All-howard County

Indoor Track

March 06, 2002

BOYS

PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Izudin Mehmedovic

Oakland Mills, senior

Despite battling a sore foot, Mehmedovic won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 races at the state championships, including a Class 2A-1A record in the 1,600 (4:28.5). He also ran a 1:54 anchor leg on a runner-up 3,200 relay.

His gritty performance sparked Oakland Mills to its fourth straight state title. He ran the 3,200 in 10:00.9 and the 800 in 2:03.1. Because of his foot, all three state times were slower than his three regional gold-medal performances in the 800 (1:58.0), 1,600 (4:25.0) and 3,200 (9:57.0).

At the county meet, Mehmedovic won the 3,200 (9:57.5) and was second in the 1,600 (4:19.4) to Shane Stroup. His best 1,600 this season was a 4:19. He's a repeat All-County pick.

"Izzy is the epitome of hard work pays off. He's very coachable and does whatever you ask and more. He probably works too hard. He's also the ultimate team player, and will run with pain," said Scorpions coach Sam Singleton.

BOYS

COACH OF THE YEAR

Sam Singleton

Oakland Mills

He coached his fifth indoor state championship team this season - his fourth straight. The always affable Singleton never doubted that this No. 1-ranked team would sweep county, region and state titles, despite the graduation of last season's Co-Performer of the Year Kyle Farmer.

Early on, he touted the ability of sprinter Chris Barksdale, who came through with a state 300 title. He was blessed over the years with outstanding performers like distance runner Izudin Mehmedovic, who won three gold medals. "No one else had an Izzy," Singleton said. "But the key to this team was the supporting cast. We had a blend of speed, distance and field that no one else had."

Singleton has won this coaching award four straight years, and five of the past six years. This year's state title was bittersweet, however. It came on the same day it was reported that he'd be leaving Oakland Mills for the newest county high school, Reservoir, which opens in August. There, he'll have the opportunity to be the head football coach, as well as coach indoor and outdoor track.

BOYS

FIRST TEAM

Chris Barksdale

Oakland Mills, senior

A repeat All-County pick, Barksdale won the state Class 2A-1A 300-meter championship in 34.9 seconds, the third-best overall time at the state meet and his fastest ever. He also finished third in the 55 dash at states in 6.64 seconds and helped the Scorpions win the 1,600-meter relay. At the county meet, he won the 300 dash at 35.8 seconds and finished second in the county 55 dash. He also ran on the winning 800 and 1,600 relay teams. Barksdale finished third in the 55 and second in the 300 at the 2A-1A Central Region meet. The 800 relay was first and the 1,600 relay was second.

Phil DeRosier

Long Reach, senior

He won the county 55 dash championship in 6.5 seconds, nipping a pair of Oakland Mills runners. The speedster finished third in the county 300 in 37.0 seconds. He ran even faster to win the 3A-2A West Region 55 dash in 6.3 seconds and also grabbed third in the 300 at 37.2 seconds. At states, he ran 6.63 seconds in the 55 dash to finish second in Class 3A-2A. He was sixth in the state 300 dash at 36.1 seconds. He ran on the second-place county and region 800 relay team.

Andrew Heath

Wilde Lake, senior

A versatile performer, Heath won the county high jump championship at 6 feet, 2 inches. He added runner-up performances in the pole vault (12-00) and 55 hurdles (8.1). He carried his consistent performances into the Class 3A-2A West Region with a first in the pole vault (12-6), and seconds in the high jump (6-04) and 55 hurdles (8.4). At states, he tied for third in the high jump (6-2), was fourth in the pole vault (12-00) and fourth in the 55 hurdles (8.6).

Chris Krutzsch

Howard, senior

The third-year pole-vaulter had never even medaled at the county championships, but this season he won the county pole-vault championship based on fewest misses with a jump of 12 feet even. He credited his attendance at the Georgia Track Camp last summer for his improvement. Krutzsch finished third at the regional meet and saved his best for last, soaring 12-6 at the state meet. "I nicked the pole with my hand at 13 feet, and then couldn't do my third jump at that distance because I sprained my wrist," he said.

James Mullaly

Mount Hebron, senior

He narrowly missed a state Class 3A-2A title in the 3,200 meters after his (9:50.6) effort came up a second too slow. He dovetailed that effort with a second in the 1,600 (4:30.1), just 2 1/2 seconds off the winning time. At the county meet, Mullaly scored a pair of third-place finishes in those same events, recording a 4:37.7 in the 1,600 and a 10:02.7 in the 3,200. At regionals, he was second in the 3,200 (10:01.8) and third in the 1,600 (4:38.2). He ran on the 3,200 relay that finished second in the county, third in the region and fourth at states. He's a repeat All-County pick.

Matt Sanders

Mount Hebron, senior

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