All-baltimore City/county Indoor Track

March 07, 2003

BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Charles Devaud

Archbishop Curley, senior

Few athletes have demonstrated a wider versatility than Devaud. He picked up gold medals in the 55 hurdles by finishing in 7.6 seconds and the pole vault by clearing 13 feet at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championships. Devaud, who was named to the All-City/County team last winter for winning the hurdles and triple jump at the championship meet, went undefeated against conference rivals in the hurdles and lost the pole vault once in four league meets. He also was second in the triple jump (41 feet, 7.75 inches) and ran on the second-place 800 relay squad (1 minute, 34.6 seconds) at the MIAA championships. On rare occasions, Friars coach Gene Hoffman even asked Devaud to compete in the high jump and 1,600 relay during the regular season. Mount St. Joseph coach Jack Peach has seen plenty of Devaud. "Some guys spend four years trying to develop into a decent pole-vaulter," Peach said. "Here's a guy who can do that and the hurdles and the triple jump. It's almost impossible to find a kid who can do all those things."

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Eric Depkin

Loch Raven

Heading into the Class 2A-1A state championships, Depkin wasn't sure whether his Raiders team would place in the top three. Loch Raven eventually wiped away his doubts by compiling 39 points and falling just two points shy of capturing the school's first indoor track and field state crown. Depkin, who has been coaching the Raiders since the 1995-96 season, was blessed with one of the fastest relay squads in seniors Adam Dickson, Franklin Richburg and Stann Waithe and junior Quentin Burley. That foursome began to meld their talents last spring, which Depkin credits as a building block for this season. No. 5 Loch Raven finished third at the Baltimore County championships and fourth at the Class 2A-1A Central region meet, but rebounded to claim its highest placement ever at the state championships. "I must've told those guys a thousand times that I was so proud of them," said Depkin, a special education teacher who was a distance runner in New York. "And I still am."

THE BOYS TEAM

Mike Bukosky

Perry Hall, senior

Attending a high jump camp paid dividends for Bukosky, who snatched a Class 4A-3A state title in the event by clearing 6 feet, 2 inches. He used that same mark to collect his first Baltimore County indoor crown and was third at the West region meet after clearing 6-1. Coach Brad Kressman said Bukosky, who cleared 6-4 during the regular season, could go higher this spring.

Steve Collins

Mount St. Joseph, junior

In his first season of indoor track, Collins averaged throws in the shot put of about 35 feet last winter. Strength training helped him add about five feet and an MIAA crown. Collins won the shot put at the MIAA championships with a toss of 41 feet, 0- 3/4 inch. Collins, who is a defensive lineman for the Gaels' football team, showed more motivation to succeed, said coach Jack Peach.

Jordan Davis

Woodlawn, senior

The Warriors reclaimed their sixth Baltimore County crown in six years because, in part, Davis won the 500 (1 minute, 10.0 seconds), ran a leg on the winning 800 relay squad (1:38.5), ran another leg on the second-place 1,600 relay team (3:45.6) and finished third in the 300 (38.5 seconds). At the Class 4A-3A West region meet, he collected gold medals in the 500 (1:11.0), the 800 relay (1:37.5) and the 1,600 relay (3:46.7).

Brandon Duckett

Mount St. Joseph, senior

A strained quadriceps earlier in the season didn't prevent Duckett from turning in one of his most satisfying seasons. He worked his way back into shape, grabbing second places in the 300 (36.5 seconds) and the 500 (1 minute, 8.7 seconds) at the MIAA championships. Duckett also anchored the Gaels' 1,600 relay team that finished second in 3:36.9 and sealed their seventh consecutive MIAA crown.

Glen Edwards

Lansdowne, senior

Edwards duplicated the pattern of success he established last winter. He grabbed his second straight Baltimore County championship in the shot put with a throw of 55 feet, 0- 1/2 inch. Edwards, who picked up two feet in the shot put from last spring, also registered back-to-back Class 3A-2A Central region crowns with a toss of 56 feet, 5 1/2 inches.

Eric Hanson

Archbishop Curley, senior

Hanson parlayed his experience in cross country into consistent outings in indoor track. He collected a silver medal in the 800 at the MIAA championships, where he crossed the line in 2 minutes, 3.8 seconds. Hanson added a third-place effort in the 1,600 (4:40.1) and ran a leg on the fourth-place 3,200 relay squad (8:41.2) that helped the Friars end the season with a No. 4 ranking.

Dominique Johnson

Carver, senior

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