All-anne Arundel Indoor Track

March 09, 2004|By EDWARD LEE

BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Bryan Jones Arundel, senior

Jones had shown promise as a freshman when he claimed a county and Class 4A East title in the 110 high hurdles in outdoor track. But hamstring injuries cut Jones' potentially bright sophomore and junior campaigns. Jones saved his best for last as he won every 55 hurdles event in which he competed this winter.

Jones registered a winning time of 7.4 seconds at the county championships - a mark that tied the county record set by Annapolis' Mike Brown in 2002. Jones took the 55 hurdles at the Class 4A-3A East meet in 7.4 seconds before completing the sweep with a winning time of 7.48 seconds at the state championships. That time ranks as the 15th-fastest mark in the nation recorded by a high school athlete, according to Dyestat.com.

Jones, who defeated Old Mills' Anthony Littlejohn to win the 800 (2:09.3) at the National Guard Meet, also placed fourth in the high jump and ran a leg of the Wildcats' third-place 3,200 relay squad at the county championships.

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Janet Liimatta

Old Mill

Developing middle- and long-distance stars has been a tradition with the Patriots, and this season was no different. Blessed with enviable depth from the 500 to the 3,200, Old Mill dropped just one meet during the regular-season, and that loss was predicated by Liimatta's decision to rest some of her top runners.

The addition of notable talent in the pole vault and shot put helped the No. 2 Patriots stay ahead of their county rivals en route to capturing their first county title since 2000 and their fourth in the past seven years. The same held true at the Class 4A-3A Central Region championships, where Old Mill took its first crown since 1999.

When the state meet came around, the Patriots placed second - just 24 points behind eventual champion Suitland.

BOYS TEAM

Larry Beavers

Annapolis, senior

Panthers coach Charles Gross figured Beavers would score in the 55 hurdles. But even the coach was stunned at Beavers' showing in the 300. Beavers, who ran the 300 sporadically during the regular season, took the county title in 35.7 seconds. He was second in the 55 and third in the 55 hurdles at the county championships. Beavers won the 55 in 6.5 seconds at the National Guard Meet.

Will Brown

Meade, senior

The North County transfer rarely picked up the shot put during practice, but he still won the event during two regular-season meets. A day after working with Mustangs coach Amy Krusinski, Brown grabbed the county title in the shot put with a throw of 45 feet, 6.25 inches. Brown, a repeat All-County choice, was fourth in the 55 at the county championships and third in the 55 at the Class 4A-3A Central Region meet.

Chris Bryant

Old Mill, junior

Bryant overcame more than just one hurdle on his way to county and region crowns in the pole vault. A year removed from breaking his left ankle during a vault at a regular-season indoor meet, Bryant showed no trepidation and cleared 12 feet to win at the county and region championships. Bryant, who had never cleared 10 feet before this winter, placed fourth in the pole vault at the state meet.

Andrew Corddry

Annapolis, senior

A groin muscle injury didn't prevent Corddry from bringing home a county title. Corddry, whose 6-foot-4 frame and bushy blond hair made him a recognizable figure at track meets, scored a victory in the 500 (1:07.4) at the county championships. Corddry was shut out of the 500 at the Class 4A-3A East meet, but qualified for the state championships by finishing fourth in the 800.

Will Eden

Annapolis, junior

Few long-distance runners can turn it on like Eden. Slowed by a variety of back, hip and shin injuries for the first half of the season, Eden announced his return by winning the county title in the 3,200 in 9:49.6 - a time that eclipsed the previous county record of 9:51.3 set by Old Mills' Mark Hendrix in 1980. Eden completed the 3,200 sweep by winning at the region (10:30.2) and state (9:48.62) championships. This is his third straight appearance on the All-County team.

A.J. Lee

Southern, senior

After running with Andrew Peresta, last spring's All-Metro Performer of the Year, Lee put his learning to the test. Lee proved to be an adept student, as he was the only athlete to win two first-place medals in individual events at the county championships. Lee took the 55 in 6.4 seconds and the high jump with a mark of 6 feet. Lee repeated the feat at the Class 3A-2A Central Region meet, winning the 55 (6.5 seconds) and the high jump (5 feet, 10 inches).

Anthony Littlejohn

Old Mill, senior

Littlejohn collected his first indoor state crown when he won the 1,600 in 4:28.44. Littlejohn, who lost to North County's Joe Wojciechowski in the 1,600 at the region meet, successfully retained the county title he captured last season by crossing the finish line in 4:35.9. Littlejohn, who is making his third straight appearance on the All-County team, was fourth in the 800 at the county and region championships.

Brian Parker

Archbishop Spalding, senior

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