Boys cross country: Runners to watch

Robby Creese

Glenelg, senior

Last year was a breakthrough season for Creese. He dominated throughout the fall and won the Class 2A state title, playing a big role in Glenelg's second-place team finish at the state meet.

Scott Heydrick

River Hill, senior

A very consistent distance runner who's been overshadowed a bit by some others. But he's been improving, had a very good track season and should be ready for bigger things this fall.

Matt Jablonski

Loyola, senior

Jablonski has been one of the area's top distance runners in cross country and track. He won the MIAA individual championship last fall, helping the Dons edge Calvert Hall by one point for the team title.

Will Meadows

Gilman, junior

He will help anchor an improved Gilman team. Meadows took 10th in the MIAA championship meet last year and later ran well again in track and field.

Tyler Muse

Bel Air, senior

Muse ran consistently throughout the fall and came up big at the state meet. He battled Creese and lost by just two seconds in a tough race.

Ben Pershall

Severna Park, senior

He quietly paced Severna Park last year and should do even better this season. Pershall finished 12th in the state last year as the Falcons finished third in the difficult Class 4A race. He should anchor a deep team that will make some noise this fall.

Mason Rivera

Hereford, senior

Rivera ran his best in the big races. He won the Baltimore County championship and took third in the Class 3A state meet as the Bulls finished second there.

Ryan Spangler

Winters Mill, senior

He was part of the very deep team that won the Class 2A state title last year. Winters Mill lost a bunch of talent from that team, but Spangler will be one of the area's top runners again.

Ian Tartal

Calvert Hall, senior

He finished fourth in the MIAA championship race and has gotten better. Tartal and teammate A.J. Valletta worked hard throughout the summer and are running neck-and-neck in early workouts.

A.J. Valletta

Calvert Hall, senior

Valletta improved a lot last fall and finished strongly, taking fifth in the MIAA championships. He then put in nearly 600 miles over the summer — like Tartal did — and will help Calvert Hall have a strong 1-2 punch.


Sam Andrews, Oakland Mills

James Beacham, Westminster

Connor Belson, Atholton

Ben Bemis, Hereford

Alex Cooke, Westminster

Will Fesperman, Towson

Jack Flowers, Gilman

Luke Gilman, Broadneck

Zach Hopkins, Winters Mill

Rylan King, Atholton

Drew Landerman, Towson

David McGowan, Atholton

Kevin Mertz, Mount Hebron

Shane O'Donnell, Annapolis

Dave Ozarowski, Archbishop Curley

Sam Pershall, Severna Park

Ben Pickett, John Carroll

Patrick Rollo, McDonogh

Peter Rowe, Calvert Hall

Eric Schuler, Reservoir

Brandon Smith, Bel Air

Kevin Valdivia, Wilde Lake

Cody Vernon, Old Mill

Alex Waldt, Archbishop Curley

Nathaniel Wilson, Long Reach

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