1995 All-metro Cross Country Teams

November 25, 1995

Runner of the Year

Cory Smith, Calvert Hall, Sr.: Smith, who was selected Baltimore City/County and All-Metro Runner of the Year last year, set seven course records this season and repeated as champion of the highly competitive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. He won and set records at the Anne Arundel, Meade, Jack Griffen and Knights invitationals, breaking most of the marks by a substantial margin. "I still don't know how good he is because he has not had anyone close to him and he has not been pushed," said Calvert Hall coach Jim McCoach. "I've haven't had a runner like this in 20 years."

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, who was a member of Severna Park's 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," he said. "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."

First team at a glance

Davis Chalmers Jr.: Chalmers was runner-up at the Anne Arundel, Spiked Shoe and Pallotti invitationals, won four of six of his team's dual meets, and was third at the MIAA championship at Goucher. "He went up against the top runners and always managed to finish second or third," said Gilman coach Jack Thompson.

Anders Fristedt, McDonogh, Sr.: Fristedt set a course record and won the Spiked Shoe meet at Hopkins and was second only to Cory Smith at several events, including the Knights Invite, Meade Autumn Classic and the MIAA championships. "Anders will go on to be a great college runner," said McDonogh coach Jeff Sanborn. "He has a real devotion and passion for the sport."

Faisal Hasan, Lake, Sr.: Hasan, a two-time All-Howard County selection, was second at the Howard County championships (16 minutes, 11 seconds), 30 seconds faster than in 1994. He took second at Class 2A South Region championships (17:58) and was third at Class 2A state meet (17:17) where he beat county champ Steve Petro and ran 95 seconds faster than he did in 1994.

Steve Petro, Mills, Sr.: Petro, Howard County's Runner of the Year and a repeat first-team All-Metro performer, won nine straight races and lost only twice. He was county champ, Class 2A South Region champion and finished third at the state Class 2A meet. He also won five invitationals -- Howard County, Westminster, Pallotti, Arundel and Harford.

Joe Smith, Parkville, Sr.: Smith was perfect in the three meets that count most as he emerged as champion in the Baltimore County, Class 3A North region and state meets. His time of 16:49 was the best of any runner competing in the state competition. He finished second at the Goucher Invitational and was sixth at the Meade Autumn Classic. "He is a very fluid runner," said coach Jesse Hannon. "He doesn't have a lot of wasted motion."

Doug Stewart, Calvert Hall, Sr.: Despite battling a viral infection all season, Stewart still managed to finish fourth at the MIAA championships and third at the Anne Arundel Invitational. "He's still not back more than 80 percent and even at that he is still an All-Metro runner," said McCoach. "He was our unsung hero."

Shawn Sullivan, Dulaney, Soph.: Sullivan saved his best races for last as he claimed second in the Baltimore County, Class 4A East region and state meets. "He joined the team last year and he's just gotten better and better," said coach Bob Dean. "He would have been county champion if Joe Smith hadn't been there."

Boys final poll

Top 10

1. Calvert Hall

2. Westminster

3. Wilde Lake

4. Gilman

5. Centennial

6. Perry Hall

7. McDonogh

8. Curley

9. Howard

10. Parkville

Other teams considered: C. Milton Wright, Atholton, Mervo, Hereford, Severna Park.

How the polls are conducted: The Baltimore Sun polls are compiled each week by the local sports staff of the Baltimore Sun through event observations and consultation with area coaches.

Picking the teams

The Baltimore Sun 1995 All-Metro boys and girls cross country teams were selected by the local sports staff through meet observations and after consultation with area coaches.

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