THE TEAMS AT A GLANCE
GIRLS RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Kristen Nicolini, Annapolis, junior -- Her climb to the top among area girls runners is no surprise. Nicolini began surfacing in the seventh grade with some outstanding times and has helped her conditioning by swimming. In the ninth grade, she was already an accomplished indoor track distance runner. This season, she outran Perry Hall's Krissy Jost to earn the top runner award. Nicolini and Jost put on some exciting shows in six head-to-head races, with Nicolini winning four times. Nicolini won races from Annapolis to Frederick to Hereford High this season, with the big one coming in the state 4A championships at Hereford. She beat Jost by eight seconds in the state 4A title run (18:26 to 18:34). Almost every top runner in the area wound up being compared to the Annapolis standout at one time or another.
GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR
Marilyn Bevans, Perry Hall -- Like the classic running duels this season between Perry Hall's Krissy Jost and Annapolis' Kristen Nicolini, two area coaches had their own battle of sorts for the top girls coaching award. Bevans won that duel with Catonsville's Jeff McDaniel. Bevans took a young squad to Perry Hall's first state girls 4A title, finishing 28 points ahead of a talented Dulaney team. The top five finishers at the state meet for the Gators were three juniors, a sophomore and a freshman. Bevans, in her third season at Perry Hall, gained instant respect among her runners with a storied distance running background of her own. She won the Maryland Marathon twice and has a second-place finish for women in the Boston Marathon. Look for Bevans and Perry Hall to be around for a while.
ALL-METRO GIRLS FIRST TEAM
Alicia Adams, Glenelg, senior -- The Adams family continues to dominate girls cross country in Howard County. Alicia won her third straight county championship this season after a second-place finish as a freshman. Guess who was No. 1 when Alicia had to settle for second? That's right, her sister Kristina took first that year. Alicia is also the girls Runner of the Year this season, giving her that award for two consecutive years in Howard County. This is also the second straight first-team All-Metro position for Alicia. In addition to all the Howard county feats, Alicia won the 2A regionals and finished second in the state 2A championship race with a time of 19 minutes, 10 seconds -- 16 seconds behind Catonsville's Bridget Olp.
Krissy Jost, Perry Hall, junior -- The Runner of the Year in Baltimore City/County competition, Jost managed to win two of six meets against All-Metro Runner of the Year Kristen Nicolini. Jost beat Nicolini in their division of the Arundel Invitational and in the Harford Invitational. Not bad for the transfer from Queen Anne's who helped Perry Hall win its first girls 4A state title. When not competing against Nicolini, Jost won a 4A regional title and the Spiked Shoe meet. She was second to Nicolini by eight seconds in the state 4A championship meet. Stay tuned for more Jost-Nicolini duels next season. Both are juniors.
Teresa Love, Mount de Sales, junior -- This accomplished runner from the Association of Independent Schools was outstanding no matter what the competition was this season. She won the AIS group meet, won her division at the Arundel Invitational, took third at the state's Catholic championships and finished fifth at North County. Thanks to Love, the tiny student body at Mount de Sales has a lot to be proud of in cross country these days.
Becky McDivitt, Glen Burnie, junior -- It was easy for outstanding girls runners in Anne Arundel County to get lost in the shadows of Metro Runner of the Year Kristen Nicolini. McDivitt was one of those talented runners who was always in the hunt for Nicolini but had trouble catching her. McDivitt was second to Nicolini by nearly two minutes in the 4A regionals, third to Nicolini in the North County Invitational, third to Nicolini's second in their division of the Arundel Invitational and eighth to the first-place Annapolis runner in the state 4A championship race. Fortunately for McDivitt, there is a next year for both runners and things have a way of changing in one season.
Kari Meyer, Centennial, sophomore -- The future got a little brighter for this young runner the moment Glenelg's Alicia Adams finished her eligibility this season after three straight Howard county girls titles. Meyer, who finished third to Adams and Atholton's Dana Strickland in the Howard County championship race, now has to worry primarily about fellow sophomore Strickland the next two seasons. Without Adams and Strickland (both at 2A schools) in the 3A regionals, Meyer ran to a first-place finish and took seventh in the 3A states. She also won the Meade Invitational and was third in her division of the Arundel Invitational. Those were good enough stats to earn Meyer a second straight All-Metro first-team berth. She did it all without last year's outstanding freshman teammate Heather Tanner. Tanner moved to another school.
Bridget Olp, Catonsville, junior -- Catonsville won its first state girls 2A title by a sweeping margin of 39 points over second-place Fallston, and it was Olp who led the Comets' charge all season. She outran defending champion Alicia Adams of Glenelg to win the 2A individual state championship, completing a superb season that had her winning the Baltimore county title, finishing second in the 2A regionals and third in the Harford Invitational. Olp also took fourth in the Spiked Shoe and teamed with Julie Shimko to give Catonsville instant recognition everywhere the team went for meets. Both Olp and Shimko are juniors and should make the Comets a stronger force next season.
