1999 All-Anne Arundel County boys track and field team

June 04, 1999|By EDWARD LEE

Performer of the Year

Victor Thillet, Old Mill, junior: As usual, Thillet dominated the county's long-distance scene. At the county championships, he won the 800-meter run in 1 minute, 58.4 seconds and the 3,200 in 9: 44.7. At regionals, Thillet won the 1,600 (4: 21.3) and was second to Westminster's Jason Santucci in the 3,200 (9: 54.8). And at states, Thillet was third in the 3,200 (9: 44.9) to Santucci but won a state title at 1,600 (4: 17.7). Patriots assistant coach Leon Walters said the three-year starter knows how fast he should run. "Ninety-five percent of high school kids go out too fast," Walters said. "He's very good at keeping pace. He can lead all the way or come from behind to win."

Coach of the Year

Mike Ballard, Annapolis: Different season, same story. Ballard, who led the Panthers girls squad to its first county indoor championship last winter, guided the boys team to its first spring title in almost 30 years. The Panthers, who beat Old Mill, 120-75, were blessed with athletes such as Rayvon Johnson and Dwayne Hunt, who crossed over from football. But Ballard said he sought contributions from every member. "In the counties, we placed in 16 of 18 events," Ballard said. "Our goal has been to build a team."

The team

Isaac Brooks, Archbishop Spalding, junior: It's hard to believe that this was Brooks' first season. He won the long jump in every dual meet against Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference opponents, and the conference title. Brooks also ran third leg in 3,200 relay and anchored the 1,600 relay team.

K. O. Gray, Southern, senior: The four-year starter, on last year's state-champion 1,600 relay team, ventured out on his own this spring, winning the 200 in 22.1 seconds and the 400 in 48.8 seconds at counties. Gray also was second in the 100 (11.0) at the county meet and ran an 800 relay leg. Frostburg is pursuing Gray.

Jerome Goodman, North County, junior: Goodman showed why he is the county's premier high jumper, going undefeated in the area. He consistently jumped around 6 feet, 6 inches this spring, half-a-foot more than his average a year ago. He won a state title with a 6-8 leap. He also won at the county (6-0) and regional (6-6) meets.

Rayvon Johnson, Annapolis, junior: The county rushing leader in football last fall, Johnson demonstrated his prowess in the starting blocks. At counties, he won the 100 in 10.9 seconds and the long jump with a 21-0 leap. Johnson took regional titles in the 100 (10.9) and the 200 (21.9) and was second (20-9) in the long jump.

Dan Liden, Old Mill, junior: An All-County pole vaulter last year, Liden continued his improvement. He won the county title with an 11-6 vault and the regional crown with a 12-6 vault.

Jeremy Moore, Northeast, sophomore: This ambidextrous team captain, in his second year of high school, is determined to be the area's best shot-putter. A left-hander with a football injury to the same shoulder making the shot-put impossible for him, he switched to putting it right-handed. And then, he won county championships in the shot put with a 48-8 toss and the discus with a 154-0 heave.

Ben Morris, Annapolis, senior: The fourth-year runner carried his success indoors to the outdoors this spring, taking second in the 1,600 (4: 29.6) and in the 3,200 (9: 55.2) at the county championships. He was third in the 1,600 (4: 34.7) at regionals. Morris will attend the Naval Academy.

Yomi Savage, Meade, sophomore: Last year, Savage tossed the shot put a personal-best 40 feet. He easily surpassed that mark this season and won the county title with a 43-6 heave. Savage also placed second in the discus with a 128-1 toss at the regional level.

Chris Scott, North County, junior: Scott followed former All-County teammate Erik Larson in carving out a name for himself in the hurdles. Scott captured the 110 high hurdles in the county (14.3 seconds) and the regional (14.1) meets. He also won the 300 intermediate hurdles at the county (40.5) and the regional (39.6) levels. Scott, undefeated at the county and regional levels, placed third in the 110 high hurdles at the state meet.

Tim Shermann, Meade, junior: He ran the opening leg for the Mustangs' 400 relay team, but his specialties were the long and triple jumps, in which he finished either first or second regularly. He won the triple jump with a 43-9 mark at the Knights Invite and placed second in the long jump (19-10).

Dorion Watkins, Broadneck, senior: An indoor state champ in the high jump, Watkins ended his high school career by winning the triple jump with a 43-6 at the county meet. He also placed second in the high jump with a 6-2 leap at the Knights Invite.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1999 All-Anne Arundel County track and field teams were selected by Edward Lee after consultations with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Pub Date: 6/04/99

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