All-carroll County Indoor Track

March 07, 2003

BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Darrin Arbaugh

South Carroll, senior

Arbaugh came out of nowhere to help the Cavaliers take second in the county and win the Class 3A-2A Central region championship. He bounced back from knee problems that slowed him last year to often run in four events and help South Carroll score important points throughout the season and postseason.He won the 800 meters (2:09.2) at the county meet, took fourth in the 1,600 and ran on the 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams (third and second). Arbaugh then took third in the 800 (2:14.2) at the region meet and took fourth in the 1,600. To help the Cavaliers win the meet, he also ran in the victorious 3,200 relay plus the 1,600 relay (second). South Carroll coach Rob Pennington said some newly-gained confidence sparked Arbaugh. "Once he got the confidence, it was all over," Pennington said.

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Rob Pennington

South Carroll

He's won state championships before, but this season was one of Pennington's most satisfying. The Cavaliers didn't have one star but instead used a group of very talented runners to score points. Pennington mixed and matched Arbaugh, Phil Diven, Brendan Grant, Dan Reedy and Jonnie Jenkins to anchor the team that beat long-time rival Westminster in the regular season, took second in the county meet and won the region title. Pennington once again used a team-first style that relies on several runners. He's used that throughout his tenure at South Carroll; it's a big reason why the Cavaliers won state titles in cross country in 1997, 1998 and 2000 and why they'll be just as strong in outdoor track.

THE BOYS TEAM

Phil Diven

South Carroll, junior

Diven continues to get better. He won the 1,600 at the county meet (5:00.8) and took third in the 3,200 (11:09.7). He also won the 1,600 in the region meet (4:59.0) and was second in the 3,200 (11:14.8) and later ran on the 3,200 relay team that won its race. If Diven keeps developing, he'll be one of Carroll County's top distance runners next and a leader for South Carroll.

Brendan Grant

South Carroll, senior

Grant won the 55 hurdles at both the county (8.3) and region meets (8.2) for the Cavaliers despite being hobbled by ankle problems. Pennington said that Grant could barely practice in the final weeks of the season. Grant helped on relays earlier in the season before the ankle slowed him. It will still bother him in the spring, but Grant remains one of the area's better hurdlers.

Jonnie Jenkins

South Carroll, senior

Jenkins was another of the Cavaliers who did a little bit of everything. He won the high jump at the county meet (5-10) and ran on the 800 and 1,600 relays (third). Jenkins then qualified for the state meet in the high jump at the region meet while running on both relays. At the state meet, he took seventh in the high jump (5-10).

Scott Koleszar

Liberty, senior

Koleszar was Liberty's best postseason performer this winter. He took second in the 300 (37.7) and also ran on the 800 and 1,600 relay teams for the Lions. He then won the 300 at the region meet and ran on the fourth-place 800 relay. This was his first individual region title.

Tom Raver

North Carroll, senior

Raver helped the Panthers in a lot of places this season. He took second in the county in the 500 (1:13.3) and third in the 300 (38.1). He later finished fourth in the region in the 300 to qualify for the states. Raver also anchored the Panthers' 800 and 1,600 relays.

Dan Reedy

South Carroll, senior

He's been one of Carroll County's best distance runners throughout his four-year career. Reedy won the 3,200 (10:52.9) at the county, took third in the 1,600 (5:02.0) and ran in two relays. He then won the 1,600 (4:59.0) at the region meet and ran on two relay teams, helping the Cavaliers rack up points to win the title. He'll be missed next year.

Zach Reeser

Century, junior

He played basketball last year but enjoyed and fared better at indoor track this season. Reeser took second in the county's 55 hurdles (8.5) and fourth in the region meet plus fifth in the states (8.25). He also ran on two relay teams for the Knights and will be one of the area's top sprinters next year.

Chris Stinette

Winters Mill, sophomore

He was one of the several young Winters Mills athletes who blossomed this winter. Stinette took the 500 in the county meet (1:12.8) and ran on the 800 (second) and 1,600 relays (first). He then qualified for the states in the 500 and ran on the two relays in the region meet. Stinette later ran on the 800 relay that took sixth in the Class 4A-3A state meet.

Clint Stone

Westminster, senior

Stone won the county shot put with a personal best throw of 42 feet, 5.5 inches. An all-county team selection last year, Stone followed his county meet effort with another personal best of 42-8 in the region meet (fourth). He then qualified for the states but didn't place there.

Joe Taylor

Winters Mill, sophomore

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