1998 All-Metro boys track team

June 04, 1998|By Steven Kivinski

Boys Coach of the Year

Brian Brown, Southern-Harwood: In just three years, Brown has transformed Southern's track program from a perennial Anne Arundel County doormat into a contender. Under his direction, Southern's boys muscled to second place in the county meet, holding off 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."

Performer of the Year

Joel Brown, Woodlawn, junior: Southern-Harwood coach Brian Brown paid Joel (no relation) the greatest compliment when he said: "I'd like to have tape of him running the hurdles so I can show my kids the way it is done." Brown's form is picture-perfect and his performance this spring was equally impressive. Brown went undefeated 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 he 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."

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.

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 Howard County meet, he was third in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 110 hurdles. He'll attend UMBC.

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, he 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. also competed in the long and triple jumps for the Friars. Brown may attend Rutgers or St. Francis (Pa.) College.

Kyle Farmer, Oakland Mills, freshman: He was the only Howard 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 in 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 Howard County discus title, and also won his second straight county shot put title (52-4 3/4 ). During a tri-meet, 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,

Eddie Mackell, North County, junior: This transfer student from Perry Hall broke into the Anne Arundel 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.

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.

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