Player of the Year
Braden Bruning was cut from the Linganore boys soccer team his freshman year, so he went to his backup plan: joining the cross country team.
It’s certainly worked well.
Bruning earned a trifecta this year, winning the 3A state meet, the 3A West meet and the Frederick County meet.
“He ran on guts in the beginning,” cross country coach Andres Wright said. “Now he runs on guts, but has a killer kick.”
Even when Bruning kicks into high gear, his smooth form holds.
“Honestly, if you don’t have a watch on Braden when he’s doing fast intervals on grass, you can’t tell how fast he’s really going,” Wright said. “I’ll always remember that about him.”
He stayed in form after a low-ankle sprain kept him out for several weeks early in the season. In the meantime, Bruning supported his teammates.
“He just knows who he is, and he’s very humble,” Wright said. “He’s a great kid. He’s really funny, too. He likes to play around.”
When it came time to race again, Brunining, who hopes to run at Maryland, didn’t miss a beat.
“He’s one of those champions that has to win,” Wright said.
Coach of the Year
Linganore finished second at the state meet and won the Frederick County and 3A West meets.
Dorsey placed eighth in the 2A state meet, second in the 2A West meet and sixth in the county meet.
Duboyce finished better at the state meet (third) than he did at the county meet (fourth). He also was second at the region meet.
Hayslett placed fourth at the state, third in the county and fourth in the region.
Gov. Thomas Johnson
Bested just by Bruning, Hassan finished second in the state and county meets. He also was third in the 3A West.
Dan Beck, Linganore, sophomore; Ben Freed, Gov. Thomas Johnson, sophomore; Logan Jones, Tuscarora, senior; Jacob Myers, Walkersville, senior; Neil Rasband, Linganore, senior; Jeff Stone, Catoctin, senior