All-carroll County

Indoor Track

March 06, 2002

BOYS

PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Andy Hayes

Westminster, senior

Hayes capped his high school indoor track career with a season to remember, winning county championships in both the 800 (2:06.54) and 1,600 (4:46.1). He also took second in both events at the Central Maryland Conference meet before placing sixth in the 1,600 at the state Class 4A-3A state meet with a time of 4:38.18.

A standout soccer player in his fourth indoor season, Hayes posted best times of 2:04.7 in the 800 and 4:25.2 in the 1,600, also winning the 1,600 at the Smithsburg Invitational and placing fifth in that event at regionals.

BOYS

COACH OF THE YEAR

Jim Shank

Westminster

Since arriving at Westminster as an assistant coach in 1971, his teams haven't stopped winning. With another well-rounded squad, the Owls again claimed the county championship and also took third in both the Central Maryland Conference and region.

Shank relies on a top group of assistants in Dick Estes (pole vault), Paul Burnside (sprints) and Nick Agoris (shot put), as well as a unique system in which his team trains alongside rival North Carroll three times a week and is helped by Panthers coaches Jim MacDonald and Angie Jones.

While the Owls may have had more talent in past years, they continued to win by emphasizing a team-oriented approach, drawing points from nearly every event.

BOYS

FIRST TEAM

Phil Diven

South Carroll, sophomore

He's only been running for a little over a year, but Diven is already nearly at the front of the pack. He finished second in the county 1,600 and 3,200, running personal bests of 4:48 and 10:37, respectively. He went on to take fourth in the region 3,200 and 10th at the Class 3A-2A state meet. Coach Rob Pennington praised Diven's work ethic.

Steve Grant

South Carroll, senior

Pennington calls Grant "the most efficient runner I've ever coached." In the 500 (best time, 1:10.5), Grant won the county title, tied for third in the region and took fourth in the CMC. In the 300 (37.9), he placed third in the county and fifth in the region. He also ran legs on the 800 relay team, which won county and region titles before placing fourth at the Class 3A-2A state meet, and the 1,600 relay team, which barely missed scoring at the state meet.

Wyatt Hall

Westminster, junior

After missing half the season due to a shoulder injury, Hall came on strong to emerge as Westminster's top sprinter. He finished second in the county 55 dash (6.75) and was instrumental on the Owls' 800 relay team. After trying the pole vault in January, he also became one of the county's best in that event, clearing 11 feet at regionals.

Greg Kennell

South Carroll, senior

A leader by example, he racked up big points at the county championship meet by winning the 300 and taking second in the 500. He also took third and fifth, respectively, in the region and Central Maryland Conference 300, and tied for third in the region 500. At the Class 3A-2A state meet, he ran a personal-best 36.2 to take ninth in the 300. And he was also a major player on South Carroll's relay teams.

Matt Kutcher

Francis Scott Key, junior

Kutcher's first season in track and field was a huge one. The junior, who plays baseball in the spring, claimed the Class 2A-1A state title in the high jump, clearing a school-record 6-4. He also won county and region titles in the event, and placed among the top five in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League. When the Eagles needed him on the track, he also contributed, taking fifth in the county hurdles.

Ben Leiter

Francis Scott Key, senior

Despite a chronic lower back problem and a painful hamstring injury late in the season, the senior sprinter never missed a beat, posting his best time in the 55 dash (6.4) at the Class 2A-1A state championships. He won a county title and took second in the region in the event, also placing eighth in the MVAL 300 and running the leadoff leg on the county champion 1,600 relay team.

J.T. Potter

North Carroll, senior

A distance standout for four years at the Hampstead school, Potter excelled this season in both the 1,600 and 3,200. The senior, who owns North Carroll's record in the 3,200, took third in the county in that event (11:00). In the 1,600, he took sixth at both the county and CMC meets. Potter also was an All-County selection for cross country in the fall.

Aaron Riner

Liberty, senior

Riner, a senior, capped off his high school indoor track career with a regional championship in the high hurdles, crossing the line in 8.7 seconds after going 8.4 in the preliminaries. He went on to claim fifth at the Class 3A-2A state meet. Other credits included a runner-up finish in the county hurdles and a third place in the event at the CMC championships.

Adam Safley

Francis Scott Key, senior

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