Adams, Brisco, Jett lead list of honorees 1993-1994 ALL-COUNTY INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD TEAM

March 20, 1994|By Chuck Acquisto

COACH OF THE YEAR

Sam Singleton, Oakland Mills -- Singleton directed the Scorpions to a second straight Class 1A-2A state indoor track and field championship, as well as consecutive regional and county titles. Relying on event depth and an abundance of team speed, Oakland Mills outdistanced second-place South River at the regional (105-96) and state (81-53) finals. At the Howard County championships, Singleton patiently waited for his squad's depth in the later short-distance events (the 55-meter run, the 55-meter hurdles and the 500-meter run) to rush past top challenger Centennial, 147-103.

PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Xavier Brisco, Oakland Mills, Sr. -- Brisco dominated the state's middle-distance events as well as solidified the Scorpions' four-man 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams, running the winning anchor leg at the county, regional and state finals. After earning a medal in the county's 800 meters (2 minutes, 6.2 seconds) and a second place in the 500 (1:10), the Scorpions' leader blazed his way to four first places at the regionals (500, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 relay anchor), as well as four more at the 1A-2A state championships at the 5th Regiment Armory.

THE BOYS TEAM

Damon Ferguson, Oakland Mills Sr. -- Ferguson stood out at the Howard County Track and Field Championships, earning four first-place medals with wins in the 55 -- (6.82), the 300 (37.6) and the 500 (1:09.9). Ferguson also anchored the Scorpions'

victorious 800 relay team. After posting a season-best time of 6.4 seconds in the 55 at 1A-2A regionals, Ferguson again won the 55 (6.68) as well as the 300 (37.20) at the state championships.

Omar El Sawi, Atholton, Sr. -- El Sawi posted an area-best and Howard County-record pole vault of 14 feet, 1 inch at the Class 1A-2A regional meet, topping his own mark of 14 feet set at midseason. On his way to winning the county vault title for a second straight year, El Sawi set his sights on topping the state record of 14-3. With the bar set at 14-4, El Sawi cleared the height on his final attempt only to have the bar fall on his way down to the mat. El Sawi, however, took comfort in winning a second consecutive state title (13-0), while also qualifying for the Penn Relays and the National High School Indoor Championships in Syracuse, N.Y.

Kevin Hill, Centennial, Sr. -- Hill, the county's top cross-country runner, kept up his swift pace in the long-distance indoor events by claiming two first-place county championship medals in the 1,600 (4:41.5) and 3,200 (10:21.1). The Eagles' senior also finished second at the state Class 3A championships in the 3,200 (10:04.4) behind Aaron Price of Linganore.

Bobby Van Allen, Centennial, Sr. -- Running in the shadow, or make that the draft, of senior teammate Hill inspired the versatile Van Allen to three second-place finishes at the county championships in the 1,600 (4:48.3), 800 (2:10) and 3,200 (10:19.9). The Eagles' runner also finished second in the Class 3A state meet in the 1,600 (4:41.1), after a strong leg kick from Walter Johnson High's Josh Orenstein overcame Van Allen's late lead.

James Koehler, Centennial, Sr. -- Koehler has helped the Eagles dominate the county high-jump competition, indoor and outdoor, the past two years. The Eagles' leaper earned a second county indoor title with a jump of 6-2 at the championships. At the state 3A meet, Koehler again cleared the bar at 6-2, good enough for second place.

Matt Kilpatrick, Centennial, Sr. -- The other half of Centennial's dynamic high-jump duo, Kilpatrick often matched Koehler's best jump at each meet, only to lose out because of tiebreakers. At the county championships, Kilpatrick duplicated his teammate's 6-2 jump, but had to settle for a second-place medal.

Dan Ballantine, Glenelg, Sr. -- The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Gladiators football lineman recorded a county best toss of 42-7 1/4 in the shot put at the indoor championships to claim the first-place medal. Ballantine also took first place at the 1A-2A regional championships with a personal-best toss this season of 43-6.

Kyle Walker, Oakland Mills, Soph. -- Perhaps the county's top up-and-coming sprinter, Kyle Walker burst onto the indoor scene by winning the 55 hurdles (8.0) at the county indoor championships. Kyle also finished second (6.91) to teammate Damon Ferguson in the county's 55 -- finals, just edging his brother senior Brandy Walker (7.03) as the Scorpions swept the event. Walker won the 55 hurdles (7.7) at the 1A-2A regionals while again finishing second in the 55 -- (6.7). At the 1A-2A state championships, Walker finished a respectable fourth in the 55 hurdles (8.08).

Eric Larsen, Oakland Mills, Sr. -- Perhaps the Scorpions' most versatile runner, Larsen played a quiet role in Oakland Mills' county and Class 1A-2A triumphs. In the county championships, Larsen helped pace the Scorpions to a first place in the 3,200 relay (8:47.5) as well as personally taking third places in the 500 (1:15.5) and 800 (2:12.1).

GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR

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