Robby Creese
Glenelg, junior

• A soccer player who still plays on local travel teams, Creese participated in his first season of cross country this year

• Claimed Class 2A state title with a time of 17 minutes, 30 seconds - beating Bel Air's Tyler Muse by two seconds, which helped Glenelg to a second-place finish in the team standings

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• Won the Class 2A West regional the week before the state meet

• Started his strong postseason streak by edging Matthew Pacheco of Atholton for the Howard County title in late October

Matt Erford
Loyola, senior

• Another strong competitor for the Dons - in addition to Runner of the Year Matt Jablonski - who consistently came up big in important races and helped top-ranked Loyola find success

• Took third place in the MIAA A Conference title race, just 10 seconds behind Jablonski (16:24) as the Dons beat Calvert Hall by one point

• Finished 20th overall - the third Loyola runner - at the state private school championship for the second-place Dons

• Battled teammate John Lobo for the No. 2 spot on the team throughout the fall, with both setting personal records on Loyola's home course; quality depth proved crucial for Loyola

Noah Hutton
North Harford, senior

• Finished second in the Class 3A state title race, just one second behind Chopticon's Tyler Ostrowski (17:12)

• Lost to Ostrowski in a close finish where several runners - including Hereford's Mason Rivera - battled right until the end

• Runner-up finish in state meet came a week after he took second to Rivera in the Class 3A North regional title race

• Took second place at the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship just three seconds behind Elkton's Luke Arbuckle

Tyler Muse
Bel Air, junior

• Finished second in the state in Class 2A with a time of 17:32, just two seconds behind Glenelg's Creese

• His second-place finish helped Bel Air claim fourth place at the state meet

• Defeated Elkton's Arbuckle - who had beaten Muse by 14 seconds in the Class 2A East regional meet the week before - by 49 seconds that day