Runner of the Year: Joey Thompson, Howard
The junior excelled in his first year runningcross country. Thompson helped Howard winback-to-back state titles in outdoor track lastyear and quickly grew into one of the state'stop distance runners. He became a strongcross country runner this year, hitting his stridein the postseason when he beat county rivalGraham Bazell in the Howard County andClass 3A state championship meets withstrong performances on tough-weather days.Bazell had beaten Thompson three times in theregular season and once more in the regionals,but Thompson came up big in the state meet,beating the Atholton star by 38 seconds.Bazell finished third.
Kyle Andrews, Oakland Mills
Andrews had a strong endingto the season and his OaklandMills career. He finished third,behind Howard's Joey Thompsonand Graham Bazell of Atholton,at the Howard County meet.After that, Andrews won theClass 2A South regional crownand then won the state meet in animpressive time of 16 minutes, 33seconds.
The senior also ran well earlierin the year, finishing fifth in the BullRun.
Graham Bazell, Atholton
Bazell won several big races(Bull Run,Howard CountyInvitational,Doc JonesInvitational) before losing to JoeyThompson at the Howard Countytitle meet. Bazell, however,rebounded to beat Thompson thenext week at the Class 3A Eastregional.
The junior concluded hisseason with a third-place finish atthe state meet.
Mike Glassman, Loch Raven
He played a large role inhelping Loch Raven pull off asurprise victory in the BaltimoreCounty championship meet.Glassman ran well throughout theseason and fared even better inthe postseason. That's when thejunior took second in the countymeet, first in the Class 2A Northregionals -- which Loch Ravenwon -- and second in the statemeet in 17:07.
Glassman's consistent runninggave the Raiders a sparkthroughout the season.
Sumanth Kuppali, Perry Hall
Kuppali ran well last yearbefore injuries slowed him at theend. But he broke through in a bigway this fall. Kuppali won theBaltimore County and Class 4ANorth regionals before taking fifthin the tough 4A state race.
The senior was consistentthroughout the season afterpreviously showing flashes oftalent.
Arthur Leathers, Francis Scott Key
Leathers was one of thearea's most consistent runnersthis fall.He won a number of bigraces (Run from the Lions' Den,Monocacy Valley AthleticLeague, Westminster Invitationaland Carroll Countychampionship) and then capturedthe Class 2A West regionals.
The senior took third in thestate meet, as the Eagles finishedsecond overall, just missing asecond straight title.
Craig Morgan, River Hill
He was the top runner forRiver Hill, which captured theClass 2A state title. Morgan ranwell in a number of tough races,closing out with a string ofimpressive performances in theHoward County (fifth), Class 2ASouth (second) and the statemeets (second).
The junior's strong runninganchored a River Hill team thatrelied heavily on competing as apack.
Anthony Rowe, Calvert Hall
He was the backbone for thetop-ranked Calvert Hall team.Running at No. 1, Rowe keptcoming up big for the Cardinals.He took third in the MarylandInterscholastic AthleticAssociation championship raceand the private schools statemeet. Rowe also finished secondin the Spiked Shoe Invitational.
The senior's consistentperformances were a big reasonCalvert Hall proved to beunbeatable this season.
Jonathan Sham, Wilde Lake
Sham ran well for theWildecats, who came on stronglate in the season to win theHoward County and Class 3AEast regional championships.Sham finished fourth in both thecounty and regional meets beforetaking sixth place in the statemeet.
The junior helped Wilde Lakebounce back from a slow start toend the season on a good noteand take second in the state meet.
Zach Sullivan, Archbishop Spalding
He ran well in a number of bigraces this season but saved hisbest performance for the MIAAchampionships. There, Sullivanpulled away at the end to win hisbiggest race of the fall.
The junior also had standoutperformances in the St. John'sPrep Classic (second), KnightsInvitational (third) and the privateschools state championships(fifth), among others.
Name, School, Year
John Brungot South River Senior
Andrew Finlayson Severna Park Junior
Zach Holz F.S. Key Senior
Pete Houlihan C.M. Wright Senior
Grisha Iventichev Friends Senior
Sean Kirby River Hill Junior
Derek Lange Wilde Lake Senior
Christian Smooth Annapolis Junior
Chris Swisko Calvert Hall Junior
Jordan White F.S. Key Senior
Honorable mention: Rico Borrero, Northeast; Mason Campbell, Towson; Teddy Carney,Oakland Mills; Danny Generette, Chesapeake-BC; Chris Mills, Western Tech; BrandonRopiski, Bel Air; Brandon Sweeney, Loch Raven; Jay Thierer, Towson; Zach Weinstein,Mount Hebron; Jake Zamostny, South Carroll.
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