Runner of the Year

Sergiy Zubko, River Hill

The junior opened the year with victories at the Interstate Classic, where he set a course-record time of 15 minutes, 57.7 seconds, and the Howard County Striders Invitational (17:13.44) - two events that he also captured last season. Zubko grabbed his first Howard County championship (16:59.48) and Class 3A East region crown (17:37.47).

This is the second straight year Zubko, who finished fourth at the state meet, has been named the county Runner of the Year.

Coach of the Year

Earl Lauer, River Hill

Lauer discovered talent in junior Andrew Bank - who had been cut during his freshman year - and senior transfer Jordan Reisman.

Adding them to a team that included Sergiy Zubko and Nicholas Keane and graduated just two seniors helped the Hawks compile victories at the Interstate Classic, the Howard County Striders Invitational, the elite division at the Bull Run and the Meade Autumn Classic. No. 1 River Hill swept the county, region and state championships.

The team

Name School Class

Jean Pierre Allera Wilde Lake Soph.

Andrew Bank River Hill Junior

John Christon Wilde Lake Senior

Zack Dickerson Howard Senior

Scott Gayer Wilde Lake Senior

Brian Harvey Centennial Senior

Nicholas Keane River Hill Senior

Andrew Revelle Atholton Soph.

Reed Ulrich Mt. Hebron Senior

Sergiy Zubko River Hill Junior

Note: Teams selected by Edward Lee after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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