RUNNERS OF THE YEAR
* Jamie Davies, Catonsville, senior -- Davies had a perfect year, winning all eight of his races. In addition to taking the Baltimore County, region and Class 2A state titles, he also won the Spiked Shoe, Harford County, Barnhart and Southwest invitationals. He capped his perfect senior season at the state title meet at Hereford for No. 10 Catonsville. Despite the cool, wet weather, Davies took the lead early and went on to blow out the competition. Davies won the county title last year and took seventh in the state, but truly hit his stride this year. Catonsville coach Bill Mouser said he told Davies at the beginning of his career that if stuck with the program, he could win it all during his senior year. Mouser turned out to be right.
* Krissy Jost, Perry Hall, junior -- Jost, a transfer from Queen Anne's, proved a welcome addition as No. 1 Perry Hall won its first state title. Jost stayed consistent much of the season despite having problems with asthma. She won the region title and finished second in the state. She won at the Harford Invitational and in her division at the Arundel. She also captured the Spiked Shoe and, struggling with the asthma, finished fifth in the Baltimore County title race. Jost is an honor-roll student.
COACHES OF THE YEAR
* BOYS: Jim McCoach, Calvert Hall -- McCoach guided No. 1 Calvert Hall to as close to a perfect season as a team can have. The Cards won their second straight Maryland Scholastic Association title and posted a second consecutive undefeated season. Before the season began, McCoach said he thought the Cardinals would have another big season and he was right. McCoach, in his fifth year at Calvert Hall, said the team's times in preseason practice improved 30 to 50 seconds. The Cardinals waltzed through the season, winning everything except two invitationals where they finished a close second each time. McCoach said Calvert Hall's success lies in the fact that everyone worked hard and worked together.
* GIRLS: Marilyn Bevans, Perry Hall; Jeff McDaniel, Catonsville -- Both coaches led their teams to state titles for the first time. Bevans guided No. 1 Perry Hall, heavily weighted with underclassmen, to the championship, and McDaniel did the same with a similar No. 2 Catonsville team. Bevans, in her third year as cross country coach, knows a thing or two about running: She won the Maryland Marathon twice and came in second for women at the Boston Marathon. Bevans said the Gators were a good group that had discipline and worked hard. The Gators' top five at the states consisted of three juniors, a sophomore and a freshman, so they'll be tough to knock off next year. Catonsville was similar to Perry Hall, as McDaniel said the Comets tried to have fun working out. McDaniel had them run a variety of trails and courses around Catonsville to break the tedium of practice, and it appeared to work. The Comets rolled to a surprisingly easy state title victory with 43 points, 39 ahead of second-place Fallston. McDaniel said he realized early the team was a special group, the question was how far it would be able to go.
ALL-COUNTY BOYS FIRST TEAM
* Eric Bind, McDonogh, Jr. -- The No. 2 runner for the Eagles raced consistently all season. After a slow start at the Spiked Shoe, where he finished 35th, Bind rallied to take 10th at the Knights Invite, eighth at the Anne Arundel County Invitational and a strong fourth at the MSA. Combining with Anders Fristedt, Bind will help give the No. 9 Eagles a strong one-two punch again next fall.
* Jonathan Dietrich, Calvert Hall, Jr. -- Dietrich capped a strong season with a dramatic victory at the MSA meet, where he out-sprinted Ted Lord of Gilman in the final 100 yards. Dietrich ran No. 1 for Calvert Hall all season and turned in several big performances. He set course records at Gilman and Calvert Hall, and finished second at several invitationals, including University of Maryland, Anne Arundel and Lake Forest (Del.). He won all his dual-meet races.
* Anders Fristedt, McDonogh, Soph. -- One of the stars-to-be in the county, Fristedt finished an impressive third in the MSAs, behind Dietrich and Lord. Fristedt also ended up fourth at North County and in the top five at Anne Arundel. Fristedt also finished eighth at the Spiked Shoe.
* Joe Leilich, Perry Hall, Jr. -- He was the No. 2 runner for No. 6 Perry Hall, behind Frank Trimble. Leilich came in second in the region, one spot behind Trimble, and fourth in the county, two spots behind his teammate. Leilich had trouble at the state meet. He was around 10th about 2.5 miles into the race when he fell and was elbowed and finished 22nd.
* Ted Lord, Gilman, Jr. -- The No. 1 runner from No. 8 Gilman made it all the way back from a stress fracture that kept him out for much of the 1992 season. He finished second in the MSA meet, losing to Dietrich in the final 100 yards. He also won in his division at the University of Maryland Invitational and at Anne Arundel.
