All-metro Cross Country - Boys

December 17, 2004|By Edward Lee

RUNNER OF THE YEAR

Matthew Centrowitz

Broadneck

A year after his older sister Lauren claimed the second of back-to-back Class 4A state championships, Matthew Centrowitz forged his own name into cross country history when he registered a winning time of 16 minutes, 38 seconds at the Class 4A state meet in November.

Centrowitz, who spent last fall on the Bruins soccer team, did not finish outside the top 10 in eight major invitationals and championships in which he participated. After opening the season with a runner-up finish at the Knights Invite and a second-place outing in the seeded race at the Bull Run, the sophomore won the Harford Invitational in 15:34.91.

Centrowitz, who was second at the Meade Autumn Classic and seventh in the seeded division of the Georgetown Prep Classic, blazed through the postseason. The All-Anne Arundel County Runner of the Year collected victories at the Anne Arundel County championships (16:23.7), the Class 4A East region meet (15:16) and the state championships, where he posted the fastest time of all four classifications.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Earl Lauer

River Hill

After watching his top-ranked Hawks fall to Urbana at last year's Class 3A state championships, Lauer's tight-lipped visage spoke volumes about his determination to grab the gold. To that end, Lauer pushed and prodded his runners to make amends this season.

Ranked No. 1 again this year, River Hill did not disappoint its coach and brought home first-place team trophies from the Interstate Classic, the Howard County Striders Invitational, the elite race at the Bull Run and the Meade Autumn Classic. After needing a tiebreaker to top Wilde Lake and grab their sixth Howard County title in the past seven years, the Hawks cemented their ranking by taking their fourth Class 3A East region crown in the past six years and their first state title since 1999.

John Christon

Wilde Lake

In six major invitationals and championships, the senior never slipped outside of the top 10. Christon was fifth in the large schools race at the Bull Run (18:23), sixth at the Howard County Striders Invitational (17:43.19) and seventh at the Meade Autumn Classic (16:17.24).

He placed second at the Howard County championships (17:08.88), third at the Class 3A East region meet (17:44.78) and eighth at the state meet (17:39).

Will Eden

Annapolis

Despite a sore Achilles' tendon and a turned ankle that hampered him through the first half of the season, the senior returned with flair when he won the large schools race at the Doc Jones Anne Arundel County Invitational in 16:27.3.

Although he failed to become the first runner to collect three straight Anne Arundel County titles, the three-time All-Metro pick scored wins at the Class 3A South (16:37.75) and state meets (16:41).

Scott Gayer

Wilde Lake

Despite an atypical 31st-place outing at the Class 3A state championships, the senior finished in the top five in five other major invitationals and championships.

Gayer was second at the Howard County Striders Invitational (17:23.60) and the Class 3A East region meet (17:41.76) and third in the large schools race at the Bull Run (17:51) and the Howard County championships (17:13.71).

Nicholas Keane

River Hill

The senior and two-time All-Metro selection never fell out of the top 15 in eight major invitationals and championships in which he participated.

Keane placed third at the Howard County Striders Invitational (17:24.18), fourth at the Class 3A East region meet (17:52.16) and fifth at the Interstate Classic (16:34.8) and the state championships (17:31).

Matt Llano

Broadneck

A member of the Bruins' junior varsity squad last season, Llano helped No. 2 Broadneck to the school's first Class 4A state championship in 20 years.

The junior placed in the top 15 six times this fall. Some of his best efforts included runner-up showings at the Harford Invitational (16:05.26) and the Class 4A East region meet (15:42).

Dwight Parker

Woodlawn

The sophomore became the first cross country runner in Warriors history to collect the Baltimore County championship, which he did in 16:39.00.

Parker also scored triumphs at the Barnhardt Memorial Invitational (16:26.75), the large schools race of the Bull Run (17:32) and the Class 4A North region meet (16:33).

Andrew Revelle

Atholton

The sophomore finished in the top 10 in all nine invitationals and championships in which he competed. He had runner-up showings at the Class 2A South region meet (17:05.8), the medium schools race of the Bull Run (17:49) and the Division II race of the Georgetown Prep Classic (16:54.47).

Revelle capped his season by capturing the Class 2A state crown in 17:26.

Tristram Thomas

McDonogh

The senior earned his third appearance on the All-Metro team for becoming the first runner in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association to collect three A Conference titles.

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