2000-2001 All-Carroll County indoor track

High Schools

March 07, 2001

Boys

Top performer

Andy Kuchera, Westminster, senior: Quite simply, Kuchera is the finest pole vaulter in the metropolitan area. He won county, region and Central Maryland Conference titles before taking second at the state meet, and also won the prestigious Pangea Invitational, as well as the Carroll Indoor Invitational. He cleared 13 feet, 3 inches for a personal best at regionals, and 13 feet at the CMC championships to tie a meet record. On average, the senior improved his vault by about a foot since last winter - little wonder considering this student of the pole vault attends at least one specialized camp each summer. If that weren't enough, he also filled a void for the Owls by excelling at the hurdles, where he captured another county crown and took runner-up in the region.

Coach of the Year

Jim Shank, Westminster: Shank's team, as it seems to do every year, again won the Carroll County title. While his coaching prowess is undeniable, he defers much of the credit to his own team of coaches. The group includes son Wade Shank, who works with distance runners; Paul Burnside, who works with the sprinters; former longtime Woodlawn coach Dick Estes, who works with the vaulters; and, of course, Shank himself, who works with the hurdlers and throwers. Together, the quartet helped lead a team that had graduated its top two scorers, Jesse O'Connell and Jared Craig, to county and Central Maryland Conference titles.

The teams

Troy Borneman, Westminster, senior: Despite being injured for much of the season, Borneman recovered to win a Central Maryland Conference championship in the high jump (5-10) and score in the hurdles. He also won the high jump at the Carroll Indoor Invitational and consistently cleared 6 feet.

Dominique Cook, Westminster, senior: An extremely versatile middle distance standout, Cook excelled at every distance from 200-800. He claimed county and Carroll Indoor Invitational titles in the 300 and 500 before taking second in the 500 at regionals, and was a key cog in the Owls 4 x 200 relay that took third at CMCs. Only a late injury could slow the senior.

Jimi Damaska, Liberty, senior: In his senior season, Damaska struck gold, winning a county championship in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 10 inches. Another big meet this season was the Carroll Indoor Invitational, where the Lions standout took third in the 300 and fourth in the high jump.

Jeremy Dean, Westminster, senior: Westminster top short sprinter claimed a county championship in the 55 dash and placed second in that event at the Carroll Indoor Invitational and fourth at the CMC championships. He also runs on the Owls' 4 x 200 and 4 x 400 relays, and placed 10th in the region 300.

J.D. Egolf, Liberty, senior: The speedy senior excelled in both the 55 and 300. In the 300, he took second at the CMC championships and Carroll Indoor Invitational, third in the county and region and 10th at the Class 3A-2A state meet. In the 55, he placed third in the county, and fifth at the Carroll Indoor Invitational.

Kris Harford, Westminster, junior: His best meet came at the CMC championships, where he placed third in the 800 and ran a stellar anchor leg as the Owls claimed second in the 4 x 800 relay. He was also a county champion in the 800 after taking fourth in the 300, third in the 500 and second in the 800 at the Carroll Indoor Invitational.

Andy Hayes, Westminster, junior: A soccer player in the fall, Hayes quickly regained his track form, winning conference titles in both the 800 and 1600, as well as a county title in the 3200 and region crown in the 1600. He also crossed the line first in the 800 and 1600 at the Carroll Indoor Invitational, and took third in the region 800.

Kevin Pool, Westminster, senior: This long-distance standout claimed a county championship in the 1600 and a CMC championship in the 3200 before taking third in the Class 4A-3A state 3200 in a personal-best 9:49.0. He also placed second in the regional 3200 and third in the 3000 at the prestigious Pangea Invitational.

J.T. Potter, North Carroll, senior: The Panthers' long distance specialist went a long way toward establishing himself as a consistently high scorer in the 3200. He finished third at the county, region and CMC meets, as well as the Carroll Indoor Invitational, before taking ninth at the 3A-2A state meet. He also placed ninth in the 3000 at the Pangea Invitational.

Dan Reedy, South Carroll, sophomore: This distance standout showed his mettle in only his sophomore year, placing third in the 1600 and second in the 3200 at the county meet. He then went on to finish third and fourth, respectively, at regionals before taking ninth in the 1600 and seventh in the 3200 at the 3A-2A state meet.

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