Boys Performers of Year
Rayvon Johnson, Annapolis, senior: The Panthers' football star won the 100 (10.7), 200 (22.2) and long jump (21-9) and was third in the triple jump (43-0) at the county meet. He was second in the 100 (11.16) at the state meet, leaving immediately afterward to attend graduation ceremonies. He took the sprint double at the Bob Golliday Memorial meet in 11.0 and 22.3 and had a pair of seconds in the regional meet.
Chris Scott, North County, senior: Despite a balky left hamstring, the senior continued to be one of the state's premier high hurdlers, setting a county record (14.0) en route to winning both hurdle events in the championships. He won the 100 dash in the 4A East region meet besides taking his specialty and was second in the 300 intermediate hurdles. He was runner-up in the state high hurdles after winning that and the 100 dash in the 4A East regional meet.
Boys Coach of Year
Mike Ballard, Annapolis: Ballard returns for the coaching honor after a year's absence following his team's second straight victory in the Anne Arundel County Championships. As he said, "Maybe we were overlooked a little bit early and as the season rolled along. But we came together with a combination of veterans and newcomers late and it all culminated with our win here [the title meet]. Last year, indoors, the girls team at Annapolis won the title, ending a 13-year run by Old Mill. Ballard is an alum of Annapolis High.
The boys team
Mike Brown, Annapolis, sophomore: If Johnson needed a backup, Brown, the 3A state high hurdles champ, certainly was his man. Besides dashing second in the county 100, he moved over to the hurdles and had a pair of third-place finishes in the 110 highs and 300 intermediates. He was second in the regional high hurdles and also was a key on the team's county 4 x 100 relay team.
Sonny Barnes, Annapolis, senior: With Chris Scott of North County around, Barnes did the only thing he could - run second in the high hurdles consistently. He proved the county's top quarter-miler and turned in consistently solid performances on two relay teams. He was sixth in the long hurdles at states and second in both hurdles events in the 3A East region.
DeMario Harris, Annapolis, freshman: Despite heavy losses to graduation, Harris is one of the reasons the Panthers see their success outdoors continuing. He carved out his niche in the jumps, winning the county triple jump in 44-3 and picking up a third in the long jump (20-11). He posted the same results at the Golliday Meet and was sixth in the state triple jump (42-7).
Jerome Goodman, North County, senior: Another of his team's injured legion who carried on well under the circumstances, the senior recovered just in time to win the 4A state high jump at 6-6. A regular at that height previously, leg problems dropped him several inches, but he was still able to win in the regional meet. He doubled in that event by taking the triple jump. He won the high jump at the Knights and Golliday meets and won two jumping events at regionals.
Erik Myhill, Severna Park, senior: The senior did his best work as the season wore on, winning the 800 and mile at counties in 1:59.6 and 4:27.6, respectively. He was second in the middle distance runs in the 4A East region and at the Westminster Invitational and usually ran the strongest leg on the 3200-meter relay team. He was second in the regional mile to Westminster standout Jesse O'Connell and was one of 12 runners to break two minutes in the state 800.
Mike Hall, Severna Park, sophomore: Competed in an interesting double - the pole vault and 800 meters - where he finished first and second, respectively, in the Anne Arundel County championships, clearing 11 feet and running 2:01.5. He was third in the 4A East region vault.
Jeremy Moore, Broadneck, junior: The throws champion of Anne Arundel County for more than a year, both indoors and out. He won the shot put (51-6) and discus (135-7) at this season's county showdown, won the shot at regionals and was runner-up at states (52-6). He owns a best of 54-4. He won at Knights and at regionals with customary 50-foot heaves.
Dusty Lieb, Archbishop Spalding, junior: Won the distance double at the MIAA - 9:56.8 in the two-mile, and was second in the 800. Dusty scored a two-mile/800 double at the Golliday meet, one of the few times as a member of a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association team, he got a chance to run in the county. He won the 3-K at Knights (9:11.1) and the two-mile at the state private schools event at McDonogh.
Girls Performer of Year