1996 All-Howard County track and field teams

June 02, 1996|By Rick Belz


Performer of the Year

Faisal Hasan, Wilde Lake, Sr.: Hasan proved to be one of the area's premier distance runners by winning four medals at the 2A state meet, including golds in the 3,200 (9 minutes, 43.57 seconds) and 1,600 (4: 27.27). His efforts led Wilde Lake to a second-place state finish, just five points behind four-time state champion Oakland Mills. Hasan pulled off the most difficult hat trick in track by winning county championships in the 800 (1: 58.9), 1,600 (4: 24.0) and 3,200 (9: 34.5). He won South region 3,200 and 1,600 races. He finished second in the region 800 and third in the state 800 (1: 58.8). He was also part of Wilde Lake's third-place 3,200 relay at states.

Performer of the Year

Kyle Walker, Oakland Mills, senior: Walker produced one of the best state track performances ever, winning four gold medals at the 2A meet and leading his team to a fourth straight state title. He was one of only two athletes to perform on all four of those championship teams. Walker won golds in the 110 hurdles (14.58), 300 hurdles (39.91), 100 dash (11.37) and 400 relay. He also won the South region 110 hurdles (14.1) and 300 hurdles (40.2), and the South region 100 dash (11.1). At the county meet, he won the 110 hurdles (14.1) and 300 hurdles (40.9).

Coach of the Year

Pat Saunderson, Atholton: The Raiders won county, region and state titles. The 3A state victory, by 20 points over Carver, was Atholton's first, and made up for a one-point loss to Oakland Mills in the Class 2A state championships in 1995. The Raiders won the state title despite having just two individual champions. Atholton scored in 11 of the 18 events, however. Saunderson will not coach the outdoor team next season because as the school's new athletic director he can coach just one sport. He'll coach cross country.

Coach of the Year

Sam Singleton, Oakland Mills: The Scorpions established a boys state record by winning their fourth straight state championship. It was the school's seventh boys state track title. The come-from-behind victory was special for Oakland Mills, which overcame a disqualification in the 800 relay the second day of the meet by scoring 51 points on the final day. It snatched the title from runner-up Wilde Lake by five points.

The team

Max Clifford, Atholton, senior: Clifford earned silver medals in the 800 and 400 relays at the state meet after winning golds in the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays at the county meet. He also finished third in the 200 open at the county meet. He helped Atholton set a county record in the 400 relay at 42.0.

Mike Eshoo, Atholton, junior: He finished second in the pole vault (12 feet, 6 inches) at the county meet, but won the 3A state championship at 13-6.

Brian Howard, Oakland Mills, senior: Howard won the county shot put title (53-10) and finished third in the county 100 dash (11.5). He was fourth in the shot put (51-3) at the state 2A meet. He was one of only two athletes who performed on four straight Oakland Mills state championship teams.

Jared Howard, Atholton, senior: Howard won the state 3A title in the 400 dash (49.27), was runner-up in the 400 relay and third in the 200 dash (22.02). At regionals he won the 400 and 200, was on a winning 1,600 relay and a second-place 400 relay. He won golds at the county championships in the 400 dash, 400 relay and 1,600 relay, and was second in the 200 dash. He helped Atholton establish a county record (42.0) in the 400 relay. His best 200 was 21.7; his best 400 was 48.8.

Keith Jefferson, Atholton, junior: Jefferson earned silver medals in the 400 and 800 relays and a bronze in the long jump (22-1) at the 3A state meet. He won golds at the county meet in the long jump, triple jump and 400 relay, and a silver in the 100 dash. He helped his team set the county record in the 400 relay at 42.0. His personal bests were 10.8 in the 100, 22-8 in the long jump and 43-9 in the triple jump.

Andrew Long, Oakland Mills, sophomore: Long won the county championship in the discus (140-2) and finished third at the 2A state meet (140-2).

Eric McDuffie, Wilde Lake, senior: McDuffie's third-place long jump (20-11) and second-place triple jump (43-0) helped the Wildecats finish second at states. He finished second in the triple and long jumps at the county championships, and third in the county 300 hurdles and 400 relay.

Cian Oatts, Atholton, junior: Oatts won four gold medals at the county meet in the 100 dash, 200 dash, 400 relay and 800 relay. He helped set a county record in the 400 relay at 42.0. He earned seconds at 3A East regionals in the 100 dash, 400 relay and 800 relay, and was third in the 200 dash. His best times were 10.5 in the 100 and 21.8 in the 200.

Tom O'Connor, Centennial, senior: O'Connor won the county high jump (6-0), the 3A East regional (6-6) title and finished fourth at the state meet (6-0).

Kevin Rondon, Oakland Mills, senior: Rondon finished second in the county shot put (52-9 3/4 ), and third in the 2A state shot put (53-4 1/2 ).

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