All-County Boys Cross Country 2010: Hardy goes far, aims farther

December 07, 2010|By ANDREW MASON |
  • Williamsport junior Evan Hardy is The Herald-Mail's Boys Cross Country runner of the year for 2010.
Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

Williamsport junior Evan Hardy is nothing if not consistent.

"With Evan, you never get a bad race. It's either very good or great," Williamsport cross country coach Randy Buchman said. "He's just a solid performer."

Hardy won titles this season at the MVAL Antietam and Washington County championships and was the small-school boys champion at Smithsburg's Don Stoner Invitational. He was the runner-up at both the Maryland Class 1A West and state championships and also had second-place finishes at Clear Spring's Interstate Classic, Boonsboro's Frank Keyser Invitational and the Oatlands Invitational in Virginia.

"I feel like I did pretty well, but I still want more," Hardy said. "I got a lot of second places this year. It seems like I just can't finish it out. It's hard to tell if that's the best I could do or if I could have gone a little bit further."

Hardy, who also led the Wildcats to their third straight county team title this fall, certainly went far enough to be named The Herald-Mail's 2010 Washington County Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.

"He likes to win, obviously, and he likes to win every time out. And he has a shot to win every time out," Buchman said. "There's hardly ever a race that he goes into that he's not a factor. There aren't many better."

Hardy also was the Class 1A state runner-up in both the 1,600 and 3,200 in indoor track last winter.

He said his goal is "some state title, whether it be team or individual, it really doesn't matter."

It won't get any easier for Hardy as a senior, as Williamsport is set to make the jump from Class 1A to 2A, beginning with the 2011-12 school year.

"It's not like they're that much faster in 2A, it's just that there's more of them," Hardy said. "Hopefully it will make me better than if we stayed in 1A."

He seemingly always strives to be better, in everything he does.

"He just might be the most polite kid I've ever met," Buchman said. "He's an Eagle Scout, and he's first or second in his class. He really is the whole package."

Joining Hardy on the all-county first team are:

Cody Bowman, Williamsport

The sophomore placed 12th at the Maryland 1A state meet and 10th in 1A West.

Luke Daigneault, Smithsburg

The sophomore placed ninth at the Maryland 1A state meet, ninth in 1A West, third in the county and ninth in the MVAL Antietam.

Cody Grams, Williamsport

The sophomore was eighth in Maryland 1A West, sixth in the county and fourth in the MVAL Antietam.

Jason Hill, Clear Spring

The senior won titles at the Interstate Classic and Brunswick Invitational and finished second at the Mountain Run before suffering a season-ending injury.

Brandon Horning, South Hagerstown

The senior placed 31st at the Maryland 3A state meet, 13th in 3A West, fourth in the county and eighth in the MVAL Antietam.

Evan Moser, Boonsboro

The senior placed fourth at the Maryland 1A state meet, fourth in 1A West, second in the county and fifth in the MVAL Antietam.

Graylon Wright, Williamsport

The senior placed 29th at the Maryland 1A state meet, 17th in 1A West, fifth in the county and 13th in the MVAL Antietam.

All-County Second Team

Caleb Buchman, So., Williamsport

Scott Long, So., Williamsport

Tom Kersting, So., Boonsboro

Eric Ryberg, Sr., Boonsboro

Tyler Smith, Sr., North Hagerstown

Stephen Starliper, Sr., Hancock

Mitchell Swope, So., St. Maria Goretti

Josh Testa, So., Boonsboro

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