1998 All-Metro cross country teams

November 28, 1998

Girls Runner of Year

Colleen Lawson, North Carroll, Soph.: She truly came out of nowhere to be the among the area's best. Lawson first started with soccer but changed her mind and moved over to running. She ran well in a number of big races, taking second in the Westminster Invitational, third in the Spiked Shoe and first in the Bull Run meet at Hereford. She then took off on a roll, winning the Central Maryland Conference, Carroll County, region and state meets, turning in impressive performances all the way around.

Girls Coach of Year

Ed Purpura, Severna Park: His Falcons always have been successful, but they finally won it all this year, knocking off four-time defending state champion Dulaney. They stumbled a bit in the region meet, as Westminster upset them, but rallied for an impressive victory in the Class 4A state meet -- despite not having a runner finish higher than 11th. The Falcons have won nine Anne Arundel County and 10 region championships since Purpura took over in 1988, but this year they gave him state title No. 1.

First team at a glance

Neha Amin, Centennial, Sr.: She had a strong regular season, winning at Georgetown and the Bull Run (Hereford) and leading the Eagles throughout. The postseason turned out just as good. Amin finished second in the county, third in the region and then fourth in the state meet.

Chrissy Dachille, Dulaney, Soph.: A first-year runner, she took third in Baltimore County and then won the region and finished 13th in the state meet. She also ran well in the tough Westminster Invitational, taking fourth place. Dachille finished sixth at the Lancer Invitational in Linganore.

Kate Frande, Mount Hebron, Jr.: The Vikings' No. 1 runner, Frande was consistent and improved throughout the season. She finished third in Howard County and followed that with runner-up efforts in both the region and state meets. Frande will definitely be among the area's best again next year.

Kerrie Haacke, Dulaney, Sr.: Haacke won at the Westminster Invitational, handing Lawson one of her few losses. She also won the county title was second at the Mervo meet, fourth at the 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 pain.

Lee McDuff, River Hill, Soph.: She had a nearly perfect season, but health problems forced her to drop out of the state title race, despite being in the lead about halfway through. That happened in one other race, but McDuff won every other race she entered this season, including the Howard County and region meets. She established herself as one of the area's top runners.

Heather McHugh, C.Milton Wright, Soph.: McHugh had a big year in her first season running cross country. She quickly dominated the Harford County season, posting a 47-second victory in the county meet. McHugh followed that with a strong victory in the region meet before coming in third at the state meet, behind Lawson and Tricia O'Connell.

Tricia O'Connell, Catonsville, Fr.: What a way to start a career. O'Connell quickly established herself as one of the area's best runners, taking second in the county, region and state meets, after wining at the Arundel Invitational and the Baltimore County Novice meet. O'Connell improved nearly 50 seconds during the two-week period from the county to the state meet.

Kacie Remeto, McDonogh, Soph.: Remeto wasn't perfect this season, but she was very close to it. The sophomore turned in an impressive performance in routing the field at the Association of Independent Schools championship for her second straight win there. She also finished second against a tough field at the Spiked Shoe meet. Remeto captured the Knights Invite plus an invitational in Mercersburg (Pa.).

Katie Sloan, Glen Burnie, Sr.: Anne Arundel County's top runner won all but three races she was in this year. Sloan captured the county championship and followed that with a 64-second victory in the region meet and a third-place finish in the state meet.She also won state titles in indoor and outdoor track last year.

Pub Date: 11/28/98

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