Oakland Mills' Mehmedovic decides on UMBC

April 24, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Izudin Mehmedovic, Oakland Mills' outstanding distance runner, signed with the University of Maryland-Baltimore County last night.

Nicknamed the "Bosnian Flash" by Scorpions track coach Sam Singleton, Mehmedovic won two Class 1A cross country championships and led his team to back-to-back state titles for coaches Phil and Vicki Lang. He also won two regional titles and one Howard County crown.

Mehmedovic also drew interest from other schools including Maryland, Auburn, North Carolina-Greensboro, Iona and Lafayette.

"I wanted a school with a good academic program, a good track program and I wanted to stay close to my family," said Mehmedovic, who received a full athletic scholarship for cross country and also will run track. "Some of the other schools were too far away."

UMBC is 11 miles from Columbia, where he lives. The cross country team is coached by Murray Davis and competes in the Northeast Conference.

"This will be a huge step for me, but I'm ready for the next challenge," Mehmedovic said.

He ran nationally ranked times in the indoor 800 and 1,600. He was selected as the Baltimore Sun's Performer of the Year for winning Class 1A state championships in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. Last spring, he won a Class 1A state title in the outdoor 800.

He'll be running the mile and the 1,600 relay at the Penn Relays this week.

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