Each week, The Baltimore Sun will recognize one high school boy and girl for their athletic achievements.
Boy Athlete of the Week: Ty Dailey, Dulaney, cross country
The junior picked an ideal time to capture his first win of the season, claiming the individual title at the Baltimore County cross country championships Saturday to lead the host Lions to the team win.
Dailey dominated the race to come across in 15 minutes, 55.9 seconds, well ahead of Pikesville’s second-place finisher Kaleb Berhanu’s time of 16:09.7. It was the first time Dailey enjoyed a time under 16 minutes on his home course. Dulaney edged second-place Towson by a 29-33 margin.
Dailey jumped out to an early lead in the first 100 meters and was able to extend it throughout the race to claim the comfortable win.
Dailey has run on varsity in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field since his freshman year. As a freshman during the indoor season, he won the county championship in the 800 meters.
Girl Athlete of the Week: Samiha Foster, Reservoir, volleyball
A transfer from St. John’s College in Washington, Foster has fit in seamlessly for the Gators and stepped up in a big way last week. The senior hitter was sensational in helping Reservoir claim a thrilling 3-2 win over previously undefeated Howard to claim a share of the Howard County title on Thursday.
The Gators avenged their only loss of the season by coming from behind to beat Howard 17-25, 25-20, 22-25, 26-24, 15-11 with both teams finishing with 13-1 county marks. Foster finished the match with 32 kills, 11 digs, two blocks and two aces. In addition to being down in sets 2-1 at one point, the Gators rallied twice in the fourth set — first coming back from a 17-13 deficit and then surviving a match point for the Lions.
This season, Foster, a West Virginia commit, has 211 kills, 72 digs, 21 aces and six blocks.
Oct. 11-16: Jordan Fiorenza, Dundalk, football (boy); Cassi Shields, Westminster, volleyball (girl)
Oct. 4-9: Jacob Murrell, McDonogh, soccer (boy); Dani Mendez, Garrison Forest, field hockey (girl)
Sept. 27-Oct. 2: Bisi Owens, Glenelg, football (boy); Izzy Rothwell, Bryn Mawr, field hockey (girl)
Sept. 20-25: Jordy Eckman, Loyola Blakefield, soccer (boy); Elizabeth Pickett, Bel Air, cross country (girl)
Sept. 13-18: Devin Roche, Dunbar, football (boy); Maya Everett, Broadneck, field hockey (girl)
Sept. 6-11: Noah Brannock, Calvert Hall, football (boy); Mackenzie Calhoun, Glenelg, volleyball (girl)
To nominate candidates, please email Glenn Graham at email@example.com by 6 p.m. Sunday with details about the student-athlete’s performance from the past week.