Runner of the Year: Matthew Centrowitz, Broadneck
A year after his older sister Lauren claimed the second of back-to-back Class 4A state championships, Matthew Centrowitz forged his own name into cross country history when he registered a winning time of 16 minutes, 38 seconds at the Class 4A state meet in November.
Centrowitz, who spent last fall on the Bruins soccer team, did not finish outside the top 10 in eight major invitationals and championships in which he participated. After opening the season with a runner-up finish at the Knights Invite and a second-place outing in the seeded race at the Bull Run, the sophomore won the Harford Invitational in 15:34.91.
Centrowitz, who was second at the Meade Autumn Classic and seventh in the seeded division of the Georgetown Prep Classic, blazed through the postseason. The All-Anne Arundel County Runner of the Year collected victories at the Anne Arundel County championships (16:23.7), the Class 4A East region meet (15:16) and the state championships, where he posted the fastest time of all four classifications.
Coach of the Year: Earl Lauer, River Hill
After watching his top-ranked Hawks fall to Urbana at last year's Class 3A state championships, Lauer's tight-lipped visage spoke volumes about his determination to grab the gold. To that end, Lauer pushed and prodded his runners to make amends this season.
Ranked No. 1 again this year, River Hill did not disappoint its coach and brought home first-place team trophies from the Interstate Classic, the Howard County Striders Invitational, the elite race at the Bull Run and the Meade Autumn Classic. After needing a tiebreaker to top Wilde Lake and grab their sixth Howard County title in the past seven years, the Hawks cemented their ranking by taking their fourth Class 3A East region crown in the past six years and their first state title since 1999.
John Christon, Wilde Lake
In six major invitationals and championships, the senior never slipped outside of the top 10. Christon was fifth in the large schools race at the Bull Run (18:23), sixth at the Howard County Striders Invitational (17:43.19) and seventh at the Meade Autumn Classic (16:17.24).
He placed second at the Howard County championships (17:08.88), third at the Class 3A East region meet (17:44.78) and eighth at the state meet (17:39).
Will Eden, Annapolis
Despite a sore Achilles' tendon and a turned ankle that hampered him through the first half of the season, the senior returned with flair when he won the large schools race at the Doc Jones Anne Arundel County Invitational in 16:27.3.
Although he failed to become the first runner to collect three straight Anne Arundel County titles, the three-time All-Metro pick scored wins at the Class 3A South (16:37.75) and state meets (16:41).
Scott Gayer, Wilde Lake
Despite an atypical 31st-place outing at the Class 3A state championships, the senior finished in the top five in five other major invitationals and championships.
Gayer was second at the Howard County Striders Invitational (17:23.60) and the Class 3A East region meet (17:41.76) and third in the large schools race at the Bull Run (17:51) and the Howard County championships (17:13.71).
Matt Llano, Broadneck
A member of the Bruins' junior-varsity squad last season, Llano joined Centrowitz to lead No. 2 Broadneck to the school's first Class 4A state championship in 20 years. The junior placed in the top 15 six times this fall. Some of his best efforts included runner-up showings at the Harford Invitational (16:05.26) and the Class 4A East region meet (15:42) and a pair of third-place finishes at the Anne Arundel County championships (16:51.4) and the Knights Invite (16:28).
Nicholas Keane, River Hill
The senior and two-time All-Metro selection never fell out of the top 15 in eight major invitationals and championships in which he participated. Keane fashioned four top-five finishes, including third place at the Howard County Striders Invitational (17:24.18), fourth at the Class 3A East region meet (17:52.16) and a pair of fifths at the Interstate Classic (16:34.8) and the state championships (17:31).
Dwight Parker, Woodlawn
The sophomore became the first cross country runner in Warriors history to collect the Baltimore County championship, which he did in 16:39.00. Parker also scored triumphs at the Barnhardt Memorial Invitational (16:26.75), the large schools race of the Bull Run (17:32) and the Class 4A North region meet (16:33). Although his only hiccup was a sixth-place outing at the state championships (17:18), Parker proved that his future is bright.
Andrew Revelle, Atholton
With one fell swoop, the sophomore turned a solid fall campaign into a stellar one. Revelle finished in the top 10 in all nine invitationals and championships in which he competed. Some of those performances included runner-up showings at Class 2A South region meet (17:05.8), the medium schools race of the Bull Run (17:49) and the Division II race of the Georgetown Prep Classic (16:54.47). Revelle capped his season by capturing the Class 2A state crown in 17:26.
Tristram Thomas, McDonogh
Three proved to be the senior's favorite number. Thomas earned his third appearance on the All-Metro team for becoming the first runner in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association to collect three A Conference titles. Thomas, the All-Baltimore County Runner of the Year for the third consecutive season, also scored victories in the small schools race at the Bull Run (17:18), the Division I race of the Georgetown Prep Classic (16:40.14) and the Knights Invite (15:34).
Sergiy Zubko, River Hill
The junior placed in the top 10 in all eight major invitationals and championships in which he participated. Zubko, the Howard County Runner of the Year for the second straight fall, won the Interstate Classic (15:57.7), the Howard County Striders Invitational (17:13.44), the county championship (16:59.48) and the Class 3A East region meet (17:37.47). Zubko, an All-Metro pick last season, wrapped up his year with a fourth-place outing at the state championships (17:23).
Julius Coleman, Mervo, senior
Zack Dickerson, Howard, senior
Shane Fraser, Chesa.-AA, senior
Brian Harvey, Centennial, senior
Carl Henn , Liberty, senior
Anders Hulleberg, Park, sophomore
Greg Jubb, Loyola, sophomore
Brett Kelly, Bel Air, senior
Rob Kelvey, Westminster, soph.
Chris Moody, Spalding, sophomore
Note: Teams selected by Edward Lee after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.