All-Metro boys indoor track team

High Schools

March 27, 2000|By Phil Jackman

Performer of the Year

Jesse O'Connell,

Westminster

The gangling O'Connell was the key performer for Westminster as it was winning the state Class 4A-3A championship for the first time indoors.

The senior won the 800 meters in 1 minute, 59.8 seconds, was a close second in the 500 and served as anchor on the winning distance relay team (8:18.1) that got the team off to a flying start.

He was a double winner in the 500/800 and ran two relays as Westminster was winning its regional title and was the top point scorer as the Owls were taking the Central Maryland Conference crown.

At the National Scholastic Indoor Track and Field Championships, O'Connell ran fourth in the 800 in 1:54.9 and clocked a 11:53.5 split in the distance medley relay.

Coach of the Year

Jim Shank,

Westminster

Keeping the boys pushing, a lot of the same lads who captured the state Class 4A cross country championship last fall -- that was one of the assignments Jim Shank faced when the indoor campaign commenced.

Obviously, the job got done as the Owls won their first indoor state title.

Middle distance runner Jesse O'Connell and hurdler/jumper Jared Craig were the main ingredients, but at least a dozen others made constant contributions to the Westminster effort.

Next up for Shank and his crew of Owls is trying to complete a triple crown performance by taking the state outdoor title.

Kyle Farmer,

Oakland Mills

They don't come much better than this junior speed merchant. He was unbeaten in the 55 and 300 this season, registering bests of 6.3 and 36.2. He doubled in the sprints at the state (1A-2A), region and county championships and also anchored the usually victorious mile and 800 relay teams. He won the 55 at the Pangaea and National Guard meets.

Dan Liden,

Old Mill

Together with runner Victor Thillet, the senior has been an almost assured winner in his specialty, the pole vault, for the last two years. He scored a triple during the indoor season, taking county, region and state 4A-3A titles with jumps of an area-best 13 feet or 12-6.

Clevon Johnson,

Woodlawn

With his best times of the season, the senior finished third and fourth in the state 4A-3A mile and 800, respectively, with times of 4:36 and 2:02.5. He captured both events at the Baltimore County championships and had a pair of seconds in a regional that Woodlawn won handily. He's an important cog on Woodlawn's outstanding relay teams.

Alan McDavid,

Calvert Hall

The strength of the victorious Calvert Hall team, both indoors and out, is speed. And the team leader in this department is McDavid.

He won all his 300-yard races in the four Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association meets this winter and took three of four at 60 yards.

The senior anchored two usually winning relay teams. He was All-Metro outdoors last spring.

Jeremy Moore,

Broadneck

With a best of 53 feet, 3 inches, the burly Moore beat his metro area shot put competition by about 5 feet this season.

Consistently in the 50-foot neighborhood, the junior won at county and region (50-8) before producing his best heave for second behind an awesome 58-7 effort by Vikas Gowda of Frederick in the state Class 4A-3A championship meet.

Chris Scott,

North County

In the Anne Arundel County championships last month, Scott gave a pretty good imitation of being a one-man track team as he racked up 38 points, good for fifth place by himself.

The senior won the 55 hurdles, as expected, the 300 and 55 dash, by inches, and was second in the high jump. He took third in the state high jump, but missed a chance at the 4A-3A hurdles crown by false starting in a preliminary.

Mike Styczynski,

River Hill

The All-Metro cross country Runner of the Year just kept on going into the indoor season, starting off with a solid 9:13.4 in the 3,000 meters at the Pangaea Invitational.

The senior won the state 3A-2A two-mile in 9:54.9, was third in the mile (4:35.2) and on the winning 3,200 relay quartet as River Hill was winning the team championship. He was second in both the mile and two-mile in the 3A-2A West region.

Victor Thillet,

Old Mill

The 5 feet 5, 130-pounder has been the top performer in Anne Arundel County the last two seasons and with good reason: The senior is worth 30 points in a county meet, invariably winning the mile, two-mile and 800 meters.

Old Mill has won the team title the past two years, and Thillet took the 4A-3A mile at the recent state meet, but forfeited the title when declared ineligible for a violation of school policy.

Nick Wright,

Mount St. Joseph

Arguably the best high jumper/hurdler in the area -- after all, Chris Scott of North County and Jared Craig of Westminster are to be considered -- Wright can match anyone's combined numbers with bests of 6 feet 6 inches and 7.4 seconds.

The senior led MIAA runner-up Mount St. Joseph by scoring 124 points this season, hit a high jump/hurdles double in a meet at Dickinson (Pa.) College and is a creditable relay runner.

The 1999-2000 All-Metro boys indoor track teams

First team

Name School Class

Kyle Farmer Oakland Mills Junior

Clevon Johnson Woodlawn Senior

Dan Liden Old Mill Senior

Alan McDavid Calvert Hall Senior

Jeremy Moore Broadneck Junior

Jesse O'Connell Westminster Senior

Chris Scott North County Senior

Mike Styczynski River Hill Senior

Victor Thillet Old Mill Senior

Nick Wright Mount St. Joseph Senior

Second team

Name School Class

Gary Bates Randallstown Junior

Steve Chu River Hill Senior

Jared Craig Westminster Senior

Nick Fambro Oakland Mills Senior

Luis George Long Reach Senior

Anthony Jenkins Woodlawn Senior

Andy Kuchera Westminster Junior

Kevin Merrick Mervo Senior

Marques Sneed Catonsville Senior

Chris Wright Mount St. Joseph Junior

Note: The All-Metro boys indoor track teams were selected by Phil Jackman after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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