2017 Boys Cross Country Runners To Watch

Nick Deamer

Howard, senior

Deamer finished fifth in the Class 4A state meet and was one of the area’s top underclassmen as a sophomore in 2015. He should be another strong force for the Lions this season.

Dalton Hengst

McDonogh, senior

Hengst, the reigning All-Metro Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, won a second consecutive MIAA A Conference championship last season, finishing in 15 minutes, 11.2 seconds. He won the state private school meet the following week.

Sam Keeny

South River, sophomore

Keeny helped the Seahawks to a third-place finish at the Class 4A state meet last season and was the only freshman in Maryland to qualify for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in the mile this summer. He finished 18th overall and is projected to be a another strong contender.

Jonah Lane

Severna Park, senior

Lane finished second at last year’s Anne Arundel County championship meet in 16:13.9 as the Falcons’ top finisher. He went on to place second at the Class 4A East Region meet and was one of two Falcons to finish in the top 16 at the 4A state meet.

Kieran McDermott

Bel Air, senior

McDermott finished first in the Class 4A North region meet and fourth in the 4A state meet last season to help the Bobcats earn second in the state, one point behind champion Dulaney. He ran exceptionally well last year, with several first-place finishes in other races.

Anish Nanjappa

River Hill, sophomore

Nanjappa helped the Hawks dominate the Class 3A state meet in dramatic fashion. He finished 15th, the fourth Hawk to place in the top 15. He is expected to make strides this fall as a key contender for the Hawks.

Matt Owens

Dulaney, senior

Owens was the Lions’ top finisher at the Class 3A state meet last season. His sixth-place finish and Brian McCullough’s ninth-place finish helped the Lions win a second straight state title.

Hunter Petrik

Mount Saint Joseph, senior

Petrik ran to a third-place finish at the MIAA A Conference championship last season. He went on to take second at the state private school meet the following week as the Gaels’ top finisher.

Daniel Saxon

Liberty, junior

Saxon finished fourth, just 10 seconds behind teammate Nick Tilson, to help the Lions win a second straight 2A title. His third-place finish at the 2015 state meet in 16:48.43 remains the top time for a freshman at the state meet.

Jacob Spera

Century, senior

Spera placed fourth in the Class 2A West Region meet and eighth at the state meet to cap a solid fall season. He will join a good group of returners and newcomers set to add depth to the Knights’ roster.

Other notables

Eric Accardi, Howard

Adam Allen, South River

Gabe Antone, Mount Saint Joseph

Andrew Brinker, Mount Saint Joseph

Ethan Brown, Broadneck

Samuel Brosh, Patterson Mill

Thomas Brosh, Patterson Mill

Garrison Clark, Severna Park

Dillon Coffey, Hereford

Drew Conboy, Towson

Brandon Cruz, C. Milton Wright

Frederick Eiland II, Oakland Mills

Christian Isham, Severna Park

Zach Fenton, Century

Brendan Fitzgerald, River Hill

Theo Johnson, Century

Ablel Gebreselase, Digital Harbor

Camden Gilmore Jr., Loyola Blakefield

Eric Gibson, Gilman

Sean Gore, Winters Mill

Liam Jones, Towson

John Lemaster, Liberty

Connor Martin, Dulaney

Brian McCullough, Dulaney

Kai Muniz, Reservoir

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