The Girls First Team

Cross Country

High School Sports

December 15, 2003

Allison Barnes

C. Milton Wright

Freshmen aren't supposed to win state titles, are they? Tell that to Barnes, who captured the Class 3A state crown in 19:47. She also took home a gold medal from the North region meet (18:42.71) after missing the Harford County championships with a leg strain. Barnes, who was second at the Harford Invitational (18:46.82) and third at the Spiked Shoe (21:39.19), is the Harford County Runner of the Year.

Kelli Buck

C. Milton Wright

For much of the season, Buck was the catalyst for a No. 2 Mustangs squad that didn't lose until the state meet. The junior accumulated first-place honors at Spiked Shoe (20:55.39), the Harford Invitational (18:33.21) and the Harford County championships (18:29.35). The county title was her second consecutive crown. Buck, a two-time All-Metro pick, was second to Barnes at the region (19:01.70) and state (20:02) championships.

Lauren Capone

Towson

Few runners produced more surprising results than Capone. The sophomore opened her first season of cross country by winning the Barnhardt Memorial Invitational in 19:51.80.

After finishing 10th in 19:40.55 at the Harford Invitational, Capone took the Baltimore County championships in 19:18. She was fifth at the Class 3A North region (19:14.12) and state (20:24) championships.

Marissa McPhail

Arundel

Wildcats coach Chris Shelby said McPhail was so strong that she regularly practiced with the boys. The sophomore won the Meade Autumn Classic in 19:14 and the Division II race at the Georgetown Prep Classic in 19:23.27. McPhail also placed second at the Anne Arundel County championships (20:10.2), third at the Class 4A East region meet (20:48.0) and fourth at the state championships (19:51).

Emily Nagle

Broadneck

Nagle might be the best No. 2 runner in the state. The junior is one-half of the Bruins' one-two punch with Centrowitz, but Nagle is a considerable match for any runner. Never finishing out of the top six in five major meets, Nagle was third at the county championships (20:28.5) and the Doc Jones Anne Arundel County Invitational (20:23). She placed second at the region meet (20:29.0) and sixth at the state championships (20:05).

Stephanie Newton

Severna Park

Newton's leadership was on display when her fourth-place showing at the Anne Arundel County championships led the Falcons to an upset of Broadneck for Severna Park's 15th county title in 18 years. The senior won the Class 3A South region crown in 19:31. Other efforts included second-place outings at the Knights Invitational (19:39) and the Meade Autumn Classic (19:37). Newton was third at the state championships (20:10).

Trisha Repsher

Westminster

The Owls' youth was embodied by Repsher's first foray into cross country. The sophomore ran fearlessly, compiling three straight runner-up showings at the Westminster (20:37), Run From the Lions Den (21:41) and Lancer (19:14.3) invitationals. Repsher broke through at the Carroll County championships, winning the title in 21:35.56. After placing first at the Class 4A North region meet in 19:02, Repsher was third at the state championships (19:41).

Glenna Sullivan

Maryvale

Sullivan garnered her third consecutive appearance on the All-Metro team by winning the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship in 19:48 - her second title in three years. The junior also took the gold medal at the Mid-Atlantic Classic in 20:32. Sullivan, who was second at the St. John's (20:09) and the Lake Forest (19:50) invitationals, is the Baltimore City/County Runner of the Year.

Kelly Sullivan

Maryvale

Sullivan joins her twin sister on the All-Metro team after finishing no worse than sixth in seven major meets. The junior won the St. John's Invitational in 20:09. Sullivan also finished second at the IAAM championships (19:56) and the Division I race at the Georgetown Prep Classic (19:42.08). Sullivan, who was third in the B race at the William & Mary Invitational (18:16), makes her second straight appearance on the All-Metro team.

FINAL POLL

1. Broadneck

2. C. Milton Wright

3. Severna Park

4. Bryn Mawr

5. Mercy

6. Dulaney

7. Bel Air

8. Maryvale

9. Mount Hebron

10. River Hill

Other teams considered: Arundel, Glenelg, Hereford, Notre Dame Prep, Westminster.

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