Gaithersburg football Coach John Harvill, the late Jim DeMoss and four county high school athletes will be among 25 people to be honored at the Montgomery County Commission on Physical Fitness' first awards dinner at the Knights of Columbus, Rosensteel Council, in Silver Spring Dec. 15.

"We're trying to emphasize and focus attention on the fitness aspect of athletics," said the commission secretary, Ray Wrenn. "From youth sports to Special Olympics to Senior Olympics, we're trying to recognize individuals and organizations throughout Montgomery County who've made every effort to achieve their fitness potential and excelled at their chosen sport."

Georgetown Prep's John Caldwell, a cross country and track runner, and three-sport star Sharon Fegan of Holy Cross will receive the private school awards. Bill Kyle, the county supervisor of athletics, and Patricia Barry will name the public school winners next week.

Chrissy Bailor and Leslie Johnson II of the Montgomery County Boys' Club, Vince Stofa and Jeanne Mandich of the Catholic Youth Organization, and Mimi Lee and Fred Seaman from the Senior Olympics also will be honored, as will athletes from the Wheaton Boys' Club and the Special Olympics.

A special organizational award will be presented to Rockville's recreation department for its programs for senior citizens and the handicapped.

The price, including dinner, is $15.95. Checks must be received by Wrenn at 14501 Myer Terrace, Rockville, 20853, by Dec. 10.

Area distance runners will extend their cross country season by running the Kinney Cross Country Championships. The first stop for Maryland runners is the Northeast Region meet which will be at New York's Van Cortlandt Park at 11 on Saturday.

The Kinney Championships, in their sixth year, are a national program, attracting many of the top high school cross country runners from across the nation. Participants must qualify for the finals, Dec. 8 at San Diego, through a series of regional meets. The top eight finishers in each of the regional meets advance to the finals.

It almost passed unnoticed but Holy Cross tied Seton for the Catholic Girls League soccer title. Colleen Finnegan scored the game winner in a 1-0 victory against Seton last week. Only an early loss to O'Connell marred Holy Cross' 7-1 record, best in school history.