All-Metro boys track team

June 07, 1999|By Rick Belz

Performer of the Year

Kyle Farmer,

Oakland Mills

Farmer, a sophomore, must be wondering what he can do for an encore. For the second straight season the area's sprint king won four gold medals at the state track meet, posting Class 1A meet records in the 200 (21.51 seconds) and 400 (48.85), and winning the 100 (10.83) and long jump (21 feet, 9 inches). He took up the long jump just a few weeks ago.

He improved upon all his state times from the previous year when he ran the 1,600 relay instead of long jumping. His 200 state time was the best of any classification. No Baltimore-area athlete beat his times in the three sprints at the state meet.

Farmer actually ran faster at the Howard County championships, producing area bests in the 100 (10.5) and 400 (48.3), and earning the Iron Man Award as the meet's top performer. He won the 100 there and in his first long jump competition finished second.

Farmer also finished first in the same four events at the Class 1A South region championships.

He was an All-Metro indoor track performer on Oakland Mills' state championship team, winning a come-from-behind anchor leg on the state 1,600 relay, the final event, to give his team a one-point victory. He was one of the top scorers on Oakland Mills' state championship soccer team. Farmer is also a good student with a 3.3 GPA.

"If there's anything Kyle can't do, no one's discovered it," said Oakland Mills track coach Sam Singleton.

"He's only a sophomore, and his up-side is tremendous. He's probably going to be the best ever to come out, and we've had some great sprinters at Oakland Mills."

Coach of the Year

Charles Shoemaker,

Wilde Lake

Shoemaker started from scratch seven years ago to build Wilde Lake's track program into the prominence it now enjoys. With a team of 50 boys, the Wildecats won their second straight county and regional titles and finished third at the Class 3A state meet. Their only county title before Shoemaker's arrival was in 1973.

His salesmanship encourages large turnouts, not only for track but for cross country, which he also coaches. And the resulting depth pays dividends in the form of place points.

Distance running is his personal specialty; he has run five marathons. His cross country teams have won two state titles.

Ifeanyi Ani,

Westminster

Ani, a senior, set a school record in the long jump (22-3) at the Class 4A state meet, finishing third with the second-best jump by a Baltimore-area athlete this season.

Injuries slowed Ani early this season, but he recovered in time to win the county long jump (20-0 1/2 ) and triple jump (43-2 1/4 ).

He finished third in the triple jump (46-2) at the state meet. That was also a second-best distance by a Baltimore-area athlete.

Ani's performance at the state meet helped Westminster to fifth place in Class 4A, the program's highest finish in recent years.

Ani won the Central Maryland Conference long jump at 21-3.

At last year's Carroll County championships, he won the long jump and triple jump.

Joel Brown,

Woodlawn

Brown, a senior headed to Ohio State on a full track scholarship, won state Class 3A gold medals in the 110 (14.23) and 300 (39.8) hurdles, but failed to duplicate his 3A record times of 14.07 and 37.33 set a year ago.

His state 200 open time was 21.94, good for second place, but not as good as the area-best 21.2 that he ran at the Baltimore County championships.

Brown won both hurdle events and the 200 open in the Class 3A North region.

He's a national champion in the 60-meter indoor hurdles.

Brown was an All-Metro performer last spring.

He was named the All-Baltimore City/County indoor boys top performer in March.

Felix Isuk,

Gilman

Isuk, a senior, simply dominated competition in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association in the throwing events over the past two seasons.

This season, the muscular 6-3, 230-pounder launched the best throws in the shot put (55-7) and discus (156-10) events by a Baltimore-area competitor.

He's a two-time MIAA champion in both events.

Indoors, Isuk won the shot put three straight seasons.

Isuk, who bench-presses 340 pounds, is a two-time All-Metro football player. Last fall, as a linebacker-lineman, Isuk earned All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year.

Isuk, who carries an "A" average, is headed for Harvard to study biomedical engineering.

Huguens Jean, Howard

Jean, a senior first-year jumper who barely cleared 5-6 during his first day of high jump practice, turned in a stunning performance at the Howard County championships.

He broke a 24-year-old county record with a jump of 6-8 1/2 .

Then he broke his own record by jumping an area-best 6-9 to win the Class 2A South Region before finishing second at states with a 6-8.

He also took second in the state triple jump (43-8), the same place he finished at counties and regionals.

His third event was the long jump, in which he finished third at the county meet.

Jean most likely will attend UMBC.

Aaron Johnson,

Calvert Hall

Johnson, a senior, was the class of the MIAA 800 runners with a 1:58.2 at the championships.

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