Cross Country

December 12, 2007

GIRLS

Runner of the Year

Katie Harman

River Hill

Harman overcame injuries in the middle of the season to come on strong at the end and play a major role in helping the Hawks win the Class 2A state title. The junior turned in several spectacular performances, including an impressive sweep of the Howard County, Class 2A South regional and state titles. Harman edged Elyse Borisko of Howard at the county meet to win in 19 minutes, 57.16 seconds on a cold, rainy day. A week later, Harman captured the top spot in the regional meet in 20:09.42. Harman then capped it all off by winning the state meet in 19:54.

Coach of the Year

Trey Cassidy

Glenelg Country School

The Dragons came up one point short in the Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship race but still had a fine season. Cassidy, in his 17th year as the team's coach, guided the Dragons to a 14-0 regular-season record and the IAAM B Conference regular-season title. In the championship race - which was run in combination with the A Conference - Glenelg Country placed three runners in the top 10. Maeve Ricaurte won the race, along with the B Conference title, while Samantha Matthews and Katie O'Dunne also finished in the top 10.

COUNTY PLAYERS ON IAAM TEAM: B Conference: Maeve Ricaurte, Glenelg Country School; Samantha Matthews, Glenelg Country School; Katie O'Dunne, Glenelg Country School.

Note: Runner and Coach of the Year were selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches. The IAAM team was selected through voting by league coaches.

BOYS

Runner of the Year

Joey Thompson

Howard

After helping the Lions to two state titles in outdoor track, Thompson joined the cross country team this year and really turned it on in the back half of the season. The senior beat Atholton's Graham Bazell to win the Howard County championship. Then, after losing to Bazell the next week in the Class 3A East regional race, Thompson scored a decisive victory in the state race. Thompson ran away from the field for a 25-second win.

Coach of the Year

Earl Lauer

River Hill

Lauer urged his runners to work hard on their own over the summer, pointing toward the state title race from Day One of practice. The Hawks won the Class 2A state title - River Hill and Lauer completed the sweep by also taking the girls crown - using strong balance throughout and benefiting from the tough schedule they faced in Howard County. Lauer knew how strong the rest of the county was, saying at the Run From the Lions' Den meet at Liberty that "we may not be able to get out of our county." He was right, as Wilde Lake won the county, and the Hawks took second. But the Hawks edged Mount Hebron by seven points to take the Class 2A South regional title, and beat defending champion Francis Scott Key by 20 for the state crown.

Note: Runner and Coach of the Year were selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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