1994 All-carroll County Track & Field

June 08, 1994|By Bill Free

GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR * Tom Hill, Francis Scott Key -- Every track and field season, everybody in Carroll County lines up in hopes of knocking off perennial boys and girls champion Westminster. It rarely happens, but this spring, Hill guided a young and talented Key girls team to a 123-88 victory over second-place Westminster, ending a five-year run for the Owls. The sensational Ryers are back next season, Ali Jones and Stacey Greene have two seasons left, and the entire state champion 3,200 relay team returns next year. Don't expect the Key girls to go away any time soon. Hill has the talent, and he is getting the most out of it.

GIRLS PERFORMERS OF THE YEAR * Carrie and Laurie Ryer, Francis Scott Key, Jrs. -- These identical twins led the 1A Eagles past 4A Westminster (123-88) in the Carroll County championships. Carrie and Laurie each won four gold medals in the county meet, and then went to the state 1A championships and captured silver medals -- Carrie in the triple jump (36 feet, 3 inches) and Laurie in the long jump (16-9). The Ryers also ran on the Eagles' 400-meter relay team that took second in the 1A states. Those three silvers helped Key capture second place in the states. North Carroll girls track coach Greg Knill paid tribute to the Ryers: "Those girls are in a class of their own when it comes to jumping. I mean, they're jumping about a foot more than everybody else in the county." The Ryers also dominated the county in the 100 (Carrie) and 200 (Laurie) meters. When asked which was faster, coach Tom Hill said: "They've never raced each other. We don't do that. And overall, it's impossible to say either one is better than the other because they both won the same amount of medals in the county, regionals and states."

FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE * Stacey Greene, Francis Scott Key, Soph. -- Greene captured fourth in the 100 hurdles (16.1) in the state 1A championships and ran the third leg on the Eagles' 400 relay team that finished second in the state meet. Those performances followed outstanding efforts in the Carroll County championships and the Monocacy Valley Athletic League championship meet. When Key knocked off Westminster to win the county title, Greene won the 100 hurdles, finished second in the 300 hurdles and ran the third leg on the winning 400 and 800 relay teams. On those two relay teams, Greene was known for her ability to get the baton to

anchor Carrie Ryer in good position to win the events.

* Shannon Hugg, Francis Scott Key, Sr. -- The hardest worker on the team, according to Hill, has made herself into the premier distance runner in Carroll County. "A pillar on our team" is the way Hill describes Hugg, who holds the school record in the 3,200 (12:23) and held the school

record in the 1,600 (5:40.7) until Jen Moorman broke it this season. Even though she was sick and collapsed while running the 1,600 in the county championships, Hugg recovered to finish second at 5:46.4.

* Ali Jones, Francis Scott Key, Soph. -- Jones came home from the 1A states wearing gold for anchoring Key's 3,200 relay team, and she finished third in the 1A state 400 (58.7). Hill said: "Ali had a fantastic state meet. She was behind by three yards when she took the baton in the 3,200 relay and came back to win with a split in the 2:20s." It helped the Eagles finish second as a team in the states and followed superb efforts by Jones in the regionals (anchored 1,600 relay team that took third, and finished second by .2 seconds in the 800) and the county championships (won the 400 and 800). "Ali is a pleasure to coach and will do anything to help us win," said Hill.

* Amy McCready, Liberty, Sr. -- Her four-year track career began on a high note as a freshman when she ran the third leg on the Lions' state champion 800 relay team. McCready has steadily improved her 100 and 300 hurdles times enough that she finished third in the 2A state championships this season in the 300 hurdles (47.74). That was a little short of her career best time in the 300s (47.3). In the county championships, McCready continued her season-long hurdles duel with Key's Stacey Greene. McCready won the 300s in 49.8, with Greene second at 50.4. But Greene took the 100s in 16.7, with McCready second at 17.7. She heads to Shippensburg (Pa.) University and will continue hurdling.

Vicki Osinga, Liberty, Soph. -- The youngest individual state champion in the county, Osinga took first in the 2A championship meet with a leap of 5-0 in the high jump. She twice has jumped 5-2 for the school girls record. "She does it with jumping technique and encouragement from her parents," said Liberty coach Dan Jones. "She came to us with a good background in jumping at Sykesville Middle School and just keeps getting better."

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