1996-1997 All-Howard County Indoor Track Teams

February 28, 1997|By Stan Rappaport

Boys team

Coach of the Year

Chris Rohde, Atholton: This first-year coach led Atholton to county, Class 1A-2A Central regional and state titles. The Raiders also placed third out of 115 teams at the National Guard meet. Rohde, a sports programmer for Howard County Recreation and Parks, was a 1988 state champion in the pole vault and 3,200-meter relay at Glenelg. He ranks eighth all-time in the decathlon at the University of Maryland. "We had a great group of boys who worked very hard," said Rohde, who has a master's degree in sports psychology. "The combination of a great coaching staff, hard work and commitment paid off with a season I'll never forget."

Performer of the Year

Chris Selmer, Glenelg, senior: Selmer earned the Iron Man award at the county championship for winning the 800- (2: 06.3) and 500-meter runs (1: 11.6), leading off the winning two-mile relay team and finishing second in the 300 (38.5). Selmer, the two-time state outdoor 800 champion, didn't stop there. He won the 800 (2: 07.1) and 500 (1: 11.0) at the Class 1A-2A Central regional and took three state gold medals -- 800 (2: 05.8), 500 (1: 10.4) and anchoring the two-mile relay team (2: 02 split). Glenelg coach Roger Volrath wasn't surprised."He's shown that capability for a couple years," Volrath said. "What has improved [this season] is that he's gotten stronger. Instead of focusing on one or two races, he can broaden his focus."

The team

Nick Barresi, Atholton, junior: Competing in the 3,200-meter run, Barresi finished second (10: 22.5) at the county, first (10: 20.1) at the Class 1A-2A Central regional and third (10: 30.7) at the state.

Aaron Blum, Wilde Lake, junior: Blum saved his best for last, winning the 800-meter run (2: 05.4, personal best) at the Class 2A-3A state. He took second in the 500 (1: 12.0), third in the 800 (2: 08.8) and fifth in the 1,600 (4: 48.4) at the county and had fifth-place finishes in the 800 (2: 05.8) and 1,600 (4: 38.6) at the Class 2A-3A West regional. He won the 800 (2: 07.3) at the Pangaea International.

Ben Coffman, Wilde Lake, sophomore: Coffman had two thirds at the National Guard -- 3,000 (9: 29.9) and 1,500 meters (4: 17.9). He took second in the 1,600 (4: 40.7) and fifth in the 3,200 (10: 50.4) at the county, and was fourth at the Class 2A-3A West regional in the 1,600 (4: 38.3) and 3,200 (10: 18.1). He won the 1,600 at the state, edging Centennial's Jeff Olenick by six-tenths of a second.

Mike Eshoo, Atholton, senior: After winning the pole vault (12 feet, 6 inches) at the National Guard, Eshoo, last year's outdoor Class 3A state champion, had firsts at the county (13-0), Class 1A-2A Central region (13-1) and state (12-6).

Dave Johnson, Centennial, senior: Johnson was second in the pole vault at the National Guard meet (12 feet, 6 inches) and second at the county (13-0). He took first in the Class 2A-3A West regional (12-0) and first in the state (12-0). He also ran on the mile relay team that finished second in the county and the region.

Marcus Jones, Centennial, senior: Earned the county title in the 55-meter high hurdles with a time of 8.0 seconds, then took the Class 2A-3A West region championship in 8.1. Ran on the mile relay team that finished second in the county and region and the 800 relay team that took fifth in the county and second in the region.

Andrew Long, Oakland Mills, junior: Long took firsts in the shot put at the county (44 feet, 10 inches) and Class 1A-2A Central regionals (45-8), then finished third (47-1) at the 1A-2A state.

Ryan Moore, Atholton, senior: The high jumper recorded firsts at the county (5 feet, 10 inches) and 1A-2A Central regional (5-10) before finishing third at the 1A-2A state (6-0, personal best).

Cian Oatts, Atholton, senior: Took firsts at the county in the 300-meter run (38.4) and 55 dash (6.4) and was on the winning mile relay team. Oatts had two seconds at the Class 1A-2A Central regional -- in the 300 (38.8) and 55 (6.5). At the state he finished third in the 300 (38.9) and second in the 55 (6.7).

Jeff Olenick, Centennial, senior: Olenick, last fall's county cross country Runner of the Year, finished second (9: 24.7) in the 3,000-meter run at the National Guard. He was first in the 1,600 (4: 35.1) and 3,200 (10: 05.5) at the county and first in 1,600 (4: 32.8) and 3,200 (9: 51.9) at the Class 2A-3A West region. He finished second in the 1,600 (4: 34.8) and 3,200 (10: 01.3) at the state.

Trevor Randall, Long Reach, junior: He took second in the 55-meter high hurdles (8.5) and fourth in the 55 dash (6.7) at the county. Randall won the 55 hurdles (8.0) and finished fourth in the 55 dash (6.6) at the Class 1A-2A Central regional. He was second at the state in the 55 hurdles (8.2). He ran on the 800 relay teams that won the county and finished second in the regionals.

Luke Reinke, Glenelg, senior: Reinke finished second at 800 meters (2: 06.6) and third in the 1,600 (4: 42.3) at the county. He won the 1,600 (4: 44.7) at the Class 1A-2A Central regional and at the state (4: 37.8, personal best).

Ryan Smith, Centennial, senior: After finishing fifth (5 feet, 6 inches) in the high jump at the county, Smith improved to take second (5-10) at the Class 2A-3A West region and fourth (6-0) at the state.

Team selection The Baltimore Sun 1997 All-Howard County indoor track and field teams were selected by Stan Rappaport after consulting with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Pub Date: 2/28/97

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