All-Howard County cross country

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Boys Runner of the Year

Shane Stroup, River Hill: The smooth-striding, strong-finishing Stroup broke the state-meet record at Hereford while winning the Class 3A state title in a time of 16:02.14. That was just two seconds off the course record set last year and the third fastest time ever at Hereford. He won nine of 10 races this season, finishing first at the Howard County Invitational, Arundel Invitational, Georgetown Invitational (large schools division), the county (16:22), regional (16:24) and state meets, as well as three dual meets. His only loss was at Bull Run, where he finished fourth. He broke the Centennial course record at the Howard County championships by three seconds. This is the senior's third All-County cross country selection. He'll attend the University of Florida on a track scholarship.

Boys Coach of the Year

John Sunderdick, Mount Hebron: The Vikings won their first county boys cross country championship, and also won the Class 3A East regional title before finishing third in a strong Class 3A state division, losing to first-place Northwest, 101-108, with Dulaney second at 103. The Vikings unseated three-time defending champion River Hill to win the county title. They also finished third in the seeded division at Georgetown Prep and third in the elite race at Hereford's Bull Run. Sunderdick teaches social studies at Mount Hebron. This is the Oakland Mills graduate's second season of coaching the Vikings.

Boys team

Ben Adams, Glenelg: Adams finished eighth (18:06) at the Class 2A state meet and was the top finisher on his state championship team. The junior finished ninth (18:06) at the county championships, where his team was fourth. And he finished eighth (18:09) at the 2A West region championships that Glenelg won.

Nick Czabaranek, Centennial: He finished fourth at the state Class 2A meet (17:49). At the 2A West region championships, he ran third (17:45), leading his team to a second-place finish. And at the county meet, the junior finished seventh (17:53).

Seth Kampf, Mount Hebron: He was the third part of a trio of strong Mount Hebron runners who carried the Vikings to county and state titles. Kampf finished 11th at the state meet (17:04), fifth at the 3A East region meet and sixth at the county championships (17:36). The junior could challenge teammate Matt Sanders as the top county runner next season.

Greg Koffel, Glenelg Country: A second-place (16:44) finisher to Georgetown Day's highly-touted Ben Stern (15:17) at the Washington Independent Schools Cross Country Association championships, where Koffel beat his previous best time by 20 seconds, the Dragons runner led his team to first place at that meet, their first Washington Independent Schools Cross Country Association title. In the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championships, the junior finished second in the conference and 10th overall in the MIAA. He was undefeated in four home meets.

Izudin Mehmedovic, Oakland Mills: Last season's Runner of the Year, this season the "Bosnian Flash" again won the Class 1A individual state championship (16:33) and led his team to its third straight state title, but he was unable to defeat Stroup. The All-Metro runner did beat highly- touted Class 4A state champ Pat Bailey of C. Milton Wright twice, however. Mehmedovic also won the 1A Central region meet (16:24), leading his team to that title. And the senior finished second (16:27) at the county championships after a tight, memorable duel with Stroup for most of the race.

Rick McGinnis, Oakland Mills: He was the No. 2 runner on a team that won its third straight Class 1A state championship. The junior finished seventh (17:48) at the state meet, third (16:28) at the 1A Central region meet and eighth (18:04) at the county championships.

Jason Moore, Wilde Lake: The Wildecats' No. 1 runner finished ninth (17:00) at the 3A state championships, fourth (17:25) at the 3A East regionals and fifth (17:23) at the county championships. This is the senior's second All-County selection.

James Mullaly, Mount Hebron: The No. 2 runner on Mount Hebron's county championship team, Mullaly finished fourth (16:35) at the state championships, third (17:08) at the 3A East regional and fourth at the county championships (17:18). At Bull Run, the senior finished 13th (17:18), helping the Vikings finish third. This is his second All-County selection.

Matt Sanders, Mount Hebron: The No. 1 runner for the Vikings' first county championship team, Sanders finished third (16:24) at the 3A state championships. His time was nine seconds faster than Mehmedovic's. Sanders ran second (16:38) in the 3A East Regional and was third (16:43) at the county championships. At Georgetown Prep, he finished ninth (16:30) in the seeded race. And at Bull Run, the junior ran fifth (16:40) in the elite race. He looks like the favorite to win the county title next season. This is his second All-County selection.

