Friday, Feb. 8, 2008

2002 All-County Cross Country Team: Familiar stars shine in 2002 cross country season

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Girls Runner of the Year

Crystal Anyanwu, Roosevelt, Sr.: There was no doubt she was the best in Prince George’s County this fall as she went unbeaten in in-county meets including a second consecutive county championship, clocking 21 minutes, 16 seconds at Fort Washington Park. She also claimed her second straight 4A South Region title (21:09) and capped her season with an 11th-place showing (20:54) at the state championships at Hereford. A two-time Star⁄Gazette Runner of the Year and one of the county’s premier middle distance performers in track, Anyanwu was 14th (21:28) at the Hereford’s Bull Run Invitational’s Large Schools’ race.

Boys Runner of the Year

Peter Ramdial, Bowie, Sr.: Though he struggled with the flu at the state Class 4A championships at Hereford, it didn’t spoil his remarkable season. Ramdial went unbeaten in county competition, including a time of 17:38 to win the county championship. He won the South Region title (17:28) and was first at the dual meet finals (17:22). A three-time All-County first team selection, Ramdial placed 13th (17:50) in the large schools’ race at the Bull Run Invitational.

Girls Coach of the Year

Darryl Spencer, Friendly: Spencer guided the Fort Washington school to the county’s Division II championship this season with a perfect 9-0 mark. After not placing last year, the Patriots finished fourth overall at the county finals at Fort Washington Park. Tomeka Scales and Rasheda Taylor were his top performers.

Boys Coach of the Year

Carl Rose, Flowers: The Jaguars made an impressive standing in their third varsity season under Rose. The Springdale school was third behind Roosevelt and Bowie overall at the county championships and went 8-2 in dual meet competition, good for third in Division I.

Girls First Team

Krystle Behrns, Roosevelt, Sr.: Behrns was key in Roosevelt claiming its sixth consecutive county title this fall, finishing second (22:08) behind Anyanwu. She was runner-up at the dual meet finals (21:24) and sixth at the South Region meet. A two-time Star⁄Gazette first team pick, Behrns was the county’s second-highest placer (51st; 22:45) at the state finals.

Sarah Moses, Bowie, Sr.: Moses helped the Bulldogs to second-place finishes behind Roosevelt at the county finals and dual meet championships this fall. She was fifth (22:41) at the county finals and fourth (22:45) at the South Region championship. Moses placed eighth at the dual meet finals.

Jessica Williams, Bowie, Sr.: A second team Star⁄Gazette performer last year, Williams placed third (22:26) at the South Region finals and fourth (22:25) at the county championships. She was the top finisher for Bowie at the dual meet finals (5th; 22:27) and state finals (80th; 23:45).

Sirdonea Davis, Largo, Jr.: Davis established herself as a force to be reckoned with next fall. She was runner-up (22:25) at the South Region championship and placed third at the county (22:22) and dual meet (22:10) finals, helping the Lions to a third-place showing in both. Davis was a first team Star⁄Gazette performer in outdoor track last spring.

Boys First Team

Issac Matthews, Oxon Hill, Sr.: A first team indoor and outdoor track performer last season, Matthews was the next best runner behind Ramdial this fall. He placed second (18:08) at the county championships and the 4A South Region meet (17:52) and was the top county finisher at the state 4A finals, placing 20th (17:50).

John Witter, Roosevelt, Sr.: Though Witter didn’t repeat as county champion, he was still one of the elite runners. He placed third (18:10) at the South Region finals and fourth (18:15) at the county finals. Witter, last year’s Star⁄Gazette All-County Runner of the Year, fared well at the difficult Hereford course, placed 21st at the Bull Run Invitational (Large Schools category) and 28th (18:00) at the state championships.

Ronnie Greenfield, Roosevelt, Sr.: The Raiders won their third consecutive county title this fall, thanks in part to Greenfield. He was third (18:10) at the county finals and placed fourth (18:28) at the South Region meet. Greenfield also captured third at the dual meet finals, helping the Greenbelt school to a 10-0 mark in dual competition.

D’vone Jackson, Roosevelt, Sr.: Jackson helped the Raiders to a 12th-place finish at the state 4A championships, running 18:46, fifth-highest among the county performers (67th overall). He was fifth (18:39) at the South Region finals and seventh (18:23) at the county championships. Jackson also placed seventh (18:50) at the dual meet finals at Fort Washington Park.

Girls Second Team

Samatha Benjamin, Roosevelt; Tashae Croxton, Largo; Tobie Hamilton, Central; Jovann Jones, Largo; Tiffany McPhatter, Central; Lonique Moore, Seton; Kafi Pollard, Roosevelt; Kristi Ruele, Roosevelt; Tomeka Scales, Friendly; Marquita Watson, DuVal.

Boys Second Team

Jacob Anderson, Flowers; Taylor Casey, Roosevelt; Fikru Gebrehurot, Bladensburg; Allen Nash, Bowie; Jeremiah Lowery, Potomac; Ricard Ousley, DeMatha; Bryant Redman, High Point; Ryan Richardson, Suitland; John Slonaker, Bowie; Mike Stokes, Bowie; Darryl Young, Flowers.