All-howard County Indoor Track

March 07, 2003

BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Tony Cole

Oakland Mills, junior

Continuing a string started by Kyle Farmer and Izudin Mehmedovic, Cole stamped his mark as the most scintillating athlete on the track scene this winter. He was the only performer to bring home four gold medals from the Ivan Walker Howard County championships. Cole won the 55 dash in 6.3 seconds and the 300 in 35.3 seconds and paced the Scorpions' triumphant relay teams in the 800 (1 minute, 36.3 seconds) and the 1,600 (3:37.3). At the Class 2A-1A Central region championships, he was first in the 55 again (6.5), but second to Loch Raven senior Stann Waithe in the 300 (38.7) and the 800 relay (1:41.1). Cole completed his 55 sweep by clocking a winning time of 6.51 seconds at the state meet. He was runner-up again to Waithe in the 300 (36.2) at the championships. Cole's name is still etched in the Class 1A state record books as a member of the 1,600 relay squad that set a mark of 3:31.30 last winter. "He is the most electrifying athlete in the county," said Reservoir coach Sam Singleton, who formerly coached Oakland Mills.

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

James LeMon

Mount Hebron

The first indicator to LeMon that his team had the potential to win the county championship appeared in an early league meet where the Vikings edged perennial powerhouse Oakland Mills in the 800 relay. That snowball picked up speed until Jan. 29 when the Mount Hebron avalanche yielded the school's first indoor track county title. A quietly intense motivator, LeMon recognized the team's strength in its distance corps and field standouts. But the second-year coach cultivated a group of sprinters like senior Stephen Tamburrino and junior Lance Schreiber. "Those guys busted their tails," LeMon said. "Every time we asked them to do something, they would do it." After capturing the crown by 45 points over runner-up Oakland Mills, the Vikings finished third at the Class 3A-2A West region meet and fourth at the state championships.

THE BOYS TEAM

Mehdi Bensarghin

Wilde Lake, junior

Bensarghin proved that his success in cross country knew no boundaries. He collected county titles in the 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 3.2 seconds and the 1,600 in 4:35.3. Bensarghin also participated on the Wildecats' 1,600 and 3,200 relay squads, which placed sixth and fifth, respectively.

Damon Gasque

Mount Hebron, senior

A year ago, Gasque was barely clearing 5 feet, 6 inches in the high jump. Now he's a state champion. Gasque completed his whirlwind ride by clearing 6-2 at the Class 3A-2A state championships. Last winter, he placed eighth in the high jump with a mark of 5-10. Gasque was first in the high jump at the county championships (6-3) and the Class 3A-2A West region meet (6-2).

Scott Gayer

Wilde Lake, sophomore

Gayer proved that he belonged in the elite corps of distance runners produced by the county. He was consistently in the top 5 in the 1,600 and 3,200 events, finishing fourth in the 1,600 (4 minutes, 40.8 seconds) and fifth in the 3,200 (10:39.9) at the county championships. Gayer placed fifth in the 1,600 (4:43.6) and fourth in the 3,200 (10:29.2) at the Class 3A-2A West region meet.

Drew Graybeal

Glenelg, junior

Graybeal appeared seemingly out of nowhere to collect the triple crown in the 500. He won the event at the county championships by clocking 1 minute, 7.7 seconds, at the Class 2A-1A Central region meet in 1:11.2 and at the state championships in 1:06.3. Graybeal was also second to Cole in the 300 (35.9 seconds) at the county meet and fifth in the same event (39.0) at the regional championships.

Seth Kampf

Mount Hebron, senior

Kampf complemented Matt Sanders as the Vikings' potent one-two punch. Although Kampf placed third in the 3,200 (10 minutes, 15.6 seconds) at the county championships, he rebounded with a win in the same event at the Class 3A-2A West region meet by crossing the finish line in 10:10.9. Kampf placed fifth in the 3,200 (10:06.8) at the state championships.

Nate Klebanow

Centennial, senior

His finishes at the county championships weren't remarkable, but it's what Klebanow accomplished at the Class 2A-1A Central region meet that drew the most attention. He won the 800 in 2 minutes, 16.8 seconds and joined three teammates to claim runner-up finishes in the 1,600 relay (3:54.7) and the 3,200 relay (9:07.0). Those efforts helped the Eagles win their first regional title.

Jason Mead

Oakland Mills, senior

When the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association classified the pole vault as a non-scoring event, many feared that current and future pole-vaulters would turn their focus to other events. But Mead continued to hone his skills, and the training paid off when he grabbed the county crown by clearing 11 feet. Mead used the same mark to win the event at the Class 2A-1A Central region championships.

Dan Sagmiller

Glenelg, junior

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