Runner of the Year
Tait Woodward, Broadneck
The Bruins had a hole to fill at the No. 1 runner's spot. In stepped Woodward, who placed in the top 20 in eight major invitationals and championships this fall.
The sophomore took home her first Anne Arundel County championship, winning in 19 minutes, 39.5 seconds. Although Woodward lost to Arundel junior Marissa McPhail at the Class 4A East region meet by one second, Woodward turned the table at the state championships by finishing second to McPhail's sixth.
Coach of the Year
Ed Purpura, Severna Park
Of the 19 county championships the Falcons have won since 1983, 15 have been under Purpura. With the graduation of three-time All-County runner Stephanie Newton, Purpura relished the challenge of molding a young but talented stable of runners.
After winning its 21st overall county crown, No. 3 Severna Park took the Class 3A South region meet (its third straight region title) before placing third at the states.
Name School Class
Christine Brus Severna Park Junior
Liya Kasimova Severna Park Fresh.
Marissa McPhail Arundel Junior
Stephanie Miklos South River Junior
Emily Nagle Broadneck Senior
Emily Oliver Severn Junior
Bryn Pittinger Severna Park Soph.
Lakesha Pointer-Allen Meade Senior
Jennine Strange Severna Park Junior
Tait Woodward Broadneck Soph.
Note: Teams selected by Edward Lee after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.