The Boys First Team

Cross Country

High School Sports

December 15, 2003

Larry Contrella

Old Mill

Contrella never dropped out of the top four in six major meets this fall. The senior brought home two gold medals when he won the Chesapeake Challenge (16:39) and the Class 4A East region meet (16:53.8). Contrella was second at the Anne Arundel County championships (17:08.4), the Meade Autumn Classic (16:19) and the Knights Invitational (16:04). He finished fourth at the state championships (17:01).

Phil Diven

South Carroll

Diven swept the Carroll County (18:38.83), Class 2A West region (16:00.57) and state (17:22) championships. The senior, who also won the Run From the Lions Den Invitational in 17:31.30, became his school's first individual state titlist. Diven, Carroll County's Runner of the Year, was second at the Lancer Invitational (16:42.0) and the Piedmont Conference race at the Monocacy Valley Athletic League championships (16:44.1).

Will Eden

Annapolis

Eden's victory at the Anne Arundel County championships in 17:06.8 made him the Panthers' first repeat titlist in school history. The junior, a two-time all-Metro choice and Anne Arundel County Runner of the Year, also took top honors at the Class 3A South region championships in 16:04 and the Doc Jones Anne Arundel County Invitational in 16:37.

Eric Graves

Catonsville

Graves put together a strong postseason to garner his first All-Metro appearance. After opening the season with a ninth-place outing at the Barnhardt Memorial Invi- tational (17:32.70), the senior finished fourth at the Baltimore County championships (16:45). Graves was second at the Class 3A North region meet (16:21.66) and eighth at the state championships (17:17).

Nicholas Keane

River Hill

Keane compiled victories at the Howard County championships in 16:51.75 and the Class 3A East region meet in 17:25.21. The junior placed second in the large schools race at the Interstate Classic (16:50.2) and fifth at the Howard County Striders Invitational (17:55.91). Keane, the Howard County Co-Runner of the Year, was sixth at the state championships (17:07).

Klayton Lipman

Northeast

Lipman's second-place time of 16:50 at the Class 3A state championships is the fastest mark among area runners at Hereford High's 3-mile course. The senior bested McDonogh's Tristram Thomas and Old Mill's Larry Contrella at the Meade Autumn Classic, winning in 16:17. Lipman was third at both the Anne Arundel County (17:25.2) and Class 3A South region (16:27) championships.

Brandon Lynch

Mervo

Lynch, who collected the Baltimore City title as a sophomore, returned to the winner's podium by taking the city crown in 17:20. The senior defied preconceived notions about the strength of cross country in the city by sprinting past suburban rivals to win the Class 3A North region championship in 16:05.86.

Mike Nasuta

Calvert Hall

The Cardinals' fortunes turned on Nasuta's feet. The senior was a force for Calvert Hall as he was victorious in five of the team's eight dual meets. Nasuta had a 14th-place showing at the D.C.-Baltimore Metropolitan Area Private Schools Invitational (16:52.10) and a second-place outing at the MIAA championships (16:54).

Sergiy Zubko

River Hill

Zubko never finished out of the top five in seven major meets. The sophomore opened the year with back-to-back wins at the Howard County Striders Invitational in 17:17.60 and the large schools race at the Interstate Classic in 16:42.9. Zubko, the Howard County Co-Runner of the Year, was second at the county championships (16:53.12) and the Class 3A East region meet (17:27.86), and fourth at the state championships (16:57).

FINAL POLL

1. River Hill

2. Centennial

3. Bel Air

4. Loyola

5. Westminster

6. Broadneck

7. Mount Hebron

8. Dulaney

9. Liberty

10. McDonogh

Other teams considered: Archbishop Spalding, Atholton, Calvert Hall, C. Milton Wright, Mount St. Joseph.

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