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1998 All-Metro boys track team

June 04, 1998|By Steven Kivinski

Demond Mullen, Southern-AA, senior: Mullen, who has received an academic scholarship to Dayton (Ohio) University, edged North County speedster Eddie Mackell to become Anne Arundel champ in the 400 and then won the same event at regions and states. He also ran the anchor leg of the Bulldogs' state champion 1,600 relay, shifting gears down the stretch to help hold off a runner from Surrattsville.

Eric Newby, Mervo, senior: Newby's best performance came at the Baltimore City championships, where he long jumped 24 feet, 4 inches and triple jumped 46-1 -- to win gold. Newby, who signed a national letter of intent with defending NCAA champion Arkansas, won the long jump and was second in the triple jump at regions and, despite being hampered by a hamstring injury, was second in the long jump at states.

Ryan Olkowski, Calvert Hall, senior: Olkowski turned in the metro area's best performance in the high jump this season, clearing 6-10 at the Maryland Private Schools championships. The 6-foot-3, 150-pound senior placed second in the triple and the long jumps as the Cardinals captured team titles at both the private school and MIAA championship meets. He cleared 6-9 to win the Mount St. Joseph Invitational and cleared 6-8 in a runner-up effort at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va.

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 Howard County title by clearing 12-8.

Tyrone Powers, North County, senior: Powers surprised nearly everyone at the Anne Arundel County meet as he held off teammate Eddie Mackell to win the 100 and 200 dashes and finished third in the 400. The two reversed the order in the region meet with Mackell winning both events and Powers claiming the silver. At states, Powers took third in the 200 and settled for fifth in the 100 after one of his blocks slipped on his take-off. He was a huge reason why the Knights were able to win their second straight county title and first region crown.

Jon Shields, Randallstown, senior: Shields, a three-time region champ in the long jump, took home four gold medals from the region meet after winning the long jump, 400 dash, intermediate hurdles and running a leg of the Rams' winning 1,600 relay. The Coppin-bound senior captured a state title, the 300 hurdles.

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 Howard 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.

Derrick Stanfield, Milford Mill, junior: Stanfield closed out an already successful outdoor season by winning state and region titles in the 200 and 400 dashes and running a leg of the Millers' state champion 1,600 relay. "He was in third when he got the baton and first at the finish line," said Milford Mill coach Joe

Sargent. At the Baltimore County Championships, the junior won the 400 dash and was runner-up in the 200. His winning time of 47.86 in the 400 finals at UMBC was a Class 3A state record.

Jonathan Streat, Woodlawn, senior: Streat went undefeated this season in the 800 run, winning Baltimore County, region and state titles along the way. The Morgan State-bound middle distance runner also ran the anchor leg of the Warriors' third-place 3,200 relay at states and anchored the 1,600 relay unit that claimed second at states. "He always steps up for the big meet," said Coach Sye.

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 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. "He does everything you ask, and then he goes out in competition and just keeps those legs pumping," said Old Mill coach Leon Walter. "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.' "

Seamus Whelton, Gilman, senior: This Princeton-bound harrier emerged as MIAA champ in both the 800 and 1,600 runs and ran a leg of the Greyhounds' winning 1,600 relay. At the Private School championships, Whelton won the 3,200 and ran a 50.9 second split on the winning 1,600 relay. "He had a foot injury all season, but he just kept going," said coach Johnnie Foreman. "He ran through the pain."

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1998 All-Metro track and field teams were were selected by the staff after consulting with area coaches.

Pub Date: 6/04/98

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