In first season at Key, Salkin was foremost Coach of the Year 1993 ALL-CARROLL COUNTY BOYS TRACK TEAM

June 09, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

Francis Scott Key coach Rich Salkin would much rather talk about the effort of his boys in winning the state track and field title instead of the job he did in his first year.

He talked of the standouts who led the Eagles the entire season, and the others who reached a higher level to get the much needed fourth-and fifth-place points that teams need to win a state title.

"It feels great and I'm very fortunate to have such a well-developed program with such a great group of dedicated kids," Salkin said, The Baltimore Sun's 1993 Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year in Carroll County.

It was the Eagles' third Class 1A state crown in four years and their fifth overall. It also turned out to be the only state title of the year for a county school in any sport.

Salkin, who replaced John Seaman, made the transition a smooth one for he and his athletes.

"It was great to see the kids were able to respond so well to a different face," Salkin said.

Salkin said he knew going into states that the Eagles would have a good shot of at least placing among the top three after a decisive win in the region. All the right pieces had to fall into place for the Eagles to claim their fifth state title, and they did.

"The week-long saying going into states was 'Do what you know you can do and a little more,' " Salkin said. "Our backbone performers came through with their usual firsts and seconds. They didn't let the extra pressure get to them. And we also had some kids who were able to surprise us. They were able to step up and do what we knew they could all along."

Senior Scott Kreit led the way, winning the 400 and anchoring the 1,600-relay champions. Dave Bull's second in the triple jump clinched the title.

The 3,200 relay team knocked 14 seconds off its previous best to take fourth and claim four points. Salkin also praised the efforts of hurdlers Jason McCarley and Chris White, along with Ken Oldham, among others.

"These boys are like veterans in that they know what it takes," said Salkin. "Pretty much all I had to do was keep score and say

a few words every once in a while."

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