All-Baltimore City/County outdoor track teams

High Schools

June 04, 2000|By PHIL JACKMAN


In some of Sunday's editions, McDonogh's Jeff Sanborn was named the All-Baltimore City/County girls outdoor track coach of the year. Sanborn oversees the boys and girls programs at McDonogh, but Paul Hannsen handles the day-to-day coaching of the girls team.

Boys Performer of Year

Alan McDavid, Calvert Hall, senior: He has dominated the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association in the dashes - outdoors and indoors - the past two seasons, rarely losing in the 100, 200 and 400. As one rival coach put it, "Often, it looks as if he might get beat, but he always does enough to win. He swept the dashes in both the MIAA and state private school meets and also won the 1600 relays for his team.

Boys Coach of Year

Mike Sye, Woodlawn: Few coaches can match the ability of Sye to bring along long sprinters for excellent relay teams, then spread them out in the 200, 400 and 800 so that Woodlawn can continue to dominate Baltimore County. His ability to bring along field men, discus and shot put throwers, jumpers and hurdlers, is probably overlooked because the team is always so solid on the track.

The boys team

Clevon Johnson, Woodlawn, senior: A 1:55 half-miler, he is the Baltimore County 800-1600 meter champion and has been a mainstay on Woodlawn's excellent relay teams for the past three seasons. He was nipped at the tape in the Region 4A North mile but came back and won the 800 handily. He then went on to finish third in the 800 and fifth in the mile in the state meet.

Antonio Thomas, Woodlawn, junior: He can run and win at any of the sprint distances as one of a half-dozen Warriors dashmen who seem to keep coming. Thomas won the 200 (22.2) and was second in the 400 (48.9) at counties. He won the 400 and was second in the 200 at regionals and ran third and fifth in the 400 and 200 at states.

Quinton Spratt, Woodlawn, senior: As happened in the Region 4A North meet, Woodlawn could pretty much rely on Spratt giving it a bunch of points in the field events. He scored 18 with a 1-2 finish in the discus and shot put, the same results he had in the county championships.

Gary Bates, Randallstown, senior: He was runner-up in the Class 3A state meet (6-foot-4) after posting a season's best of 6-6 at River Hill, then moving on to win the high jump and finish third in the long jump at the county championships. At the 3A North regionals, he won the high jump and was second in the long jump. He also jumped 6-6 indoors.

Cordis Stanfield, Milford Mill, junior: You're never quite sure what you're going to get out of the transfer. He can be very good, as his 4:21.9 mile at River Hill or his 9:50.1 two-mile at the county championships attest, or he can be back in the pack (4:38 mile and 10:16 two-mile in Region 3A North meet). He was sixth in the state mile.

Marques Sneed, Catonsville, senior: The metro area's most consistent quarter-miler, usually posting sub-49 second times while winning state, region, county, River Hill and Westminster Invitational titles. He ran 49.29 to take the state title in Class 2A and, of course, is a solid relay anchor. He has a best of 48.2.

Aaron Reuwer, Dulaney, junior: This transfer's solid, but unspectacular, season changed dramatically at the Region 4A North meet when he defeated Clevon Johnson of Woodlawn in the final stride of the mile and got up for a close-up second in the two-mile. In the county meet, he was second in the half-mile and 1600.

Norman Forrest, Mervo, senior: When it comes to jumping, Forrest is your man. He won the city long jump and triple jump, won the former in the 4A North regional and lost the latter by an inch at 45-7. As sort of a warmup, in the region meet, he ran the 100 and finished third. He had an excellent 46-4 triple jump in the state meet but had the misfortune of running into Allen Simms of Eleanor Roosevelt (49-2), who is top three in the country.

Alex Scally, Poly, senior: Like clockwork, the senior made quick work of the competition in the half-mile and 1600 at the City Championships, and moved on to do likewise in the Region 2A North meet, although hardly pushed. He doubled at the distances indoors and was the city cross country champion the past two years. He was fifth in the state mile in 4:32.2.

Dwayne Birden, Calvert Hall, junior: The first thing anyone could think to say at the private school meets as the season concluded was, "Where did this guy come from?" The reference was to Birden, who unleashed a 6-7 high jump in terrible conditions to capture the MIAA title. The previous week, he had won at the state private schools meet, but at just 6-0. He's a long jumper, too.

Nick Wright, Mount St. Joseph, junior: He consistently scored in four events for the Gaels, including both hurdles, the high jump and triple jump. His bests include a 6-4 high jump, 43-feet-plus in the triple jump, 14.7 in the high hurdles and 41.1 in the intermediate hurdles. He scored a hurdles-triple jump triple at the MIAA championships and was second on the high jump.

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