1997-98 All-Baltimore City/County indoor track teams

March 11, 1998|By Steven Kivinski

Boys Performer of Year

Jeff McKelvin, Randallstown, Senior: Coach Mike Gelman touts McKelvin's desire to win and competitiveness. "Give him a challenge and he steps up for it," Gelman said. McKelvin, who is being sought by several schools, including Florida State, successfully defended his county, region and state titles in the -- high jump. With limited high jumping time, McKelvin often had to train at 6 a.m. and never complained. He was heavily rewarded at the county meet, where he won gold medals in the high jump, 55 dash, 55 hurdles and 800 relay. His personal bests included a 6-5 high jump, a 6.5-second 55 dash and 7.2 seconds in the 55 hurdles. "No challenge is ever too big for him," said Gelman. "He knows what needs to be done and he does it."

Boys Coach of Year

Mike Sye, Woodlawn: Ten years after running on Woodlawn's state champion indoor track team, Sye found himself at the helm of a Warriors team that clawed its way to a sweep of the county, region and state titles. Sye, a University of Delaware graduate now working as a counselor for the Epilepsy Association of Maryland, admits he enjoyed basking in the glory but credited his assistants Gerald Russell, Ed Faya, Erin Graham and Sheri Funn for helping him put together all the winning pieces of the puzzle. Said Sye: "We only lost to Perry Hall by six points outdoors last year and we knew it was just a matter of time."

The boys team

Derek Anderson, Milford Mill, senior: Anderson, who was forced out of his final indoor state meet after pulling a hamstring, began the postseason by winning county and region titles in the 300 dash and a region championship in the 55 dash. He also ran the lead leg of the Millers' 800 and 1,600 relays, which took second at regionals. Anderson is being wooed by Georgia Tech, Maryland and UMBC.

Joe Brent, Mount St. Joseph, senior: Brent, who served as a captain of the Gaels' co-No. 1 indoor track team, took first in the high jump in four meets this winter and set a personal record with a leap of 6 feet, 2 inches. "Joe has set the tone for our success this season," said coach Gene Constantine. "He spent this indoor season learning hurdles because he knows we will need someone for that event this spring. This sacrifice cost him wins and points in the sprints." Brent plans to attend North Carolina State.

Joel Brown, Woodlawn, junior: Brown established himself as one of the state's top hurdlers this season. After he finished second to Jeff McKelvin in the hurdles at counties, Brown hurdled his way to region and county crowns. "As the season went on he became more and more focused," said coach Mike Sye, who will accompany Brown to the National Scholastic Championships next weekend in Boston. "He has the ability to be one of the top hurdlers in the country."

Shaz Brown, Mount St. Joseph, senior: Brown, who is headed to Villanova on a football scholarship, was the only runner on Mount St. Joseph's team to capture an individual title at the MIAA Championships at Essex Community College. His victory in the 300 dash (34.7) helped the Gaels hold off upstart Calvert Hall, 110-92, for the team title. He also won the 300 dash at the Catonsville and Hagerstown invitationals and was a key member of the Gaels' sprint relays.

Wayne Brown, Curley, senior: Brown, who has captured gold medals in each of his four years at Curley, picked up his ninth and 10th first-place awards at this year's MIAA Championships after winning the 55-meter dash and hurdles at Essex Community College. Slowed by nose surgery early in the season, Brown showed steady improvement, turning in personal bests of 6.3 seconds in the 55 dash and 7.6 in the 55 hurdles. "A lot of sprinters are flamboyant or boisterous but Wayne is a quiet, humble runner," said coach Gene Hoffman. "I'm really going to miss his work ethic."

Joe Bryson, Calvert Hall, senior: Bryson won the mile and the 600 runs at the MIAA championship meet. At a major invitational at Virginia Tech, Bryson finished fourth in a field of 106 runners competing in the 1,000-meter run. He also won the mile at the Carroll and Westminster invitationals. "He is one of our team leaders," said Calvert Hall coach Mary Bondyra. "The young kids respect him because he wins a lot and doesn't let it go to his head. He is very team-oriented."

Tyree Byron, Mervo, senior: Byron, an All-Metro selection last spring, placed first in three events in the Baltimore City Indoor Track championships, winning the 300 (36.5 seconds), 500 (1: 08.8) and 55 dash (6.5). His best performance was in the 300, where he posted the area's fastest time this season. The senior led Mervo to victory at the region meet after winning the 300 and 500 dashes. At states, Byron ran great times in both events but had to settle for second behind Clemson-bound Ato Modibo of High Point.

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