1995 All-Carroll County cross country teams

November 16, 1995|By Jeff Seidel

The boys

Runner of the Year: Mike Recek, Westminster

Coach of the Year: Tom Davidson, North Carroll

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

Dave Barnes . .. .. .. West. ... .. Jr.

Danny Carter ... .. .. West. ... .. Jr.

Jeremy Cuno . .. .. .. N. Carroll . So.

Josh Heckathorn ... .. West. ... .. Sr.

Shane Martin ... .. .. West. ... .. Sr.

Mike Recek .. .. .. .. West. ... .. Sr.

Bobby Ward .. .. .. .. Liberty . .. So.

Honorable mention: Greg Fisher, Soph., Westminster; Scott Harden, Jr., North Carroll; David Higgs, Soph., Francis Scott Key; Josh Hollman, Soph., Francis Scott Key; Neil Lagatare, Jr., North Carroll; Tony Palaia, Sr., Westminster; Sean Rayford, Jr., South Carroll.

Runner of the Year

Mike Recek, Westminster, Sr.: Despite struggling at times this season, Recek clearly was the class of the county. The defending Class 4A state champion had to overcome a sprained ankle at the start of the season, which caused him to start slowly and lose some confidence. He won the county, region, Central Maryland Conference and state titles last year and felt some pressure this year. He still did well, rebounding to win the county, taking second at the CMC, eighth in the region and fifth in the state for the second-ranked Owls. "I'm very proud of how he did. He could have quit trying. He never gave up on us," said Westminster coach Jim Gilford.

First team at a glance

Dave Barnes, Westminster, Jr.: Barnes blossomed this year, coming up big in the key races for the Owls. He finished second in the county, fourth in the CMC, 15th in the region and 15th in the state. Gilford said Barnes worked hard throughout the season in practice and continued to improve, peaking late and running a very strong race last Saturday at the state championships, nearly helping the Owls win a state title.

Danny Carter, Westminster, Jr.: Carter's big finish at the state meet, sprinting to the finish line to come in right behind Heckathorn, symbolized his season. In his first year in cross country, Carter got off to a fast start and never looked back. He finished seventh in the county, 10th in the CMC and region before taking 19th in the state meet. Gilford said Carter was a bit unsure of himself at first, but a little bit of confidence early in the season helped him roll. "When he found himself and got some confidence, he did well," said Gilford.

Jeremy Cuno, North Carroll, Soph.: After a slow start, the Panthers' No. 1 runner just kept getting better and better. Cuno had to rally to take the team's No. 1 spot, but once he did, no one could catch him. He ran strong in the big races, taking sixth in the county and region plus eighth in the CMC and 11th in the state. His state race -- on the demanding Hereford course -- proved one of his best of the year. "He's consistently getting better. He peaked at just the right time," said Davidson.

Josh Heckathorn, Westminster, Sr.: Heckathorn fought through several difficult illnesses that sapped his strength during the season but still managed to run strong. "He's always one of my leaders," said Gilford. "Heckathorn stayed the course and took fifth in the county, 11th in the CMC, 14th in the region and 18th in the state. Despite having a tough virus, Heckathorn kept working and continued to improve throughout the season, helping the Owls win the county and CMC titles and taking

second in the state behind Walt Whitman.

Shane Martin, Westminster, Sr.: In only his second year on the varsity, Martin turned in strong performances throughout the season. He finished third in the county, seventh in the CMC, 11th in the region and 25th in the state. Gilford said Martin kept improving and has always been a consistent performer. Martin made the varsity for the first time late last year and ran big in the postseason races and that carried over into this year.

Bobby Ward, Liberty, Soph.: After winning the county title last spring in the 1,600 and taking ninth in the state, Ward made a similar impression on the cross country community. In his first year, Ward took the No. 1 spot for Liberty in the first race and went on to have a big season, taking fourth in the county, fifth in the CMC, eighth in the region and 25th in his first trip to the states. Liberty coach Dan Jones said Ward should do well over the next couple of years.

Coach of the Year

Tom Davidson, North Carroll: Davidson took a team without a senior in its top five and helped it become the surprise of the season in Carroll County. The Panthers wound up taking second at the county meet and third at the Central Maryland Conference competition, sixth in the region and eighth in the state. Davidson, who assisted longtime wrestling coach Dick Bauerlein for eight years, said his team simply worked hard, pushing and improving all season long. They put a big smile on Davidson's face at the state meet with their impressive performance. "What Dick instilled in his teams, I instill in mine -- hard work, give it your best and give it 100 percent," said Davidson.

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