1999-2000 All-Howard County indoor track

March 07, 2000|By STAN RAPPAPORT

Boys

Top Performer

Kyle Farmer, junior, Oakland Mills: "He's the hardest [boys] worker in practice, and doesn't complain about anything you ask him to do," said Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton. "Whatever the workout is, he wants to do what he can to get better. That's the type of kid he is." A three-year all-county selection and three-year winner of the Iron Man award at the county championships, Farmer earns this honor for a second straight time. "He's incomparable," Singleton said. "We've had a lot of sprinters here in the past 10 years, and he's by far the best one. And he's only a junior, so there's still an up-side. He's only going to get better." At the county meet, Farmer won the 55 (6.6) and 300 (36.3), and anchored the winning 1,600 and second-place 800 relay teams. At the 2A-1A Central regional, Farmer won the 55 (6.3) and 300 (36.4) and anchored the winning 1,600 relay. He won the 55 (6.61) and 300 (36.2) at the 2A-1A state meet. Farmer, who didn't lose in the 55 or 300 this season, won the 55 at Pangaea (6.26) and National Guard (6.3). He also anchored the winning 800 relay teams at Pangaea and National Guard.

Coach of Year

Sam Singleton, Oakland Mills: Singleton, whose team took county, region and state titles, earns this honor for the second straight year and third time in the past five years. A head coach since 1993, Singleton's teams have won four indoor state titles as well as six outdoor state titles. Singleton insists his athletes work hard in practice, and he makes it clear what he expects of them. "I try to put kids in a position in which they're going to be successful," said Singleton, who started as an assistant coach in 1988. "By the end of the year, the kids are comfortable in their position and they know exactly what they're going to run. And you've been training them to peak at the end of the year."

The team

Ryan Blackwell, junior, Howard: Competing in the 55 high hurdles, Blackwell won the county (8.0), was second (8.1) at the 3A-2A West regional and sixth (8.31) at the 3A-2A state meet.

Steve Chu, senior, River Hill: Took first in the county in the 1,600 (4: 39.2), and had second-place finishes in the 800 (2: 08.2) and 3,200 (10: 28.4). At the 3A-2A West regional, Chu, a repeat all-county selection, won the 1,600 (4: 39.0) and was on the 3,200 winning relay team. He also was fourth in the 3,200 (10: 07.3) and sixth in the 800 (2: 09.2). Chu, who will attend Johns Hopkins in the fall, finished second in the 1,600 (4: 34.6) at the 3A-2A state meet. He won the 1,500 (4: 17.2) at Pangaea, was second in the 1,500 (4: 15.6) at National Guard, and ran a personal-best 4: 27.3 at the Virginia Tech invitational mile.

Nick Fambro, senior, Oakland Mills: A repeat all-county selection, Fambro won the shot put (46-03 1/4) and was second in the 55 hurdles (8.1) at the county meet. At the 2A-1A Central region, he won the shot put (47-6 3/4) and was second in the 55 hurdles (8.2). He won the shot put (45-6) and was seventh in the 55 hurdles (8.16) at the 2A-1A state meet. Fambro took third (44-10) in the shot put at Pangaea.

Justin Ferguson, junior, Howard: The 5-foot-8 Ferguson improved considerably from last season to win the county pole vault (12-6). He took first (12-6) at the 3A-2A West regional, and finished third (12-6) at the 3A-2A state meet.

Luis George, senior, Long Reach: Took three firsts -- 300 (37.9), 500 (1: 08.9, meet record) and 800 relay -- at the county meet. He won three times at the 3A-2A West regional -- 300 (36.8), 500 (1: 07.1, county record) and 800 relay -- to help the Lightning to the championship. At the 3A-2A state meet, George was first in the 500 (1: 08.5) and fifth in the 300 (38.0). He also had first-place finishes in the 500 at Pangaea (1: 10.4) and National Guard (1: 08.5).

Miguel Montanez, senior, River Hill: At the county meet, the Virginia Tech-bound Montanez was second in the 55 dash (6.7) and fourth in the shot put (37-1 3/4). He won the 55 (6.4) at the 3A-2A West regional, and tied for second in the 55 (6.71) at the 3A-2A state meet.

Evan Prucha, junior, River Hill: A repeat all-county pick, Prucha won the county high jump (6-0). He won the event at the 3A-2A West regional (6-0), and finished fifth (5-10) at the 3A-2A state meet. Prucha, 6 feet 3, was second (6-2) at Pangaea and fourth (6-2) at the Virginia Tech Invitational.

Brian Selmer, senior, Glenelg: He won the county in the 800 (2: 06.2), and had two firsts at the 2A-1A Central regional in the 800 (2: 06.3) and 1,600 (4: 47.7). At the 2A-1A state meet, Selmer finished eighth in the 800 (2: 12) and ninth in the 1,600 (4: 58.7). He was second in the 800 at Pangaea (2: 05.8).

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