1996 All-Carroll County cross country teams

November 19, 1996|By Jeff Seidel

Runner of the Year

Sarah Brumfitt, Westminster: The Owls' No. 1 runner for much of the season showed steady improvement throughout. She averaged a 30- to 40-second improvement on the team's various courses. The sophomore captured the county crown and was fourth in the Central Maryland Conference, 11th in the region and 26th at the state meet. Coach Jim Shank said her work ethic and strong endurance are a big plus. "If she keeps improving, she could be among the top [runners] in the state," said Shank. "I was optimistic that she would do a great job for us this fall." Shank said she worked hard on her own over the summer, something that helped when the season began.

Co-coaches of Year

Jim Shank, Westminster: Shank took several solid runners and helped them work together to win the county and CMC titles plus take second in the region and fourth in the state. He used his depth well, as different Owls stepped up at different times to score points. "The bigger the meets, it seemed like the better we'd do because of the depth we had in the 4-5-6 spots," said Shank.

Dan Jones, Liberty: Jones had a team that had to overcome injuries while trying to find success with a young group. The Lions found some good new runners, namely Gwen Gilmore and Diane Pandolfini, who helped them take second in the county, fourth in the CMC, sixth in the region and ninth at state. Jones continues to work on building a program with several good young runners.

The team

Angie Baer, Westminster, Soph. : The team's No. 2 runner most of the season, Baer stayed steady throughout. Whenever Brumfitt was off, Baer stepped up to fill in. She finished second in the county, fifth in the CMC and 14th and 19th in region and state meets, respectively.

Gwen Gilmore, Liberty, Soph. : She was a nice surprise for the Lions. Gilmore had never run before, but came over from field hockey and went on to become the No. 1 runner. She took third in the county, fifth in the region as well as seventh at CMC and 10th in state meet. Jones said she has lots of potential and speed. The interesting fact about Gilmore is she ran track last spring -- as a sprinter.

Dawn Harner, F.S. Key, Jr. : Harner had another good season after a strong year last fall. She finished fifth in the county race and later took the same spot at the state race. She was the Eagles' top runner this season and keeps improving.

Jill Krebs, South Carroll, Jr. : She was on her way to another spectacular season before a stress fracture of the hip sidelined her. Krebs won four of the eight races she was in this fall. She tried to run in miserable conditions at the CMC meet but pain forced her out. A few days later, she found out about the fracture and will miss at least four months.

Diane Pandolfini, Liberty, Fr. : Another surprise for the Lions. She came out late, struggled early in practice, but took off as the season progressed. She finished fourth in the county, eighth in the CMC and region and 20th at the state meet. Pandolfini often ran with Gilmore, and the pair made a powerful 1-2 punch for the Lions.

Jill Snavlin, Westminster, Jr. : She came though in the big meets for the Owls. Snavlin finished sixth in the county, 12th in the CMC and 15th in the region. She ran at three or four for Westminster all season. Snavlin was a leader last spring in the 3,200 meters in track and sparkled again this fall.

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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