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Boys All-Freshman XC Team
By: Kevin Milsted

Freshman of the Year:
Andrew Gyenis - Georgetown Prep

Andrew Gyenis made his high school debut with a junior varsity win at the Lake Forest Invitational in 18:26. He got faster in every race, droping under 17 minutes for the first time at the Georgetown Prep Classic. He helped his team win the IAC team title with his sixth place, all-conference finish in 16:42, a season best time. He placed 13th at the Maryland-DC Private Schools State Championship Meet with a time of 16:47 on a legit 5k course.

2. Jack Riely - Good Counsel

Jack Riely started off the season well ahead of the other freshman in the area, running in the low 17 minute range, but took a month off from racing in the middle of the season due to IT band irritation. Riely still finished the season strong with an 8th place finish at the WCAC Championship, and a 20th place finish at the Maryland-DC Private Schools State Championship Meet in a season best time of 17:01.

3. Josh Ellis - Walter Johnson

Josh Ellis broke 18 minutes for the first time of the season on a difficult WJ home course at Cabin John Park, helping his team to an upset dual meet victory over Churchill. He finished 35th in the varsity county championship race with a season best 5k time of 16:55.79. He was the fifth scoring man on the county and regional championship team. He also helped his team win the 4A state title as the sixth scoring man.

4. Michael Fitzgerald - Good Counsel

Michael Fitzgerald was the king of freshman races this season, but also got in his fair share of varsity experience. Performances in freshman-only races this season include 2nd at the Magruder Invitational, 5th at Maymont, 6th at Glory Days, and 1st at the WCAC Championship. He ran on the varsity squad at the Maryland-DC Private Schools State Championship Meet where he finished 5th on his team and 38th overall in a season best time of 17:38.

5. Gregory Hadley - The Heights School

Gregory Hadley won the freshman race at the Salesianum Invitational in early October. He dropped under 18 minutes three times this season including a 17:32 performance at the Georgetown Prep Classic, and a 17:56 performance at the Maryland-DC Private Schools State Championship Meet where he was 8th in the varsity small schools race.

6. Sam Lamson - Landon

Sam Lamson got varsity experience from his very first race where he placed 8th in the small schools division of the Interstate Classic. He ran 18:01.5 in the varsity race at the Magruder Invitational and 17:43.9 at the Georgetown Prep Classic before placing 19th in the IAC Championship Meet.

7. Alex Hevey - Albert Einstein

Alex Hevey held a top five spot on his varsity team all season long. He consistenly ran in the 18:30 range including a 51st place finish in 18:35 at the MD state championship meet. He was 80th at the Montgomery County Championship Meet with a season best time of 17:45.

8. James Sauro - Walter Johnson

There wasn't much room for James Sauro on the varsity roster of the state champion Walter Johnson team, but he was able to record two times under 18:30 this season, most notably his victory in the Montgomery County Championship freshman race in a time of 18:08.91.

9. Lorenzo Acosta - Damascus

Lorenzo Acosta spent much of his freshman season on the JV team before his runner-up performance in the Montgomery County Championship freshman race. He worked his way onto the winning 3A West Regional Championship team where he placed 21st overall. He was one of only four Montgomery County freshman boys to run at the state championship.

10. Reginald Lesesne - Bullis

Reginald Lesesne securely held a spot on his varsity team throughout the season, even leading the team at the Octoberfest Invitational where he ran 18:31. He broke 18 minutes on the quick Georgetown Prep Course before finishing 21st at the IAC Championship and 12th at the Maryland-DC Private Schools State Championship Meet where Bullis finished 3rd out of 10 teams in the small schools division.

Honorable Mention

Evan Laratta - Quince Orchard
Doug Lavigne - Good Counsel
Jonathan Lowry - Whitman
Jordan Lynch - Northwest
Connor Polansky - Damascus
Alex Popeck - Sherwood
James Ryan - Quince Orchard
Scott Sheehan - Walter Johnson
Daniel Valero - Churchill
Connor Welch - Sherwood

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2008-11-18 21:20:58

Good picks, good article!

2008-11-18 21:39:37

there we go

2008-11-19 17:35:23

Look out for Josh Ellis, he was never really able to race his best at the end of the season....before counties it was some symptoms of plantar, before regions he got sick, the week of states he missed a few practices and he was having problems breathing. I have a feeling by outdoor track he'll take the top spot.

2008-11-19 19:05:11

if that is true then outdoor track will be a fun battle.

2008-11-23 20:38:14

Good Counsel is gonna be NASTY in a few years

2008-11-26 07:10:22

Good choices. Consider some better runners for next year. and mabye an article for the Honoralbe mentions

2008-11-30 12:09:42

Matthew Kim?

2009-04-24 21:20:07

yea, what about matthew kim? he was pretty fast for a freshman.

2009-04-26 12:19:05

there is a freshman at Gonzaga, Mike Crozier, who runs a 4:48 mile and a 10:05 2mile as of April 25, 2009. Watch out for him in XC 2009. Also watch out for Joey Chapin of Prep who is in the mid to low 10s for 2mile and runs a 4:44 mile. both are excellent.

2009-05-12 21:02:58

matthew kim goes to sidwell friends, which is not in montgomery county

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