Dana Strickland, Atholton, sophomore -- There is little wonder that Strickland earned a second straight All-Metro first-team berth this season. She challenged Glenelg veteran standout Alicia Adams all season for No. 1 honors in Howard County, finishing second to her in the county championships and second to Adams in the 2A South regionals. In the state 2A championship race, Strickland was again just one place behind Adams, who was second to Catonsville's Bridget Olp. Strickland also won her division of the Arundel Invitational and was third in the Westminster Invitational. With Adams gone next season, Strickland should be the best in Howard County if she can continue to run ahead of Centennial's Kari Meyer.
BOYS RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Jamie Davies, Catonsville, senior -- No one beat Davies all season and he was celebrated all over the Metro area as the best runner. He was 8-for-8 in races, including the top performance among all runners at the state meet at Hereford. Davies blitzed the state 2A field with a time of 15 minutes, 52 seconds -- eight seconds better than the next best time (16:00 by Josh Orenstein of 3A Walter Johnson) in the four state classes. While winning everything in sight, Davies helped the Comets' boys cross country team emerge as one of the top programs in the area.
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR
Jim Gilford, Westminster -- This talented cross country coach has won every award imaginable in his outstanding 14-year career at Westminster High, but he will be pressed to do a better coaching job than he did this season. Gilford had to be sensational to win the top boys coaching award over Calvert Hall's Jim McCoach, whose No. 1-ranked Cardinals dominated the area most of the season. Westminster had only one runner, Shawn Donovan, returning from last season and it looked as if the Owls wouldn't be close to competing for a state 4A title as they had in the past four years (two 4A championships and two seconds). But Gilford took an unknown Michigan transfer, Tim Meerschaert, and a lot of young runners and somehow managed to finish second in the state 4As for a second straight season. The Owls beat Arundel and Perry Hall teams for second place behind runaway Quince Orchard. Gilford guided Westminster to its 10th straight Carroll County title and seventh straight Central Maryland Conference championship.
ALL-METRO BOYS FIRST TEAM
Jonathan Dietrich, Calvert Hall, junior -- He was the best on the most dominant cross country team in the area. No one will forget Dietrich's scintillating sprint over the final 100 yards to beat Gilman's Ted Lord in the MSA championship meet. But the outstanding junior was not only flashy, he was consistent all season for coach Jim McCoach. If Dietrich didn't finish first or set a course record as he did at Gilman and on his home Calvert Hall course, he was almost always second. This is the kind of runner every coach wants to have.
Brian Harris, C. Milton Wright, senior -- The best Harford County had to offer for three straight seasons, Harris is very good. He has been a measuring stick for the top boys runners in the area, with everybody out to knock him off. Harris often withstood the challenges to win the Harford County championship, the Class 3A North Regional and three invitational meets this season. Even when the hunters finally caught up with Harris in the state Class 3A championship meet this season (Harris was 11th), it did very little to diminish an outstanding career for the senior.
Kevin Hill, Centennial, senior -- No one expected Hill to be the class of Howard County boys competition this season for the simple reason they did not know that much about him. Hill was a transfer from South Africa by way of Philadelphia and it didn't take long for him to make his presence felt. Hill took second in the prestigious Westminster Invitational, second in his class race at the Arundel Invitational and second in the Meade Invitational along with firsts in the Jack Griffin and Linganore Invitationals. Those were warm-ups for a first-place finish in the Howard
County championships, first in the 3A regionals and fourth in the 3A states with a superb 16:11 time at Hereford. It was the sixth best time in all four state classes.
Jack Longley, South River, junior -- Persistence paid off for Longley, who began the season as an unhappy No. 1 runner for Severna Park and ended it as a contented and successful runner for South River. Plagued by academic problems at Severna Park, Longley got the approval of the school board to transfer to South River after the first three meets of the season. Longley fit in right away with his new school and team, said South River coach Scott Baker, and he proceeded to get in shape and formed a strong 1-2 punch with teammate Danny Zamarripa, who beat Longley in the 2A regionals. But Longley came back in the 2A state championships to run the "race of his life," according to Baker, and finished second to Runner of the Year Jamie Davis of Catonsville. Longley was clocked in 16:24. Longley also finished second in the Anne Arundel County championships behind Arundel's Geoff Warren.
Ted Lord, Gilman, junior -- The caliber of competition was up this season in the Maryland Scholastic Association and Lord was one of the premier runners in the league. He bounced back from a stress fracture that kept him out most of the 1992 season and quickly established himself as the No. 1 runner for Gilman. Even though he lost to Calvert Hall's Jonathan Dietrich in a spectacular finish at the MSA championships, Lord was superb in winning his division of the Arundel Invitational and taking his division at the University of Maryland Invitational.
