1999 All-Anne Arundel County Cross Country Teams

High Schools

November 24, 1999

Girls

Runner of the Year

Lauren Riesett, Broadneck, sophomore: County champion Riesett, the only girl under 20 minutes (19 minutes, 54 seconds), finished eighth in the Class 4A state championship in 20: 43 and is a repeater on the squad. She won the Knights Invitational in Baybrook Park in 18: 57 and finished second in the Region 4A East over the same course in 19: 09. She finished fifth among 185 finishers in the large-school division of Hereford's Bull Run Invitational and had the sixth-best time among all the competitors.

Coach of the Year

Dana Dobbs, Broadneck: When defending 4A state champ Severna Park beat Broadneck at the Anne Arundel Invitational, at Bull Run and for the county title, it appeared as if it was business as usual. Then, with Dobbs pushing the right buttons, the Bruin girls got tough. They nipped their rivals at the Class 4A East regional race, 55-59, for the runner-up spot, then did it again at the 4A state showdown, 95-107, for third place. Not bad for a team moving up from 3A. The team members all insist the coach deserves an equal share of the credit.

The team

Rebecca Funk, Severna Park, sophomore: Rebecca, a twin of all-star sister Liz Funk, peaked perfectly late in the season by finishing fourth in the state 4A championships, with a time of 20: 20, and ahead of county champion Lauren Riesett (eighth). She finished second in the county title run and at the Knights Invitational behind Riesett, both times by about 10 seconds, eighth at Bull Run large schools division, sixth at Anne Arundel large.

Liz Funk, Severna Park, sophomore: Liz, a twin of all-star sister Rebecca, was sixth in the county in 21: 12 and probably had her best race at the Class 4A East region event where she finished fourth in 19: 24. She was fifth among 188 finishers and 26 teams in the large-school division of the Georgetown Prep Invitational. Funk finished seventh and ninth at the county and Knight invitationals, respectively, and 24th in the states.

Erin Masterson, Annapolis, junior: Masterson improved from fourth to third in the county championship over the last year and finished fourth in the 3A East regional event. She made the top 15 at Hereford in the state 3A race (14th in 21: 28) and was sixth on her home course in the county invitational.

U'Tonna Sherrod, Archbishop Spalding, sophomore: Spent the fall trading off with Zuknick leading the Spalding team. Sherrod's best result was probably finishing second at the County Invitational in Annapolis in 20: 18, although she was fourth in both the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland title run and at the Knights Invitational. She ran top 10 at the Bull Run Invitational.

Danielle Veilleux, Broadneck, sophomore: Veilleux The fourth-place finisher in the county made the top 10 in the Class 4A state romp with virtually the same time, 20: 42 and 20: 44. She was sixth in the 4A East regional event with a far better time (19: 45), beating competitors she had lost to earlier in the season. She was 10th at the Anne Arundel Invitational.

Kelly Zuknick, Archbishop Spalding, senior: Injuries slowed the perennial all-star in the early season, but she recovered to finish third in the IAAM championships and the Anne Arundel County Invitational, fourth at the St. Paul's Invitational and sixth in both the Knights and huge Georgetown Prep races.

Boys

Runner of the Year

Justin Marvel, Severna Park, junior: The county champion finished fifth in the Class 4A state championship in a time (16 minutes, 39 seconds) that would have won last year's race. He built his season well, beginning with a 12th-place finish among 138 finishers at the Bull Run Invitational, then winning the large-school division three-miler at the Anne Arundel County Invitational (17: 18). Marvel was fourth at the Knights Invitational, leading Severna Park to the team title before finishing third in the 4A East regional, handling Baybrook Park's three-mile course in 16: 01.

Coach of the Year

Ed Purpura, Severna Park: The Severna Park boys, after falling to fourth in the Class 4A state championships last year, made a comeback and finished second this time around after winning the county title for the fifth time in the last decade. They also did yeoman work under Purpura by beating C. Milton Wright and Calvert Hall at the Anne Arundel County Invitational. Purpura coaches the girls team, too, and it won the county championship, the county invitational and finished third in the 4A East regional.

The team

Chris Foster, Severn School, junior: The third-place finisher in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association 5K at Western Maryland College in 16: 46, beating several of the top runners from the A Conference, Foster was second at the St. Paul's Invitational, sixth among 100-plus runners at the Mount St. Mary's Invitational (17: 18) and 11th (18: 06) among 208 finishers in the Bull Run small schools division.

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