1999-2000 All-Baltimore City/County indoor track

March 07, 2000|By PHIL JACKMAN

Boys

Coach of the Year

Mike Gelman, Randallstown: The last couple of seasons, Woodlawn's boys and Dulaney's girls have been big winners in Baltimore County. If any team has given them stiff competition from time to time, it has been Gelman's Randallstown squads. Prior to winning the 3A/2A Central title for the first time, the Rams boys were second in the county championships, the girls fourth. The latter finished fifth in the region, same place in the standings as the boys in the state 3A/2A meet. Gelman's teams always possess good relay technique and he works overtime on the field events.

Top performer

Alan McDavid, Calvert Hall, senior: For the second straight indoor season, McDavid was so dominant in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland sprints that his team was all but conceded the points. He was 4-for-4 in 300-yard races and 3-for-4 in the 60, losing only to teammate Mahatma Jackson. He anchored two relay teams that usually won, too. He was All-City/County indoors and outdoors and All-Metro outdoors last year.

FOR THE RECORD - Dana Nixon of Western High was incorrectly identified in the All-Baltimore City/County indoor track team in Tuesday's edition.
The Sun regrets the error.

Team

Anthony Jenkins, Woodlawn, senior: In a half-dozen 300- and 500-meter races in the county, region and state championships, Jenkins had two firsts, three seconds and a fifth. He ran the anchor on the mile-relay team that broke 3: 30 in the George Mason Invitational and kept that position for a team beaten just once. He was third in the 300 at the National Guard meet.

Clevon Johnson, Woodlawn, senior: The team leader's personal bests in the 1,600 and 800 came at the right time -- in the state 4A championships. Johnson did 4: 36.9 and 2: 02.5, good for third and fourth place, respectively. He won the mile and half-mile in Baltimore County and was second in both in the 4A/3A East Region.

Vincent Fuller, Woodlawn, senior: The first thing many people think of when the name Woodlawn comes up is relays. The Warriors won six of nine baton-passing events in the county, regional and state meets, and a key factor on the 800 and 1,600-meter quartets was Fuller. The county dash champion, he finished third in both the 55 and 300 at regionals and was fifth in the state 55.

Will Epps, Randallstown, junior: One of the main reasons the Rams finished second in Baltimore County and won the 3A/2A region meet was their field men; chief among them was Epps, who won the shot put at county and region, then recorded a personal best, 48-3, in the state championships, good for second place.

Gary Bates, Randallstown, junior: The high jumper started out his season spectacularly, clearing 6-6 at the Westside Challenge Meet in December. Bates then settled down to be consistent at 6-4 or 6-2, winning state 3A/2A and regional titles and finishing second in Baltimore County.

Cordis Stanfield, Milford Mill, junior: The lack of a cross country season as he was switching schools obviously didn't affect Cordis too adversely as he won the two-mile and finished third in the mile in the county championships. He finished second in both distance events in the 3A/2A Central meet and scored in the 3,200 at the state meet.

Marques Sneed, Catonsville, senior: The reason Catonsville was able to make such a solid run at state 3A/2A champion River Hill was Sneed's showing in the long sprints. He won the 300 (37.7) in a blanket finish and was second in the 500 (1: 09.8) for 18 of his team's 28.5 points. Sneed won the 300 and 500 in the regionals and was the county 300 champ.

Ben Glover, Calvert Hall, senior: MIAA champion Calvert Hall was loaded with speed and right in the middle of the mix was Glover, a 600-yard specialist who may not be aware of his capabilities. Forced into a two-mile run when he got lost driving to the Dickinson Invitational and missed the 3,200-meter relay, Glover turned in a solid, 10: 20 effort.

Chris Wright, Mount St. Joseph, junior: When reasonably well-rested, Wright was a pretty good bet to double in the mile and two-mile at MIAA meets. He won three of four mile runs contested by the private schools, but just one of four two-milers, possibly because he usually was pressed into service in the 4x800 relay.

Nick Wright, Mount St. Joseph, senior: Without fanfare, Wright led his team in scoring this winter (124 points) and wasn't really pressed in the high hurdles and high jump through four meets. He doubled in the hurdles and high jump at the Dickinson Invitational and has a best of 6-6 in the latter event.

Matt Adams, Mount St. Joseph, senior: Like his Wright teammates, Adams was as good as gold when it came to pole vaulting in the MIAA. He won his specialty at all four meets at heights between 11-0 and 11-6.

Alex Scally, Poly, senior: One of the problems Scally had as a distance runner for Poly the last four years is competition. He's gone pretty much unchallenged in cross country and in running the mile and two-mile in city championships. In the state championships, however, he proved he could go with the best in class 3A/2A with a 4: 36.4 effort, less than three seconds off the leader.

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