1999-2000 All-Anne Arundel indoor track

March 07, 2000|By PHIL JACKMAN

Boys

Coach of the Year

Ed Harte, North County: One of Harte's coaching rivals points out that all things considered -- talent available, numbers -- North County and its mentor did a great job finishing within striking distance of Old Mill in the county championships and fourth among 13 teams in the 4A-3A East region meet. In addition to coaching cross country and track and field both indoors and out, Harte can be counted upon to run highly efficient meets, earning him the nickname "Fast Eddie."

Co-top performers

Victor Thillet, Old Mill, senior: Once again, the Patriots' mainstay has been adjudged the county's top performer, although he shares the honor with Chris Scott of North County this time. Victor scored the distance triple (800 meters, 1,600, 3,200) in the Anne Arundel championships and nearly matched the feat in the regionals, finishing second in the 800. All this without benefit of a meet for a month while the weather played havoc with the schedule. Victor won the state 4A-3A mile (4: 26) and finished third in the two-mile (10: 01.6).

Chris Scott, North County, senior: What a way to go out. In the Anne Arundel County championships, Scott won the 55 dash, the 55 high hurdles, the 300 and finished second in the high jump. That's 38 points. Not a bad season's work, much less one meet. Scott won the 300 in his region and was fifth in the high jump, but ran into the ill fortune of false starting and being disqualified in his best event, the hurdles. He was third in the high jump (6 feet) at states.

Team

Dan Liden, Old Mill, senior: The county champion in the pole vault, Liden did his best work of the season when he scaled 13 feet in the regional meet. He won the state 4A-3A title with a 12-6 effort, as he and Thillet led Old Mill to a fifth-place finish in the team competition.

Jeremy Moore, Broadneck, junior: A switch in schools (from Northeast) didn't slow Moore down as he continued to dominate the county and region shot-putters. Consistently around 50 feet, Jeremy won at regionals with a heave of 50-8, and he improved upon that by nearly three feet as he finished second in the state meet (53-3).

Grant Dever, Broadneck, senior: Dever gave his team consistency in the dash and long sprints, and he was a major contributor on a couple of relay teams, too. He was second in the 55 and 300 at the county championships and was third in the region 300 before catching a slow heat and failing to score in the state showdown.

Matt Gray, Broadneck, junior: Similar to teammate Grant Dever, Gray could be counted upon for top-three finishes in at least two events at team meets. He ran second in the county 500 and added a third in the half-mile. He ran a solid third in 2 minutes, 5 seconds in regions, but it took a 2: 03 to finish in the top six at states and Gray missed out.

Erik Myhill, Severna Park, senior: As the season progressed, Myhill became more valuable to his team as his second-place finishes behind Thillet in the county mile and 800 attest. He was second again in the regional 800 and won the mile, but his time (4: 43) was such that he decided to put all his efforts into the 800 at states. He ran his best race, (2: 03.4) finishing sixth.

Chiwuzie Odunukwe, North County, senior: nior: After winning the 500 and helping his team finish second to Old Mill in the county championships, Odunukwe slipped to seventh in the region 500, but scored in the 300 (: 39). Probably his best work came on the 800- and 1,600-relay teams, a strength of the team all season.

Matt Waranius, Chesapeake, junior: Waranius scored more than two-thirds of his team's 17.5 points, while it finished eighth in the 4A-3A Central regionals, winning the high jump in 6-3 and clearing 10 feet for fifth in the pole vault. He's the county high jump champ.

Dusty Leib, Arch. Spalding, junior: A midseason leg injury took its toll on Leib's season, but he did recover in time to finish second in the individual championships of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association. An all-star in cross country, Leib won both the mile and two-mile in the first MIAA meet and appeared headed for a banner season.

Girls

Coach of the Year

Ira Queen, Arundel: From consistent third-place finishes in the county championships a few years ago, Queen elevated the Wildcats girls to a pair of runner-up finishes as coach before taking the title this season. This success has been accomplished despite Arundel's changing from a team that featured strong distance runners to a more speed-oriented aggregation.

Top performer

Erin Masterson, Annapolis, junior: Beaten at the wire in the county mile, Masterson came back later in the evening and won the 800 meters by six seconds. She improved upon that performance by winning both 800 and 1,600 at regionals, then ran fifth in both races at the state championships despite running better times. She turned in a couple of third-place finishes in the 800 and 1,500 at National Guard and was fourth in the half-mile at Pangaea.

The team

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