Girls Varsity Cross Country · Wednesday Web Poll: You Pick the Best FHS Girls Cross Country Team in History.

Frederick High School has had a long and storied Girls’ Cross Country Program since it’s inception in 1976. The Cadets have claimed two state titles to go along five state finalist trophies, five regional titles, 7 conference titles, and 6 county championships. Individual FHS has produced a regional champion in Jenny Novack in 1988, five county champions, and seven conference champions. Here are our picks for the best of the best. Vote Below! Voting ends on at noon Sunday October 18th!


The 1980 Cadets not only put up the best record in FHS girls cross country history to that point, the also finished 2nd at the State Championship meet.  They won their region, the county, as well as the Tri-State and CVAL titles. A true team effort helped the Cadets as they would place ten different runners in the regional meet top 10. At the CVAL meet they would run a perfect score with 22 points. Eraina Bowins, Alicia Cathey, Jennifer Costello, Debbie Cina, Penny Davis, Toni Harrison, Hartstock and Pam Horner lead the way for the Cadets.  Bowins would take home the CVAL and Tri-state Titles for FHS, while finishing 9th in the state.


With all scoring runners returning from the 1988 3a runner up team and another group coming in from the Cadets feeder program, the expectations were high. The variable the Frederick couldn’t control was the move from 3a to 4a. The 89′ Cadets set the level of their schedule high running in major university and out of state sponsored meets. This paid off as they ended up winning the county and regional meets. At the state meet they would face a Walt Whitman team that was ranked in the top 25 in the country. Thanks to placing 4 runners in the top 12 (Kristin McMichael -3, Jennie Novak -4, Lisa Zirkle -11, and Tessa Brust -12) the Cadets were able to upset Whitman 55-68 and claim the programs first state championship.


Returning all runners from state championship team the previous year, expectations were once again high.
Right when the season started the 90′ Cadets lost one of our top runners, McMichael, as she transferred to Catonsville. Frederick was able to add a couple of fresh air runners who helped us but would settle for second place at the state meet behind Walt Whitman.


Returning athletes from last years state runner-up team, FHS added an age group national champion to the mix. The 91′ Cadets had an outstanding season winning most meets and were a favorite entering the state meet. Frederick was conditioned to run the hills at Hereford high school throughout the season. During the week leading up to the state finals a major rain storm came into the area, as a result the course at Hereford was deemed unsafe and the event was moved to Western Maryland Colllege. The meet turned into a track meet due to the flat nature of the course. FHS would end up finishing in third place one point behind runner up Quince Orchard and six points behind champion Churchill.


This Cadet team was completely different from the teams of the early 90s. Full of first year and experience runners but good athletes. The 95′ Cadets did not win a meet the entire year until the state finals. At the first meet of the year FHS would finished 12 out of 16 teams. The improvement was very apparent throughout the year as they ended up finishing runner-up in both the county and regional championships leading to the state finals. With only one runner in the top 15 (Tiffany Moskel -9). Frederick edged out both Damascus and centennial 96 to 99 and completed the first jewel of her Triple Crown that year. Other scoring runners for the team were Rebecca Robinson 17th, Abby Novak, 18th Jessica Hawthorne 32nd, and Chrissy Roomers 42nd.

Wednesday Web Poll: Best FHS Girls XC Team in History