1999 All-Baltimore City/County Cross Country Teams

High Schools

November 24, 1999

Boys

Runner of the Year

Chris Wright, Mount St. Joseph, sophomore: Started the season by winning the Mount St. Mary's Invitational over Westminster High's top guns by 16 seconds (16: 32) and never looked back. Chris, a transfer, was unbeaten in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association dual meets, set most of the records for courses he ran on and prevailed in the MIAA Championship event at Western Maryland College by covering the 5,000-meter course in 16: 28. He was second at the Knights Invitational in Baybrook Park despite doing the three miles in 15: 46. His lone stumble was at Bull Run (eighth), where he was pushed to the ground and trampled.

Coach of the Year

Stan Smith, Poly: Smith took over the reins at Poly four years ago and, after finishing runnerup to Mervo in his first go-round, has directed the Engineers to the last three city titles. "The best and most dedicated runner I've had is Alex Scally," he says. "We started out together when he was a freshman and, ironically, he was handed off to me by the soccer coach, who said he lacked dedication. What a bad assessment that was. One of the joys of working with the boys is we always seem to have great team spirit."

The team

Tim Briggs, Calvert Hall, junior: Fifth in the MIAA Championship 5K in 17: 03, Briggs' best race was probably at Georgetown Prep where he finished fifth among 234 finishers and led Calvert Hall to third place among 33 teams. He was eighth at the Anne Arundel Invitational and was the most consistent runner for the Cards.

Bill Duffy, Dulaney, sophomore: Usually his team's top finisher, Duffy ran second in Class 4A North Region in 17: 33 as Dulaney was getting some measure of revenge for losing the county title to Perry Hall. He was fifth in the county, seventh at the Dulaney Invitational (17: 25) and 21st at state 4A in 17: 30.

Andy Hart, Perry Hall, senior: Solid as a rock for the past four years, Hart saved his best for last, winning the Baltimore County championship by three seconds over teammate Cooper Henry. He was fourth in 4A North regional and was 19th in the state 4A run. He finished fourth at the Anne Arundel Invitational, 10 seconds behind the winner; eighth at the Meade Autumn Classic; and 15th at Bull Run.

Paul Hugus, Loch Raven, sophomore: Fourth in the county (17: 43), Hugus was up with the leaders in Class 2A North (third) and had a good run at states, finishing 16th among 121 finishers at Hereford.

Alexis Rice, Woodlawn, junior: Relatively new to the sport, Rice and teammate Cleon Johnson led Woodlawn from the depths of Baltimore County cross country to a position of respectability. He finished third in the county championship in 17: 42, fifth in 4A North regional (17: 36) and a very respectable 18th in the state 4A championship at Hereford in 17: 21. Woodlawn won all its dual meets in the second division of county schools.

Kyle Reagan, Mount St. Joseph, senior: The four-year participant was sixth overall and second on the team at the MIAA championships and was a consistent 2-3 finisher in the Gaels' unbeaten (6-0) dual-meet season. He finished eighth in the Knights Invitational (16: 30) and was a top 10 finisher among 70 at Mount St. Mary's.

Alex Scally, Poly, senior: He won his second straight City Championship, turning in a time (17: 32) that was the best in the race over the last five years. Scally, who aspires to attend an Ivy League school, was second in Class 2A North regional and at the Mervo Invitational, fifth at St. Paul's and made top 25 at the states.

Matt Schelberg, Loyola, junior: A hard-luck loser at the Meade AutumnClassic when he wandered off line in the last 200 yards of the race, Schelberg led the Dons in all their races and finished fourth in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association showdown in 16: 59. He was sixth at the Knights Invitational and 15th among 138 finishers at Bull Run.

Greg Zmijewski, Mount St. Joseph, junior: Greg got his season off well by finishing seventh (17: 19) in the strong field at Mount St. Mary's and establishing himself as the Gaels' solid No. 2 man throughout. He was seventh at the MIAA title 5K in 17: 06, fifth at the Knights and is a repeater on the team.

Girls

Runner of the Year

Tenke Zoltani, Dulaney, sophomore: In her first try at cross country, the state mile and two-mile champion outdoors (as a freshman) continued to collect bric-a-brac for her trophy case. She won the Class 4A state title by 26 seconds in a then-course record, won the Baltimore County crown by 45 seconds, the 4A North Region in course record time at Herring Run and the Dulaney Invitational by a minute. In her lone "loss" of the season, she finished second in a field of 186 at the prestigious Georgetown Prep Classic.

Coach of the Year

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