Athletes Of The Week

ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

November 11, 2008

Graham Bazell Atholton, cross country

In capturing the Class 3A individual state championship at Hereford High on Saturday, the senior standout led the Raiders to their first team title in 19 years. Bazell, a first-team All-Metro selection last year, ran the 3.1-mile course in a time of 16 minutes, 29 seconds, with teammate Michael Lynch taking second (16:50), as the Raiders placed all five scoring runners in the top 30. At Hereford's Bull Run Invitational on Oct. 11, Bazell set a meet record (15:51) with his win in the Elite Division. He also earned first-team All-Metro status in track and field last year, capturing a state title in the 3,200 meters in the 3A race.

Others considered: : Jeremy Downing, Pikesville, football; Antonio Johnson, Fallston, football; Asher Kaplan, Gilman, volleyball; Jerry Lovelock, Edmondson, football; Zach Sullivan, Archbishop Spalding, cross country

Maura Linde Century, cross country

The sophomore won the state Class 2A cross country state championship, beating a pair of formidable opponents and posting the fastest time of any local runner Saturday on the hilly Hereford course.

After battling a sore hamstring that forced her to drop out of the Bull Run and the Run From the Lions' Den last month, Linde outran Mount Hebron's Becky Yep and River Hill's Katie Harman to finish in 19 minutes, 48 seconds, the third-fastest time of the day for girls.

Linde, an A-B student, won every race she finished this fall.

OTHERS CONSIDERED: : Rachel Cooke, Fallston, field hockey; Amanda McCracken, Liberty, volleyball; Amy Song, River Hill, soccer; Elizabeth Tauber, John Carroll, cross country; Amanda Walters, Eastern Tech, soccer

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