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

June 04, 1999|By RICH SCHERR

Boys Performer of the Year

Jason Santucci, Westminster, senior: After years of dominating the local distance scene, the Owls senior finally struck state gold.

He ran a personal-best 9 minutes, 25.0 seconds to win the Class 4A state 3,200, giving the Monmouth-bound standout his first outdoor state title. "He couldn't be denied," said Owls coach Jim Shank. "After the race he told me that he was glad to get the monkey off his back."

The Owls' leader, both on and off the track, also broke a county meet record in winning the 3,200 in 9: 38.2 -- breaking Mark Gilmore's 13-year-old record by 5.4 seconds.

He took second in the state 1,600 (4: 22.52) and won the regional 3,200. He won both events at the Westminster Invitational and had a pair of seconds at the Central Maryland Conference meet.

He will go down in the record books as quite possibly Carroll County's best distance runner.

Boys Coach of Year

Jim Shank, Westminster: Mr. Consistency among county coaches, Shank coached his team to its 18th straight county championship and second in the Central Maryland Conference, first in the Class 4A East region and fifth at the Class 4A state meet. "I honestly didn't think we'd do that well," said Shank. "When we lost at CMC meet, I really didn't think we had that strong a team."

The fifth-place state finish, the team's best in recent years, was propelled by the Owls' depth in the discus, as well as its newfound success in the field events and hurdles. Westminster scored in eight different events in the meet.

The boys team

Ifeanyi Ani, Westminster, senior: Bothered early by nagging injures, the senior recovered to win county and region titles in the long jump and triple jump, as well as a Central Maryland Conference title in the event (21 feet, 3 inches). He set a school record with a 22-2 long jump at states, where he placed third in both events.

Troy Borneman, Westminster, sophomore: He excelled at most big meets, winning county and Central Maryland Conference titles in the high jump (6-0 in each), winning the event at the Westminster Invitational and finishing second in regions.

Michael Calloway, Bowling Brook, senior: The speedster won the 200 at three large invitations and took second in the event at the Maryland Private Schools Championships. He had county bests of 22.3 in the 200 -- a school record -- and 11.0 in the 100. He also anchored the school record 800 relay team (1: 30.8).

Jared Craig, Westminster, junior: The Owls' fastest sprinter won county crowns in both the high hurdles (14.7) and 300 hurdles (41.1), before taking fourth and third in the state, respectively. He was second in the Central Maryland Conference in both events. Used occasionally as a high jumper, he took third in the county and fourth in the CMC (5-8 in both).

Clint Day, Francis Scott Key, senior: The county's premier pole vaulter, Day cleared an area-best 13-0.25 in winning the county title by more than a foot. The senior went on to finish third at the Class 2A West regional before taking fourth at the Class 2A states with a 13-0.

Marc Falcone, Liberty, junior: After clearing 43-4 in the triple jump during the regular season, this talented athlete was runner-up in the event at counties (42-7) and at the Central Maryland Conference (42-9) meet. He also was fifth in the county long jump and sixth in high jump.

Ajahm Gregg, Bowling Brook, senior: The senior was third in the 100 at the Maryland Private Schools Championship (11.0), helping Bowling Brook to a second-place team finish behind only Calvert Hall. He also ran a personal best 22.4 in the 200 this season, and was an integral member of the school-record 800 relay team (1: 30.8).

Rob Hanson, Francis Scott Key, senior: Hanson capped a stellar career with the Eagles by winning a county championship in the 400, crossing the line in 52.2, half-a-second faster than the runner-up. He went on to place second in the event at the Class 2A West regional.

Chris McDonald, South Carroll, senior: Cavaliers coach Rob Pennington uses phrases such as "the consummate team leader" and "every coach's dream" to describe the converted sprinter, who was second in the county (2: 04.7) and third in the Central Maryland Conference (2: 03.9) at 800 meters.

Bobby Mead, South Carroll, sophomore: He won the county title in the 1,600 (4: 39.3) and was third in the 3,200 (10: 05.5). He also placed third in the 1,600 at the Central Maryland Conference meet (4: 31.1) before taking third in both events at the Class 3A state meet. Coach Rob Pennington said the sophomore has great potential and is still learning.

Mike Muller, South Carroll, senior: In his first track season, the former baseball player had a strong campaign, winning county championships in the 100 (11.1) and 200 (23.2), and a CMC title in the 100 (11.1). He also took second in the 100 at the Westminster Invitational.

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