Player of the Year
Because the weather pushed the Frederick County cross country championship race to just three days before the region meet, Urbana High cross country coach C.J. Ecalono gave Emily Mulhern the option of treating the region meet as a workout.
Mulhern told her coach she'd decide during the race.
"Put it this way," Ecalono said, "about at the 400-meter mark, I knew what she was going to do."
Mulhern won the race, running 19:13.42, even better than her mark while winning the county meet (19:28.25). Then, she parlayed the momentum of her back-to-back victories into winning a state title.
The day after the regional, Urbana went to walk the course at Hereford High School, which hosted the state final. Mulhern and a few other runners asked to run the course instead. As he said he rarely does with a freshman, Ecalono put the same trust in Mulhern he did during the region race.
"She'll just do everything she can to be the best that she can be," Ecalono said.
This year, she proved she was.
Coach of the Year
Ecalono helped Urbana with “Reclaiming The Legacy," as he put it. Urbana won the Frederick County meet and 3A West Region and finished third at states.
Askine finished third at the state meet and second at the county and region meets.
Her 10th-place finish at the state meet followed placing third place in the region and sixth at the Carroll County meet.
Lowman finished 11th at the state meet, sixth in the 2A West region and ninth at Carroll County meet.
Myers followed her third-place showing in the county meet with eighth place in the 2A West region.
Annie Frasier, Walkersville, senior; Megan Kaczor, Walkersville, senior; Sydney Ryan, Oakdale, junior; Natalie Smith, Middletown, sophomore; Kelsey Valentine, Catoctin, junior; Kelly Winklbauer, Urbana, freshman