Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year: Michael Calderone, Archbishop Spalding

For The Baltimore Sun

Michael Calderone

Archbishop Spalding

The Cavaliers won their second straight Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title without a real superstar and after losing three of their top six runners from last year's championship team.

In his 14th season as coach at Archbishop Spalding, Calderone said he doesn't want to bank on having one big-time runner because it's a team sport. That's why the Cavaliers overcame the loss of the three runners from last year, as well as one of their top runners suffering an injury about 10 days before this year's title race.

"They're hard workers," Calderone said. "Our main focus was the title race. Every girl ran to [her] potential and beyond. As a coach, you can't ask for any more than that."

Ther Cavaliers were perfect in dual meets again this season, and they haven't lost in one since 2010. The balance carried Spalding again this season.

After beating both St. Mary's and Mount de Sales by just one point in the regular season, the Cavaliers broke it open in the championship. They beat runner-up St. Mary's by 36 points and Mount de Sales by 40.

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