1998 All-Baltimore City/County Cross Country Teams

November 24, 1998|By JEFF SEIDEL

Poly cross country runner Alex Scally is a junior. A capsule in yesterday's sports section indicated he is a senior.

The Sun regrets the errors.


Runner of the Year

Kacie Remeto, McDonogh, sophomore: Remeto wasn't perfect this season, but she was very close to it while demonstrating she's among the metro area's elite runners. She routed the field at the Association of Independent Schools championship, her second straight win there. She also finished second against a tough field at the Spiked Shoe meet. Remeto also captured the Knights Invite, plus an invitational in Mercersburg, Pa. In addition, she finished second in the Harford Invitational and third in the Georgetown Prep meet. She's only getting better -- for her the only question is how good can she become?


Coach of the Year

Ed Donnellan, Notre Dame Prep: Donnellan did a nice job of working with a solid group of runners to break Mount de Sales' hold on the Association of Independent Schools championship. For Notre Dame Prep, Donnellan had first-team pick Stephanie Sellinger leading a tough pack of runners that came up with a perfect season. This was the first team in the AIS to ever go undefeated in the regular season and then take the meet title also. Sellinger, Carey Andrews and Melissa Donovan all had top 10 finishes in that meet as the Pirates scored an eight-point victory over three-time defending champion Mount de Sales. Donnellan did a good job of pulling off this impressive task without a superstar-type runner.

The team

Laura Brazil, Perry Hall, sophomore: Brazil was tough throughout the season. She finished sixth against a tough group in the Baltimore County championship meet and then took second in the Class 4A region, six seconds behind winner Chrissy Dachille, of Dulaney. Brazil followed that with a 15th-place effort at the state meet. She ran well against good competition, coming in second at the Arundel Invitational.

Tia Burley, Western, senior: She helped the Doves continue to dominate the city running scene. Burley battled Northern's Deborah Green, coming in second behind her in the city championship and sixth (Green was fifth) in the Class 4A North region meet. Burley ran well in other races, taking 13th in the Mervo meet, and helped the Doves throughout the season.

Chrissy Dachille, Dulaney, sophomore: She and Kerrie Haacke gave the Lions a powerful one-two punch often this season. A first-year runner, she took third in the county and then won the Class 4A North region and finished 13th in the state meet. She also ran well in the Westminster Invitational, taking fourth. Dachille finished sixth at the Lancer Invitational in Linganore and will likely be the Lions' No. 1 next fall.

Tess Deanehan, Bryn Mawr, junior: She recovered from a broken ankle suffered last summer to get back to her top form as the season wound on. She came back in time to help a Mawrtians team that has established itself as one of the best in the AIS. Her third-place performance in the AIS championship meet helped Bryn Mawr finished a strong third, behind Notre Dame Prep and Mount de Sales.

Kristy Geroux, Parkville, sophomore: She battled knee problems all season but still showed she is a top runner. Geroux finished third in the Class 3A North region after taking fifth in the Baltimore County meet. She then turned in a strong 13th-place finish in the state meet. She improved despite having problems with an anterior-cruciate ligament.

Deborah Green, Northern, freshman: She ran well during the regular season but really came up big in the postseason races. Green captured the city championship. She followed that with a fifth-place finish in the Class 4A North region meet and added to that with a 35th-place finish in the state meet on Hereford's difficult course. Green should be even more of a force in the next few years.

Kerrie Haacke, Dulaney, senior: Hip problems slowed her late in the year, but she's one of the area's top runners. Haacke won at the Westminster Invitational, handing Class 3A state champion Colleen Lawson, of North Carroll, one of her few losses. She also won the Baltimore County title, was second at the Mervo meet, fourth at Hereford's Bull Run, and third at the Lancer Invitational. Hip problems forced her out of the region meet, but Haacke rebounded for a gritty 17th-place finish at the states despite being in a lot of pain.

Katie LaVezza, Dulaney, junior: Despite struggling most of the season with injuries that limited her training, LaVezza ran impressively in big races and was consistent throughout. She was seventh in Baltimore County, third in Class 4A North and 22nd in the state. LaVezza also finished seven at Westminster and 12th in the Bull Run at Hereford.

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