All-county Cross Country - Girls

December 17, 2004|By EDWARD LEE

Runner of the Year

Tait Woodward, Broadneck

The Bruins had a hole to fill at the No. 1 runner's spot. In stepped Woodward, who placed in the top 20 in eight major invitationals and championships this fall.

The sophomore took home her first Anne Arundel County championship, winning in 19 minutes, 39.5 seconds. Although Woodward lost to Arundel junior Marissa McPhail at the Class 4A East region meet by one second, Woodward turned the table at the state championships by finishing second to McPhail's sixth.

Coach of the Year

Ed Purpura, Severna Park

Of the 19 county championships the Falcons have won since 1983, 15 have been under Purpura. With the graduation of three-time All-County runner Stephanie Newton, Purpura relished the challenge of molding a young but talented stable of runners.

After winning its 21st overall county crown, No. 3 Severna Park took the Class 3A South region meet (its third straight region title) before placing third at the states.

The team

Name School Class

Christine Brus Severna Park Junior

Liya Kasimova Severna Park Fresh.

Marissa McPhail Arundel Junior

Stephanie Miklos South River Junior

Emily Nagle Broadneck Senior

Emily Oliver Severn Junior

Bryn Pittinger Severna Park Soph.

Lakesha Pointer-Allen Meade Senior

Jennine Strange Severna Park Junior

Tait Woodward Broadneck Soph.

Note: Teams selected by Edward Lee after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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