1995 All-city/county Boys Track And Field

June 06, 1995|By Lem Satterfield

CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR

Freddie Hendricks, Mervo -- Hendricks and assistants Ron Neal and Ron Taylor have been on a mission since finishing second in the 4A states by half a point two years ago. Some observers consider this year's team, which won the title, 106-63, over Gaithersburg, the best Baltimore City team in 15 years, and one of the area's best ever. What made Hendricks' team so impressive was that it wasn't one-dimensional but had great range and versatility. Jason Panniell is perhaps the area's best hurdler, and James Carter, a jumper and middle distance runner, is the area's most versatile performer. Mike Curtis is a nifty distance runner, and middle distance man Garfield Thompson ran an area-best (1:55.7) in the 800. But it took Hendricks and his staff's know-how to blend it all together and keep his athletes primed for the big events. At the Penn Relays, the Mustangs' 400-relay contingent of Dante Palmer, Royston Lyttle, Carter and Panniell was the highest placing American team (41.67 seconds), qualifying for the Championship of America. The 1600 relay squad of Garfield Thompson, Antoine Collins, Tyree Byron and Carter ran a 3:17.2 at the Towson Relays, and a 3:18.24 to win the state meet. This year's Mustangs are comparable to the Ron Evans-coached Arundel powerhouses in the early 1970s, Old Mill in 1978 and Northwestern in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Johnnie Foreman, Gilman -- Foreman returned every sprinter from the previous squad that won three of the four relays in last year's MIAA meet, along with 10 quality distance runners, including two-time All-Metro cross country runner Ted Lord. But with little depth in the field events, he feared even the talent in other areas wouldn't be enough to dethrone Calvert Hall or handle an up-and-coming McDonogh squad. "We beat Calvert Hall during the season, but then we lost to McDonogh," said Foreman, whose weaknesses were exposed during a tough scrimmage with Mervo. Assistant coach Jack Thompson worked overtime to improve those aspects and came through with the right formula. In the MIAAs, Donald Bacoat and Charles Howard were first and third in the triple jump, Pat Runge was second in the high jump, Sam Whittin was third in the pole vault, and George Bealefeld third in both the shot put and discus. Those key efforts, along with victories by Lord (3200), Terrance Whitehead (200), Jon Mychael Bowman (110 hurdles) and the 3200 relay squad aided in a 150-106 win over runner-up McDonogh, with Calvert Hall (103) finishing third. Gilman finished in the top three in 14 of the 18 events -- and the Greyhounds scored in each event. "We kept the emphasis on strenuous conditioning, and everyone pulling together and doing his job. The kids really became believers in that."

PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

James Carter, Mervo, junior -- Carter's efforts in the 4A state meet in the triple jump (48-9) and the 400 (47.9) were No. 1 out of all four classifications. Carter anchored the 1600 team (3:18.24) to a state title as well, and was third in 21.96 in the 200. Carter's state title-winning triple jump is the city's best ever and ranked among the top three in the history of the state tournament. One other local, Ralph Spry (Old Mill, 1978), now an assistant coach at the University of Florida, leaped farther than 49 feet (49-6), and later became an NCAA long jump champ in 1983 at Old Miss. At the Penn Relays, Carter ran a 47.7 split in his 400 leg of the 10th-place 1600 relay squad. It was the fastest split time of an American, second only to a Jamaican runner, but Carter's 46.81 at the Towson Relays was a personal best. Also at Penn, Carter was a member of the Mustangs' 400-relay contingent that was the highest placing American team (41.67 seconds) of the Championship of America. Put simply, this may be a future Olympian. "He'll run the hurdles, relays, even long jumps," said Hendricks. "If he could learn to pole vault, he could probably be a

decathlete."

FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE

Jonathan Dietrich, Calvert Hall, senior -- Dietrich continued his classic rivalries with Gilman's Ted Lord, his nemesis and friend from cross country. Lord brought out the best in Dietrich in a dual meet, as Dietrich beat him in a personal and area-best 9:38.0. Dietrich was a runner-up to Lord in the MIAAs, finishing in 9:47.4.

Anders Fristedt, McDonogh, junior -- With Lord and Dietrich graduating, Fristedt will be a force among MIAA and area distance runners. His MIAA-winning 4:21.4 in the 1600 was a meet record, and ranked second in the area to 2A state champ Greg Curtis (4:21.11). Fristedt also ran a leg of the Eagles' MIAA-winning 1600 relay, which set a meet record of 3:29.6.

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