1999 All-Howard County track and field teams -- BOYS

June 04, 1999|By RICK BELZ

Boys Performer of the Year

Kyle Farmer, Oakland Mills, sophomore: Winning four gold medals at the state meet is every track athlete's dream. How about four golds in back-to-back state meets? That's what Farmer has accomplished.

And he's just a sophomore.

Farmer improved upon all his state times from a year ago, while repeating as Class 1A champ at 100 meters (10: 83 seconds), 200 (21.51) and 400 (48.85). Instead of the 1,600 relay he helped win a gold last year, at this season's state meet he long-jumped 21 feet, 9 inches to a gold medal.

Farmer's 200 time was the best in any classification. His 100 was third-best overall at states, and his 400 was fourth-best. The 200 and 400 times were both Class 1A meet records.

No one from the Baltimore area beat him in those three sprint events at states.

He ran a faster 100 (10.5) and 400 (48.3) at the county meet, where he won three golds and finished second in the long jump to earn the Iron Man Award as the meet's top performer.

At regionals, he won all four individual events. Farmer is also an outstanding soccer player and an excellent academic performer.

Boys Coach of Year

Charles Shoemaker, Wilde Lake: The Wildecats won their second straight county and regional titles and finished third in the Class 3A state meet.

Shoemaker, 40, a Middletown, N.Y., native who played soccer and ran indoor track in high school and who has run five marathons, as well as a 40.27 10K, completed his seventh season as coach.

Until he took over, track was not a strong sport at Wilde Lake. Now the Wildecats are among the top county teams. "I just got into this by luck, but it's all been fun. Whatever we do is for the kids. In track you have a lot of different personalities to work with and have to put the pieces of the puzzle together right. We thought we did that this year but just came up a little short [at states]. We had a fall in the 3,200 relay, and we hoped for better from a few people. But you can live with that."

The boys team

Eddie Collins, Long Reach, senior: This newcomer to county track burst from obscurity by winning the 800 run (2: 00.3) at the county meet with a strong start and finish. He also ran on the first-place 400 relay team and third-place 3,200 relay squad. Then he won the regional 800 and earned bronzes with the two relays. At states, he honed his 800 time to 1: 59, a personal best but good for only fourth place. Both relay teams were fourth.

Nick Fambro, Oakland Mills, junior: The Scorpions hurdler won the 300 and finished second in the 110 at the county meet while also earning third-place points in the shot put (41 feet, 9.5 inches. In regions, he won the 110 hurdles, discus and shot and finished second in the 300 hurdles. And at states, he finished fourth in both hurdles and third in the discus.

Tom Fisher, Centennial, senior: The Eagles thrower won the county shot put (46-10.75) and discus (130-10) titles and returned with a first in shot and fourth in discus at regionals. He's headed to Salisbury State.

Raney Holmes, Wilde Lake, senior: The Wildecats jumper won the county long jump at 20-9 and finished second in the 110 hurdles (15.5). At regionals, he won the 110 and was second in the long jump. At states, he was fourth in the hurdles and fifth in the long jump.

Huguens Jean, Howard, senior: This first-year jumper produced the most exciting single-event boys performance at the county meet, when he broke the county record with a high jump of 6-8.5. He was also third in the long jump (19-11) and second in the triple jump (42-5.25). At regions, he won the high jump with a new county record of 6-9 and was second in the triple jump. He finished second in the high jump (6-8) and triple jump (43-8) at states. He's leaning toward attending UMBC.

Kelvin Jones, Long Reach, junior: He won the county triple jump at 43-5. He also won the regional but dropped to fifth in the state meet (41-10).

Tony Pesce, Atholton, senior: He's a repeat All-County performer, winning the county pole vault title at 13-0, the regional title at 14-2, and the state meet at 14-0. It was his second straight Class 2A title. He'll jump next for Clemson University.

Mike Prada, River Hill, senior: The Maryland-bound Prada emerged into the county's premier distance runner this season, winning the county 3,200 (9: 54.8) and 1,600 (4: 30.9) and finishing third in the 800 (2: 04.2). He duplicated those finishes at the regional meet, plus ran a leg on the winning 3,200 relay team. At states, he finished fourth in the 3,200 and sixth in the 1,600.

Andrew Sterling, Wilde Lake, senior: After being unable to defend his 100 and 200 county titles, finishing a disappointing second in the 100 (10.7), fourth (50.7) in the 400, and withdrawing from the 200 because of a groin muscle strain, he recovered to win the 100 and 200 at regionals. At states, he ran on the winning 400 and 1,600 relays and finished third in the 100 and 200.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1999 All-Howard County track and field teams were selected by Rick Belz after consultations with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Pub Date: 6/04/99

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