1996 All-Baltimore City/Baltimore County cross country teams @

November 19, 1996|By Steven Kivinski

Coach of the Year

Bob Dean, Dulaney: Dean, who has been coaching at Dulaney since 1962, led the Lions to their third consecutive state title (fourth state crown in five years) and seventh straight county title. Dean's ability to keep his girls focused and mentally prepared enabled them to overcome a variety of obstacles at the state meet, where they won despite the absence of Melissa Williams. "We've never had eight girls who were of this quality and this closeness in their splits," said Dean. "This team was very, very motivated and winning the states was a goal they set for themselves. The truest test of this team was how they picked up the slack for the kids who didn't have their best day."

Runner of the Year

Jen Geroux, Parkville, Jr.: In her first season of cross country, Geroux, who played soccer last fall, emerged as Baltimore County champion and Class 3A state runner-up.

In her first race at Goucher College she finished fourth and was the state's top finisher behind three girls from Virginia. She took second in her second race -- the Knights' Invite -- and she was runner-up at the Meade Autumn Classic. She finished second behind Mary Beth Rollins of C. Milton Wright at the Hereford Bull Run but came back and beat Rollins at the Class 3A North regionals at Franklin.

"Every race she learned something new about herself," said Parkville coach Jesse Hannon. "Once she puts her mind on something, she wants to be the best at what she does. This [cross country] was another outlet for her to show her talent and what she can do."

The Team

Marjorie Bollinger, Dulaney, Jr.: Bollinger had a rough day at the states where she finished 49th but she did finish second in her region, third in the Baltimore County Championships and seventh at the Meade Autumn Classic. "She felt like she let the team down at states but she was feeling sick and her body wasn't able to perform up to par," said Dean. "She has a great work ethic and is willing to do the things needed to succeed."

Katie Cardoni, Mount de Sales, Sr.: Cardoni, a National Honor Society member, won the Association of Independent Schools Group Meet and won her her divisional race at the Hereford Bull Run. She took first in her divison at the Arundel Invitational, finished second at the UMBC Invitational and was third at Westminster's. She is considering attending either Penn State or Notre Dame.

Lacey Chanoski, Perry Hall, Soph.: Chanoski finished seventh at the Baltimore County Championships at Hereford and was 13th in the open race at the Harford Invitational. She capped her sophomore campaign by taking home a 36th-place ribbon from the Class 4A state meet. "For someone with no experience she is developing very well," said Gators coach Marilyn Bevans. "She still has a long way to go."

Tess Deanehan, Bryn Mawr, Fr.: Deanehan, a talented swimmer, sent shock waves through AIS cross country circles when she demolished the course record at the championship meet at St. Timothy's. The 5-foot-1, 99-pound freshman won the race by more than a minute and completed the 3.1-mile in a course-record 19: 27, shattering by 30 seconds the mark set last season by All-Metro Runner of the Year Bridget Quenzer. Before that, she finished second at the Harford Invitational and Meade Autumn Classic, third at the Spiked Shoe, seventh at Georgetown Prep. "She's mentally focused and mentally tough," said Mawrtians coach Ariella Sontag. "She rises to all levels of competition."

Meredith Fellman, Dulaney, Sr.: Fellman, who Dean calls the "workhorse of the team," finished fifth in the Baltimore County meet, was sixth in the region, 16th at the Westminster Invitational and was 27th at states. "She exceeded any expectations we had for her and she did it by working hard and putting in the mileage," said Dean. "She's worked for everything she's got."

Anna Goetze, Garrison Forest, Sr.: Goetze, the Grizzlies' top runner the past three seasons, took first in four of five AIS group meets, losing only to Deanehan. She was second at the AIS Championships in 20: 31, sixth at the Hereford Bull Run, and eighth at the Harford Invitational. "She's a strong runner and a hard worker," said Garrison Forest coach Steve Ogden. "Anna is a runner built with power and she has trained with that in mind."

Sara Hooper, Dulaney, Fr.: Hooper came through in the clutch at states and it was her 10th-place finish that enabled the Lions to capture their third consecutive state crown. She finished fifth in the region and eighth in the Baltimore County Championships. "Sara really stepped it up the last two meets of the season," said Dean, referring to regions and states. "Being a ninth-grader, you never know what they will do in a real big pressure situation but she seemed to handle everything pretty well. She was a pleasant surprise."

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