1995 All-Carroll County Girls Track and Field Teams

June 07, 1995|By Bill Free



* Nate Shank, Westminster, Sr. -- Shank not only got better each year in the 800 run but he helped other runners keep in shape during the off-season. He competed in four events in most meets -- 800, 400, 1,600 relay and 3,200 relay -- and had his best day in the Carroll County championship meet. He turned in a career-best 1 minute, 58.4 seconds in the 800 to take first in the county and won two other county gold medals on the 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams. Coach Jim Shank said of the 1:58.4 time: "It was amazing that he ran his best time ever when he was by himself. The next guy finished in 2:04.8. Nate usually runs better when he's pushed." Shank ran 1:59.8 in the 800 in the regionals to finish second, qualifying for the states where he was clocked in 2:00.4 for eighth place. He will continue his track career at Shippensburg (Pa.) University.


* Chris Richardson, Francis Scott Key, Sr. -- For four years, Richardson used his speed to good advantage on the football field, basketball court and baseball diamond. This spring Richardson decided to try track. "He was an unexpected surprise," said Key boys coach Rich Salkin. "We always knew he could run and had always tried to figure out what he might do. But I had no idea he was going to come out for the team. It's nice when someone comes out with no experience at all and wins two goal medals in the county meet [100 and 200]. The whole thing was pretty neat to watch." With Richardson sprinting by everybody in two events, Francis Scott Key scored 120 points in the county meet for second behind Westminster (152).


* Rich Salkin, Francis Scott Key -- He didn't have the numbers to match Westminster but Salkin quietly guided the Key boys to a strong second-place showing behind the Owls (152 to 120) in the county championship meet and second in the 1A South regionals. The Eagles had 78 1/2 points to challenge Boonsboro (90) for first. Key then ran into some tough competition in the 1A states and fell to 11th place but it didn't diminish what this young team mixed with a few accomplished veterans had accomplished. Salkin was the Carroll Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year last fall. "In track, you can't do it alone as a coach. That's why my assistants Angie Green and Mike Coons deserve a lot of credit for helping me," said Salkin.


* Bobby Bollinger, Francis Scott Key, Soph. -- Bollinger was back on top of the county in the shot put this season, and he improved his top performance from last year by three feet (47-3 to 50-3). That effort gave him fourth in the states, up from seventh last year. He won the county with a toss of 48-0 and is one of three boys making a second straight appearance on the All-Carroll first team. "Bobby is great to have around," said Key coach Rich Salkin. "He deals with little aches and pains but keeps on going."

* Tony Cahoon, Francis Scott Key, Jr. -- A little cooperation from North Carroll coach Bill Rumbaugh helped Cahoon improve to 12-0 in the pole vault in the 1A states this year after plummeting to 10-6 in the regionals. "Tony became too heavy for his pole in the regionals and he had to deal with switching poles just a couple of days before the states," said Salkin. "Bill Rumbaugh let him borrow one of his poles and he vaulted 12 feet. Tony's a great story. He was hovering around 10 feet when he first came out and now he's doing 12."

* Corey LaPrade, Westminster, Soph. -- LaPrade took first in the 100 and second in the 200 in the Central Maryland Conference championships. He also turned in a second (100) and a third (200) in the county meet. LaPrade runs on the 400 and 800 Westminster relay teams that took second in the county championship.

* Mat Mathias, Westminster, Sr. -- The team's stock in field events took a sudden turn upward when Mathias decided to give track and field a try for the first time. He simply got better and better and peaked at the perfect time -- the 4A states where his toss of 49-8 1/2 in the shot put gave him a second-place finish. Mathias was beaten in the county championship meet by Key's Bollinger -- 48-0 to 47-2 1/2 . "Mat was starting to get his technique down by the end of the season," said coach Shank. "You have to wonder what he would have done if he had been in our program four years." Mathias will attend Wesley (Del.) College.

* David Reazin, Westminster, Jr. -- Another product of the strong Westminster cross country program, Reazin is an outstanding hurdler and runs on two relay teams. His top performance in the hurdles came in the county meet where he won the 110 highs in 15.9 and took second in the 300 intermediates (42.3). He beat teammate Mike Merker by three-tenths of a second in the 110s in the county. "Mike Merker pushed David all year," said coach Shank. "David has good speed and he got stronger at the end of the season. I believe cross country helped him a lot."

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