1996 All-Howard County cross country teams

November 19, 1996|By Rick Belz

Runner of the Year

Beth Santilli, River Hill, Jr.: She won her first county (19: 55) championship and also won the Class 1A Central region (20: 32) championship before finishing third (21: 05) at the state meet, 41 seconds behind the winner. Her state time was the fastest among all Howard County runners.

Other Santilli victories included invitationals at Pallotti and William and Mary. She finished second at the Harford Invitational and third at the Howard County Striders Invitational. She won the county meet just six days after suffering an enlarged windpipe and hyperventilating at the Georgetown Invitational, where she was sixth.

This is her third all-county selection. She ran for Glenelg her first two seasons.

Coach of the Year

Charles Shoemaker, Wilde Lake: Wilde Lake's girls team won its first state championship and completed an amazing transition after finishing only fifth at the county meet. The Wildecats also won their first regional title. They did it without a championship-type runner. Their top finisher in the state meet was a freshman, Ashley Etue, who was 10th. Not since 1989 has one county school (Atholton) won two state championships the same year. Three years ago, the Wildecats were unable to field a five-runner team.

The Team

Kristin Sunderdick, Oakland Mills, Jr.: She earned a spot with her second-place county finish (20: 10), 15 seconds off the pace and her victory (21: 58) in the Class 2A South region meet. She was ill for the state meet and did not run.

Mia Molfino, Mount Hebron, Soph.: All-County last season, she improved from eighth to third (20: 10) at the county meet and was also third at the Class 3A East region meet. She was ninth at the state meet, but posted the second-best time (21: 07) among all county runners.

Sarah Ordaz, Centennial, Jr.: All-County last season, she finished fourth (20: 23) at counties, second (20: 38) at regions and 14th (21: 29) at states, where her time was third best among all county runners.

Neha Amin, Centennial, Soph.: All-County last season, she won the Class 3A East region championship (20: 33), was fifth (20: 26) at the county meet and 29th (22: 07) at the state meet.

Kelli Bloch, River Hill, Soph.: She improved from 11th in the county her freshman year to sixth (20: 49) this season. She ran second (21: 29) at the Class 1A Central region meet and finished 12th (22: 12) at the state meet.

Melinda Long, Centennial, Jr.: She earned her position with her fourth-place (21: 38) region finish and sixth-place (22: 14) state finish, after finishing only eighth (21: 29) at the county meet.

Ashley Etue, Wilde Lake, Fr.: Her fourth-place regional finish (23: 07) and 10th-place state finish (22: 02) earned her a spot after she finished only 11th (21: 49) at the county meet. Her state time was the fourth fastest among all county runners.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1996 All-Carroll County cross country teams were selected by Jeff Seidel after consulting with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Pub Date: 11/19/96

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