The 1999 All-Carroll County Cross Country Teams

High Schools

November 24, 1999

Boys

Co-Runners of the Year

Josh Davis, Sr., Westminster: The hard-working senior finally gets his just reward. After entering the postseason with one career victory, Davis came away with wins at both the county and regional championships, then went on to take third at the Class 4A state meet to help the Owls capture the team title. The team's No. 2 runner since his freshman year, backing up Runners of the Year Greg Fisher (1996) and Jason Santucci (1887 and 1998), Davis trained hard and patiently waited for his chance, battling through injuries that forced him to sit out the indoor and outdoor track seasons his junior year. "I've waited for this for four years," he said following his first county championship. Said co-Runner of the Year and teammate Jesse O'Connell: "No one is prouder of him than I am."

He also took third at the Peter Garaghty Invitational at Mount St. Mary's, fourth at the Westminster Invitational, sixth at Boonsboro's Frank Keyser Invitational, seventh at the Central Maryland Conference championships and ninth at the prestigious Hereford Invitational.

Jesse O'Connell, Sr., Westminster: Along with Davis, O'Connell gave the Owls the best one-two punch in the state. The 6-foot-5 athlete, who has exceptional speed for his height, took second at the county championships, fourth at the region and Central Maryland Conference meets and second at the Class 4A state meet. He also finished an impressive fifth at the Hereford Invitational, helping the Owls to the title.

Just as important, he was a vocal team leader who helped drive teammates to perform at peak levels. "He's a great leader and the most organized runner we have," said coach Dave Cox. "He's motivational, vocal and very interested in pushing other runners on the team."

Other highlights of his season were third-place finishes at the Westminster Invitational and Frank Keyser Invitational at Boonsboro High and a second at the Garaghty Invitational at Mount St. Mary's. Also a middle-distance standout in track, he captured county, region and state titles in the 800 meters last spring.

Coach of the Year

Dave Cox, Westminster: The Owls graduated their top runner in two-time Runner of the Year Jason Santucci, but didn't miss a beat, winning their 16th straight county championship before picking up their fourth straight Class 4A state title. Though the team certainly had no lack of talent -- led by Co-Runners of the Year Josh Davis and Jesse O'Connell -- Cox, a third-year coach, managed to squeeze every ounce of potential out of his athletes.

At the county meet, Westminster captured five of the top seven spots to easily hold off second-place South Carroll. At the Class 4A state championship, the Owls amazingly put four in the top seven to dominate powers like Severna Park, Gaithersburg and Walt Whitman. No other team had more than one in the top 10.

It was also this "pack mentality," as he calls it, that led to one of his fondest memories in recent years -- a win at the Hereford Invitational, where Westminster placed five in the top 23. "They're intelligent guys, and I really feel like they're some of the leaders in the school," Cox said of his runners. "There's a very strong team element. If we focus on just five runners, then we can't be successful."

The team

Matt Adami, Jr., South Carroll: The talented junior had a season to remember, taking third at the county championships despite a bout with the flu. He then took second at both the region and Class 3A state meets, leading the Cavaliers to a runner-up state finish behind River Hill. Also a track standout, this is his second straight year as a first-team selection.

Dominique Cook, Jr., Westminster: The up-and-coming junior wrapped up another impressive season with a seventh-place finish at the county championships, helping Westminster to its 16th straight title. He also took ninth at the Westminster Invitational, 18th at the Frank Keyser Invitational and 36th at the Class 4A state meet at Hereford High.

Tristan Gilbert, Sr., Westminster: Seven was a lucky number this fall for the Owls senior, who took seventh place at both the Frank Keyser and Westminster invitationals before also taking seventh at the Class 4A state championships, helping the Owls to their fourth straight team victory. He also finished sixth in the county and fifth at the Peter Garaghty Invitational.

Bobby Mead, Jr., South Carroll: Along with teammate Matt Adami, Mead gave the Cavaliers a powerful combination. After winning October's Westminster Invitational, beating Adami by two seconds, he went on to take fourth in the county, third in the region and sixth at the Class 3A state meet, where he helped his team to a runner-up finish. Also a standout miler, he has the ability to excel at anything from 800 meters to 3,200 meters on the track.

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