Runner of the Year: Joey Thompson, Howard
The junior excelled in his first year running
cross country. Thompson helped Howard win
back-to-back state titles in outdoor track last
year and quickly grew into one of the state's
top distance runners. He became a strong
cross country runner this year, hitting his stride
in the postseason when he beat county rival
Graham Bazell in the Howard County and
Class 3A state championship meets with
strong performances on tough-weather days.
Bazell had beaten Thompson three times in the
regular season and once more in the regionals,
but Thompson came up big in the state meet,
beating the Atholton star by 38 seconds.
Bazell finished third.
Kyle Andrews, Oakland Mills
Andrews had a strong ending
to the season and his Oakland
Mills career. He finished third,
behind Howard's Joey Thompson
and Graham Bazell of Atholton,
at the Howard County meet.
After that, Andrews won the
Class 2A South regional crown
and then won the state meet in an
impressive time of 16 minutes, 33
The senior also ran well earlier
in the year, finishing fifth in the Bull
Graham Bazell, Atholton
Bazell won several big races
(Bull Run,Howard County
Invitational) before losing to Joey
Thompson at the Howard County
title meet. Bazell, however,
rebounded to beat Thompson the
next week at the Class 3A East
The junior concluded his
season with a third-place finish at
the state meet.
Mike Glassman, Loch Raven
He played a large role in
helping Loch Raven pull off a
surprise victory in the Baltimore
County championship meet.
Glassman ran well throughout the
season and fared even better in
the postseason. That's when the
junior took second in the county
meet, first in the Class 2A North
regionals -- which Loch Raven
won -- and second in the state
meet in 17:07.
Glassman's consistent running
gave the Raiders a spark
throughout the season.
Sumanth Kuppali, Perry Hall
Kuppali ran well last year
before injuries slowed him at the
end. But he broke through in a big
way this fall. Kuppali won the
Baltimore County and Class 4A
North regionals before taking fifth
in the tough 4A state race.
The senior was consistent
throughout the season after
previously showing flashes of
Arthur Leathers, Francis Scott Key
Leathers was one of the
area's most consistent runners
this fall.He won a number of big
races (Run from the Lions' Den,
Monocacy Valley Athletic
League, Westminster Invitational
and Carroll County
championship) and then captured
the Class 2A West regionals.
The senior took third in the
state meet, as the Eagles finished
second overall, just missing a
second straight title.
Craig Morgan, River Hill
He was the top runner for
River Hill, which captured the
Class 2A state title. Morgan ran
well in a number of tough races,
closing out with a string of
impressive performances in the
Howard County (fifth), Class 2A
South (second) and the state
The junior's strong running
anchored a River Hill team that
relied heavily on competing as a
Anthony Rowe, Calvert Hall
He was the backbone for the
top-ranked Calvert Hall team.
Running at No. 1, Rowe kept
coming up big for the Cardinals.
He took third in the Maryland
Association championship race
and the private schools state
meet. Rowe also finished second
in the Spiked Shoe Invitational.
The senior's consistent
performances were a big reason
Calvert Hall proved to be
unbeatable this season.
Jonathan Sham, Wilde Lake
Sham ran well for the
Wildecats, who came on strong
late in the season to win the
Howard County and Class 3A
East regional championships.
Sham finished fourth in both the
county and regional meets before
taking sixth place in the state
The junior helped Wilde Lake
bounce back from a slow start to
end the season on a good note
and take second in the state meet.
Zach Sullivan, Archbishop Spalding
He ran well in a number of big
races this season but saved his
best performance for the MIAA
championships. There, Sullivan
pulled away at the end to win his
biggest race of the fall.
The junior also had standout
performances in the St. John's
Prep Classic (second), Knights
Invitational (third) and the private
schools state championships
(fifth), among others.
Name, School, Year
John Brungot South River Senior
Andrew Finlayson Severna Park Junior
Zach Holz F.S. Key Senior
Pete Houlihan C.M. Wright Senior
Grisha Iventichev Friends Senior
Sean Kirby River Hill Junior
Derek Lange Wilde Lake Senior
Christian Smooth Annapolis Junior
Chris Swisko Calvert Hall Junior
Jordan White F.S. Key Senior
Honorable mention: Rico Borrero, Northeast; Mason Campbell, Towson; Teddy Carney,
Oakland Mills; Danny Generette, Chesapeake-BC; Chris Mills, Western Tech; Brandon
Ropiski, Bel Air; Brandon Sweeney, Loch Raven; Jay Thierer, Towson; Zach Weinstein,
Mount Hebron; Jake Zamostny, South Carroll.
Note: Teams selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area
2007 All-Metro Boys Cross Country Team
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