All-Carroll County cross country

High Schools

November 21, 2001

Boys Runner of the Year

Dan Reedy, South Carroll: The junior had big shoes to fill after the graduation of the Cavaliers' top two runners, but quickly established himself as the county's best. After laying back in his early meets this season, he broke out at the Westminster Invitational, realizing, as coach Rob Pennington put it, that he could "out and run with the big boys." He finished first among county competitors in that race, and went on to win a county championship. Other big results for the junior included a runner-up finish at the Central Maryland Conference meet - again first among runners from Carroll County schools - as well as eighth place in his region and 10th at the Class 3A state championships. Reedy also will run both indoor and outdoor track for the Cavaliers.

Boys Coach of the Year

Kevin Spradlin, Francis Scott Key: The Eagles showed marked improvement under their first-year coach. They improved 51 points in taking a surprising second at the Monocacy Valley Athletic League championships. At the county meet, they finished third, improving 25 points over their fourth-place finish of a year ago. And at the Westminster Invitational, Key took ninth (276 points), a vast improvement over last year's 23rd-place finish (534 points). Not bad for a team comprised of two freshmen, four sophomores and a junior. Key should be a force for years to come, and should continue to get lots of sound advice from its coach, a runner for both South Hagerstown and Smithsburg in the mid-1990s.

Boys team

Phil Diven, South Carroll: The sophomore made great strides from a year ago, improving by around 2 minutes in most meets. The consistent sophomore took fourth in the county, eighth in the Central Maryland Conference, 13th in the Westminster Invitational - where he placed fourth among county competitors - and 14th at the Class 3A state meet.

Cory Gilbert, Westminster: The junior established himself as one of the Owls' top runners this season, playing an instrumental role in helping them to reclaim the county championship. Among his accomplishments were a fifth-place finish at the county meet and a top-15 showing at the prestigious Westminster Invitational.

Mike Mullinix, North Carroll: Mullinix left little doubt about his worth at the state championship meet, where the former football player finished as the third-fastest freshman in Class 3A. The freshman became the Panthers' No. 2 runner in just his first year in the sport, finishing seventh in the county and 13th in the Central Maryland Conference.

Patrick North, Westminster: Only a sophomore, North was a key for Westminster, as the Owls reclaimed the county championship. Among his successes this fall were a sixth-place showing at the county meet, 11th at the Lancer Invitational, 12th at the Central Maryland Conference meet and 12th at the Class 4A, East regional.

J.T. Potter, North Carroll: Potter claimed his first-ever meet victory this season. The senior went on to claim third at the county meet and fourth at the Central Maryland Conference championships. Other top performances included a ninth at the Class 3A West regional and a 12th at the Westminster Invitational.

Phil Serio, Westminster: Consistently Westminster's top runner, Serio wrapped up a stellar senior season with a runner-up finish in the county championship meet and a solid 10th at the Class 4A state meet. The senior also posted fifth-place finishes at the Westminster and Lancer invitationals, Central Maryland Conference championships and Class 4A East regional.

Dan Simmons, Francis Scott Key: The sophomore sacrificed plenty to lead his team to a second-place finish at the Monocacy Valley Athletic League championships. Purposefully running behind the Eagles' Nos. 2 and 3 runners to help push them along, he still managed to finish eighth. He also took 12th in the county, 14 in his region and 19th at the Class 2A state meet, and ran a season-best 17:24 over 3 miles at Boonsboro.

Girls Runner of the year

Rachel Hawes, Century: This highly touted freshman lived up to the hype, turning a heralded junior career into a dominating performance on the local high school scene. The 14-year-old claimed championships in the county, region, Central Maryland Conference and Westminster Invitational. Her lone loss of the season, in fact, was a third-place finish at the Class 1A state meet. Hawes previously had proven her mettle with strong showings at the junior nationals, posting a career-best fourth in the 11-12 division. With that kind of background, Hawes encountered sizable pressure to perform in her rookie season, and quickly came into her own after realizing she had to run her own race and not be distracted by other competitors trying to burn her out with a quick early pace. Her times improved throughout the fall. With basketball and lacrosse in her plans, however, the county may have to wait until next fall to see her run again.

Girls Co-Coaches of Year

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