1999 All-Howard County Cross Country Teams

High Schools

November 24, 1999

Boys

Runner of the Year

Mike Styczynski, River Hill, senior: He was selected by Lauer as River Hill's most improved runner in both his sophomore and junior years and won the Class 3A state title in the course record time of 16 minutes, 22.47 seconds by knocking almost a full minute off his state time from a year ago. "He may be our most improved runner again," Lauer said.

Styczynski, a former soccer player, also set the Centennial course record at regionals at 16: 22, breaking the old mark of 16: 34. He won the county championship over a difficult course in 16: 55, ahead of the runner-up by 12 seconds.

Styczynski also won at Interstate, finished fourth in the seeded race at Hereford's Bull Run, sixth in the seeded race at Georgetown and sixth in the A race at William and Mary. Those last three invitationals were run against national-caliber teams.

Coach of the Year

Earl Lauer, River Hill: The Hawks moved up from Class 2A to 3A, but the jump didn't stop them from winning their second straight state championship. They also broke their own record for fewest points at the Howard county meet with 20 points based on a 1-2-3-5-9 finish. The old record was 27.

In winning the regional meet, the Hawks were almost perfect with a 1-2-3-5-6 finish.

For Lauer, a 29-year veteran, who coached 25 years at Atholton before moving when River Hill opened, this was his sixth state championship team and the 11th to take the county title.

The team

Steve Chu, River Hill, senior: A solid, consistent runner who finished third at the county meet (17: 21), second at regionals (16: 41) and seventh at states (16: 58). He had the county's third-best overall time at states. Chu is making his first appearance on the All-County squad.

Shane Stroup, River Hill, sophomore: He missed winning a county championship by just 12 seconds (17: 07), as he finished second to teammate Styczynski. He duplicated that 12-second separation (16: 34) from the state champion and course-record setting Styczynski at states for a fourth-place finish. In between he took third place at regionals at 16: 54. This is his first All-County selection.

Jon Goldsmith, Glenelg, junior: He won the Class 1A regional title at Herring Run (17: 06) and finished second at states (17: 11). At the county meet he dropped from second place a year ago to fourth place (17: 25) this season. He won invitationals at Brunswick and St. Paul's. This is his second All-County selection.

Carldrickiss Haymon, Oakland Mills, junior: ior: He led Oakland Mills to its 10th state championship, finishing seventh overall (17: 50) at the Class 1A race. At regionals, he was third (17: 41) and at counties he was 10th (18: 01). This is his first All-County selection.

Shawn Spencer, Centennial, junior: Only four seconds kept him from winning regionals, as he had to settle for second place (17: 16). He again garnered a second-place finish at Class 2A state meet (17: 05), a time that was fourth-best among all county runners at states. He finished sixth at the county meet (17: 40). This is his first All-County selection.

Michael Fleg, River Hill, junior: One of the county's most consistent runners, Fleg finished fifth at counties (17: 32), fifth at regionals (17: 37) and 12th at states (17: 24). This is his first All-County selection.

Ryan Strohl, Long Reach, senior: After a seventh-place county finish (17: 40), Strohl, a former soccer player, stepped it up to fourth place at regionals (17: 15) and lowered his time again at the state meet (17: 05) where he finished eighth among Class 3A runners. He is Long Reach's first All-County runner and is headed to East Carolina where he plans to continue running.

Brian Selmer, Glenelg, senior: He finished second at Class 1A regionals (17: 29) after an eighth-place county finish (17: 43). He was also eighth at states (17: 58). This is his first All-County selection.

Steve Rivas, Hammond, senior: He scored a stunning Class 2A regional victory (17: 12) after a disappointing 11th at the county meet (18: 08). He came back with a respectable eighth-place state run (17: 38). This is his first All-County selection.

Girls

Co-Runners of the Year

Kate Frande, Mount Hebron, senior: She missed winning the county title by six inches to her top rival, River Hill's Lee McDuff, and never had the satisfaction of actually beating her, but produced better times than McDuff at regionals and states while running the same course in a different classification.

Frande won her Class 2A regional in 19: 40, 10 seconds faster than McDuff's Class 3A time that day at Centennial, and 15 seconds faster than her time a year ago. And she finished third at the state meet in 19: 35, beating McDuff's time by 17 seconds and her previous state best by 39 seconds.

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