1995 All-Arundel County cross country teams

November 16, 1995|By Steven Kivinski

The girls

Runner of the Year: Kristy Klima, Glen Burnie

Coach of the Year: Ed Purpura, Severna Park

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

Becky Chwan . .. .. .. Sev. Park .. Fr.

Anne Crespo . .. .. .. Sev. Park .. Jr.

Kristy Klima ... .. .. G. Burnie .. So.

Jennifer Ng . .. .. .. Arundel . .. Jr.

Stefanie Petr .. .. .. Sev. Park .. Sr.

Stephanie Rahorn .. .. Arundel . .. Sr.

Alison Ross . .. .. .. Annap. .. .. Jr.

Stephanie Stevens . .. Ches. ... .. Sr.

Runner of the Year

Kristy Klima, Glen Burnie, Soph.: Klima opened the season with a victory at the Queen Anne's Invitational and just kept on winning. Before she was finished, the 5-foot-2, 92-pounder won four major invitationals and county and region titles. Klima, who ran five miles every day last summer, won both the North County Invitational and Knigths Invite at Bay Brook Park and took first in a strong field at the Meade Autumn Classic. At states, her legs tightened up in the cold weather and she still managed to finish fourth. "I didn't expect her to be No. 1 in the county but she worked hard over the summer and it paid off," said Glen Burnie coach Tony Benicewicz.

First team at a glance

Becky Chwan, Severna Park, Fresh.: Chwan exceeded Purpura's expectations this season as she captured eighth at the county meet and sixth in the region. "I thought right away that she would be good but I didn't know how good," said coach Ed Purpura. "She improved dramatically."

Anne Crespo, Severna Park, Jr.: In one year, Crespo improved from 17th at the county meet to third this season. She finished fourth at the regions and 25th at states. "We have a lot of depth but we needed someone to finish high and Anne filled that role," said Purpura.

Jennifer Ng, Arundel, Jr.: Ng, a first-year runner, placed fifth at the county meet, second in the region and 16th at states. In her first race -- the Queen Anne's Invitational -- she finished second behind Klima. "She has tremendous work ethic, is very coachable and just keeps getting better and better," said Arundel coach Ralph Luce.

Stefanie Petr, Severna Park, Sr.: Petr, fifth in the county two years ago before sitting out all of last season with a stress fracture in her leg, claimed seventh at the county and region meets. "She did a tremendous job coming back from her injury," said Purpura. "She worked really hard and was our most #F consistent runner all year."

Stephanie Rahorn, Arundel, Sr.: Rahorn closed out her senior season by finishing sixth at the county meet, eighth at regionals and 20th at states. She also took eighth at both the Knights'

Invite and Anne Arundel Invitational. "She was a first-time runner but she had distance experience and great determination," said Luce.

Alison Ross, Annapolis, Jr.: Ross closed out an otherwise "frustrating" junior campaign by claiming a county-best fourth place at last week's state meet at Hereford. She finished second in the county meet behind Klima and was fifth at regionals. "For Alison, it was a horrible season and the worst she did was seventh in the first meet of the year," said coach Brian Funk. "It was nice to see her run close to her potential at states."

Stephanie Stevens, Chesapeake, Sr.: Stevens, a 4.0 student who recorded 1400 on the Scholastic Assessment Test, took fourth in the county meet and was 15th at regionals. "The thing I'll miss most about her is how she leads by example," said coach John Maguire. "She is one of the classiest girls you will ever meet." Stevens hopes to attend the Naval Academy.

Coach of the Year

Ed Purpura, Severna Park: Purpura, in his eighth season, led the Falcons to a sweep of all four team titles -- varsity and junior varsity boys and girls -- at this year's Anne Arundel County championships. Purpura, a teacher at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School and a member of the Falcons' first county champion team in 1970, saw his girls team capture its 12th county title in the last 13 years and 10th straight region crown before settling for third at the state meet. "We ran really tough up there at states but two better teams beat us," said Purpura. "We have a great tradition at Severna Park and with the girls and boys we had on our 'B' team, I don't see us getting beat anywhere next year either."

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