Boys Runner Of The Year

Cross Country

High School Sports

December 15, 2003

Tristram Thomas


In three seasons, Thomas has etched his name as one of the best cross country runners produced by the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.

The junior's victory at the MIAA championships in 16 minutes, 40 seconds made him the conference's first repeat champion since the league was formed in 1995. Eagles coach Andy Gill said he doubts the program has ever had a back-to-back titlist.

Thomas, who did not lose to an MIAA opponent this fall, was just as successful against his public school peers. He captured gold medals at the Knights Invitational in 16:03, and the Division I race at the Georgetown Prep Classic in 16:44.85.

A sore adductor muscle in his right leg contributed to Thomas' third-place outing at the Meade Autumn Classic (16:23), but the Baltimore City/County Runner of the Year rebounded to win the large schools race at the D.C.-Baltimore Metropolitan Area Private Schools Invitational in 16:00.39. This is Thomas' second consecutive appearance on the All-Metro team.

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