1999 All-Baltimore City/County Cross Country Teams; High Schools

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Boys

Runner of the Year

Chris Wright, Mount St. Joseph, sophomore: Started the season by winning the Mount St. Mary's Invitational over Westminster High's top guns by 16 seconds (16: 32) and never looked back. Chris, a transfer, was unbeaten in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association dual meets, set most of the records for courses he ran on and prevailed in the MIAA Championship event at Western Maryland College by covering the 5,000-meter course in 16: 28. He was second at the Knights Invitational in Baybrook Park despite doing the three miles in 15: 46. His lone stumble was at Bull Run (eighth), where he was pushed to the ground and trampled.

Coach of the Year

Stan Smith, Poly: Smith took over the reins at Poly four years ago and, after finishing runnerup to Mervo in his first go-round, has directed the Engineers to the last three city titles. "The best and most dedicated runner I've had is Alex Scally," he says. "We started out together when he was a freshman and, ironically, he was handed off to me by the soccer coach, who said he lacked dedication. What a bad assessment that was. One of the joys of working with the boys is we always seem to have great team spirit."

The team

Tim Briggs, Calvert Hall, junior: Fifth in the MIAA Championship 5K in 17: 03, Briggs' best race was probably at Georgetown Prep where he finished fifth among 234 finishers and led Calvert Hall to third place among 33 teams. He was eighth at the Anne Arundel Invitational and was the most consistent runner for the Cards.

Bill Duffy, Dulaney, sophomore: Usually his team's top finisher, Duffy ran second in Class 4A North Region in 17: 33 as Dulaney was getting some measure of revenge for losing the county title to Perry Hall. He was fifth in the county, seventh at the Dulaney Invitational (17: 25) and 21st at state 4A in 17: 30.

Andy Hart, Perry Hall, senior: Solid as a rock for the past four years, Hart saved his best for last, winning the Baltimore County championship by three seconds over teammate Cooper Henry. He was fourth in 4A North regional and was 19th in the state 4A run. He finished fourth at the Anne Arundel Invitational, 10 seconds behind the winner; eighth at the Meade Autumn Classic; and 15th at Bull Run.

Paul Hugus, Loch Raven, sophomore: Fourth in the county (17: 43), Hugus was up with the leaders in Class 2A North (third) and had a good run at states, finishing 16th among 121 finishers at Hereford.

Alexis Rice, Woodlawn, junior: Relatively new to the sport, Rice and teammate Cleon Johnson led Woodlawn from the depths of Baltimore County cross country to a position of respectability. He finished third in the county championship in 17: 42, fifth in 4A North regional (17: 36) and a very respectable 18th in the state 4A championship at Hereford in 17: 21. Woodlawn won all its dual meets in the second division of county schools.

Kyle Reagan, Mount St. Joseph, senior: The four-year participant was sixth overall and second on the team at the MIAA championships and was a consistent 2-3 finisher in the Gaels' unbeaten (6-0) dual-meet season. He finished eighth in the Knights Invitational (16: 30) and was a top 10 finisher among 70 at Mount St. Mary's.

Alex Scally, Poly, senior: He won his second straight City Championship, turning in a time (17: 32) that was the best in the race over the last five years. Scally, who aspires to attend an Ivy League school, was second in Class 2A North regional and at the Mervo Invitational, fifth at St. Paul's and made top 25 at the states.

Matt Schelberg, Loyola, junior: A hard-luck loser at the Meade AutumnClassic when he wandered off line in the last 200 yards of the race, Schelberg led the Dons in all their races and finished fourth in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association showdown in 16: 59. He was sixth at the Knights Invitational and 15th among 138 finishers at Bull Run.

Greg Zmijewski, Mount St. Joseph, junior: Greg got his season off well by finishing seventh (17: 19) in the strong field at Mount St. Mary's and establishing himself as the Gaels' solid No. 2 man throughout. He was seventh at the MIAA title 5K in 17: 06, fifth at the Knights and is a repeater on the team.

