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Centennial’s Antonio Camacho-Bucks named Runner of the Year to headline 2021 Baltimore Sun boys cross country All-Metro

Centennial junior Antonio Camacho-Bucks ran the fastest time at this year's state championships, winning the Class 3A state title with a time of 15:51.40, nearly 15 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
Centennial junior Antonio Camacho-Bucks ran the fastest time at this year's state championships, winning the Class 3A state title with a time of 15:51.40, nearly 15 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun)

Here are The Baltimore Sun’s All-Metro boys cross country teams for the 2021 season.

Runner of the Year

Antonio Camacho-Bucks, Centennial, junior

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Hundreds of runners competed among the eight state championship races at Hereford High School in November. Nobody on that day was better than Camacho-Bucks.

A week after losing his first and only race of the 2021 season against another Maryland runner, the Centennial junior ran the fastest time of the day at the state meet. He won the Class 3A state title by finishing with a time of 15:51.40, nearly 15 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

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“Stay relaxed that first mile and really work those downhills,” Camacho-Bucks said of his approach in the state championship race. “That’s what I did, I worked those downhills and kind of broke away from the [other runners].

“I was glad, I’m normally used to seeing somebody in front of me. It was nice to know that I was the fastest guy on the course that day.”

Camacho-Bucks built some early-season confidence by finishing third at the Carlisle Invitational and staying in the pack of other Division I runners from other states, and he didn’t lose another race until the Class 3A East regional, when Manchester Valley senior Aiden Neal’s time of 15:02.30 was 1.2 seconds better than Camacho-Bucks’ personal best of 15:03.50. The Centennial junior finished nearly 18 seconds ahead of Neal at the state meet.

Camacho-Bucks also won at the Howard County championships with a time of 15:26.30 and the Eagles Invitational, finishing in 15:23.00.

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“He just started running as a freshman, so he’s still learning how to race,” Centennial coach Rob Slopek said of Camacho-Bucks. “His pre-race mentality is go to the line and run hard. I think that’s part of his strength is the fact that he can physically withstand so much more pain than some other runners. He just runs hard, the whole race.”

Centennial junior Antonio Camacho-Bucks ran the fastest time at this year's state championships, winning the Class 3A state title with a time of 15:51.40, nearly 15 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
Centennial junior Antonio Camacho-Bucks ran the fastest time at this year's state championships, winning the Class 3A state title with a time of 15:51.40, nearly 15 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. (Kenneth K. Lam/The Baltimore Sun)

Coach of the Year

Josh Alcombright, Severna Park

Alcombright is no stranger to having some of the best cross country teams in the state, and 2021 was no different as the Falcons captured their fourth straight Class 4A state title and did so in dominating fashion. It was the program’s seventh state title in the last nine seasons.

Led by senior James Glebocki, who finished fourth individually, and seniors Eddie Sullivan and Tyler Canaday in eighth and ninth, respectively, Severna Park earned 56 points to outpace Walt Whitman by 39. But it wasn’t just the top three runners that carried the Falcons. Senior Roman Byrne and junior Liam Hagerty also finished inside the top 20, while seniors Tyler and Scott Engleman crossed inside the top 30 despite not adding to the team score.

“They are just some tough motivated kids,” Alcombright said after winning the state title at Hereford in November. “Year after year the kids do the work.”

The Falcons were steady throughout the season. After finishing fourth at the Seahawk Invitational, Alcombright’s team went on a roll. Severna Park won the PTXC 12.2 in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, with 57 points and the Bull Run large varsity race with 96 points to outpace Richard Montgomery. At the Carlisle Invitational boys challenge race, Severna Park continued its tear and won the event with five runners in the top 30 against out-of-state competition.

The team took second at the Great American XC Festival in Cary, North Carolina, with 105 points before flexing its muscle at the Anne Arundel County championships, dominating their rivals with 24 points with five runners in the top seven and seven in the top nine to beat Broadneck by 93.

“It was a milestone day. Our boys came in and took care of business,” Alcombright said after the race.

They cruised to another title at the 4A East regional, this time placing all five runners in the top 12 to finish with 39 points.

Severna Park coach Josh Alcombright led the Falcons to their fourth straight Class 4A state title and their seventh in nine seasons this fall.
Severna Park coach Josh Alcombright led the Falcons to their fourth straight Class 4A state title and their seventh in nine seasons this fall. (staff file/HANDOUT)

First team

Tyler Canaday, Severna Park

A Cornell commit, Canaday came in 11th at the PTXC 12.2 (16:21.30) and 28th at the Carlisle Invitational (17:32.70) before routinely finishing in the top 10 from there. He finished third at the Great American XC Festival (15:10.00), second at the Anne Arundel County championships (15:27.70) and ninth at the Class 4A state championships (16:47.15). After the season, he ran a personal-best 15:03.09 at the Garmin RunningLane Championships.

Luke Coffin, Annapolis, senior

The Providence College commit ran at a consistently high level this fall, earning wins at the Chesapeake Invitational (15:41.00), the Seahawk Invitational (personal-best 15:24.00) and the Class 4A state championships (16:14.34) — a race he won by nearly 12 seconds to avenge a 4A East regional loss to Arundel’s Tucker Sangster. Coffin also won the Anne Arundel County championships with a personal-best 15:15.00 in the 5,000.

