1997-98 All-Howard County indoor track teams

March 11, 1998|By Stan Rappaport

Boys Coach of Year

Charlie Shoemaker, Wilde Lake: In his sixth season, Shoemaker led the Wildecats to their first county and regional titles. Wilde Lake finished second to Woodlawn in the 2A/3A state meet. "We had a great team, well-balanced and deep," Shoemaker said. "We second- and third-placed people to pieces, but we also showed we could win races." Wilde Lake senior Jansen McMillan said Shoemaker is "an easy-going guy" who "listens to what we have to say." McMillan added that Shoemaker is a strong motivator. "I know he motivated me," McMillan said. "He believed in my ability and because of that I started believing in my ability." Shoemaker earned his fourth straight county boys cross country Coach of the Year award in the fall.

Boys Performer of Year

Andrew Long, Oakland Mills, senior: He won every meet he entered this season, and set shot put meet records at the county (53-11 1/2 ), 1A/2A Central regional (53-2) and state (55-10). His state record was a personal best. To show how dominating Long was, the winning toss at the 2A/3A state meet was 50-7, and 51-5 at the 3A/4A meet. "We counted on him to be No. 1 at every meet and he always did just that," said Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton. "He was consistent all year. He's a hard worker, team captain, outstanding student and just a great kid." He won the Pangaea Meet with a toss of 49-3 1/4 and the National Guard Meet at 52-7. A National Honor Society member with a 4.0 grade-point average this year, Long won the Class 2A state discus (149-4) and shot (53-9) outdoor titles last year.

The boys team

Nick Barresi, Atholton, senior: At the county he won the 3,200 (10: 12.3), took fourth in the 1,600 (4: 44.8) and was on the winning 3,200 relay team. At the 1A/2A Central regional he was first in the 3,200 (10: 27.0), second in the 1,600 (4: 46.8) and on the victorious 3,200 relay team. He was second (10: 10.4) in the 3,200 at the 1A/2A state meet, fourth in the 1,600 (4: 45.6) and was on the 3,200 winning relay team.

Ben Coffman, Wilde Lake, junior: Took first at the county in the 1,600 (4: 38.3) and second in the 3,200 (10: 34.6). At the 2A/3A West regional he was second in the 800 (2: 03.4) and third in the 1,600 (4: 36.4). He finished sixth in the 800 (2: 06.9) and fourth in the 1,600 (4: 41.2) at the 2A/3A state meet. At the Pangaea Meet in December, Coffman won the 1,500 (4: 23.0). He also finished second (4: 16.1) in the 1,500 at the National Guard Meet.

Kyle Farmer, Oakland Mills, freshman: Earned the Ironman award at the county meet by winning the 300 (38.9) and 55 dash (6.6) and being a member of the winning 800 relay team. He had two seconds at the 1A/2A Central regional -- 55 (6.7) and 300 (38.3) -- and at the 1A/2A state meet finished second in the 55 (6.72) and fourth in the 300 (38.5).

Mike Fambro, Oakland Mills, senior: He won the 55 hurdles (7.9) at the county, finished second (7.9) at the 1A/2A Central regional and took third (8.2) at the 1A/2A state meet.

Jansen McMillan, Wilde Lake, senior: He finished second in the 1,600 (4: 38.9) and fourth in the 800 (2: 09.2) at the county meet. At the 2A/3A West regional he was second in the 3,200 (10: 09.6) and fourth in the 1,600 (4: 36.9). He won the 1,600 (4: 32.7) with a personal best, and was second in the 3,200 (10: 12.8) at the 2A/3A state meet.

Nkem Ohia, Wilde Lake, junior: He won the 500 (1: 12.3) and finished third in the 300 (39.4) at the county. At the 2A/3A West regional he took the 500 (1: 07.7) and was second in the 300 (37.5). He finished third in the 500 (1: 09.5) and fifth in the 300 (37.6) at the 2A/3A state meet.

Tony Pesce, Atholton, junior: The pole vaulter took firsts at the county (11-6), 1A/2A Central regional (12-6) and 1A/2A state (13-0) meets. His state mark was a personal best. He also tied for second (11-6) at the National Guard Meet.

Chris Smith, Centennial, senior: He won the high jump at the county (5-10) and 1A/2A Central regional (6-0) meets, and took fifth (5-10) at the 1A/2A state meet. He will attend High Point University in North Carolina in the fall.

Mike Zaron, Atholton, senior: Had a very strong season, helping the Raiders to regional and state championships. He won the 800 (2: 06.7), took sixth in the 1,600 (4: 53.1) and was on the winning 3,200 relay team at the county. He had three firsts at the 1A/2A Central regional -- 500 (1: 13.0), 800 (2: 11.4) and 1,600 (4: 46.5) -- and helped the 1,600 relay team to a third-place finish. At the 1A/2A state meet he won the 800 (2: 07.6) and 1,600 (4: 35.3), tied for second in the 500 (1: 11.3) and was on the second-place 1,600 relay team.

Girls Coach of Year

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