1996 All-Anne Arundel County cross country teams

November 19, 1996|By Steven Kivinski

Runner of the Year

John Thomas, Meade, Jr.: Thomas won the Anne Arundel County boys title in 17 minutes, 3 seconds and his time of 16: 28 earned him first at the Class 4A East regional meet at Baybrook Park. At states, Thomas had to settle for a 48th-place ribbon. "I thought he would have a good year but he surprised me by winning counties and regions," said Meade coach John Dockstader. "He's very tough and one of the one of most competitive boys distance runners I've ever coached. He's talented and tough-minded. He doesn't get psyched out like a lot of kids."

The Team

Ben Baxter, Arundel, Jr.: Baxter peaked at the county meet, where he finished third and his team first. He came into his own at the Knights Invite where he finished 14th in a talented field. "Ben is a good athlete and he has real determination," said coach Ralph Luce. "He doesn't settle for anything other than the best."

Aaron Kazer, Arundel, Soph.: Kazer broke onto the scene with a 22nd place finish at the Knights Invite and from there showed steady improvement. He finished 12th in county in 17: 47, ninth in the region in 17: 03 and was 64th at states. Said coach Ralph Luce: "He's an awfully hard worker. Very dedicated."

Sam Krehnbrink, Severna Park, Soph.: This underclassman finished eighth in the Class 4A East region meet (16: 58), 10th at the county championships and was 45th at states in 18: 39. He helped the Falcons boys team to a second-place finish at the county and region meets and and a seventh-place showing among the states Class 4A schools.

Jon Mikeska, Old Mill, Sr.: Mikeska, a repeat All-County performer, finished sixth at the Anne Arundel County Championships, was seventh at the Class 4A East regionals at Baybrook Park and was 13th at states -- the best county finish in the boys Class 4A race. He was also the top county finisher at the Arundel Invitational (seventh, 17: 08), the Westminster Invitational (12th, 18: 23) and the Hereford Bull Run (22nd, 18: 16). "He put everything into the state meet," said Patriots coach Gary Bater.

Ben Morris, Annapolis, Soph.: Morris started the season with what he believed was a stress fracture but was later diagnosed to have tissue damage. After being medically cleared, he went on to finish second in the county (17: 10), third in the region (16: 37) and 57th at states (18: 48). "He is very focused," said Annapolis coach Tom Neiles. "He's a very quiet leader."

Ryan Morse, Arundel, Jr.: Morse finished 11th at the county meet in 17: 43, 19th at the Class 4A East region meet (17: 32) at Baybrook Park and was 55th at states (18: 47). "He is very dedicated and he can't accept not having a good race," said coach Ralph Luce. "He has to work for everything he gets and he gets it on sheer willpower."

Jonathan Olmstead, St. Mary's, Sr.: Olmstead won all five of his MIAA B Division meets. He started out the season by winning the Queen Anne's Invitational and he culminated a fantastic season by winning the MIAA B Division Championship at Goucher. "He's the most motivated runner I've ever had in this program," said Saints coach Ron Hunter, whose team finished second behind Glenelg Country in the B Division.

Jeremy Schropp, South River, Sr.: He peaked at the county meet where he finished fifth in 17: 18. In the Class 2A East region meet, which the Seahawks boys won, he finished second in 15: 41. The team captain closed out his senior campaign by finishing 28th at states. "He had a lot of pressure on him but he rose to the occasion and got the job done," said Seahawks coach Keith Bigalo. "He is an aggressive runner and the kind of kid who asks for extra work."

Ian Turmelle, Old Mill, Sr.: Turmelle was seventh at the county meet in 17: 30, 12th in the region in 17: 10 and 59th at states. Gary Bater -- "He is a very dedicated runner who will accept any guidance or suggestions the coaching staff gives him," said Coach Bater. "He puts in 100 percent in every race, and you'll definitely get that out of him each time he is entered in a race."

Chris Robey, Severna Park, Jr.: Robey, defending region champ in both the 1,600 and 3,200 runs, placed eighth at the county meet in 17: 33. He was 10th at the region meet at Baybrook Park and finished 31st at states.

Todd Warner, Arundel, Soph.: In his second year of running cross country, Warner finished fourth in the county (17: 18) and region (16: 42) and was 14th at states. "He doesn't leave anything on the course," said Coach Luce. "He was our most-improved runner."

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1996 All-Anne Arundel County cross country teams were selected by Steven Kivinski after consulting with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Pub Date: 11/19/96

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