season," said Maguire.

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