1998 All-Howard County boys track team

May 29, 1998|By RICK BELZ

Performer of the Year

Chris Smith, Long Reach: This repeat All-County performer won state titles in the long and triple jumps for the second straight season. Only this time, he broke a 17-year-old state record in the long jump by flying 24 feet, 4 inches. He recorded an excellent 46-8 3/4 in the state Class 2A triple jump. He also finished third in the state 100 (11.27), the fastest time by a county runner in any classification. At the county meet he set a meet record in the long jump (22-8 1/4 ), won the triple jump (44-2 1/2 ), finished third in the 100 (11.0), anchored the first-place 400 relay (45.7) and won the meet's top award, The Iron Man. He was also The Sun's Howard County Player of the Year in basketball and a first-team All-County receiver in football. He will attend Maryland-College Park.

Coach of the Year

Sam Singleton, Oakland Mills: The Scorpions jumped from 10th in the state a year ago to state champs this season. It was their fifth state title in six seasons under Singleton, who coached his seventh season outdoors. Singleton, 48, lacked long-distance runners, so he focused on sprinters and the 800 meters. He was fortunate to have Andrew Long, returning state champ in the shot and discus. He developed Mike Fambro in the hurdles. But the rest of the team was composed of first-or-second year athletes. Singleton, a weight-training teacher, also has coached seven seasons of indoor track and has been an assistant football coach for nine years. The Elizabeth, N.J., native was a running back at Wayne State, an All-American and that school's all-time leading rusher and scorer.

The boys team

Matt Allbritton, Hammond, senior: He won a Class 1A state gold medal for the 800 relay (1: 33.5), a silver medal for the 400 (51.72) and a bronze medal for the 200 (23.12). At the county meet he finished second in the 200 (22.9) and third in the 400 (50.7). He'll attend Shippensburg (Pa.) University.

Bobby Bergin, Mount Hebron, junior: This 6-foot-4 basketball player won the county high jump championship at 6-feet, 2-inches and then finished fourth at the state Class 2A meet with a jump of 6-4.

Richard Bright, Hammond, senior: Bright won three gold medals at the state Class 1A meet, capturing titles in the 110 hurdles (15.93), 300 hurdles (41.29) and 800 relay (1: 33.5). At the county meet, he finished third in the 300 hurdles (41.8) and fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.9).

Quentin Collins, Wilde Lake, senior: After winning the county title in the 400 (49.3), he finished third at the Class 3A state meet in the 400 (49.55) and was sixth in the state 200 (22.74). The All-County football player will attend James Madison University.

Mike Fambro, Oakland Mills, senior: At the county meet, he won the 100 hurdles (14.9) and 300 hurdles (40.9) and finished third in the long jump (20-10 1/2 ). At the state Class 1A meet, although he had been undefeated all season in both the 110 and 300 hurdles, he false-started in the 110 hurdles and fell in the 300 hurdles. But he won the long jump (21-8), as the Scorpions won a state championship. He'll attend Bowie State.

Kyle Farmer, Oakland Mills, freshman: He was the only county boys performer to win four gold medals at the state championships, taking titles in the 100 (11.3), 200 (22.4), 400 (49.56) and 1,600 relay (3: 31.57) to spur his team to the Class 1A title. At the county meet he finished second in the 100 (10.9).

Andrew Long, Oakland Mills, senior: He won state shot put and discus titles for the second straight season to lead his team to a state Class 1A championship. His state shot put (54-1 3/4 ) was the best overall of any classification, and his discus (154-8) was second-best overall. He's the only Oakland Mills athlete ever to win a state title in either event. Long broke his own county-meet discus record with a toss of 158-9, his third straight county discus title, and also won his second straight county shot put title (52-4 3/4 ). During a tri-meet against Howard and Glenelg, he established new county records in the shot (57-7) and discus (161-1). The Eagle Scout holds the state indoor shot put record of 55-10 set last winter. He'll attend Maryland-College Park.

Jansen McMillan, Wilde Lake, senior: He won the county 3,200 championship (10: 02.1) and finished second in the county 1,600 (4: 34.5). At the Class 3A state meet, he competed despite a strained calf muscle and finished sixth in the 3,200 (10: 15.8) and sixth in the 1,600 (4: 30.04).

Nkem Ohia, Wilde Lake, junior: He won the county 800 meters (2: 02.8) and was second in the 400 (49.8). At the state Class 3A

championships, he finished sixth in the 400 (51.03).

Tony Pesce, Atholton, junior: He won the state Class 2A pole vault championship (13-6) with the second-best jump in any classification. He also captured the county title (12-8).

Brian Selmer, Glenelg, sophomore: He won the county championship in the 1,600 (4: 31.5).

Andrew Sterling, Wilde Lake, junior: He won the county 100 (10.9) and 200 (22.8), and was part of a gold-medal 1,600 relay quartet and silver-medal 400 relay team. At the state Class 3A meet, he finished sixth in the 100 (11.29).

Pub Date: 5/29/98

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