* Kyle Martin, Calvert Hall, Sr. -- He ran No. 2 and 3 for the Cardinals and stayed consistent the entire season. Martin finished fifth in the MSAs, fifth at Anne Arundel and fourth at the Griffin Invitational. Martin also ran well during dual meets despite struggling with an occasional illness.
* Chris Menno, Dundalk, Sr. -- Despite running with only one teammate, Menno continued scoring big for Dundalk in the key meets. He took third at the Baltimore County championship and followed that with a third-place finish at the region meet. Menno capped his season with a sixth in the state meet.
* Cory Smith, Calvert Hall, Soph. -- He blossomed this fall, trading off the Nos. 2 and 3 spots with Martin and becoming a real force for the Cardinals. Smith gave Dietrich a few scares, finishing third at Lake Forest (Del.) and the University of Maryland. Smith also took fourth at Arundel and finished in the top 10 at the Griffin meet. He also finished seventh at the MSA meet, despite being ill.
* Frank Trimble, Perry Hall, Sr. -- The Gators' No. 1 runner led No. 6 Perry Hall a long way. Trimble won the region and took second in the county. Trimble, despite a slow start in which he got caught in the pack, finished sixth at the state meet. Trimble also grabbed a fourth in the Spiked Shoe. He's expected to run for Essex Community College next fall.
ALL-COUNTY GIRLS FIRST TEAM
* Dishina Davis, Dulaney, Sr. -- Davis capped a strong varsity career with another consistent season for the No. 3 Lions. Her best finishes came at the Southwest Invitational, the Barnhart and the Baltimore County championship, where she took third, fourth and fourth, respectively. She beat Runner of the Year Jost at the county race.
* Becky Foster, Towson, Soph. -- Foster was the big gun for the Generals. She won the region and finished second in the county meet, falling to Olp in a tight race. The Towson sophomore also won the Southwest Invitational, but struggled a bit in the states, finishing seventh.
* Teresa Love, Mount de Sales, Jr. -- Love was again one of the leading runners in the AIS for No. 8 Mount de Sales. She finished third in the AIS championship, but won the AIS group meet. Love also took third at the state's Catholic championships after winning it last year. She won at Anne Arundel and finished fifth at North County. This was the second straight year that Love was Mount de Sales' top runner.
* Megan Makowski, Perry Hall, Jr. -- She complemented Jost nicely and helped spark Perry Hall with a number of big races. Makowski finished second in the region meet Perry Hall won, third in the County (Perry Hall took second) and finished ninth in the state meet that the Gators won. She struggled with asthma early in the season, but once past that, ran effectively.
* Bridget Olp, Catonsville, Jr. -- Olp scored big for the state champions in several races, including the state title meet, where she defeated defending champion Alicia Adams of Glenelg. Olp also captured the county title and was runner-up in the region. She also won the Barnhart and took fourth in the Harford Invitational and the Spiked Shoe. Olp led the way as the Comets won the region and state titles.
* Jennifer Scott, McDonogh, Fresh. -- Scott had some big performances in key races for McDonogh. She won the AIS championship, defeating, among others, Teresa Love. Scott also won at the St. Paul's Invitational, setting a course record. She took fourth at Arundel and eighth at North County.
* Julie Shimko, Catonsville, Jr. -- Shimko ran No. 2 for the Comets and was in the shadow of Olp at times, but definitely helped the Comets to the state title. She finished fourth at the state meet, third in the region and seventh in the county. She also added second-place finishes in the Southwest and Barnhart.
* Meghan White, Dulaney, Fresh. -- White started her high school career with a bang, winning the Westminster Invitational and taking second at the UMBC Invitational. White also scored a big victory in a dual meet with Towson before being sidelined for a few weeks with a stress fracture of her foot. Three days after returning, she took sixth in the county meet. She then took fourth in the region meet before struggling at the state meet due to a glycogen deficiency.
* Melissa Wilson, Dulaney, Fresh. -- Wilson made her mark in her first varsity season with several big performances. She finished third at the Barnhart, fifth at the Southwest, seventh at University of Maryland and UMBC and 11th at Westminster. Later, she took eighth in the county and improved to sixth in the region. She ended up 12th in the state as Dulaney came in second to Perry Hall.
HOW THE TEAMS WERE PICKED
The Baltimore Sun All-Baltimore City/County Cross Country Teams were selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with city and county coaches. The Baltimore Sun All-Harford County Cross Country Teams were selected by John W. Stewart after consultation with county coaches.