Girls

Runner of the Year

Tenke Zoltani, Dulaney, sophomore: In her first try at cross country, the state mile and two-mile champion outdoors (as a freshman) continued to collect bric-a-brac for her trophy case. She won the Class 4A state title by 26 seconds in a then-course record, won the Baltimore County crown by 45 seconds, the 4A North Region in course record time at Herring Run and the Dulaney Invitational by a minute. In her lone "loss" of the season, she finished second in a field of 186 at the prestigious Georgetown Prep Classic.

Coach of the Year

Stacey Nicholson, Bryn Mawr: An accomplished runner herself -- she's been winning road races hereabouts for years and qualified for the Olympic Trials in the marathon three years ago -- Nicholson has been building a power for three years at the school both in cross country and track. Her teaching load (science, physics and chemistry) is such that she is taking the indoor track season off.

The team

Sarah Arbaugh, Notre Dame Prep, junior: The leader of the NDP pack that finished second in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland to Bryn Mawr, Arbaugh was fifth in the league title event. Sidelined through much of last year, she led her team's 3-6-7-8-9 frolic to victory at Mount St. Mary's breaking 21 minutes for 5,000 meters. Arbaugh was ninth at Knights Invitational and 17th at Bull Run (21: 40) and was named to the league all-stars.

Laura Brazil, Perry Hall, junior: Like clockwork, Brazil took up a position in the lead pack of her first race and stayed there all season. Check this out for consistency: sixth in the county (21: 01), third in Class 4A North regional (20: 40), seventh at Hereford's Bull Run, sixth at Georgetown, fifth at Meade and 12th in the state 4A romp in 21: 04.

Tess Deanahan, Bryn Mawr, senior: The repeat All City/County selection improved her performance from third place to second in the IAAM title meet, pushing teammate Nyam Kagwina with her 20: 12. She beat Spalding rivals Kelly Zuknick and U'Tonna Sherrod by 50 seconds and this played a big part in giving the Mawrtians the team title over Notre Dame Prep, Spalding and Mount de Sales, all worthy adversaries. She was 11th at Bull Run (20: 54).

Sheree Geroux, Parkville, freshman: Anything Chris Myers didn't do for the Knights this fall, Geroux, picking up where her injured sister Kristy left off last season, did. The bookend underclassmen would start each race together, then they would take turns beating each other. Sheree was third in the county (20: 35), third at Mervo, third at Knights Invitational and fifth at 4A North when flu struck. It pushed her back to 39th in the state 4A meet.

Deborah Green, Northern, sophomore: Although the time (21: 47) wasn't much, Green won the city championship by nearly a minute and a half. She has run the race twice and won it handily both times. One of the problems in the city is good cross country programs are sparse, but she held up well in the 4A North region competition against Baltimore County's best, finishing sixth (21: 15). She was 36th in the state 4A.

Nyam Kagwina, Bryn Mawr, freshman: Led a 1-2 sweep with teammate Tess Deanahan in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland title meet at St. Timothy's clocking 21: 09. Nyam showed well at Bull Run, finishing sixth in the seeded race, and she beat Myers and Geroux of Parkville at the Mervo Invitational. She was seventh at the girls seeded race at Georgetown.

Anastasia Mukhina, Towson, sophomore: Runner-up to Tenke Zoltani in the county championships in 21: 14, Mukhina ran virtually the same time (21: 12) to finish ninth in the Class 2A state title run. She was second in Class 2A North, third at the Dulaney Invitational, fourth at Bull Run and second at Meade -- all times being within 30 seconds of each other.

Chris Myers, Parkville, sophomore: Fourth in the county championships, Myers won the Meade Classic in front of a 106-runner field before capping her season with a 16th-place finish in the state 4A title meet at Hereford. She was second at the Mervo Invitational, second in the 4A North regional and fifth at Knights.

Tricia O'Connell, Catonsville, sophomore: Around a mid-season injury, O'Connell won the small-schools race at the Arundel Invitational early and finished fourth in the 2A state championship at Hereford (19: 55). In between, she finished second at Dulaney, was fifth in the county championship (still feeling the effects of a leg injury) and won the 2A North regional by 50 seconds on her home course.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1999 All-Baltimore City/County Cross Country Teams were selected by Phil Jackman after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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