Cross Country

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High Schools

November 19, 2003

BOYS RUNNER OF THE YEAR

Will Eden

Annapolis

Not since Arundel's Geoff Warren collected back-to-back crowns in 1992 and 1993 had a boys runner won two straight county championships. That changed last month when Eden crossed the finish line at Arundel High in 17 minutes, 6.8 seconds to pick up his second consecutive county title.

The junior did not drop out of the top three in five major meets in which the Panthers competed. Eden added individual crowns from the Class 3A South region championships (16:04) and the Doc Jones Anne Arundel County Invitational (16:37).

Unlike last fall when a bruised tailbone prevented him from participating at the state meet, Eden made the trip to Hereford High, placing third in 16:55. Third at the Knights Invite in 16:04, Eden is making his second straight appearance on the All-County team.

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Josh Alcombright

Northeast

Depth -- a given at programs like Broadneck and Severna Park -- became a pleasant problem for Alcombright, who has spent his five-year coaching tenure trying to entice more athletes to join the Eagles. For the first time in his career, Alcombright organized a time trial one week before the county championships to determine his top seven.

The strategy worked as Northeast placed five runners in the top 45 and finished second -- the program's best result in years. Alcombright let everyone know that their positions were up for grabs.

"You need people to be fighting for positions every week," he said. "That's what makes a good team because no one gets complacent."

BOYS TEAM

Larry Contrella

Old Mill

In his first foray into cross country, Contrella never placed worse than fourth in six invitationals. The senior first opened some eyes when he upended Eden at the Knights Invite, where he was second in 16:04. Contrella racked up two more runner-up results, but also took home gold medals from the Class 4A East region championships (16:53.8) and the Chesapeake Challenge (16:39).

Adam Flury

Broadneck

Paired with Andrew Younger, Flury was part of a potent one-two punch for the No. 6 Bruins. The senior registered four consecutive top-15 showings in Broadneck's five major meets. Flury took 10th at both the county championships (18:24.3) and the Doc Jones Anne Arundel County Invitational (17:47). His best time of the season came at the Knights Invite, where he finished 13th with a time of 17:11.

Shane Fraser

Chesapeake

A prolific wrestler during the winter for the Cougars, Fraser proved he could be just as successful on the cross country course. The junior never fell out of the top 15 in Chesapeake's six major meets. Fraser's best results came at the Chesapeake Challenge (fourth place in 17:41), the county championships (seventh, 18:01.2) and the Class 4A East region meet (eighth, 17:52.7).

Jonathan Julian

Annapolis

Broken bones can sideline the best athletes. Not Julian, who suffered a stress fracture in the lower tibia of his right leg during the first week of practice in August. But the senior persevered, riding a bike and swimming to maintain his stamina. The work paid off when the repeat All-County pick was fifth at the county championships (17:46.7) and the region meet (16:57) and 13th at the state championships (17:28).

Klayton Lipman

Northeast

Lipman filled the void left behind by the graduation of All-County choice Ryan Williams. The senior did not disappoint, finishing fourth or better in six major meets. The two-time All-County pick won the Meade Autumn Classic in 16:17, but made a bigger statement by taking second at the Class 3A state championships. His time of 16:50 was the fastest registered by an area runner.

Brian Parker

Archbishop Spalding

Parker had the unenviable task of following J.J. Wetzel, the county Runner of the Year for the past two seasons. But Parker demonstrated that he could succeed, too, as the senior never slipped out of the top 10 in the Cavaliers' four major invitationals. Parker placed sixth at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championships (17:26) and the Knights Invite (16:23).

Chris Wallace

Northeast

Coach Josh Alcombright said Wallace tapped a wealth of potential with a strong campaign this fall. The junior's kick at the end of races helped him collect three top-10 outings. Wallace finished seventh at the region meet (17:10) and eighth at the county championships (18:07.6). Wallace, who also was 10th at the Chesapeake Challenge, could be a force to be reckoned with next year.

Joe Wojciechowski

North County

With no one to keep opposing runners off his heels, Wojciechowski took it upon himself to create some distance. The senior -- an All-County choice last year -- was eighth or better in six major meets. His best results came in the postseason when Wojciechowski took fourth at the county championships (17:43.7), third at the Class 4A East region meet (17:16.8) and eighth at the state championships (17:27).

Andrew Younger

Broadneck

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