Jason Reckner, Old Mill, senior -- It took a while for Reckner to make his mark at Old Mill, as he was just another runner as a freshman and sophomore. But then his career took off as a junior when he finished in a virtual tie for first in the 4A regionals with last season's Metro Runner of the Year Geoff Warren of Arundel. Warren was given first in that race, but Reckner came back this season to distinguish himself with lots of honors. He took third place in the Anne Arundel County championships and third in the 4A regionals, before running off to the biggest victory of his high school career in the state 4A championships. Reckner took first with a time of 16:08 for his only win of the season over Warren, who fell to 14th in that race.
Geoff Warren, Arundel, senior -- The only thing that possibly cost Warren a second straight Metro Runner of the Year award was a bad case of stomach flu that finally took its toll on him in the 4A regionals and states. Warren won eight straight races this season before finishing second in the regionals and 14th in the states. He won three races, including the Anne Arundel County championships, with the flu that hit in midseason and prompted 104-degree temperatures. Warren never could get back in top condition after the flu hit him and it caught up with him in the state championships. But that hasn't prevented Warren from looking forward to running collegiately at Brown or Navy.
Runner of the Year: Jamie Davies, Catonsville
;/ Coach of the Year: Jim Gilford, Westminster
Name ........ ......... School ...... Class
Jamie Davies ....... Catonsville ... Senior
Jonathan Dietrich... Calvert Hall .. Junior
Brian Harris .... C. Milton Wright.. Senior
Kevin Hill ......... Centennial .... Senior
Jack Longley ....... South River ... Junior
Ted Lord ............ Gilman ....... Junior
Jason Reckner ...... Old Mill ...... Senior
Geoff Warren ........ Arundel ...... Senior
Name ....... ....... School ....... Class
Greg Curtis ..... Oakland Mills ... Junior
Steve Donahue .. C. Milton Wright.. Senior
Joe Ledda ......... Liberty ....... Junior
Kyle Martin ..... Calvert Hall .... Senior
Tim Meerschaert.. Westminster ..... Senior
Chris Menno ....... Dundalk ....... Senior
Bobby Simmons .... Joppatowne ..... Senior
Frank Trimble .... Perry Hall ..... Senior
Bobby Van Allen .. Centennial ..... Senior
Danny Zamarripa... South River .... Senior
Runner of the Year: Kristen Nicolini, Annapolis
Coach of the Year: Marilyn Bevans, Perry Hall
Name ....... ....... School ....... Class
Alicia Adams ....... Glenelg ...... Senior
Krissy Jost ....... Perry Hall .... Junior
Teresa Love ..... Mount de Sales... Junior
Becky McDivitt ... Glen Burnie .... Junior
Kari Meyer ........ Centennial .... Sophomore
Kristen Nicolini... Annapolis ..... Junior
Bridget Olp ...... Catonsville .... Junior
Dana Strickland .... Atholton ..... Sophomore
Name ....... ....... School ....... Class
Dishina Davis ...... Dulaney ...... Senior
Jessica Davis ...... Old Mill ..... Junior
Jen Englehart .. C. Milton Wright.. Sophomore
Becky Foster ........ Towson ...... Sophomore
Shannon Hugg .. Francis Scott Key.. Senior
Megan Makowski ..... Perry Hall ... Junior
Julie Shimko ....... Catonsville... Junior
Meghan White ........ Dulaney ..... Freshman
Melissa Wilson ...... Dulaney ..... Freshman
Boys cross country Top 10
1. Calvert Hall ...... 48
2. Centennial ........ 47
3. C. Milton Wright .. 39
4. Westminster ....... 34
5. Arundel ........... 32
6. Perry Hall ........ 25
7. Oakland Mills ..... 17
8. Gilman ............ 15
9. McDonogh ........... 7
10. Catonsville ....... 6
Other teams receiving votes, with points in parentheses: Curley (2), South River (2).
Poll members: Jerry Martin, Perry Hall; Jim Gilford, Westminster; Gene Hoffman, Archbishop Curley; Earl Lauer, Atholton; Ed Purpura, Severna Park.
Girls cross country Top 10
1. Perry Hall ....... 49
2. Catonsville ...... 44
3. Dulaney .......... 42
4. Centennial ....... 31
5. C. Milton Wright.. 27
6. Severna Park ..... 25
7. Fallston ......... 21
8. Mount de Sales ... 18
9. Westminster ...... 10
10. Old Mill ......... 5
Other team receiving votes, with points in parentheses: Atholton (3).
Poll members: Jerry Martin, Perry Hall; Jim Gilford, Westminster; Barbara Johnson, C. Milton Wright; Earl Lauer, Atholton; Ed Purpura, Severna Park. The Baltimore Sun 1993 All-Metro cross country teams were selected by Bill Free after consultation with staff writers and area coaches.