Fall All- Metro Varsity

Cross Country

December 13, 2006|By JEFF SEIDEL

BOYS RUNNER OF THE YEAR

Matthew Centrowitz

Broadneck

Centrowitz missed a few races on college visits this fall, but there remained no doubt he was the area's top runner.

The senior had little trouble winning a third straight state championship this fall, taking the Class 4A title in 16 minutes, 2.25 seconds. Centrowitz just missed beating the Hereford High course record (16:00), but he fell in the final 100 yards on a sloppy course. He jumped out to an early lead and beat runner-up Dwight Parker of Woodlawn by nearly 29 seconds.

Centrowitz also repeated as Anne Arundel County and Class 4A East region champion, and ended his season with an eighth-place finish at the Foot Locker national championship in San Diego. He was last spring's All-Metro Performer of the Year in track and field, and also earned All-Metro Runner of the Year honors in cross country last fall.

He will be headed to Oregon next fall to run for the Ducks, following in the footsteps of his father, Matt, a two-time Olympian who coaches at American University.

BOYS FIRST TEAM

J.P. Allera

Wilde Lake

The senior played a large role in helping Wilde Lake repeat as Class 3A state champion. Allera won the medium division of the Bull Run Invitational and later took third in the Howard County meet, first in the East regional and third in the state.

Allera was just as consistent as he was last fall, when he also was named to the All-Metro first team.

Erik Anderson

Archbishop Curley

Anderson, who is headed for Duquesne, lost just one dual meet this year - to fellow All-Metro pick Rob Wetzel from Archbishop Spalding - and broke 16 minutes on the Herring Run Park course three times. No one else has done it even once in 22 years.

The senior set a meet record in capturing the Bobcat Invitational and took second in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference meet.

Graham Bazell

Atholton

A second-team All-Metro pick last year, the sophomore did even better this fall. He and teammate Andrew Revelle, the Class 2A state champion, became a formidable duo as the Raiders took second in the state.

Bazell took fourth in the elite division at the Bull Run, second in the Howard County meet and second in the Class 2A South regional race before finishing fifth in the state.

Greg Jubb

Loyola

Anchoring Loyola's strong and balanced lineup, Jubb had good performances in the big races. The senior became the Dons' top runner during the season and teamed with Ryan Stasiowski and others to help Loyola repeat as the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion.

Jubb took second in the Harford Invite, third in the MIAA championship race and fifth at Barnhart.

Dwight Parker

Woodlawn

The senior has developed into one of the area's top runners, winning his third straight Baltimore County and Class 4A North regional titles this year.

Parker missed last year's state championship race because of a family vacation but fared nicely in his return this year, taking second to Broadneck's Matthew Centrowitz. This is Parker's third appearance on the All-Metro team.

Andrew Revelle

Atholton

The senior again swept the Howard County, Class 2A South and state championships. Revelle, also an All-Metro pick last year, won his third straight state title.

He had another dominating season, taking second in Bull Run's elite division. His state championship time was the day's second best overall behind Broadneck's Matthew Centrowitz.

Vince Walsh

Dulaney

Coach Chad Boyle said Walsh is the best athlete he has coached in nine years at Dulaney. Walsh was consistent all season, with Woodlawn's Dwight Parker being his main nemesis. Walsh finished second to Parker in both the Baltimore County and Class 4A North regional races.

Walsh, who is being recruited by several Division I schools, took sixth in the state meet.

Jared Welsh

Francis Scott Key

Welsh anchored a solid group of runners that helped Key sweep the Carroll County, Class 2A West regional and state titles.

The senior won the county and regional crowns before finishing third in the state. He also finished second in the Bull Run medium division.

Rob Wetzel

Archbishop Spalding

The senior won in the elite division of the Bull Run Invitational and captured the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship. Wetzel took second at the D.C./Maryland Private Schools championships.

Those accomplishments were even more impressive considering Wetzel had to overcome some midseason back problems.

BOYS COACHES OF THE YEAR

Tim Walsh and Dan Replogle

Francis Scott Key

Replogle and Walsh helped the Eagles have a nearly perfect season.

Francis Scott Key won every meet it competed in except the Bull Run Invitational, where the Eagles finished second, six points behind eventual Class 3A state champion Wilde Lake.

The Eagles went on to win their first Carroll County title before taking the Class 2A West regional and state titles.

Key, which had a perfect score at the county meet in defeating traditionally strong teams such as South Carroll and Westminster, continued to show progress after taking fourth in the state in 2002 and third in 2004 and 2005.

The Eagles' strong depth played a big role in its often-dominant performances this season.

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