The 1994-95 All-Baltimore City/County Indoor Track Team

March 08, 1995|By Rich Scherr and Jeff Seidel

BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

* James Carter, Mervo, Jr. -- He is the most gifted and versatile track athlete in the area. Carter won state championships in both the high hurdles (7.58 seconds) and 300 (36.93), and finished in the top two both at the city and region championships. But he's also adept in at least four other events, including the long jump and half-mile. He became the state's top hurdler despite running in the event for the first time late last season after replacing an injured teammate. His coach, Freddie Hendricks, calls Carter his "go-to guy." "His versatility is his main asset," said Hendricks. "He's just done phenomenally well in so many events."

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

* Don Wann, Parkville -- In his 29th year of coaching, Wann led the Knights to one of their most successful indoor seasons in school history. Despite missing a third of his team due to injuries and illnesses, he coached Parkville to a win at the Class 3A, Central Region championship meet, and the Knights went on to take fourth in the states. Team members lauded Wann for his ever-present positive attitude and sense of fair play. He spent as much time working with the less gifted athletes as he did the champions. "This was mainly for him," said distance standout Joe Smith after the regional victory. "He's been coaching for a long time, and we wanted to get this for him. He gives everyone a chance."

THE BOYS TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Jim Banach, Perry Hall, Sr. -- Banach won the county 55 -- championship in 6.5 seconds before going on to take third in the region and second at the Class 4A state meet. He also won the county 300 championship and took first in the 55 at the National Guard meet.

* Shawn Carpenter, Franklin, Sr. -- The senior pulled off a clean sweep, winning the county, region and state Class 3A championships in the 3,200, the latter in 10:11.6. He and teammate Alex Taylor pushed each other all season and finished one-two at states.

* Dave Keller, Parkville, Sr. -- He was the class of the area in his event all season, winning the county shot put championship before setting a personal best en route to taking the state Class 3A title with an effort of 51 feet, 8 inches.

* Shawn Kelly, Perry Hall, Sr. -- Kelly won the 800 at county and region meets and ran a leg on a 3,200 relay team that won titles in the county and region before taking third in the state. An apparent timing discrepancy kept him from placing in the top three in the state 800.

* Joe Leilich, Perry Hall, Sr. -- He posted the area's fastest time in the 1,600 (4:32.5), and took second in the county, third in the state and fourth in the region. In the 800, he placed second in the county and sixth in the state (2:08.2).

* Greg Lopata, Hereford, Sr. -- Lopata came on strong in the postseason, winning the Class 1A-2A state title in the 800 (2:04.0) and taking second in the 1,600 (4:38.3). He lowered his personal best by 12 seconds during the course of the season.

* Malcolm McGhee, Dundalk, Sr. -- Despite not practicing until after the county championships (due to a lack of equipment), McGee exploded onto the high jump scene in the postseason, taking second in the region and fifth at the state Class 3A meet with an effort of 5 feet, 10 inches.

* Anthony Reid, Woodlawn, Sr. -- Reid capped off a consistent senior season with county and Class 4A state victories in the 500. He also teamed with Craig Thompson, Tyrone Capers and Troy Thomas to form an undefeated 800 relay team that won the state title for the second straight year and took fourth in the 1,600 relay.

* Dave Russell, Perry Hall, Sr. -- Russell was the best pole vaulter in Baltimore County history. He broke the county record three times (the last by over half a foot) during the season and cleared a personal best 14-7 in winning the state Class 4A title for the second straight year. He improved more than two feet during the season.

* Joe Smith, Parkville, Jr. -- Smith, who never had finished better than fourth in a state competition, came into his own this season. After winning the county championship in the 1,600, he went on to win the Class 3A state title in 4:40.2.

* Lloyd Vennie, Poly, Sr. -- One of the area's fastest at intermediate distances, he finished his senior season with a second place in the 500 (1:09.6) and a third in the 300 (37.8) at the state Class 3A meet after winning regional titles in both. He also took fourth in the 400 (51.08) at the Delaware Invitational and anchored the 1,600 relay squad that took fourth in the state.

GIRLS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

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