All-baltimore City/county

Indoor Track

March 06, 2002

BOYS

PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Chris Wright

Mount St. Joseph, senior

No area distance runner dominated this season like Wright. The senior claimed Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championships in the 1,600 (4:26) and 3,200 (9:52) and was runner-up in the 800 (2:01). In the 1,600, he won seven of eight races. In the 3,200, he also lost but once, taking third while running a season-best 9:38 at the Optima-Nike Invite in New York.

Other feathers in his cap: wins in the 2-mile at the Towson Relays and 3,000 at Kutztown, as well as a ninth-place finish in the mile (4:27) at Princeton.

He holds school records in eight events and has been named All-City/County Cross Country Runner of the Year three straight years. Also, last winter he shared the indoor track top performer honor with teammate Nick Wright.

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Gene Constantine

Mount St. Joseph

Another year, another Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association title for Constantine's Gaels. Led by top performer Chris Wright and two other All-City/County selections, Mount St., Joseph cruised to its sixth straight conference indoor crown. The Gaels scored at least four points in each event in a 54-point victory over runner-up Loyola.

This is Constantine's second straight year as City/County top coach.

BOYS FIRST TEAM

Jabari Bush

Mervo, senior

Bush recorded the area's fastest time in the 500 (1:07.1), while also running a blazing 35.4 in the 300. He won both events at the city championship meet, and also was a major contributor to Mervo's sprint relay teams. A first-team All-Metro last spring, only an injury at the state meet kept him from multiple medals.

Charles Devaud

Archbishop Curley, junior

One of the most versatile competitors in the metro area, Devaud won MIAA championships in the high hurdles (7.7) and triple jump (38 feet), and also took third in the pole vault (11-6) and ran a leg on the fourth-place 800 relay team. He was a standout in the high jump as well, and a member of the sixth-place shuttle hurdles team at the Princeton Relays.

Billy Duffy

Dulaney, senior

Part of Dulaney's lethal 1-2 distance punch, Duffy ended his season with a Class 4A-3A state title in the 1,600 (4:29:05). He also anchored the runner-up 3,200 relay team at states, helping the Lions to a sixth-place team finish. Earlier, he claimed county titles in both the 1,600 and 3,200. An All-City/County pick last spring, he most likely will attend Notre Dame, N.C. State or Georgia.

Adam Grossman

Pikesville, senior

Grossman, an All-City/County pick last spring, finished unbeaten this winter in the 55 dash, never running slower than 6.5. His 6.50 at the Class 2A-1A state meet earned him a state title and class record. His time was just .01 off the fastest time in any classification.

Kelley Jackson

Mervo, senior

Once again, no one in the city or county could touch Jackson in the shot put. The All-City/County pick in both track seasons a year ago captured a region title and placed second in the event at the Class 4A-3A state meet (53 feet, 10 3/4 inches).

Will Knox

Dulaney, senior

A second-team All-Metro cross country pick, he excelled at both distance events. In the 3,200, Knox finished second in the county and fourth in the region before placing second at the Class 4A-3A state meet in 9:51. In the 1,600, he took third in the county and fourth in the region (4:39).

Rob Ludwig

Mount St. Joseph, senior

Three times this season, Ludwig cleared 13 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault, and he never cleared less than 12-6 in any of his 11 meets. Among his credits: wins at the Towson and Loyola relays, a second-place finish in the MIAA, a third at the Optima-Nike Invite and ninth place at both Princeton and Kutztown. He will attend Mount St. Mary's.

Mark McKenzie

Woodlawn, senior

McKenzie once again made his mark in both the hurdles and high jump. At the county championship meet, McKenzie won the hurdles (7.6) and took second in the high jump (6-2), leading Woodlawn to a fifth-place team finish. At the Class 4A-3A state meet, he placed third in the hurdles. McKenzie was an All-City/County pick in both seasons a year ago, and an All-Metro pick last spring.

Josh Perry

McDonogh, senior

Perry ran a blazing 1:56.3 in winning the MIAA 800, and also ran legs on the Eagles' first-place 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams, anchoring the latter. He didn't lose an 800 locally all season, and finished among the top three at national meets in New Jersey and Kentucky.

Chris Riggs

Milford Mill, senior

Riggs dominated the local high jump scene, clearing an impressive 6 feet, 6 inches not once, but twice. He won county and region championships before tying for third at the Class 3A-2A state meet. His 6-6 jumps rank among the top 20 in the nation this season, according to track and field information site DyeStat.

Brandon Ross

Dunbar, senior

Ross closed out his final high school indoor track season in style, capturing the Class 2A-1A state title in the 500 in 1:08.30. He also tied for fifth in the event at the regional meet.

Brandon Taylor

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