Boys' Cross-Country

First Team | Second Team | Honorable Mention

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What Does It Take to Be an All-Met?
The Washington Post's scholastic sports staff asked, and All-Mets answered:
Johns Ross and Nik Bax

Runner of the Year / Coach of the Year

Porter/Ryan

RUNNER OF THE YEAR
Thomas Porter
Mountain View » Jr.
The repeat All-Met was runner-up at the Virginia AAA meet after winning his third straight Commonwealth District and second straight Northwest Region crowns. Porter became a Foot Locker Nationals finalist for the second year in a row after running 15:11 at the South Region meet.

COACH OF THE YEAR
Matt Ryan
Jefferson
The Colonials lost three of their top five runners from last season, but Ryan, in his 11th year, led his team to a postseason sweep, including its third Virginia AAA title in six years. The Colonials reached the Nike Team Nationals in Portland, Ore.


First Team

[First Team]

Neal Darmody Nick Bax Brian Landry Joe LoRusso
Quince Orchard » Sr. St. Albans » Sr. Jefferson » Sr. Oakton » Sr.
Darmody won two major invitationals, including Glory Days. He also won the Montgomery County and the Maryland 4A West Region titles before finishing third at the state meet. The repeat All-Met was co-champion in the IAC with teammate Brian Rooney and won his second straight DC/Maryland Private Schools championship. Landry was the top runner on the area’s best team. He was co-champion at the Liberty District meet and fourth at the Virginia AAA championships in 15:28, a career best. LoRusso won his second straight Concorde District title, his first Northern Region crown and finished fifth at the Virginia AAA championships in a personal-best 15:33.


[Second Team]

Andrew Palmer Johns Ross Joey Thompson
Whitman » Soph. Potomac School » Sr. Howard » Sr.
After a slow start to the season, Palmer finished second at the Montgomery County and Maryland 4A West Region championships and won the Maryland 4A crown. Won his second straight MAC title and ran 15:57 to win the VIS championship, becoming just the third runner to break 16 minutes on a tough Woodberry Forest course. Ran brilliantly in his first cross-country season, winning the Maryland 3A title in 16:16, the seventh fastest time in meet history. He also won the Howard County title.


Second Team

Graham Bazell » Atholton, Jr.
Dylan Bernard » Urbana, Sr.
Leoule Degfae » Edison, Jr.
Evan Heflin » Jefferson, Sr.
Neal Hendricks » Oakton, Jr.
Bradshaw Kenimer » T.C. Williams, Sr.
David Laratta » Quince Orchard, Sr.

Honorable Mention

Kyle Andrews, Oakland Mills, Sr.; Chris Brown, Mountain View, Sr.; Andrew Cerrito, Northern, Jr.; Brian Davenport, Jefferson, Soph.; Tihut Degfae, Edison, Jr.; Ray Delgado, Brentsville, Sr.; Josh Hardin, Potomac Falls, Jr.; Brian Hendricks, Oakton, Jr.; Stephen Henry, Mountain View, Sr.; Andrew Johnson, Brentsville, Brian Rooney, St. Albans, Sr.; Derek Lange, Wilde Lake, Sr.; Chris Moen, Walter Johnson, Sr.; Craig Morgan, River Hill, Jr.; Antonio Palmer, Gaithersburg, Jr.; Robert Patterson, DeMatha, Jr.; Cory Puffett, DeMatha, Soph.; Joey Racer, Clarke County, Jr.; Jonathan Sham, Wilde Lake, Jr.; Tyler Simmons, Osbourn Park, Sr.; Dylan Straughan, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, Jr.; Zach Sullivan, Spalding, Jr.; Charlie Waltrip, W.T. Woodson, Sr.; Chris York, Clarke County, Soph.; Wil Zahorodny, Damascus, Sr.

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