Indoor Track

March 25, 2002

BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Izudin Mehmedovic

Oakland Mills, senior

The ultimate team player, willing to run in pain, Izudin Mehmedovic epitomizes what high school sports is all about. "He'd run any event you asked him to," said coach Sam Singleton, whose Scorpions won their fourth straight state indoor championship.

Mehmedovic, nicknamed "The Bosnian Flash," won three individual events at the state 2A-1A championships despite a sore foot, and also ran an outstanding 1:54 anchor leg on a second-place 3,200 relay team.

He won the 3,200 meters in 10:00.9, the 1,600 meters in a 2A-1A state record 4:28.5 and the 800 meters in 2:03.1. Because of his sore foot, his state times were all slower than his gold medal regional times of 9:57.5 in the 3,200, 4:25.0 in the 1,600 and 1:58.0 in the 800.

Mehmedovic won the 3,200 at the Howard County championships in 9:57.5, and was second to Shane Stroup in the 1,600 at 4:19.4.

"Sometimes you have to tell him not to work so hard," Singleton said. "He's the epitome of hard work pays off."

COACH OF THE YEAR

Mike Ballard

Annapolis

Mike Ballard put Annapolis track on the map. He led the Annapolis boys team to its first modern-day county, region and state track championships. Just three years ago, he led the Annapolis girls team to its first county title. The 1985 Annapolis graduate accomplished this season's triple title win by juggling just eight boys who scored in nine different events in most meets.

The Panthers won the county championship by 45 points over runner-up Meade and then captured a regional title by 51 points over Gwynn Park. They won the 3A-2A state title by nine points over Gwynn Park, with Mike Brown winning two gold medals, and the rest of the team taking home two silver medals, two bronze medals and a fourth place.

"It was a great feeling to win the state championship, to say the least," Ballard said.

FIRST TEAM

Chris Barksdale

Oakland Mills, senior

The two-time All-Howard County sprinter won the 2A-1A state championship in the 300 meters with a third-best overall state meet time of 34.9 seconds, his fastest time ever.

Although the 300 was his best event, his third-place state finish in the 55 meters in 6.64 seconds also earned points for the Scorpions. He was part of the state champion 1,600-meter relay team as well, giving him two gold medals and a bronze at the state meet.

He won three golds and a silver at the county meet, one gold, two silvers and a bronze at the regional meet.

Mike Brown

Annapolis, senior

He was the catalyst for the Panthers' first county, region and state championships and their only individual state champion.

He won the 55 dash in 6.5 seconds and the 55 hurdles in 7.8 seconds. Brown also won both those events at the county and regional meets, and set county meet records of 6.2 seconds in the 55 dash and 7.4 seconds in the 55 hurdles.

Brown also ran on the 800 relay team that finished third at states. He's a three-year letterman considering Hampton (Va.) and South Carolina for college.

Brian DeVaul

Arundel, senior

The 5-10, 130-pound senior jumped a season-best 6-9 at the Nike Indoor Classic at the Prince George's Sports Complex, earning sixth place.

He also jumped 6-8 1/2 at a Howard/Anne Arundel meet in December at the same location. He jumped a school-record 6-9 outdoors at the Meade Stampede last spring.

At the 4A-3A state meet this winter, he was runner-up to Walter Johnson's Vaclav Malek. Both jumped 6-6. Malek cleared the height in two attempts. It took DeVaul three attempts.

Kelley Jackson

Mervo, senior

The top shot putter in the Baltimore area finished second at the 4A-3A state meet with a toss of 53 feet, 10 3/4 inches.

His best indoor effort was 55-7. He won three indoor invitationals, including the Friends of Indoor Track at George Mason University. Last spring, he finished second in the state outdoor meet.

He also throws the discus and had a personal best 147-foot effort last summer. He's a two-time All-City/County indoor pick.

Rob Ludwig

Mt. St. Joseph, senior

The premier pole-vaulter in the Baltimore metro area posted the area's best height (13 feet, 6 inches) on three occasions and soared 13-0 four times.

He finished second in the MIAA meet when his pole broke. His worst jump all season was 12-6. He finished first at the Loyola Relays, second in the Dickinson College Invitational and third in the Optima-Nike Meet in New York.

A two-time All-City/County selection, Ludwig has a 3.6 GPA and will attend Mt. St. Mary's College.

Josh Perry

McDonogh, senior

Undefeated locally in the 800 meters, he won three gold medals at the MIAA championships, including a Baltimore metro area best time of 1:56.3 in the 800 meters.

The Eagles also benefitted from his speed while winning the MIAA 1,600 and 3,200 relays. He finished third in the 800 meters at both the Kentucky High School Invitational and the Seton Hall Invitational.

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