1999 All-Howard County Cross Country Teams; High Schools

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Boys

Runner of the Year

Mike Styczynski, River Hill, senior: He was selected by Lauer as River Hill's most improved runner in both his sophomore and junior years and won the Class 3A state title in the course record time of 16 minutes, 22.47 seconds by knocking almost a full minute off his state time from a year ago. "He may be our most improved runner again," Lauer said.

Styczynski, a former soccer player, also set the Centennial course record at regionals at 16: 22, breaking the old mark of 16: 34. He won the county championship over a difficult course in 16: 55, ahead of the runner-up by 12 seconds.

Styczynski also won at Interstate, finished fourth in the seeded race at Hereford's Bull Run, sixth in the seeded race at Georgetown and sixth in the A race at William and Mary. Those last three invitationals were run against national-caliber teams.

Coach of the Year

Earl Lauer, River Hill: The Hawks moved up from Class 2A to 3A, but the jump didn't stop them from winning their second straight state championship. They also broke their own record for fewest points at the Howard county meet with 20 points based on a 1-2-3-5-9 finish. The old record was 27.

In winning the regional meet, the Hawks were almost perfect with a 1-2-3-5-6 finish.

For Lauer, a 29-year veteran, who coached 25 years at Atholton before moving when River Hill opened, this was his sixth state championship team and the 11th to take the county title.

The team

Steve Chu, River Hill, senior: A solid, consistent runner who finished third at the county meet (17: 21), second at regionals (16: 41) and seventh at states (16: 58). He had the county's third-best overall time at states. Chu is making his first appearance on the All-County squad.

Shane Stroup, River Hill, sophomore: He missed winning a county championship by just 12 seconds (17: 07), as he finished second to teammate Styczynski. He duplicated that 12-second separation (16: 34) from the state champion and course-record setting Styczynski at states for a fourth-place finish. In between he took third place at regionals at 16: 54. This is his first All-County selection.

Jon Goldsmith, Glenelg, junior: He won the Class 1A regional title at Herring Run (17: 06) and finished second at states (17: 11). At the county meet he dropped from second place a year ago to fourth place (17: 25) this season. He won invitationals at Brunswick and St. Paul's. This is his second All-County selection.

Carldrickiss Haymon, Oakland Mills, junior: ior: He led Oakland Mills to its 10th state championship, finishing seventh overall (17: 50) at the Class 1A race. At regionals, he was third (17: 41) and at counties he was 10th (18: 01). This is his first All-County selection.

Shawn Spencer, Centennial, junior: Only four seconds kept him from winning regionals, as he had to settle for second place (17: 16). He again garnered a second-place finish at Class 2A state meet (17: 05), a time that was fourth-best among all county runners at states. He finished sixth at the county meet (17: 40). This is his first All-County selection.

Michael Fleg, River Hill, junior: One of the county's most consistent runners, Fleg finished fifth at counties (17: 32), fifth at regionals (17: 37) and 12th at states (17: 24). This is his first All-County selection.

Ryan Strohl, Long Reach, senior: After a seventh-place county finish (17: 40), Strohl, a former soccer player, stepped it up to fourth place at regionals (17: 15) and lowered his time again at the state meet (17: 05) where he finished eighth among Class 3A runners. He is Long Reach's first All-County runner and is headed to East Carolina where he plans to continue running.

Brian Selmer, Glenelg, senior: He finished second at Class 1A regionals (17: 29) after an eighth-place county finish (17: 43). He was also eighth at states (17: 58). This is his first All-County selection.

Steve Rivas, Hammond, senior: He scored a stunning Class 2A regional victory (17: 12) after a disappointing 11th at the county meet (18: 08). He came back with a respectable eighth-place state run (17: 38). This is his first All-County selection.

Girls

Co-Runners of the Year

Kate Frande, Mount Hebron, senior: She missed winning the county title by six inches to her top rival, River Hill's Lee McDuff, and never had the satisfaction of actually beating her, but produced better times than McDuff at regionals and states while running the same course in a different classification.

Frande won her Class 2A regional in 19: 40, 10 seconds faster than McDuff's Class 3A time that day at Centennial, and 15 seconds faster than her time a year ago. And she finished third at the state meet in 19: 35, beating McDuff's time by 17 seconds and her previous state best by 39 seconds.

She won the Jack Griffin and St. Paul's Invitationals. In other head-to-head competitions with McDuff this season, Frande finished second (19: 32), 20 seconds behind her at Georgetown Prep, and second, seven seconds behind her at Bull Run. This is Frande's third straight All-County selection.

Lee McDuff, River Hill, junior: Last season's Runner of the Year, McDuff repeated as county champ (19: 51). She also won her Class 3A regional race (19: 50).

She finished second at the state Class 3A meet (19: 52) after leading most of the way. In Georgetown Prep's big schools division, she finished first (19: 12).

McDuff also won the large school division at Bull Run with the fourth fastest overall time that day. Her runner-up finishes in addition to states included Interstate and William and Mary (B Division). This is her second All-County selection.

Coach of the Year

Roger Volrath, Glenelg: The Gladiators won a regional Class 1A title, finished second in the state and third at the county meet. That added up to another successful season for Volrath, who has coached Glenelg cross country for 26 years while his teams have won three state and four county titles.

The team

Bridget Baker, Howard, junior: Frande and McDuff were the only two county runners Baker could not beat, and her regional second-place time of 19: 52 was just two seconds slower than McDuff's Class 3A winning time of 19: 50. Baker was third at counties (20: 22) and sixth at states (20: 07). This is her second All-County selection.

Carrie Selmer, Glenelg, sophomore: She won the Class 1A regional title at Herring Run in 20: 42 after finishing fourth at counties in 21: 10. At states, she was second in 21: 09. Selmer won invitationals at Brunswick and Fort Frederick. This is her first All-County selection.

Danielle Stoddart, Oakland Mills, senior: She finished fifth at the county championships, missing fourth by a fraction of a second to Carrie Selmer of Glenelg. At regionals she finished second, but behind Selmer again, this time by two seconds. For religious reasons, Stoddart did not run at states, which was conducted on a Saturday. This is her second All-County selection.

Susan Wilson, River Hill, junior: The former soccer player emerged into the Hawks' No. 2 runner, finishing fifth (21: 34) at counties, second (20: 44) at regionals and eighth (21: 11) at Class 3A states. This is her first All-County selection.

Rebecca Novinsky, Wilde Lake, junior: She finished seventh (21: 49) at counties and fifth (21: 11) at regionals. This is her first All-County selection.

Rebecca Lyons, Glenelg, senior: After an eighth-place finish (21: 57) at the county meet, she improved to third place at the Class 1A regional (21: 11) and wrapped up her career with 13th place (22: 31) at states. This is her first All-County selection.

Anna Lucas, River Hill, senior: She helped her team win its second straight county title with a ninth-place county finish (22: 07). At regionals, she finished seventh (21: 52). This is her first All-County selection.

Laura Holtrop, Glenelg Country School, freshman: She won eight of nine races including the Washington Independent Schools Cross Country Association championship in 19: 17. In the small schools division at Georgetown Prep, she finished third in 20: 29. Last summer at Omaha, Neb., she finished third in the U.S. Track and Field Junior Olympics in the 3,000 meters and eighth in the 1,500 meters of the 15-16 age division.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1999 All-Howard County cross country teams were selected by Rick Belz after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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