1998 All-Anne Arundel County boys track team

May 29, 1998|By STEVEN KIVINSKI

Performer of the Year

Victor Thillet, Old Mill, sophomore: Thillet, who plays soccer in the fall, proved once again this spring that he is one of the most talented distance runners around. The 5-foot-3, 112-pounder went undefeated at 3,200 meters, both indoors and out. In addition to winning the 3,200 at states, Thillet also was third in the 1,600. At the Knights Invite, he won the 1,500 and 3,000 and broke the meet record in the 3,000. At the Meade Stampede, the sophomore won the 5,000-meter run by 40 seconds. "The main thing with Victor is his dedication," said Old Mill coach Leon Walter. "He does everything you ask, and then he goes out in competition and just keeps those legs pumping. He doesn't have a classic running style, but I haven't tried to fool with it because I am a great believer in the saying that 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it.' "

Coach of the Year

Brian Brown, Southern-Harwood: In just three years, Brown has transformed Southern's track program from a perennial county doormat into a contender. Under his direction, Southern's boys muscled to second place in the county meet, holding off annual Class 4A powers Old Mill, Annapolis and Meade to claim second to North County. The Bulldogs were second in their Class 2A region and second again at states. "Three years ago we would just show up at meets and try to improve our times," said Brown, a 1978 Annapolis High graduate. "This year, they knew what they were doing, and the kids were confident. They worked hard, and when they came up to me with aches and pains, I told them to work out anyway."

The boys team

Mark Cunningham, Archbishop Spalding, senior: This Towson University-bound half-miler couldn't break the two-minute mark he was shooting for, but he still had a memorable season. He took second in the 800 at the Knights Invite, third at the Private School championships and fourth in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association meet. "He's a great all-around athlete with a lot of guts," said Coach Andy Witte.

Bernie Edwards, Severna Park, junior: Edwards ran what Falcons coach Ed Purpura called the "race of the day" at the county meet, pulling away to win the open 800. He was second in the 800 and fourth in the mile at regions and took sixth in the state 3,200. "He has a lot of potential, and we thought we would see it in the mile, but he came through in the half," said Purpura. "We'll take what we can get."

Ian Harvey, Southern, senior: This Morgan State-bound athlete won the triple and long jumps at the Glenelg Invitational and was named outstanding field athlete for his performance. He won county and region titles in the triple and long jump and at states was second in the triple and third in the long jump.

Erik Larson, North County, senior: At the county championships, Larson won the intermediate hurdles in 40.0, took third in the triple jump, fourth in the high hurdles, was on the second-place mile relay squad. Other highlights included a second-place effort in the triple jump at regions and a sixth-place finish in the 300 hurdles at states. "He is the absolute reason we won counties and regions," said coach Ed Harte. He has great technical ability."

Dan Liden, Old Mill, sophomore: He was co-region champion in the pole vault along with Westminster's Sean Valis after both cleared 12 feet with the same number of misses. Liden cleared 12 feet again to claim second at the Bob Golliday meet and finished third in the county meet. But a blister on one hand prevented him from placing in the pole vault at states.

Eddie Mackell, North County, junior: This transfer student from Perry Hall broke into the county spotlight at the Knights Invite by tying the record in the 100 dash (10.7) and broke records in the 200 (21.9) and 400 (48.5). He had a "down day" at counties, bowing to teammate Tyrone Powers in the 100 and 200 dashes. He rebounded to win both events at region before taking second in 100 and third in the 400 at states. "Eddie is a threat to win three titles next year," said coach Ed Harte.

Rob Mackin, North County, junior: Mackin attended the Skyjumpers pole vault camp last summer, and the extra training paid off as he won county and region titles. The junior cleared 11 feet to become county champ and soared 11-6 at the Class 4A East regionals. "He's got real good technique. He just needs more speed and strength," said coach Harte.

Mardy Mahoney, North County, senior: Mahoney, who is headed for Allegany Community College, won the high hurdles at the county and region meets, turning in a personal best 14.4 at regionals. He was also a member of the Knights' region #i champion 800 relay and he ran on the 400-meter hurdles relay that claimed fourth at states. "He is the best high hurdler we've ever had," said Knights veteran coach Ed Harte. "He has improved considerably over the last two year."

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