Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007

All-Gazette boys cross country

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J. Adam Fenster⁄The Gazette
(Front row, from left) Artem Panasenkov, Athlete of the Year Neal Darmody and David Laratta. (Middle row, from left) Kyle Short, Dylan Straughan, Jack Strabo, Andrew Palmer. (Back row, from left) Nicolas Escobar, Wil Zahorodny, Coach of the Year Seann Pelkey and Antonio Palmer.
Athlete of the Year
Neal Darmody
Quince Orchard, Senior
Followed Glory Days title with wins at county (15:41) and regional (16:29) meets, and took third at states (16:59).

Coach of the Year
Seann Pelkey
Quince Orchard, Sixth year
Led Cougars to a repeat of last year’s titles at all three postseason championship meets: county, region and state.

First team
Nicolas Escobar, Magruder, Soph.
Finished in top-10 at both county (9th) and regional (5th) meets and 15th at states.

David Laratta, Quince Orchard, Sr.
Took second at states, third at regionals, fifth at counties.

Andrew Palmer, Whitman, Soph.
Won 4A state title to go along with second-place finishes in county and region.

Antonio Palmer, Gaithersburg, Jr.
Saved best race for last, taking fourth at 4A state meet.

Artem Panasenkov, Quince Orchard, Sr.
One of keys to championship team, placing in the top 10 at all three postseason meets.

Kyle Short, B-CC, Sr.
Helped bring home Class 3A team title, placing second at regionals, seventh at states.

Jack Strabo, Landon, Soph.
Trudged through knee-deep water to take fourth place at IAC championships.

Dylan Straughan, B-CC, Jr.
Helped Barons by placing fifth or higher in all three postseason meets.

Wil Zahorodny, Damascus, Sr.
Concluded career by taking second at regionals, third at counties, fourth at 3A states.

Honorable mention
Kyle Balderson, Sherwood, Jr.; Vikas Bhatia, Gaithersburg, Jr.; Jeremiah Joson, Quince Orchard, Sr.; Michael Migdall, Quince Orchard, Sr.; Chris Miller, Northwest, Fr.; Chris Moen, Walter Johnson, Sr.; Alex Prevost, B-CC, Jr.; Sam Rainard, Good Counsel, Jr.; Brandt Silver-Korn, Whitman, Soph.; Russell Speiden, Sherwood, Sr.