Girls Runner of the Year

Carrie Selmer, Glenelg: She won her first county championship (20:40), finished second (20:22) at the Class 2A West regional and was third at the state meet (20:10). Her state time was the best among all county runners. Last year's Class 1A state champ, Selmer won the Howard County Invitational. And she finished second at both the Clear Spring and Brunswick Invitationals. The senior was fourth at the Lancer Invitational. Her team finished second at the Howard County Invitational, county championships and state championships and was third at the regional championships. This is Selmer's third All-County selection. A strong finisher, she has a 3.93 weighted grade-point average, scored 1,230 on the SAT and plans to run competitively in college.

Girls Coach of the Year

Mark Reedy, Mount Hebron: The Vikings won their third county title with a dominant performance in which they captured five of the first nine places. Reedy was fortunate that two lacrosse players decided to run cross country this season, One of them, Melissa McCarthy, turned into the Vikings' No. 1 runner. The other, Katrina McGowan, was one of the top five. The Vikings also won the Howard County Invitational, a regional title and finished fourth in one of the most competitive state classifications after moving up from 2A to 3A this season.

Girls team

Darya Fakory, Mount Hebron: She finished fifth (21:25) in the county, one second away from fourth place and only three seconds away from third. The sophomore was sixth (21:13) at the 3A West regional and 28th (21:39) at the state meet, but her state time was the seventh best among all county girls that day. Fakory also finished second (21:25) at the Howard County Invitational and crossed the line 13th (21:11) at the competitive Bull Run race.

Laura Holtrop, Chapelgate Christian: The junior won the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference championship, finished first in the small schools division at Georgetown Prep and first at the Mid-Atlantic Private Schools Invitational. Holtrop was also 17th in the highly competitive seeded division at William and Mary and sixth in the seeded race at the Bull Run Glory Days Invitational in Virginia. This is her third All-County selection.

Sarah Lancos, Mount Hebron: She posted the second-fastest time (20:49) among county runners overall at the state meet while finishing in 13th place in the 3A race. She was third (21:21) at the county championships and fifth (21:11) at the 3A East regional. She's one of two freshmen selected All-County.

Elise Lindenmayer, Mount Hebron: Her time of 21:10 at the state meet was the third-fastest among all county runners as she finished in 16th place in the competitive 3A class. The sophomore was fourth (21:10) at the 3A East regional and 10th (21:51) at the county championships.

Melissa McCarthy, Mount Hebron: This All-Star lacrosse player is headed to North Carolina to play that sport and passed up her senior soccer season to take a whirl at cross country. The results were amazing. The senior was second (20:52) at the county championships, second (20:35) at the 3A East regional and 17th (21:11) at the state meet. She beat county champ Carrie Selmer in a double-dual meet at River Hill.

Katrina McGowan, Mount Hebron: The first-year senior runner finished eighth (21:43) at the county championships. At the 3A East regional, she was 10th (21:46) before finishing up at the state meet in 27th place (21:38) with a time that was the sixth best among all county runners.

Katie Pencek, Glenelg: One of two freshmen to make the All-County team, Pencek finished sixth (21:34) at the county championships. Her time of 21:43 at the 3A state meet was good for 17th place, but was the eighth fastest among all county runners.

Jessica Reitz, Long Reach: The junior finished seventh (21:35) at the county championships and eighth (21:41) at the 3A East regional. Her time at the state meet was 22:36. At the Howard County Invitational, Reitz finished sixth (21:56).

Rachel Smith, Hammond: The sophomore finished fourth (21:24) at the county championships and fourth (21:30) at the Howard County Invitational and, despite being weakened by the flu, ran the 11th fastest time (22:04) among all county girls at the state meet that placed her 24th in the 2A class.

Laura Walls, Glenelg Country: She led the Dragons to the Washington Independent Schools Cross Country Association team title with a second-place (20:47) finish. The sophomore also led them to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland team title by finishing third (21:42) in the B Division and 16th overall. At Georgetown Prep, Walls finished 14th (21:44) in Division I. At the Mercersburg Invitational, she was fourth overall.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 2001 All-Howard County cross country teams were selected by Rick Belz after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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