All-anne Arundel County

Indoor Track

March 06, 2002

BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Mike Brown

Annapolis, senior

Brown was clearly the catalyst of the Panthers' first Anne Arundel county, region and state championships in indoor track in school history.

His triple double of winning the 55-meter dash and the 55 hurdles in all three major meets paced his team to the sweep of all three titles. In the county championships, Brown, a three-year standout, set Anne Arundel meet records in the 55 dash at 6.2 seconds and in the 55 hurdles at 7.4. He eclipsed each record by one second.

After leading the Panthers to the 3A-2A East Region title, Brown, who won the state outdoors 110 hurdles as a sophomore and was injured much of his junior year, attained his goals of winning both state indoor gold medals. Despite running on the same Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex rubber track where he set the county records, his times weren't as good in the states.

Brown won the state 55 meters in 6.5 seconds and the 55 hurdles in 7.8 seconds. Brown is considering Hampton (Va.) and South Carolina for college.

BOYS

COACH OF THE YEAR

Mike Ballard

Annapolis

Ballard ran track himself at Annapolis and graduated from the school in 1985. His success has come, however, in building a track power at Annapolis and leading the Panthers boys to their first county, region and state championships in indoor track.

Researchers have found that an Annapolis boys team won a state outdoors title in 1910, a meet that had only a handful of events. Ballard, who just three years ago led the Panthers girls to their first county title, utilized a nucleus of eight boys to the maximum scoring in nine of 13 events in most meets.

The Panthers rolled to the county championship with 111 points to a distant 66 by runner-up Meade and out-pointed Gwynn Park, 92-41, to win the 3A-2A Region title. In the states, Annapolis got two gold medals from Mike Brown, two silvers, two bronze and a fourth place to ring up 52 points to win the 3A-2A title over Gwynn Park's 43.

"It was not only Mike Brown, but it was the contributions of all the others that enabled us to win it all," said Ballard. "It was a great feeling to win the state championship, to say the least."

BOYS

FIRST TEAM

Nick Bowen

Chesapeake, junior

An All-county running back in football, Bowen's speed made him second only to Mike Brown as a sprinter. Bowen was second in the county 55 dash (6.3) to Brown, but won the 4A-3A Central Region and was sixth in the states.

Brian DeVaul

Arundel, senior

After tying the county meet record in high jump at 6-6, DeVaul equaled that mark in the states along with Walter Johnson's Vaclav Malek, but it took DeVaul three tries to clear while Malek did it on his second attempt to win.

William Eden

Annapolis, freshman

The only ninth-grader on the All-County boys team, Eden was the county 3,200 winner in 10:23.5 and second in the 3A-2A East. Though bettering his time in the states at 10:19, he placed seventh in what was a loaded field.

Brian Grubel

Severna Park, junior

Grubel easily repeated as the county pole-vault champ at 13-0, the same lift he put up at the states to finish runner-up to Patuxent's Nathan Dixon (13-6). Grubel's best clear was 13-3 this season after a 12-6 for third in last year's states.

Anthony Littlejohn

Old Mill, sophomore

Littlejohn just missed breaking the 17-year-old county meet record of 2:02.3 for the 800 run set by North County's Sam Lomax with a time of 2:02.5 and came in at 2:02.6 for runner-up in the 4A-3A Central by just over a second.

Chris Menendez

Annapolis, junior

A much improved middle distance runner, Menendez went from not placing in the county 300 dash to winning it this year with a time of 36.2 seconds. Menendez also contributed on relays in aiding a banner season.

Tim O'Brien

Annapolis, senior

A consistent 6-4 high jumper, O'Brien was second in the county to Arundel's DeVaul and second in both the 3A-2A East Region and state meets. His 6-4 in the states tied Gwynn Park's Larry Hawkins, who edged O'Brien for the gold.

Kareem Reed

Annapolis, senior

Third in the county at 47-9 last year, Reed tossed the shot put 52-5 this season to win county and 3A-2A East Region gold medals. A personal best of 54-9 1/2 in the states earned a silver medal and eight big points for the state champions.

Doug Spatafore

Old Mill, senior

Battling the flu, Spatafore nosed out South River's Chris Clarke - 4:41 to 4:41.5 - to win the county 1,600 run, but had to give up the 3,200 where he was a favorite. He was third in the 4A-3A Central Region with a personal-best 4:37.8.

J.J. Wetzel

Spalding, junior

In the fall, Wetzel was named The Sun's county Boys Runner of the Year in cross country. Were it not for nemesis Chris Wright of Mount St. Joseph, Wetzel would have taken the 600 and 3,200 runs in the MIAA Indoor Championships.

John Young

Meade, junior

Young set a meet record in the county championships for the 500 dash at 1:08.2 and topped that time with a 1:08 to take second in the 4A-3A Central Region. He also ran a leg on Meade's county and region gold medal 800 relay.

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