Andrew S. Hayes, 19, Westminster High athlete

December 19, 2003|By Stephanie Desmon | Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF

Andrew S. "Andy" Hayes, a track and soccer standout who was 2002's Male Athlete of the Year at Westminster High School, died of undetermined causes early Saturday in his dormitory room at York College in York, Pa. The Westminster resident was 19.

Mr. Hayes was found dead in his bed. The autopsy conducted by the York County coroner was inconclusive, and officials are awaiting the results of toxicology tests to help determine the cause of death.

Born in Westminster, Mr. Hayes was a member of Westminster High's Class of 2002. He played soccer and ran indoor and outdoor track at the school. He won many awards and was Carroll County champion in the 800-meter (2:06.54) and 1,600-meter (4:46.1) races.

During his senior year, he was named Carroll County Indoor Track Performer of the Year by The Sun.

He was a member of the Varsity Letterman Club and of St. Paul's United Church of Christ. He was a college sophomore majoring in elementary education and hoped to become a teacher and coach.

"He was your average American boy," said his mother, Mary Armacost Hayes.

The popular player was one of the captains of the soccer team during his senior year at Westminster.

"One of the best things about him was his tremendous stamina and speed," said soccer coach Fran McCullin, a math teacher at West Middle School.

Mr. McCullin recalled that when one of the defensive players was injured during Mr. Hayes' junior year, Mr. Hayes offered to give the position a try, even though it was a lower-profile spot than playing closer to the front.

"He basically put the team above his own stats," Mr. McCullin said. "He understood the team wasn't going to go anywhere if we didn't have strong defense. He volunteered. ... He was just a real joy to coach, a selfless player, a guy who would never ask anyone to do anything he wouldn't do himself."

He said a lot of Mr. Hayes' teammates are saddened and confused, waiting to hear more about what caused the death of their friend.

"A young kid like that - I can't imagine what grief his parents are going through," said Jim Shank, Mr. Hayes' track coach and owner of the Carroll Indoor Sports Center, where Mr. Hayes sometimes helped as a coach to young soccer players. "He was Mr. Steady. You could always count on him to be where he was supposed to be and do what he was supposed to do."

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Bond and Green streets in Westminster.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Hayes is survived by his father, Stephen B. Hayes; a brother, Michael S. Hayes, 17, of Westminster; a half-brother, Brett D. Hayes of Beaumont, Calif.; and his grandparents, Robert and Betty Hayes of Hanover, Pa.

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