1994-95 All-Anne Arundel County Indoor Track Team

March 08, 1995|By Steven Kivinski

BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

* Richard Queen, Old Mill, Jr. -- This co-captain helped lead Old Mill's boys team to its 14th county and region championships. At states, Queen picked up 16 points for the Pats by winning the 55 -- (6.58 seconds) and taking third in the 55 hurdles. At regions, he won the 55 -- and was second in the hurdles (7.8), and he won both events at the county meet, finishing the -- in 6.4 seconds and the hurdles in 7.6. "Richard has been riding the coattails of a lot of good runners the past couple of years and we expected him to be the man this season and he was," said Old Mill coach Mike Marcus. "We kept telling him to get his shoulders bigger and he handled the pressure very well. We were inexperienced on the boys side and he kind of led the way for them."

THE BOYS TEAM AT A GLANCE

* Topper Ellis, North County, Sr. -- Ellis helped North County's boys team tie Old Mill at the states by claiming second in the 500 and third in the 300, before teaming up with Jon Pinkocz, Toney Fowlkes and Danny Zavorka to win the 1,600 relay in 3:33.1. At regions, Ellis won the 300 -- in 36.6 and was awarded first in the 500 after nearly being disqualified for a lane change violation. He won two individual events at the county meet, taking first in the 300 and 500. "He is our team leader," said coach Ed Harte. "He did many things for this team and he's proven that he is the fastest man in the county."

* Toney Fowlkes, North County, Jr. -- Fowlkes ran a superb chase leg in the 1,600 relay at states, catching a runner from Suitland and helping the Knights win the event in 3:33.1. He finished second to Ellis in the 300 at the county meet and was second in the 300 and third in the 500 at regionals. At the state meet, Fowlkes was fifth in the 300 and 500. "He ran a lot with Topper and he always knew either he or Topper would win," said Harte.

* Delvell Johnson, Old Mill, Sr. -- Johnson emerged as county and region champion in the high jump before settling for second at the states. At regions, he won by clearing 6-2 and also added a fifth-place finish in the --. He also took first in the high jump at both the Maryland National Guard Scholastic Games and the Diamond State Invitational and was fourth at Virginia Tech, despite clearing a personal best 6-6. At the state meet, Johnson ran on the Patriots' 800 relay team, which Marcus believes negatively affected his performance in the high jump. "He was looking for what would benefit the team," said Marcus. "He could have squawked about running in the 800 [relay at states] but he made the sacrifice for the team."

* Chris Long, Old Mill, Sr. -- At regions, Long won the 3,200 run and was runner-up in the 1,600, but it was his second-place finish in the 800 run, an event that he was not scheduled to run, that helped the Patriots sweep their fifth straight region title. He was runner-up in the 1,600 and 3,200 at the county meet and was second in the 1,600 and fifth in the 3,200 at states. "He started off real slow and really came along in time for regions," said Marcus.

* Adrian Newman, South River, Sr. -- Newman didn't have to wait until spring to prove that he could win a state title in the shot put. He capped his final indoor track season by becoming Class 1A-2A state champion with a toss of 50-feet, 1/2 -inch on his final throw. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder also won the shot put at the county and region meets and was fifth at the National Guard Games. "He attained the goals we set for him," said Seahawks coach Keith Bigelow. "He wanted to break the school record [49-4], break the 50-foot mark and win the states and he did all three, but he really made us sweat it out."

* Ryan Stevens, Chesapeake, Sr. -- Stevens earned a state title in the 1,600 and had enough energy left to finish as runner-up in the 3,200. At regions, he won the 1,600 in 4:34.9 and was third in the 3,200 at the county meet. "Our indoor program has gone downhill in recent years, but Ryan has worked out on his own and that's a credit to him," said Cougars coach John Gray. "He had no running partner that could keep up with him so he had to carry everything on his own shoulders."

* Eric Voss, Old Mill, Sr. -- This pole vaulter won the county title but was runner-up at regions and third in states behind Dave Russell of Perry Hall, who cleared 14-7 at the Class 4A state meet. Voss also took third in the pole vault at National Guard Games with a vault of 12-0. "He was always overshadowed by Jimmy Greer in the past but he turned out to be the man this season," said Marcus. "He was real consistent. He could jump 12 feet looking great or ugly, but you could always count on him."

GIRLS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.