RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Smith, a sophomore, fashioned together one of the more prolific seasons in recent memory by placing in the top three of all eight major invitationals and championships in which she participated. Aside from a second-place outing at the Harford Invitational and a third-place showing at the Howard County Striders Invitational, Smith proved victorious in the remaining six events.
She was first in the medium schools race of the Bull Run (20 minutes, 23 seconds), the Meade Autumn Classic (18:28.90) and the Division II race of the Georgetown Prep Classic (19:12.51). Besides powering the Raiders to wins at the Howard County Striders Invitational and the Class 2A South region meet, Smith put her stamp on the postseason by sweeping all three championships.
She claimed her second straight Howard County title (19:56.05), her second consecutive region crown (19:27.3) and her first state championship (19:38). Smith's time at the state meet was the fastest posted in any of the four classifications.
COACHES OF THE YEAR
Don Mickey and Larry Ashman
C. Milton Wright
Even before the season began, the Mustangs garnered national attention when they were ranked No. 3 in the Southeast Region of the Nike Team Nationals. Boasting a roster that included five returning veterans and two highly-touted freshmen, No. 1 C. Milton Wright opened the campaign by winning the Spiked Shoe Invitational, but placed third in the elite division of the Bull Run.
That outing dropped the Mustangs from the Southeast Region rankings, but Mickey and Ashman reminded them that they controlled their own destiny. That assurance led to victories at the Harford Invitational, the Georgetown Prep Classic, the Harford County championships (their 14th in the past 15 years), the Class 3A North region meet (their fourth in the past six seasons) and the state championship.
C. Milton Wright
Barnes, a two-time Harford County Runner of the Year, earned her second straight appearance on the All-Metro team by winning four of the eight major invitationals and championships in which she competed and placing in the top 10 in three others.
The sophomore took the Spiked Shoe Invitational (20:00.0), the Harford Invitational (18:17.68), her second county title (18:23.61) and her second Class 3A North region crown (18:22.17).
C. Milton Wright
Making her third appearance on the All-Metro team, Buck proved invaluable to the Mustangs. The senior scored seven top 15 finishes in eight major invitationals and championships.
She was a runner-up at both the Harford County (18:42.50) and the Class 3A North region (18:38.76) championships. Buck also placed third at the state meet (20:45) and the Harford Invitational (18:40.08).
The No. 7 Mawrtians leaned on the sophomore, who emerged out of obscurity. Childs, who was named the Baltimore City Runner of the Year, never finished outside of the top five in six major invitationals and championships.
She captured her first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland crown in a course-record time of 19:17 and won the small schools race of the Doc Jones Anne Arundel County Invitational (19:31.9).
Eight top-six finishes this season paved the way for McPhail to make her second straight appearance on the All-Metro team.
The junior scored victories in the large schools race of the Bull Run (20:57), the large schools race of the Doc Jones Anne Arundel County Invitational (20:03.0) and the Class 4A East region meet (18:40).
The junior, a two-time Carroll County Runner of the Year, picked up wins at the Mountain Run Invitational (20:15), the Run From the Lions' Den Invitational (19:14), the Lancer Invite (19:12.9), the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Chesapeake Division (20:17), the county championships (19:41) and the Class 4A North region meet (18:50).
The four-time All-Metro senior placed second at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships (19:27), third in the B races of the William & Mary (18:42) and Lake Forest (19:57) invitationals and fourth at the Mid-Atlantic Classic (20:37.03.
Sullivan is a two-time Baltimore County Runner of the Year.
The senior picked up her third straight All-Metro appearance as she placed in the top 13 in six major invitationals and championships.
She opened the season with a victory at the St. John's Invitational (19:35). Sullivan was second in the B race at the Lake Forest Invitational (19:43) and third at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships (19:53).
The junior never slipped outside of the top 11 in six major invitationals and championships. She was second at three straight meets - the Lancer Invite (19:42.0), the Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Division (21:03) and the Carroll County championships (20:00).
She won her first Class 3A state crown in 20:15.
The sophomore registered six top-10 performances in eight major invitationals and championships.
The Anne Arundel County Runner of the Year made her mark during the postseason, where she won the county title (19:39.5) and finished second at both the Class 4A East region (18:41) and state (19:59) championships.
C.M. Wright, freshman
C.M. Wright, senior
Mt. de Sales, junior
Sev. Park, freshman
C.M. Wright, junior
W. Lake, sophomore
Note: Teams selected by Edward Lee after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.
1. C. Milton Wright
3. Severna Park
7. Bryn Mawr
Other teams considered: Bel Air, Glenelg, Liberty, Loch Raven, Winters Mill.