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Wilson was better than good

All-County Boys Cross Country

All-County Boys Cross Country

December 08, 2009|By ANDREW MASON

Smithsburg senior David Wilson said in August that he thought he might have a good cross country season this year.

Then he began the season by winning Clear Spring's Interstate Classic in a course-record time of 15 minutes, 46 seconds on Sept. 5.

"I came there, first meet of the season, and I broke the course record by five seconds," Wilson said. "I thought I might have a chance of winning, and I went out and ran 15:46.

"That was the beginning."

Something very special was in the works.

A little more than two months later, Wilson capped an undefeated season by winning the Maryland Class 1A state title in 16:38 on an extremely hilly and muddy 3-mile course at Hereford High School. Wilson, the 1A state runner-up as a junior, won the race by more than a minute in the fastest time of the day of all four classes.

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Wilson is The Herald-Mail's 2009 Washington County Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.

"It was impressive. I impressed myself," said Wilson of his season. "I didn't really expect it to happen like this. My goal in the beginning of the season certainly was to win the state meet in 1A, but the goal wasn't to be fastest in Maryland public schools.

"As the season went on, I realized I was a little better than I thought I was."

Wilson also captured titles at the Frank Keyser, Bull Run and Don Stoner invitationals, and was the winner of the MVAL Antietam, Washington County and 1A West championship meets. He also set course records at Smithsburg (16:00.7) and Williamsport (15:34).

All told, he won 11 races, and not one of them was close.

"I do wish I'd gotten the chance to run against some other people during the season because I still felt like I was never really pushed," Wilson said. "I was pushing myself, but I never really had that kick to the finish line."

Smithsburg coach Ray Shriver can't say enough good things about his star runner.

"He's got the talent, and he has the work ethic, drive and intelligence to make that talent succeed," Shriver said. "It was just an outstanding season. I was just happy to be a part of it. He did the work. I was just there."

Wilson's focus has now switched to the track.

"It will be nice to run on a standardized track to really see what I can do," he said, "because track times are very comparable, unlike cross country."

While Wilson is still weighing his college options, he said he plans to compete wherever he goes.

Joining Wilson on The Herald-Mail's all-county first team are:

Cody Bowman, Williamsport

The freshman placed 10th (18:54) in the MVAL Antietam, sixth (17:39) in the county, 15th (17:50) in the 1A West region and 29th (19:49) in the 1A state championships.

Evan Hardy, Williamsport

The sophomore placed fourth (17:40) in the MVAL Antietam, third (16:40) in the county, fifth (16:54) in the 1A West region and third (17:52) in the 1A state championships.

Sam Jones, South Hagerstown

The senior placed third (17:39) in the MVAL Antietam, seventh (17:54) in the county and 31st (18:50) in the 3A West region championships.

Evan Moser, Boonsboro

The junior placed second (17:12) in the MVAL Antietam, second (16:36) in the county, fourth (16:40) in the 1A West region and fourth (17:56) in the 1A state championships.

Danny Quinn, Williamsport

The senior placed fifth (18:09) in the MVAL Antietam, fifth (17:39) in the county, 10th (17:30) in the 1A West region and 24th (19:30) in the 1A state championships.

Graylon Wright, Williamsport

The junior placed eighth (18:47) in the MVAL Antietam, fourth (17:24) in the county, 14th (17:47) in the 1A West region and 19th (19:16) in the 1A state championships.

Second Team

Chris Cobb, Sr., Saint James

Dan Powell, Sr., Boonsboro

Eric Ryberg, Jr., Boonsboro

Brandon Schildtknecht, Jr., Clear Spring

Jacob Shriver, Sr., Smithsburg

Tyler Smith, Jr., North Hagerstown

Michael Wyant, Sr., Williamsport

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