2009 all-county cross country team
Girls' Runner of the Year
Amirah Johnson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jr.
Johnson did not prepare much for the season during the summer, as she rested from a busy summer club schedule that had her running through July. Nonetheless, she won the 4A South Region championship after finishing second in the region in 2008. Johnson also won the county championship, outpacing Frederick Douglass senior Gloria Roberts for supremacy. The junior finished in seventh place in the 4A state championship meet, the best performance at the state meet among County 4A League girls.
Boys' Runner of the Year
Cory Puffett, DeMatha, Sr.
The Boys' Runner of the Year for the third consecutive season, Puffett set the standard that will be difficult to match. The senior won six out of seven races this season. That list includes the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship, his third consecutive WCAC title, which he won in a record time of 16 minutes, 2 seconds. Puffett won his first Maryland State Private Schools championship with the fastest time run by a prep runner in the state this season on a 5-kilometer course (15:32). Puffett has drawn heavy recruiting interest from the University of Maryland, Columbia and Tennessee.
Coach of the Year
Tracee Gilchrist, Charles H. Flowers
For most of this decade, the county had come to expect the Eleanor Roosevelt girls' cross country team to sweep the county and 4A South Region championships. This season, Gilchrist saw that her team, filled with seasoned seniors that had advanced to the state championships the last two years, had a shot to leave its mark. The Flowers girls' won both the county and 4A South Region meets this season, putting a halt to Roosevelt's domination. The Roosevelt girls had won the previous six county championships.
Girls' First Team
Gloria Roberts, Frederick Douglass, Sr.
Roberts followed a good junior season with a phenomenal senior year. She won the 2A South Region and County 3A/2A/1A League dual meet individual titles. Roberts also finished second at the county championships. Perhaps her greatest accomplishment was finishing second at the state 2A championships with the fastest time run by a county girl at the state meet of 20 minutes 47 seconds.
T'Nay Williams, Charles H. Flowers, Sr.
Williams asserted herself as one of the most talented distance runners in the county this season. She was the top runner on a Jaguars' girls team that ended Roosevelt's dominance in the county and regional championships. The senior finished second at the 4A South Region meet and third at the county championships.
Danielle Calhoun, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sr.
The senior was a regular among top 10 finishers this season. She finished fifth at the 4A South Region championships, ninth at the county championships and also posted the third-fastest time by a county girl at the state championships.
Asia Lewis, Charles H. Flowers, Sr.
After earning spots on the first team the past two years, Lewis got off to a slow start this season, finishing only seventh in the first dual meet. But once championship time arrived, the senior came up big. She finished fifth at the county championships and cut more than 30 seconds from her time on the Fort Washington Park course with a fourth-place finish at the 4A South Region championships (21:22).
Delainey Price, Frederick Douglass, Sr.
Price was strong from the start of the season, taking fourth in the first county dual meet. The senior added to her impressive resume with an eighth-place finish at the county championships, and she was seventh at the 2A South Region championships to secure a state meet berth, where she finished 37th.
Girls' Second Team
Elizabeth Carino, Parkdale
Ekundayo Sogbesan, Forestville
Bianca Parker, Largo
Tarcha Parker, Largo
Sada Wakefield, Crossland
Danielle Gainer, Charles H. Flowers
Camille Washington, Charles H. Flowers
Nicole Puffett, Elizabeth Seton
Alexxis Walston, Suitland
Lydia Nichols-Russell, Eleanor Roosevelt
Boys' First Team
Charles Bolinger, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jr.
Bolinger was the top boys' runner in the county public school ranks. The junior won the county championship and cut more than 30 seconds off his time with a victory at the 4A South Region championships (17:03). Bolinger was the top finisher among county boys at the state meet with a 15th-place performance (17:53).
Chris Henry, Gwynn Park, Sr.
Henry went from being a relative unknown to one of the premier runners in the county this season. The senior won the County 3A/2A/1A League individual dual meet title and was the top boys' 3A/2A/1A League finisher at the county championships. He took 15th at the 2A South Region championships to qualify for an individual berth to the state meet.
Justin Ahalt, Eleanor Roosevelt, So.
Perhaps the most improved runner in the county, few could compare to Ahalt. The sophomore took second at both the county and 4A South Region meets and ran the second-best time of any county boy at the state championships (18:12).
Troy Browne, Charles H. Flowers, Sr.
Browne had a consistent season, starting with a win in the first county dual meet at Patuxent Park. The senior was third at the county championships and earned an individual berth in the state championships with a fifth-place finish at the 4A South Region meet.
Paul Yuan, Eleanor Roosevelt, Jr.
When the Raiders needed him most, Yuan responded. The junior finished third at the 4A South Region meet with the third-fastest time run at the Fort Washington Park course this season (17:12). He also had the third-fastest time of any county boy at the state championships (18:19).
Boys' Second Team
Carl White, Roosevelt
Antonio Washington, Potomac
Gerardo Amaya, Bowie
Paul Edwards, Bowie
Trevon White, Henry A. Wise
Kevin King, Henry A. Wise
Deion Lee, Fairmont Heights
Dera Nwosu, Bladensburg
J.D. Thornton, Suitland
William Douglass, Largo
Adam Snyder, Eleanor Roosevelt
The Gazette-Star All-County Teams are selected by our sports staff, based on our observations, athletes' statistical performances and nominations from coaches. Staff Writer Terron Hampton compiled the All-County Cross Country report.
Correction: The original version of this story mistakenly omitted Carl White of Roosevelt from the boys second team.