The 1996 All-Anne Arundel County Track and Field teams

June 02, 1996|By Steve Kivinski

Coach of the Year

Ron Evans, Old Mill: Evans led the Patriots to a sweep of the county and region titles for the eighth straight season. Evans credits his assistant coaches Mike Marcus (throwing), Mike Hinton (sprints and hurdles) and Leon Walters (distance) and his volunteer staff of Chris Bowser, Brian Evans and Bob Halsey for the program's success. "We had depth and quality, but not enough of it at states," said Evans, who is expected to announce his retirement from coaching after 30 years, the first nine at Arundel and the last 21 at Old Mill. "We had too many kids doing too many events, but I really like the quality of the effort and the quality of the leadership. This was a fun group to be around."

BOYS

Performer of the Year

Damion Moss, Meade, Sr.: Moss, who is headed for Howard University on a football scholarship, didn't lose to anyone in the -- long jump all season. He set a Class 4A state meet record in the long jump (23-8 1/2 ) after winning the county and region titles. He took second in the 110 hurdles and third in the high jump at the regionals. "He has quiet leadership skills," said Mustangs coach Hayes Henderson. "His dedication and desire to win are what set him apart." Moss plans on competing in both football and track at Howard.

The team

Ian Ross, Annapolis, Sr.: Ross, the county's Runner of the Year last cross country season, capped his senior campaign by winning county and region titles in the 800 run. He will attend Maryland.

Dushun Nick, Broadneck, Sr.: Nick held off North County's top two sprinters to win county titles in the 100 and 200 dashes. He dominated the same two events at Broadneck's Esterling Invitational and capped the year by finishing second in the state in the 200 and third in Class 3A in the 100.

Jason Berger, South River, Sr.: Berger, an All-County selection indoors, won his second county title in the pole vault. He won both the pole vault and the triple jump at the Class 2A regionals and finished as state runner-up in the pole vault after clearing 13-6.

Malcolm Vaughn, Meade, Jr.: Vaughn beat teammate and "friendly archrival" Damion Moss in the 110 hurdles at the region meet, where he also placed fourth in the high jump. Vaughn placed third in the high hurdles at states and high jumped a personal best 6-6 in a dual meet. "Keep an eye on this guy," warned his coach, Hayes Henderson.

Adam Trzybinski, Old Mill, Jr.: The 6-foot-9, 315-pounder captured county and region championships in the shot put and was fifth in the county and region in the discus. He finished third in the shot behind a pair of Oakland Mills throwers in the Golliday and Knights invitationals and finished sixth in the state in shot put.

Shawn Marshall, Old Mill, Sr.: Marshall, a veteran and leader of the Patriots' track program, emerged as county champ in the 400 dash and 300 hurdles and anchored the Patriots' county and region champion 1,600 relay. He was second to state champion Toney Fowlkes in the intermediate hurdles at regions and was fourth in the 300 hurdles at the state meet.

Randy Copeland, Old Mill, Sr.: At the county meet, Copeland leaped 43 feet, 1 inch to become triple jump champion and was third in the long jump. He was a member of Old Mill's region champion 400 relay team and took sixth in the triple jump at the 4A state meet.

Balvin Brown, Old Mill, Jr.: This stocky junior was county and regional champion in the discus and owned the metro area's best throw (164-6). Brown placed second in the region and fourth in the county in the shot put.

Kiki Ellis, North County, Jr.: Ellis was a key member of the Knights' county, region and state champion 800 relay team. He finished second in the 100 dash at the county meet, second in the 100 and 200 dashes at regions, and was fourth in the 100 and sixth in the 200 at states.

Toney Fowlkes, North County, Sr.: Fowlkes saved his best for last, winning state titles in the 100 dash and 300 hurdles. He won the dash in the fastest time of the day (10.99) and ran the second fastest time in meet history in the intermediate hurdles (37.36). He won region titles in the 100 dash and 300 intermediate hurdles and ran a 20.2 leg for the Knights' state champion 800 relay team.

James Rabbitt, North County, Sr.: He became the Knights' first state champion pole vaulter during the indoor season and he continuously proved it "wasn't a fluke" this outdoor season. He won the Class 4A North region title and was second to fellow All-County performer Jason Berger at the county meet. He also ran the 300 hurdles and claimed fourth in the county and fifth in the region.

Jamie Maitland, Severna Park, Sr.: Maitland was county and region champion in the 1,600 and was third in the 800 at the county and Class 4A East regional meets. At states, he ran the first leg of the Falcons' third-place 3,200 relay team.

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