All-carroll County Indoor Track

March 09, 2004|By EDWARD LEE

BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Tim Wunderlich

North Carroll, junior

The repeat All-County choice parlayed a silver-medal performance at the National AAU Junior Olympics Decathlon last summer into multiple gold-medal efforts this winter. At the county championships, Wunderlich was first in the high jump (6 feet), the shot put (46 feet, 10.25 inches) and the pole vault (11 feet). He was also second in the 55 hurdles.

In the Chesapeake Division at the Monocacy Valley Athletic League championships, Wunderlich took the 55 hurdles (8.3 seconds), the shot put (45 feet, 7.25 inches) and the pole vault (11 feet). He won the shot put (45 feet, 8.25 inches) at the Class 3A-2A West meet and qualified for the state championships by placing in the top four in the 55 hurdles, high jump and pole vault.

Although he did not advance to the finals of the 55 hurdles at the state meet, Wunderlich was second in the pole vault, fourth in the shot put and fifth in the high jump. "Before, he was just a shot putter and a hurdler," said South Carroll coach Rob Pennington. "He's probably right now the most well-rounded track athlete in the county."

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Paul Burnside

Winters Mill

Burnside wasn't sure what to expect from a Falcons program that had finished third at the county championships last season and had just three weeks to prepare for this winter's championship meet. What he witnessed was the birth of a potential powerhouse. Winters Mill claimed six of the 13 events at the county championships, including victories in the 55, 300, 500 and 800 and two of three relays.

Burnside, who usually coaches the sprint corps, found plenty of quick learners in athletes like Joe Taylor, Chris Stinnette and Ndang Azang-Njaah. Developing a core of long-distance runners is one of Burnside's priorities, but the Falcons still won the county title by a whopping 43 points.

"Did we expect to go out there and make a statement? It was nice that we did," Burnside said. "But we're still a very young team. ... Who knows what can happen in one year. Things can change." That's why Burnside is telling the seven juniors, 14 sophomores and two freshmen on the roster to keep working for the future.

BOYS TEAM

Ndang Azang-Njaah

Winters Mill, sophomore

Azang-Njaah took home three first-place medals from the county championships. He was first in the 55 (6.62 seconds) and ran a leg on the 800 relay squad that finished in 1 minute, 38.59 seconds, nipping the previous county record of 1:38.80 set by South Carroll in 2002. He also contributed to the winning 1,600 relay team that finished in 3:50.12.

Michael Burke

Century, senior

Overshadowed somewhat by Wunderlich, Burke continued to flourish in the shot put. After winning the event at the Linganore Invitational with a toss of 47 feet, 11.5 inches and the Piedmont Division of the MVAL championships with a throw of 48 feet, 11 inches, Burke placed third (46 feet, 9.5 inches) at the Class 2A-1A West meet. Burke wrapped up his campaign by finishing fourth (46 feet, 4 inches) in the shot put at the state championships.

Phil Diven

South Carroll, senior

Diven made his third straight appearance on the All-County team by winning twice at the county championships. His time of 4:39.56 in the 1,600 shattered the previous county record of 4:46.1 set by Westminster's Andy Hayes in 2002, and he also won the 3,200 (10:52.5). Despite placing fifth in the 1,600 at the Class 2A-1A West meet, Diven qualified for the event at the state championships, where he finished second (4:38.55).

Carl Henn

Liberty, junior

After a brilliant cross country campaign, Henn had moderate success on the track. Third in the 1,600 at the county championships, Henn made his presence known on the Lions' 3,200 relay squad, which won the county title with a time of 9:12.4. Although the team faltered at the Class 2A-1A West and state championships, Henn's endurance helped Liberty set a school record of 8:57.6 at the state meet.

Bryan Mull

Liberty, junior

Asked to concentrate solely on the 3,200, Mull never strayed from his focus. He was third in the 3,200 at the county (10:53.02) and region (10:41.9) championships. Mull placed fourth in the 3,200 (10:45.87) at the state meet. His best performance on the championships level was a runner-up showing (10:48.7) in the Chesapeake Division at the MVAL championships.

Zach Reeser

Century, senior

Though he competed in the 300 at times - including tying for second in the event at the Holiday Invitational - Reeser's main event was the 55 hurdles. After finishing second in the hurdles at the Dickinson Invitational, the repeat All-County pick turned in a record-setting outing at the county championships. His time of 7.95 seconds broke the previous record of 8.26 seconds set by Francis Scott Key's Adam Safley in 2002.

Dave Robertson

Winters Mill, junior

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