Cross Country

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High Schools

November 19, 2003

BOYS CO-RUNNERS OF THE YEAR

Nicholas Keane

River Hill

Seemingly destined to be the Hawks' No. 2 runner, Keane made his presence felt by picking up his first Howard County and Class 3A East region titles. The junior won the county championship in 16 minutes, 51.75 seconds at Centennial High's 3.1-mile course.

A week later, he added the region crown by crossing the finish line in 17:25.21. Keane's kick in the final 200 meters played a defining role in his victories.

Keane upended teammate and No. 1 runner Sergiy Zubko in two county meets and never dropped out of the top seven in River Hill's seven major invitationals. The repeat All-County choice placed sixth at the state championships in 17:07.

Sergiy Zubko

River Hill

As impressive as Keane's victories at the county and region championships were, Zubko was the model of consistency. In 11 head-to-head matchups with Keane, Zubko came out ahead in seven of them. The sophomore captured individual crowns in the large schools race at the Interstate Classic (16:42.9) and at the Howard County Striders Invitational (17:17.60).

Dogged and determined, Zubko grounded out three runner-up finishes -- two behind Keane at the county and region championships -- and did not slip from the top five in the Hawks' seven major invitationals.

Zubko paced River Hill at the state meet, where he finished fourth in 16:57.

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Earl Lauer

River Hill

With 33 years of coaching under his belt, Lauer can spot a winner and crunch numbers with the best of them. That's why when River Hill gathered for the first day of practice on Aug. 15, Lauer told the team it was capable of winning a state championship -- as long as it beat Urbana.

That prediction proved fateful as the Hawks from Frederick County edged the Hawks from Howard County by five points at the state meet. Still, that was River Hill's only loss of the season as the top-ranked Hawks collected first place at six major invitationals -- including the B race at the William & Mary Invitational and at the Meade Autumn Classic.

Another prize was the program's fifth county crown in the past six years. And with just two seniors graduating next spring, River Hill could be on the rise again. "Our turn will come," Lauer said, "and I think it'll be as soon as next year."

BOYS TEAM

Tyler Annett

Atholton

Annett garnered his second consecutive All-County honor by placing in the top 15 in all five of the Raiders' major invitationals. The senior saved his best performances for the postseason, where he was third at both the Class 2A state championships (17:41) and third at the South region meet. Annett also recorded a sixth-place outing at the county championships (17:32.09).

Patrick Eulitt

Mount Hebron

Eulitt flip-flopped with teammate Mike Alban for the team's No. 1 role, but Eulitt put his best foot forward in the latter half of the season. After finishing 12th at the county championships, the senior took ninth at the Class 3A East region meet in 18:06.36. By crossing the finish line first in 18:08 (26th place), Eulitt paced the No. 7 Vikings to sixth in a tough Class 3A division.

Scott Gayer

Wilde Lake

Gayer hasn't missed a workout in two years, and the dedication paid dividends this season. With senior Mehdi Bensarghin on the mend, the junior assumed the No. 1 mantle and fell out of the top four just once in the Raiders' four major invitationals. Gayer was third at the Howard County Striders Invitational (17:34.34) and fourth at the county (17:27.84) and the Class 3A East region championships (17:48.65).

Brian Harvey

Centennial

Harvey cashed in on his first full season on the varsity level. The junior boasted six top 15 finishes in the Eagles' seven invitationals. He collected gold medals at the Westminster (16:53.88) and Harford (15:42.41) invitationals. Harvey took second at the Howard County Striders Invitational (17:19.69) and was third at the county (17:06.77) and the Class 3A East region (17:29.81) championships.

Garret Maxson

Glenelg

Maxson filled the void left behind when Ben Adams graduated last spring. The junior asserted himself as the Gladiators' top runner with five top 20 performances in six invitationals. After claiming fourth at the Lancer Invitational (17:00.00) and eighth in the large schools race at the Interstate Classic (17:24.6), Maxson collected his first gold medal when he won the Class 2A South region meet in 17:38.4.

David Rogawski

Hammond

After missing most of last season, Rogawski returned with one of the more stunning efforts. The senior registered top 11 showings in all five invitationals in which the Bears competed. His best finish was at the Class 2A South region meet, where he took second in 17:48.8. Rogawski also turned in seventh-place results at the county championships (17:32.32) and the Howard County Striders Invitational (18:12.06).

Jesse Rohwer

Centennial

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