1998 All-Baltimore City/County boys track team


Performer of the Year

Joel Brown, Woodlawn, junior: The only question on Brown now is -- What will he do for an encore? Brown went undefeated this season in both the 110-meter high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles, setting two state records and a Baltimore County mark. Brown's best effort in the 100 hurdles came in the Duke Invitational, in which covered the distance in 13.9 seconds. His -- best time in the intermediate hurdles came while winning at states in 37.3 seconds. "He is a true student of the sport," said coach Mike Sye. "He studies the sport, knows it and does everything you tell him."

Coach of the Year

Mike Sye, Woodlawn: This 1990 graduate of Woodlawn put together the pieces of the Warriors' county, state and region champion squad. With Sye at the helm, the Warriors swept the boys and girls team titles at the Baltimore County championships. The University of Delaware graduate, who was named city/county indoor Coach of the Year after leading the Warriors to their first indoor title in 10 years, nearly pulled off the sweep at the regionals, but his girls bowed to Fallston by 1 1/2 points. "No one on our team is big-headed, and there is no envy," said Sye, who works as a counselor at the Epilepsy Foundation in Towson. "Each guy knew what he had to do, and they all respected each other's talents."

The boys team

Joe Brent, Mount St. Joseph, senior: Brent was selected most valuable athlete at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championships after winning the triple jump (46-5 1/4 ) and the long jump (22-7 1/4 ). A consistent 6-2 high jumper, Brent set a meet record in the long jump at the Knights Invite after clearing 23-1 1/2 and broke a 14-year-old school triple jump record with a mark of 45-8 1/4 at Private School championships at McDonogh. The honor student will attempt to walk on next fall at North Carolina State.

Wayne Brown, Archbishop Curley, senior: No runner in the MIAA has beaten Brown in the 100-meter dash in the last three years. This spring, Brown defended his 100 and 200 dash titles and added the 110 hurdles title to his repertory. He was named the MIAA's Most Outstanding Track Athlete for second consecutive season. He also competed in the long and triple jumps for the Friars. Brown is considering to attend Rutgers or St. Francis (Pa.) College.

Matt Insley, Dulaney, senior: Insley set a personal record of 13 feet in the pole vault at the Class 4A state meet and the performance earned him a silver medal. He vaulted his way to gold medals in the Baltimore County and region meets. At regionals, he narrowly missed winning the 300 intermediate hurdles. Insley will attend the University of Maryland.

Felix Isuk, Gilman, junior: Isuk, an All-Metro football player, proved he's aman of all seasons as he finished first in the shot put at both the MIAA and Private School meets. At the MIAA championships at Gilman, Isuk set an MIAA record in the shot put with a 53-7 toss.

Chris Knott, Loyola, junior: Knott, a two-time first team All-Metro cross country runner, ran his best race of the season at the MIAA championships, winning the 3,200-meter run in a time of 9: 39.3 -- the second best of the season in this area. With Gilman's Seamus Whelton off to Princeton next fall, Knott is expected to be the MIAA's distance man to beat.

Marlon Lawrence, Woodlawn, senior: Lawrence, who is bound for Mount St Mary's on a track scholarship, was the Warriors most versatile athlete. He can run anything from 100 to mile and his real strength is in the field events. At counties, Lawrence, who carries a 3.3 grade-point average, won the triple jump, was second in the pole vault and 110 hurdles and finished fourth in the intermediate hurdles. He won a region title in the pole vault before placing third in the high hurdles and triple jump at states.

Tavon Mason, Woodlawn, senior: Mason, who received a football scholarship to the University of Virginia, was county and region champ in the 100 dash and state runner-up. He won the 200 dash at the region meet but finished second in the event at the county and state levels. He also ran on the Warriors' county and region champion and state runner-up 400 and 800 relays.

Jeff McKelvin, Randallstown, senior: McKelvin, who is headed to VMI, emerged as state champion in the 110 hurdles, an event he had been focusing on all season. He took home three gold medals from his region meet, participating in the high hurdles, 200 dash and 400 relay. At the Baltimore County championships, he bowed only to Joel Brown of Woodlawn.

Jason Mitchell, Towson, junior: Mitchell picked up 28 points for the Generals at the Class 2A North regional championships after winning the 1,600 and 3,200 runs and finishing second in the 800. At the Baltimore County championships, the talented junior took first in the 3,200, second in the 1,600 and fourth in the 800. He capped his season by placing third in the 3,200 in 9: 43.69 and finishing fourth in the mile (4: 30.29).

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