1996-1997 All-Anne Arundel County Indoor Track Teams

February 28, 1997|By Steven Kivinski

Coach of the year

Hayes Henderson, Meade: This math teacher didn't need a calculator to figure out that his team had defeated Old Mill at this year's county meet. He knew it all along. The Mustangs ended Old Mill's string of county titles at six and made Meade the team to beat outdoors this spring. Ever the perfectionist, Henderson saw room for improvement. "It was a great group to work with, but I think I could have gotten a little more out of them," he said. Henderson shares his honor with his assistant coaches, Jay Cuthbert (distance), Joe Fulmore (middle distance) and Pete Cullens (sprints).

Boys team

Performer of the year

Malcolm Vaughan, Meade, senior: Vaughan's victories in the high jump and hurdles -- commonplace during the season -- helped the Mustangs deny Old Mill its seventh consecutive county title. Vaughan cleared a personal and metro-area best 6 feet, 6 inches to win the high jump at the Lehigh Relays. He won the 55-meter hurdles (7.5 seconds) and high jump (6-4) at the National Guard meet and helped Meade finish second at the Metro Invitational with victories in both events. The Severn resident capped the indoor season by winning state titles in the high jump and 55 hurdles. "My goal for him is 7 feet, and he is on the right track to do it," said Henderson. "He can go higher."

The team

Balvin Brown, Old Mill, senior: Brown, a repeat All-County performer, won the county shot put title, was second at regions and third at states. His best toss, 48 feet, 5 1/2 inches, put him third among area throwers but half-an-inch shy of teammate Adam Trzybinski.

Kiki Ellis, North County, senior: Undefeated in the 55-meter dash the last two indoor seasons, he defended his state title in the event (6.3 seconds) after finishing third in the 300. He was second to Mervo's Tyree Byron at regionals. At counties, Ellis tied a 15-year-old meet record, winning the 55 dash in 6.3 seconds; he also won the 300 in 37.5 and ran a leg on the second-place 1,600-relay team.

Matt Lindeman, Glen Burnie, senior: Lindeman only had to clear 12 feet, 6 inches to become pole vault champion at this year's Class 3A-4A state meet. An ankle sprain forced him out of some early meets, but he returned in mid-January and cleared a personal best 13-2 for first place at the Dickinson Invitational. He also won regionals (12-0). "He had a good strong finish," said coach Aaron Walker. "Sometimes I have to warn him about eating, sleeping and breathing pole vaulting, but he loves what he does, and that's what counts."

Toure Nelson, Annapolis, senior: Nelson won the 500-meter dash at county championships and was a member of the Panthers' winning 800 and 1,600 relay teams. He didn't place in the 500 at regions, but he ran on both relay teams that did qualify for states. "He is just a natural," said coach Mike Ballard. "He gained some size and ran a lot over the summer and it paid off."

Chris Robey, Severna Park, senior: The All-County cross country selection last fall captured two gold medals at this year's county championships at the 5th Regiment Armory. Robey held off cross country rival John Thomas of Meade in the 1,600-meter run and won the 800 by outlasting Old Mill nemesis Jon Mikeska by one second.

Mike Rolland, Broadneck, sophomore: He came out of nowhere this indoor season to make a name for himself, leading the Bruins to a fourth-place team finish at the Class 2A-3A East regionals, where he won the 800 run in 2: 03.2.

John Thomas, Meade, junior: The county's cross country Runner of the Year last fall won the 3,200 and was second in the 1,600 at the county meet. At regions, he won the 3,200 and was fourth in the 1,600. Running with blistered feet at states, he finished seventh in the 1,600. "He is a very dedicated kid," said Henderson. "He's really come a long way. He's really developing into a fine runner and a nice leader."

Adam Trzybinski, Old Mill, senior: Trzybinski, who is 6 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 320 pounds, won the region shot put title. His best throw of 48 feet, 6 inches ranked him second in the event in the metro area behind Mount St. Joseph's Aaron Thompson. Trzybinski also finished second at states, third in the county meet and fifth at the National Guard Games.

Girls team

Performer of the year

Jennifer Ng, Arundel, senior: Ng, the county's cross country Runner of the Year last fall, edged the Baltimore City/County Runner of the Year Meghan White (Dulaney) in the 1,600-meter run at the state meet, where she also finished third in the 3,200. The transfer from Alaska captured region titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 and finished second in the 800. Ng emerged as the county meet's only triple champion, winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 events.

The team

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