Top honors go to Marcus, Lomax, Nichols 1993-1994 ALL-ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD TEAM

March 20, 1994|By Steven Kivinski

COACH OF THE YEAR

Mike Marcus, Old Mill -- In only his first year as head coach of Old Mill's indoor track program, Marcus led the Patriots to their first sweep of the Class 4A state team championships. With Marcus at the helm, Old Mill's boys team won its seventh straight county title, before claiming top honors at the Class 4A East region and state meets. The Patriots girls team continued its dominance of the county meet, capturing its ninth consecutive title, breezed past the field at regions and surprised even themselves when they snapped Eleanor Roosevelt's four-year string of state titles. "It's easy to fill [former Old Mill coach] Ron Evans' shoes when you have the great assistants I have," said Marcus, referring to Gary Bater, Matt Burns, Bob Holsey and Leon Walters. "Coming into this season, we knew the boys looked good, but the girls were a real surprise."

BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Dennis Lomax, North County, Sr. -- This 6-foot-1, 152-pound sprinter escaped the shadow of his speedy brother, Sam, by winning state and region championships in the 500 run and a county title in the 800. He also ran anchor on the Knights' county and region champion 1,600 relay team. "I was trying to make a name for myself," said Lomax. "I was never respected as an athlete because I was always in the shadow my brother and I knew the only way I could get respect is if I won a state title." Lomax finished second in the 1,600 at states, was runner-up at regions in the 800 and third in the county meet in the 500.

THE BOYS TEAM

Jim Greer, Old Mill, Sr. -- After winning the state pole vault championship as a junior, Greer captured the county title before settling for second at the regions and states.

Craig Hopkins, South River, Sr. -- Hopkins held off Meade's Ray Otis to claim first in the boys 500 run and finished third in the 300 at the county meet. At regions, he took first in the 300, second in the 500 and led off the champion 800 relay team and the second-place 1,600 relay. He suffered a pulled a hamstring injury the day after the region meet but still managed to take third in the 300 and fourth in the 500 at states.

Dante Hudson, Old Mill, Sr. -- He was county champion in the 55 hurdles and took third in the states in the same event. He also anchored the Patriots' county and region champion 800 relay team, which finished second in the states.

Delvell Johnson, Old Mill, Jr. -- A consistent 6-foot-4 high jumper, Johnson won the state championship after finishing as runner-up in the county and region meets.

Ryan Krulis, Severna Park, Sr. -- Krulis placed first in the shot put at the Class 4A East Region meet (50 feet, 3 1/4 inches), took second in the states and was runner-up to North County's Troy Fowlkes at the county meet.

Kevin McKinney, Old Mill, Sr. -- He established himself as the fastest guy in the county and state by winning the 55 -- at both meets. At regions, McKinney finished second behind Andre Wise of Meade. At the state meet, he also placed third in the 300 and led off the Patriots' 800 relay team, which finished second and anchored the 1,600 relay team to to a fourth-place finish. He was Old Mill's high-point scorer on the boys state championship team.

Jason Reckner, Old Mill, Sr. -- A knee injury suffered while sledding kept Reckner out of the county meet, but he still managed to establish the fastest time in the county in the 800 and 1,600 at the state meet, where he took third in both events. He recorded his personal best time in the 1,600 at the Virginia Tech High School Invitational, where he ran a county- best 4:32.0. In addition, he also won the 1,500 run at the National Guard Meet.

Shawn Stallings, Chesapeake, Sr. -- Stallings anchored the Cougars' county and region champion 3,200 relay team and took first in the 800 run at the region meet. At states, he picked up fourth-place finishes in the 800 run and 3,200 relay.

Geoff Warren, Arundel, Sr. -- Warren, who boasts a 3.4 grade point average, emerged as county, region and 4A state champion in the 3,200 run and anchored the Wildcats' 3,200 relay team to a second-place finish at the county and region meets. At regions, he added a second gold medal in the 1,600 run. He is considering attending UMBC, Navy, Columbia and Brown University.

Andre Wise, Meade, Sr. -- Wise won the boys 300 run and 55 -- at regions and was second in the 55 -- at the county and state championships. He was third in the 300 at the states and was a member of the Mustangs' 800 relay team that took third at the county meet.

Danny Zamarripa, South River, Sr. -- He finished first in the 1,600 at the county, region and state meets. He was second in the 3,200 at the county meet and was fourth in the same event at the regions. He took second at states and third at the regions in the 800 and anchored the Seahawks' 1,600 relay team that finished fifth in the Class 1A-2A state championships.

GIRLS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

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