Dulaney senior Tyler Dailey won the Baltimore County championships (15:55.90) and the Class 4A North regional (16:27.16) before finishing fifth at the 4A state championships (16:36.16).
Dulaney senior Tyler Dailey won the Baltimore County championships (15:55.90) and the Class 4A North regional (16:27.16) before finishing fifth at the 4A state championships (16:36.16). (Jeffrey F. Bill/Baltimore Sun Media)

Tyler Dailey, Dulaney, junior

Dailey finished in the top 10 all but one of his races this fall. He took second at the Barnhart Memorial Invitational (16:02.20) and Bull Run elite race (16:26.30) and 10th at the Carlisle Invitational (15:53.70) before running a personal-best 15:53.70 to finish second at the Maryland XC Invitational. He placed third at the Gunpowder Falls Invitational (16:19.80) and then won the Baltimore County championships (15:55.90) and the Class 4A North regional (16:27.16). He finished fifth at the 4A state championships (16:36.16) and later finished 16th at the NXR Southeast Regional race (15:43.70).

James Glebocki, Severna Park, senior

After starting the season with a win at the PTXC 12.2 (15:52.10) and a sixth-place finish at the Carlisle Invitational (15:47.00), Glebocki took 14th at the Great American XC Festival (15:34.90) in October. The Cornell commit came in fourth at the Anne Arundel County championships, finishing in 15:41.10, and then crossed fourth again at the Class 4A state championships (16:31.66) in November.

Manchester Valley senior Aiden Neal captured the Class 3A East regional with a personal-best 15:02.30 before taking third at the 3A state championships (16:09.32).
Manchester Valley senior Aiden Neal captured the Class 3A East regional with a personal-best 15:02.30 before taking third at the 3A state championships (16:09.32). (Jeffrey F. Bill/Baltimore Sun Media)

Aiden Neal, Manchester Valley, senior

Neal, a North Carolina commit, was the class of Carroll County this season. He took third at the Barnhart Memorial Invitational (16:12.00) and Crossfire Invitational (17:09.60), sixth in the Bull Run elite race (16:44.10) and won the Westminster Invitational (16:48.80) in September before winning the Carroll County championships (16:23.60) by about 38 seconds. He defeated Runner of the Year Antonio Camacho-Bucks to capture the Class 3A East regional with a personal-best 15:02.30 before taking third at the 3A state championships (16:09.32).

Joey Raudabaugh, Howard, senior

Few runners were as consistent as Raudabaugh this season. He finished fourth at the Bull Run elite race (16:31.80) and fifth at the PTXC 12.2 (16:06.10) in September then won the Great American XC Festival (15:33.00) and the Maryland XC Invitational (15:30.00) and took second at the Howard County championships (15:43.10) in October. He ran a personal-best 15:22.70 to take third at the Class 3A East regional and came in fourth at the 3A state championships (16:09.49) in November.

After finishing in third at the Anne Arundel County championships (15:40.10), Arundel senior Tucker Sangster won the Class 4A East regional (15:50.80) and then took second at the 4A state meet (16:26.20).
After finishing in third at the Anne Arundel County championships (15:40.10), Arundel senior Tucker Sangster won the Class 4A East regional (15:50.80) and then took second at the 4A state meet (16:26.20). (Jeffrey F. Bill/Baltimore Sun Media)

Tucker Sangster, Arundel, senior

Sangster, who is committed to Appalachian State, kicked off the season by finishing sixth at the Hood College Invitational (17:38.00) and third at the Bull Run large race (16:49.90) before taking second at the Chesapeake Invitational (16:05.50) and winning the Arundel Invite (16:40.17). After finishing in third at the Anne Arundel County championships (15:40.10), he edged Annapolis’ Luke Coffin to win the Class 4A East regional (15:50.80) and finished right behind his rival to take second at the 4A state meet (16:26.20). He ran a personal best to edge Coffin and win the Frank Keyser Invitational (15:29.90).

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Ashton Tolson, C. Milton Wright, junior

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Few runners in the state won as many races as Tolson this fall. He won the Barnhart Memorial Invite (15:47.00), the Bull Run medium race (16:24.50) and the Harford Invite (15:13.00) in September. In October, he captured more titles at the Maryland XC Invitational (personal-best 15:41.00), the Chesapeake Divisional Championships (personal-best three-mile 14:56.40) and the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship (15:56.20). He finished fifth (16:17.84) at the Class 3A state championships.

Second team

Ethan Aidam, Oakland Mills, junior

Alex Barton, Mt Hebron, senior

Cameron Davis, Calvert Hall, sophomore

Bryce Handa, River Hill, senior

Jacob Hauf, Mt Hebron, senior

Pieter Heesters, Gilman, senior

Luke Lascasas, Centennial, senior

Eddie Sullivan, Severna Park, senior

Colin Verrett, Loyola Blakefield, senior

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