1994-95 Howard County Scholar-Athletes BOYS PROFILES

June 04, 1995|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Greg Curtis, The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Male Scholar-Athlete for 1994-95, was a key participant on eight Oakland Mills state championship teams -- three in cross country, three in outdoor track and two in indoor track -- in his career.

He earned 12 varsity letters.

He won the state Class 2A cross country championship by 10 seconds his senior year with the meet's fastest time of 17 minutes, 41 seconds on a 3.1-mile course at Hereford High, and was selected as The Baltimore Sun's Male Cross Country Runner of the Year.

He won 11 of 12 races, including six invitationals and the county and regional championship -- his third regional championship. His only loss was by two seconds in his first race of the season. He was the first Oakland Mills runner since 1987 to win the county cross country title. He won by 24 seconds.

In the Foot Locker Northeast regional meet in New York, he placed 28th out of 258 high school runners -- the top finish among Baltimore-area boys.

A three-time All-County pick, he was second-team All-Metro as a junior, and first-team All-Metro his senior year.

"A lot of times kids are just endowed with God-given talent and don't work hard," Oakland Mills cross country coach Steve Carnahan said. "Greg works as hard or harder than anyone I've coached. He's earned what he's achieved."

In outdoor track this year he won the state Class 2A 1,600 and 3,200 meters and finished second by one second in the 800. He also ran on the winning 4X800 relay.

All three of those individual races represented personal bests, and his 1,600 time of 4:21.1 was 3.4 seconds faster than recorded in any other classification.

It was his second 1,600 state championship to go with three regional titles and two county titles in that event. He was also the county 800 champ this year.

In indoor track he was the county and regional champ in the 800 and 1,600.

He's a lifeguard at Howard Community College, a peer leader at Oakland Mills, senior class SGA student representative, parliamentarian for the National Honor Society and business editor of the school yearbook. He also participated in an Appalachian service project for two years.

Runner-up in the Bob Davidson Scholar-Athlete competition, he has a 3.68 GPA and a 1220 SAT score. He will attend Brown University to study wildlife biology or physical therapy.

"He has always been a highly motivated student who played a positive, active role in all class activities," said Robert Siskind, physics instructor. "His energy and enthusiasm and his willingness to spend the extra time necessary to pursue difficult concepts and problems are truly exceptional."

THE TEAM AT A GLANCE

Jeff Cline, Glenelg

Class: Senior

GPA: 3:94. SAT: 1250

Sports: Soccer, basketball, tennis

Other activities: Grass Roots volunteer, National Honor Society member and tutor, Maryland Distinguished Scholar honorable mention.

Profile: He played three years of varsity soccer and basketball and two years of varsity tennis to earn eight letters. He captained the soccer team his junior and senior years and was first-team All-County both years. He led the county in scoring his senior year and was chosen All-State. His sophomore year the soccer team won a state Class 2A title.

In basketball he was the starting point guard for two seasons, set the school single-season and career steals record and was third in career assists. Glenelg lost in double-overtime at the buzzer in the regional final -- the school's best basketball showing in 22 years.

"He was selected by his peers as Most Valuable Player this past year, and was admired by everyone for his athletic abilities, technical fluency, leadership and decision making on and off the field," said soccer coach John Bouman. "Most importantly, Jeff is a mature, friendly, hard-working and honest individual, who understands the importance of combining and excelling in academics and extracurricular activities."

Chris Folkemer, Howard

Class: Senior

GPA: 3.96. SAT: 1160

Sports: Soccer, indoor track, outdoor track

Other activities: Grassroots volunteer, National Honor Society tutor and treasurer, Latin Club, symphonic band, marching band, Habitat for Humanity, National Security Agency intern.

Profile: He was a proficient and skilled soccer player for four varsity seasons, participated in outdoor track three seasons and indoor track two seasons. He plays the trumpet, and his academic accomplishments are exceptional. He took 15 gifted and talented or advanced placement courses.

"Christopher has proven himself to be one of the brightest students I have taught in my 22 years in the profession," English department chair Linda Storey said.

"Chris is a very competitive individual who develops high goals XTC for both himself and those around him," said his club team soccer coach Jim Carlan. "He is a team player who always gives a 100 percent effort and maintains a positive attitude."

5) He will attend Franklin and Marshall.

Chris Lehmann, Glenelg Country

Class: Senior

GPA: 4.0, SAT: 1280

Sports: Soccer, basketball, lacrosse

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