2000-2001 All-Anne Arundel indoor track

High Schools

March 07, 2001

Boys

Top performer

Matt Waranius, Chesapeake, senior: After winning county and region titles in the high jump, Waranius capped his banner season as the lone individual state champion from Anne Arundel in the Class 4A-3A championships at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. Waranius, who set a county meet record at 6-6 and won the region at 6-4, nearly broke the 21-year-old state record of 6-9 by Westminster's Bob Smith in 1980, with his jump of 6-8. He did it on his second try to best Arundel junior Brian DeVaul, last year's county champion, who came in at 6-6 unable to get over the bar at 6-8. "I had been trying all season to reach 6-8 and I did it," said Waranius, who was the Cougars' MVP as a junior. His consistency in the high jump led the Cougars to their best season for indoor track in school history.

The team

Jeff Blass, Arundel, senior: County runner-up in the 3,200 run as a junior, Blass elevated his performance to county and region champion. Blass won the county gold medal by six seconds with a time of 10:21.0 to lead his team to sixth place. He won the 4A-3A East region title by five seconds with a time of 10:35.6 to lead the Wildcats to a fifth-place finish.

Mike Brown, Annapolis, junior: Brown established himself as one of the area's top hurdler/sprinters by winning the state 110 hurdles outdoors last spring, and added the county 55 indoor hurdles at 7.6 this season. "Mike is clearly one of the state's best hurdlers," said coach Mike Ballard. Brown finished second in a photo finish in the county 55 dash, helping the Panthers to third place, and was runner-up in the 4A-3A East region 55 dash.

Matt Death, Chesapeake, senior: A very consistent sprinter, Death played a major role in the Cougars' banner season capped by their sixth-place finish in the 4A-3A state meet. Death ran a leg of the Cougars' 800 relay that was sixth in the states and runner-up in the 4A-3A Central regional along with their 1,600 relay. He was also fourth in the 300 and fifth in the 55 dash at the regional. In the county meet, Death was second in the 300 dash and ran a leg of the second-place Cougars' winning 1,600 relay that came in at 3:38.4.

Shawn Freshwater, Chesapeake, sophomore: Freshwater, who transferred to Chesapeake, was key to the Cougars' success as the county's top sprinter. Freshwater placed fourth in the 4A-3A state 55 dash (6.6) and anchored their sixth-place 800 relay after piling up the points in the county and region meets. The 300 (36.6) and 55 (6.4) dashes went to Freshwater in the county championships, and he won the 4A-3A Central 55 meters (6.4) and was third in the 300 dash (38.4).

Brian Grubel, Severna Park, sophomore: This 10th-grader burst onto the indoor track scene by setting a county meet record in the pole vault at 12-6, a foot better than his nearest competitor. Grubel went on to win the 4A-3A East region meet with a vault of 11-6 at Baltimore's 5th Regiment Armory, enabling the Falcons to tie for second with Oxon Hill (41 points each) behind Eleanor Roosevelt (48). One of a handful of county athletes to place at the states, Grubel soared to 12-0, good for third place.

Dusty Lieb, Archbishop Spalding, senior: Coming off his boys cross country Runner of the Year season in the fall when he won five invitationals, Lieb fought off tendinitis before beginning the indoor season in January. Not 100 percent, Lieb, the county's premier distance runner who will run cross country and outdoors at the University of Pennsylvania, finished runner-up in the 2-mile at the MIAA championships. He came in at 10:01 behind Chris Wright of Mount St. Joseph, who won at 9:54.

Scott McGregor, Broadneck, senior: Coach Dana Dobbs said his Bruins "could not have won the county boys title without Scott." Somewhat of an unsung sprinter, McGregor was third in the county 300 dash behind Chesapeake's Freshwater and Death to contribute to the Bruins' winning total of 70 points over Chesapeake's 67 3/4 . McGregor also gained points in the 500 dash.

Jeremy Moore, Broadneck, senior: Moore didn't reach his goal of a state championship in the shot put, but it didn't diminish his accomplishments. Moore cleaned up in the county and region meets with a county record toss of 55-10 3/4 (by three feet) and 51-3 3/4 for first in the 4A-3A Central, but lost the state title to longtime nemesis Vidas Gowda of Frederick, 57-9.5 to 56-7. The 6-foot-1 and 295-pound Hawaiian native, who is being recruited by several schools, won three straight county indoor titles and owns seven overall.

Craig Schmidt, Broadneck, senior: A very reliable distance man, Schmidt was second in the county 1,600 run, three seconds behind Severna Park's Trent Slacum and third in the 4A-3A Central regional before placing in the states. Schmidt was the county's highest finisher in the 1,600 at the 4A-3A state meet, taking sixth place with a personal best of 4:38.40.

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