1996 All-Metro cross country teams

November 23, 1996|By Steven Kivinski

Girl runner of Year

Jen Geroux, Parkville, junior: Geroux, who traded in her soccer spikes for running shoes this season, emerged as the Baltimore County champion and Class 3A state runner-up. In her first race -- the Mid-Atlantic Championships at Goucher College -- Geroux finished fourth and was Maryland'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 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."

Coach of the Year

Charles Shoemaker, Wilde Lake: The Wildecats, unable to field a complete, five-runner girls squad only three years ago, captured their first state championship after finishing a distant fifth at the Howard County meet. Shoemaker's Wildecats also won their first regional title. "The girls just really peaked at the right time," Shoemaker said at the state meet. "This was the best race we put together all year." Wilde Lake's boys team, which Shoemaker also coaches, also won at states, making the Wildecats the first Howard County school since 1989 to win two state titles in the same year. His boys team was beaten by Atholton for the county title but ran by the Raiders in regionals and states.

The first team

Kelly Coogan, C. Milton Wright, junior: Coogan began her junior campaign by capturing the Spiked Shoe Invitational at Johns Hopkins University, and she closed it with a fourth-place finish at the Class 3A region and state meets. She was second to teammate Mary Beth Rollins at the Harford County Championship, won the Arundel Invitational, finished second at the Westminster Invitational and was fourth at the Harford Invitational. "She does a lot of cross training, and I think that helps her out a lot," said Mustangs coach Barbara Johnson. "She really came into her own this year, and she did it with a really calm attitude."

Tess Deanehan, Bryn Mawr, freshman: Deanehan, who also is a talented swimmer, shattered the course record at the Association of Independent Schools title meet at St. Timothy's. The 5-foot-1, 99-pound runner won the race by more than a

minute, completing the 3.1 miles in 19 minutes 27 seconds, 30 seconds ahead of the mark set last season by All-Metro Runner of the Year Bridget Quenzer. The fleet-footed freshman finished second at the Harford Invitational and Meade Autumn Classic, fourth at the Spiked Shoe, seventh at Georgetown Prep. "She's mentally focused and tough," said Mawrtians coach Ariella Sontag. "She rises to all levels of competition."

Bianca Jay, Dulaney, junior: Jay's fifth-place finish (21: 15) enabled the Lions to win their third consecutiveClass 4A state crown. She was fourth in the Baltimore County and region meets, was seventh at the Hereford Bull Run and 13th at the Meade Autumn Classic. "She really came through for us in the state meet," said Coach Bob Dean. "I didn't project her to finish that high, but she has a great desire to succeed and contribute her part to the team."

Jennifer Ng, Arundel, senior: The consummate team leader and the Anne Arundel County Runner of the Year, Ng captured county and region titles this fall before finishing second in the states behind Katy Orifici of Springbrook. The transfer from Alaska won every non-invitational meet she raced in and was the main reason the Wildcats pulled off the unexpected sweep of the team titles at the Anne Arundel County meet. "Since the beginning of the year, I told her that she would be county champ and maybe even state champ," said Arundel coach Ralph Luce. "She may have been state champ if she hadn't put the team before herself. She didn't want to push herself too hard. She is really a team person." Ng, pronounced "ing," won both the

Knights' and Queen Anne's invitationals and was fourth at the Meade Autumn Classic. "She lived up to every expectation I had," said Luce.

Mary Beth Rollins, C. Milton Wright, senior: nior: Harford County's two-time Runner of the Year, Rollins overcame an early-season muscle pull and a midseason sinus infection and finished first in the county for the second straight year. She finished second in her region and was third in the Class 3A state meet. She won the inaugural Hereford Bull Run, finishing 11 seconds ahead of Runner of the Year Jen Geroux, and was third at the Harford and Spiked Shoe meets. "She is really a strong team captain," said coach Barbara Johnson. "She knows how to motivate the other girls and get them concentrating on the race."

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