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Boys Cross Country: All-Metro First Team

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Weston Carvalho

Winters Mill, junior

•The leader of the pack for a balanced Falcons team that captured the Class 2A state championship

•Finished near the top of almost every race he ran, capping the season off with a third-place effort in the state championship

•Took fourth in the Class 2A West region meet, right behind teammate Zach Hopkins, as Winters Mill won

•Took third in the MVAL Antietam division race

Vince Ciattei

Perry Hall, junior

•Enjoyed a breakout season and developed into one of the area's top runners

•Took second at the Bull Run (large-schools division) and fourth at the Barnhart Invitational

•After struggling and finishing in fifth place in the Baltimore County championships, bounced back to win the Class 4A North region

•Finished seventh in the state meet in the difficult Class 4A race, the second-best effort for a local runner

Alex Love

Chesapeake-AA, junior

•After a good season last year, burst onto the scene with a number of strong efforts

•Won both the Seahawk and Bulldog Invitationals and finished in third place in the Anne Arundel County championship race

•Won the Class 4A East region title and finished fifth in the state as the top local finisher in that race

•After the season, won the Foot Locker Northeast Junior Boys race

Jonathan Luckin

Hereford, junior

•A big reason that the Bulls swept the Baltimore County, region and state titles

•Took second in the county meet behind teammate Julian Rivera

•Won the Class 3A North region meet, leading Hereford to that championship

•Was the top Bulls runner at the state meet, and his fifth-place finish helped Hereford nip Linganore for the team title.

Will Meadows

Gilman, senior

•One of the area's top distance runners in cross country and track the past few years, he improved this fall, finishing at or near the top throughout the season

•Turned in one of his best efforts earlier in the season in the Doc Jones Invitational, beating Sam Pershall from Severna Park by 9.2 seconds to win

•Finished second to Runner of the Year Kevin Corbusier at the MIAA championship meet

•Took fourth at the state private school race in a very tough field

Sam Pershall

Severna Park, junior

•Led the way as the Falcons won the Anne Arundel County and Class 4A East region titles before finishing second at the state meet

•Won the county meet as Severna Park put five runners in the top 10

•Finished third in the East region meet

•Took 14th in the state meet — behind teammate Ryan Forsyth in 10th

Ben Pickett

John Carroll, senior

•Bouncing back from an injury-marred year, returned to form and led the Patriots throughout the fall

•After needing surgery last winter to treat a collapsed lung, won seven races this fall, including all but one of his dual meets

•Finished third in the MIAA championship race

•Followed that with a 12th-place effort at the state private school championship, third among local runners

Julian Rivera

Hereford, junior

•The younger brother of former All-Metro pick Mason Rivera showed his talents this fall for the state champions

•Won the Baltimore County cross country championship — a title his brother won in 2009 and 2010

•Took second in the Class 3A North region behind teammate Luckin as the Bulls won easily

•Finished eighth in the state race as Hereford edged Linganore by three points for the team title

Michael Wegner

Loyola, freshman

The only area runner to beat Runner of the Year Kevin Corbusier (his teammate) this season

•Tied with Corbusier and set a course record (15:35) in a race at Herring Run Park

•Won the Knights Invite in a time of 15:33

•Finished sixth at the MIAA championship meet as the Dons repeated as conference champions

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