1994 ALL-CITY/COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS

THE BALTIMORE SUN

FEMALE RUNNER OF THE YEAR

* Krissy Jost, Perry Hall, Sr. -- What race didn't she win? Jost captured the county title by crossing the line 1 minute, 15 seconds ahead of the runner-up, won the region crown at Oregon Ridge in 19:26 and secured her first state cross country championship by holding off defending state champ and longtime-rival Kristen Nicolini of Annapolis. Before that, she won the Harford and Lake Forest invitationals. "Her threshold of pain is mind-boggling," said coach Marilyn Bevans. "She had that good fighter instinct this year." Jost will attend the University of Alabama next fall on a full track scholarship.

GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR

* Ed Donnellan, Notre Dame Prep -- Four years after "starting a team from scratch" and finishing 0-10 in league competition, zTC Donnellan led the Pirates past league nemesis Mount de Sales and captured the team title at the Association of Independent Schools Cross Country Championships. While tornadoes were touching down in parts of Baltimore, Donnellan's charges were busy making history at St. Timothy's School by placing seven of their runners in the top 20. "It's easy to be a one-shot deal or a flash in the pan, but what we've done is developed a program for the long run," said Donnellan, whose team went 9-1 in dual meets and took second at the state Catholic League Championships. "We promoted the sport, made it visible to the students and found kids who were committed to winning."

THE TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Becky Foster, Towson, Jr. -- Foster took third at the county and region meets and was third at the Harford Invitational. More importantly, she helped the Generals advance to the states with a 52-56 upset of Fallston at the 2A North region meet at Oregon Ridge. At states, Foster finished seventh in 23:04.

* Carrie Kroll, NDP, Soph. -- Coming off an injury, Kroll started slow but finished strong, taking second in the state Catholic League Championships at Georgetown Prep (22:00, 3.1 miles) and claiming fifth at the AIS Championships (17:13, 2.5 miles). She won the final dual meet of the season and was a big reason why her team won its first AIS title. "If she didn't bounce back," said Donnellan, "it would have been tough for us to win.

* Lolita Manning, Western, Fresh. -- This District IX champion also took second at the Knights Invite (which the Doves won), finished fourth at the Harford Invitational, was ninth at regions, 10th at states and 13th at the Spiked Shoe meet at Johns Hopkins.

* Kimya McCoy, Western, Soph. -- McCoy was runner-up to Manning at the District IX meet, took sixth at the Knights Invite and was ninth at the Spiked Shoe. Before finishing 11th at regions and 20th at states, McCoy claimed 19th at the Harford Invitational and 20th at the Georgetown Prep Invitational.

* Brigid O'Connell, Catonsville, Soph. -- O'Connell opened the season by winning the Southwest Invitational at Lansdowne. The underclassman took second at the Baltimore County Championships behind Jost, won the Class 2A North regional title at Oregon Ridge and was second in the 2A state race at Hereford.

* Suzanne Sclafani, Dulaney, Jr. -- Sclafani was a catalyst on a Dulaney team that captured county, region and state titles. She was the Lions' highest finisher at the county meet where she finished fourth, was second at regions in 21:29 and her 14th-place at states helped Dulaney hold off Quince Orchard.

* Jenny Scott, McDonogh, Soph. -- Scott ended her sophomore season by winning her second consecutive AIS championship. Some of her other accomplishments included a fourth-place finish at the St. Stephens/St. Agnes Invitational in Virginia (19:11, 3.1 miles) and 15th place at the Spiked Shoe Invitational. She went undefeated in dual meets (10-0) and broke course records at McDonogh, St. Timothy's and Herring Run Park.

* Kelly Sloan, Roland Park, Jr. -- Sloan opened the season with a second-place finish at an open group meet and closed the season by finishing second at the AIS Championships. She also took third at the St. Paul's Invitational, fourth at the Spike Shoe and was first in a dual meet with IND, Oldfields and St. Mary's. "She's willing to put in the miles," said Roland Park coach Mary Beth Dyer.

* Meghan White, Dulaney, Soph. -- White, a second-team All-Metro performer last season, began the season by winning the Westminster Invitational for the second year in a row in 20:18. She was fifth at the county meet, eighth at regions (22:04) and led her team to a 4A state title by finishing seventh (22:04).

* Melissa Wilson, Dulaney, Soph. -- Wilson, another second-team All-Metro performer last year, was third in the regions in 21:47, took seventh at the county meet and was 15th at states in 22:44. She also finished second behind White at the Westminster Invitational.

* Liz Williams, Mt. de Sales, Sr. -- Williams took third at the Anne Arundel Invitational, eighth at the Pallotti Invitational, 11th at the Westminster Invitational and was 20th at the Spiked Shoe. She was third at the Catholic League Championships (which her team won) and sixth at the AIS Championships.

ALL-BALTIMORE CITY/COUNTY GIRLS

Runner of the Year: Krissy Jost, Perry Hall

Coach of the Year: Ed Donnellan, Notre Dame Prep

Name .. .. .. .. .. School .. .. .. Class

Becky Foster ... .. Towson .. .. .. Junior

Krissy Jost . .. .. Perry Hall . .. Senior

Carrie Kroll ... .. NDP .. .. .. .. Sophomore

Lolita Manning . .. Western . .. .. Freshman

Kimya McCoy . .. .. Western . .. .. Sophomore

Brigid O'Connell .. Catonsville ... Sophomore

Suzanne Sclafani .. Dulaney . .. .. Junior

Jenny Scott . .. .. McDonogh ... .. Sophomore

Kelly Sloan . .. .. Roland Park ... Junior

Meghan White ... .. Dulaney . .. .. Sophomore

Melissa Wilson . .. Dulaney . .. .. Sophomore

Liz Williams ... .. Mt. de Sales .. Senior

PICKING THE TEAMS

The Baltimore Sun 1994 All-Baltimore City/County Cross Country Teams were selected by Steven Kivinski.

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