All-Howard County cross country

High schools

November 21, 2001

Boys Runner of the Year

Shane Stroup, River Hill: The smooth-striding, strong-finishing Stroup broke the state-meet record at Hereford while winning the Class 3A state title in a time of 16:02.14. That was just two seconds off the course record set last year and the third fastest time ever at Hereford. He won nine of 10 races this season, finishing first at the Howard County Invitational, Arundel Invitational, Georgetown Invitational (large schools division), the county (16:22), regional (16:24) and state meets, as well as three dual meets. His only loss was at Bull Run, where he finished fourth. He broke the Centennial course record at the Howard County championships by three seconds. This is the senior's third All-County cross country selection. He'll attend the University of Florida on a track scholarship.

Boys Coach of the Year

John Sunderdick, Mount Hebron: The Vikings won their first county boys cross country championship, and also won the Class 3A East regional title before finishing third in a strong Class 3A state division, losing to first-place Northwest, 101-108, with Dulaney second at 103. The Vikings unseated three-time defending champion River Hill to win the county title. They also finished third in the seeded division at Georgetown Prep and third in the elite race at Hereford's Bull Run. Sunderdick teaches social studies at Mount Hebron. This is the Oakland Mills graduate's second season of coaching the Vikings.

Boys team

Ben Adams, Glenelg: Adams finished eighth (18:06) at the Class 2A state meet and was the top finisher on his state championship team. The junior finished ninth (18:06) at the county championships, where his team was fourth. And he finished eighth (18:09) at the 2A West region championships that Glenelg won.

Nick Czabaranek, Centennial: He finished fourth at the state Class 2A meet (17:49). At the 2A West region championships, he ran third (17:45), leading his team to a second-place finish. And at the county meet, the junior finished seventh (17:53).

Seth Kampf, Mount Hebron: He was the third part of a trio of strong Mount Hebron runners who carried the Vikings to county and state titles. Kampf finished 11th at the state meet (17:04), fifth at the 3A East region meet and sixth at the county championships (17:36). The junior could challenge teammate Matt Sanders as the top county runner next season.

Greg Koffel, Glenelg Country: A second-place (16:44) finisher to Georgetown Day's highly-touted Ben Stern (15:17) at the Washington Independent Schools Cross Country Association championships, where Koffel beat his previous best time by 20 seconds, the Dragons runner led his team to first place at that meet, their first Washington Independent Schools Cross Country Association title. In the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championships, the junior finished second in the conference and 10th overall in the MIAA. He was undefeated in four home meets.

Izudin Mehmedovic, Oakland Mills: Last season's Runner of the Year, this season the "Bosnian Flash" again won the Class 1A individual state championship (16:33) and led his team to its third straight state title, but he was unable to defeat Stroup. The All-Metro runner did beat highly- touted Class 4A state champ Pat Bailey of C. Milton Wright twice, however. Mehmedovic also won the 1A Central region meet (16:24), leading his team to that title. And the senior finished second (16:27) at the county championships after a tight, memorable duel with Stroup for most of the race.

Rick McGinnis, Oakland Mills: He was the No. 2 runner on a team that won its third straight Class 1A state championship. The junior finished seventh (17:48) at the state meet, third (16:28) at the 1A Central region meet and eighth (18:04) at the county championships.

Jason Moore, Wilde Lake: The Wildecats' No. 1 runner finished ninth (17:00) at the 3A state championships, fourth (17:25) at the 3A East regionals and fifth (17:23) at the county championships. This is the senior's second All-County selection.

James Mullaly, Mount Hebron: The No. 2 runner on Mount Hebron's county championship team, Mullaly finished fourth (16:35) at the state championships, third (17:08) at the 3A East regional and fourth at the county championships (17:18). At Bull Run, the senior finished 13th (17:18), helping the Vikings finish third. This is his second All-County selection.

Matt Sanders, Mount Hebron: The No. 1 runner for the Vikings' first county championship team, Sanders finished third (16:24) at the 3A state championships. His time was nine seconds faster than Mehmedovic's. Sanders ran second (16:38) in the 3A East Regional and was third (16:43) at the county championships. At Georgetown Prep, he finished ninth (16:30) in the seeded race. And at Bull Run, the junior ran fifth (16:40) in the elite race. He looks like the favorite to win the county title next season. This is his second All-County selection.

Girls Runner of the Year

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