Boys Athlete of the Week (Nov. 14): Hale Bullen, Annapolis, cross country

Hale Bullen, Annapolis cross country runner, is The Baltimore Sun's Boys Athlete of the Week for Nov. 14, 2012. (Handout photo / November 13, 2012)

The only Baltimore-area runner to win a state public schools cross country championship this fall, the senior took the Class 3A title with the second-fastest time on the Hereford course Saturday. Running fourth with about 800 meters to go, Bullen nipped Howard's Danny Rau by seven-tenths of a second to finish in 16 minutes, 19.5 seconds. He also won the Anne Arundel County and Class 3A East region titles. A four-year cross country veteran and an All-Metro second-team pick last fall, Bullen hails from a long line of lacrosse players, but he switched to track last spring and was an All-Metro first team choice after winning county titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters and finishing second in the state in both events. He has a 4.83 weighted GPA and hopes to run for Navy next fall.

Others considered: Austin Altman, River Hill, football; Shane Brown, Old Mill, football; Luke Casey, Atholton, football; Ryan Conrad, Loyola, soccer; Dom Frank, Manchester Valley, football; Laqwan Moody, Edmondson, football; Tyler Spear, Loyola, cross country.

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