1996 All-Metro track and field teams The Boys

June 04, 1996|By Steven Kivinski

Performer of the Year

Kyle Walker, Oakland Mills, Sr.: Walker, a repeat first team All-Metro performer, produced one of the best state track performances ever, winning four gold medals at the Class 2A meet and leading his team to a fourth straight state title. Walker, who was one of only two athletes to perform on all four of those championship teams, won golds in the 110-meter hurdles, 300 ** hurdles, 100 dash and 400 relay. He won both hurdle events and the 100 dash at regions and won the 110 and 300 hurdles at the Howard County Championships.

Coach of the Year

Pat Saunderson, Atholton: The Raiders won Howard 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.

The team

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

James Carter, Mervo, Sr.: Carter's runner-up finishes in the 200 and 400 helped the Mustangs claim their second consecutive 4A state title. At states, Carter ran a 47.6-second split for the winning 1,600 relay. The talented senior also won the 200 and 400 at the region meet.

Mike Curtis, Mervo, Sr.: Curtis out-kicked the field to win state titles in the 800 (1: 56.2) and the 1,600 (4: 22.7). Curtis won the 800 and 1,600 at the city meet and was region champ in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. He is leaning toward attending Meridian College in Mississippi.

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.

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: 43.57) 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).

Dameon Johnson, Walbrook, Sr.: Johnson, a transfer from Carver and an All-Metro selection last season, came from behind to beat Mervo's James Carter in the 200 and 400 at the state meet. Johnson, last year's state runner-up in the 400, ran it in a state-record 46.2 at the city meet where he, again, edged Carter in both events.

Omar Knight, Perry Hall, Jr.: Knight was second behind Curtis in the 800 and 1,600 at the state meet and a big reason the Gators DTC won the Baltimore County team title. He was county champ in the 800, second in the high jump, and ran a leg of the Gators' county champion 1,600 relay.

Darnerien McCants, Arundel, Sr.: McCants, who transferred from Oakland Mills, was crowned Anne Arundel County and 4A state champ in the high jump. At states, McCants cleared 6 feet, 6 inches and just missed 6-8. "He's capable of going 7 feet," said Wildcats coach Ralph Luce.

Da'Vaughn Mellerson, Mount St. Joseph, Sr.: An All-Metro defensive lineman, Mellerson successfully defended his shot put and discus titles at the MIAA Championships. He will attend Wake Forest on a football scholarship.

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 Anne Arundel and East region titles. He took second in the 110 hurdles and third in the high jump at the regionals. Moss plans on competing in both football and track at Howard.

Steven Shaw, North Harford, Sr.: Shaw peaked at the right time and tossed the shot three feet further than his previous best to win his second Class 2A state title in 55-8 -- exceeded in county history only by Aberdeen's Irv Pankey. At the Harford County Championships, he was a double winner, repeating as champion in the shot and discus.

Cory Smith, Calvert Hall, Sr.: Smith, The Sun's All-Metro Performer of the Year last cross country season, had area-best times in the 1,600 (4: 15) and the 3,200 (9: 05). He closed out his high school career by winning the 3,200 at the MIAA Championships. Smith is headed to Villanova on a track scholarship.

Craig Thompson, Woodlawn, Sr.: He went undefeated in the 110 hurdles en route to Baltimore County, region and state championships. He will attend Virginia Tech.

Pat Tvarkunas, Glenelg, Sr.: After just missing at what would have been a state-record 15-1, Tvarkunas settled for 14-0 and his second 2A state outdoor title in the pole vault. He won the Howard County pole vault at 13-6.

Bernard Williams, Carver, Jr.: Williams won both the 100 (11.03) and 200 (21.93) at the state championships. He helped his team to a third-place finish at the city meet by winning the 100 and running the anchor leg of a city champion 800 relay.

Final boys poll

1. Mervo

2. Atholton

3. Oakland Mills

4. North County

5. Gilman

6. Old Mill

7. Wilde Lake

8. Perry Hall

9. Carver

10. Meade

Other teams considered: Mount St. Joseph, Poly, Aberdeen

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1996 All-Metro track and fields teams were selected by The Sun staff after consulting with area coaches.

Pub Date: 6/04/96

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