Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

October 29, 2003

BOYS

Patterson, football

The fourth-year starting running back rushed for 215 yards and four touchdowns in Friday's 36-8 rout of rival Mervo. In surpassing 200 yards for the fifth time this season, Smith raised his season totals to 1,219 yards and 20 touchdowns.

As a linebacker, he made nine tackles and broke up a pass in the game. Smith has three sacks and an interception as part of a starting defense that has allowed six points and shut out five opponents.

The 6-foot-1, 217-pound Smith, Patterson's all-time rushing and scoring leader, clocked a 4.4-second 40-yard dash at a junior combine last spring. The University of Delaware has offered Smith a football scholarship, and at least 11 other schools might, also.

A three-sport athlete, Smith also plays lacrosse and will enter the winter season as a three-time city wrestling champion.

GIRLS

Devon Williams

Towson Catholic, cross country

The freshman burst onto the cross country scene in grand fashion Saturday, capturing the Baltimore-Washington Invitational with a record-setting time in her first high school meet.

Williams covered the 3.1-mile course at the Franciscan Friary in Ellicott City in 19 minutes, 13 seconds to win what is considered the state championship meet for private schools.

With Towson Catholic not fielding a girls cross country team, Williams trains three days a week on her own.

The Parkville resident, who runs for the Philadelphia-based United Stars Track Club, became a Junior Olympic champ in the 800 meters this past summer. In June, she also earned All-America honors by placing sixth in the 800 at the Adidas Outdoor Classic, a national high school meet.

See the Athletes of the Week Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on Replay Sun High School Sports on ABC2, and online at www.sunspot.net/sports/highschool.

Nominate athletes

The Sun accepts nominations for its Athletes of the Week on Sundays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 410-332-6200 or 1-800-829-8000, extension 6200.

Two athletes (one boy and one girl) will be selected each week and featured in Wednesday's editions. To be nominated, athletes must play for their high school team. Only coaches can nominate Athletes of the Week.

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