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Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year: Kevin Corbusier, Loyola, senior

Kevin Corbusier

Loyola, senior

He spent the past few years quietly running in the shadows of teammate Matt Jablonski. But this fall was Corbusier's time to shine.

Top-ranked Loyola repeated as Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion and Corbusier led the way. He was undefeated against opposing area runners this fall — losing only to teammate and fellow All-Metro pick Michael Wegner a few times — and he came up big in the key races.

Corbusier won the Barnhart Invitational, the Mount St. Mary's championship and the MIAA title. His time of 15 minutes, 52 seconds at the MIAA was the third-fastest run on the Oregon Ridge course.

Coach Jose Albornoz said he was especially impressed by how Corbusier rebounded from a poor start to finish third in a tough race at Georgetown Prep. The only thing that pulled him from 12th at the one-mile mark to third overall was determination, which helped Loyola end up second overall.

"He never quit, despite the slippery conditions and traffic," Albornoz said. "It was that kind of mental toughness that carried the team this year. Kevin leads by example."

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