Baltimore County

Track and Field

March 21, 2001

In Baltimore County, four perennial powers appear to be leading the pack again.

Among boys teams, three-time defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association champion Calvert Hall and five-time county and region champion Woodlawn reprise their roles as favorites. On the girls side, three-time Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland champion McDonogh and perennial county champion Dulaney again look strong.

In the MIAA, Calvert Hall again appears the team to beat. The Cardinals are led by indoor All-City/County performers Tim Rider and Mahatma Jackson, a pair of seniors who dominated the sprints, and junior high jumper Dwayne Birden, who gained All-America status by clearing 6 feet, 8 1/4 inches at the recent Nike Indoor Invitational.

Runner-up to Mount St. Joseph during the indoor season, the team also features Brent Gordon (high jump, pole vault), Kiel Clasing (throws) and Frank Glover (distance).

Another top contender should be McDonogh, second place a year ago and led by the league's best corps of throwers: defending MIAA shot-put titlist Jared Goldberg; indoor shot champion Brian So, whose best event is the discus; and, Kellen Williams, who placed in both events at last year's MIAA meet. Loyola is led by distance standouts junior Eugene McAuliffe and senior Matt Schelberg, pole-vaulter Brennan Bonner, thrower Derek Norgriff, and sprinters Stuart Johnson, Chris Clunie, Reid Rector and Brad McGinity.

Small in numbers, Lutheran does feature promising freshman Gordon Griffin, a top distance runner in the B Conference. At Woodlawn, coach Mark Pryor is using a disappointing indoor season as motivation for outdoor supremacy. After finishing second in the state meet for two straight years, the county-champion Warriors placed 18th this winter.

"I was looking for at least another top-two or top-three [finish]," Pryor said. "It was a big disappointment."

Leading the way will be senior Antonio Thomas, one of the state's top long sprinters when healthy - a strained right hip flexor slowed him late in the indoor season - as well as All-City/County hurdler Mark McKenzie. Jeron White (200, 400 meters), Melvin McLean (800) and distance standout Alexis Rice also are sure to leave their mark.

Randallstown should be one of Woodlawn's top challengers, led by indoor All-County performers Gary Bates, Devon Johnson and Will Epps. Bates cleared a personal-best 6-10 in the high jump before winning a Class 3A-2A state title; Johnson finished third in the 55 at the state tournament; and Epps took third in the shot put.

Dulaney, third in last year's county meet, is paced by one of the area's premier distance corps, which includes senior Aaron Ruewer, and juniors William Duffy and William Knox.

A dark horse could be Catonsville. The Comets are led by former state sprint champion Jerrell Ward, who is recovering from a pulled hamstring and strained quadriceps. Their strong sprint squad also includes Jeff House-Bay, Patrick Thomas and newcomer Jeff Graves. One thing Catonsville lacks, however, is a distance corps.

Milford Mill is led by senior Cordis Stanfield - this winter's county titlist in the 3,200 who also placed third at the 3A-2A state meet in both the 1,600 and 3,200 - and middle distance standout Raymond Gayle.

After finishing tied for fifth in the county last season, Owings Mills again looks strong. Leading the way will be senior Jason Bennett, who placed second indoors in the county shot put, as well as sprinters William Middleton, Matt Parsons and Mike Clarke. Middleton and Clarke join senior Adam Flowers on a 1,600-relay team that placed third at the state 2A-1A indoor meet.

Perry Hall is led by Sam Shen, third in the county indoor hurdles; distance standout Tim Dietz, returning from an injury; and discus thrower Robert Bearman.

Pikesville is led by top junior sprinters in Adam Grossman (fifth in state 55 indoors), Reginald Dean (placed in 200 outdoors), and Patrick Simms. All three ran legs on the Panthers' 400- and 800-relay teams that placed at states.

Towson will feature a strong distance squad led by John Winternitz, Steve Beck and Will Detwiler.

At Franklin, sprinters Andrew Reid and Uriah Morgan lead the way, along with middle-distance standout Mike Lisby.

Eastern Tech will feature Ryan Cartwright, who made it to states in both cross country and the indoor 3,200, and Greg Parrish, a triple jumper who also played basketball.

Among girls teams, McDonogh is again the team to beat in the IAAM. The Eagles are led by senior Chanel Lattimer, who last year won the 100 and 400. She was favored take the 200, her best event, before false-starting.

Fellow All-City/County sprinter Brandi Preston and thrower Nicole Barclay will lead a young team that could be a bit thin in distance events.

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