All-howard County Indoor Track

March 09, 2004|By EDWARD LEE

BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Tony Cole

Oakland Mills, senior

What more can be said about a two-time Performer of the Year who owns 10 major firsts in indoor and outdoor track and field and five state championships? Cole silenced any doubts about his speed by collecting four firsts at the Class 2A-1A state meet.

His time of 6.35 seconds in the 55 not only broke former Scorpion Kyle Farmer's Class 1A record of 6.38 seconds, but it also ranks as the eighth-fastest time posted by a high school athlete this winter, according to Dyestat.com. Cole's time of 34.87 seconds in the 300 ranks as the 11th-fastest mark in the country.

Cole picked up the other two medals as a member of the 800 relay (1 minute, 33.65 seconds) and 1,600 relay (3:31.84) squads. Cole did not lose a single event in the postseason. He earned his second straight Iron Man award at the Ivan Walker Howard County championships for winning the 55 and the 300 and running legs of the victorious 800 and 1,600 relay teams. Cole repeated that feat at the East Region meet.

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Bryan Winfield

Oakland Mills

The prospects were bleak. The Scorpions' distance corps was a shell of its former self, and its field crew was limited at best. Add an overpowering run by Glenelg at the county and region championships, and perhaps it wasn't a stretch to suggest that Oakland Mills' hope of postseason glory had disappeared.

But Winfield, a coach with the Scorpions for the past 12 seasons, had seen this scenario before. As the program's girls head coach in 1998, Winfield watched Oakland Mills overcome losses to Glenelg at the county and region levels to collect a state crown.

With that knowledge, Winfield used the 13 days between the region and state championships to remind the boys team that it was capable of winning. The strategy worked as the No. 5 Scorpions brought home their fifth title in six years.

BOYS TEAM

Tim Burt

Glenelg, junior

Burt's range added to the No. 6 Gladiators' depth. At the county championships, Burt finished third in the pole vault, fourth in the 1,600 and ninth in the 800. He had perhaps his best outing at the region meet, where he claimed a title in the pole vault by clearing 11 feet and picked up fourth-placees in the 800 and 1,600.

Blake Garcia

Mount Hebron, junior

A decathlete, Garcia parlayed his versatility into a county title. Garcia, who placed sixth in the decathlon at the USA Track & Field Junior Olympic Championships last summer in Miami, collected his first county crown when he took the 55 hurdles in 8.1 seconds. Garcia also finished fifth in the pole vault, tied for seventh in the high jump, and ran a leg on the Vikings' seventh-place 1,600 relay squad. He was third in the pole vault at the Class 3A-2A West meet and tied for fifth at the state championships.

Drew Graybeal

Glenelg, senior

In a repeat of last season, Graybeal swept the 500 at the county, region and state levels. His time of 1:05.9 at the county championships tied the meet record set by River Hill's Shane Stroup in 2002. Graybeal's time of 1:05.65 at the state meet not only broke the Class 2A state record of 1:05.8 set by Central's John Robertson in 1986, but also ranks as the fourth-fastest mark in the nation. The repeat All-County choice also took the triple crown in the 800, capping his run with a winning time of 1:59.49 at the state championships.

Jordan Hoolachan

Mount Hebron, junior

Hoolachan, who had averaged 2:07 in the 800, trimmed five seconds off that average this winter. Although he was second in the 800 at the county championships, his time of 2:02.1 is a school record. Hoolachan won the 800 in 2:03.2 at the region meet. He placed third in the 800 at the state championships behind Mervo's double-threat duo of Julius Coleman and Brandon Lynch.

Nicholas Keane

River Hill, junior

The county Co-Runner of the Year in cross country continued his success in track. Keane captured his first county title by finishing first in the 1,600 in 4:40.8. He also was third in the 800 at the county championships. He advanced to the Class 3A-2A state meet by placing second in both the 1,600 and the 3,200 at the West region championships. Keane participated in only the 1,600 at the state meet, where he finished ninth.

Garret Maxson

Glenelg, junior

Maxson was an All-County cross country runner who discovered his strength resided in the 3,200. He picked up his first county title by crossing the finish line in 10:22.4. Maxson, who also ran a leg on the No. 6 Gladiators' fourth-place 3,200-relay squad at the county championships, claimed a region crown in the 3,200 by clocking 10:45.5 Maxson placed second to Williamsport's Devin Hewitt at the state meet.

Karlton McCullough

Oakland Mills, senior

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