Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

May 19, 2004

BOYS

Greg Rodgers

St. Paul's, golf

After sinking an 8-foot birdie putt to tie teammate Tyler Bare on the 18th hole at Woodholme Country Club on May 10, the senior sank a 5-foot birdie putt on the first sudden-death playoff hole to win an unprecedented third Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association golf championship. His three-day total of 219 set an MIAA record.

An opening-round 77 left Rodgers six strokes behind, and he was two stokes back after a 73 the second day. But he shot a final day 4-under-par 69, helped by six birdies - three on the front nine.

Rodgers, who has a 3.4 grade point average, represented the United States at the junior world team championships in Japan last summer, and has been ranked as high as ninth nationally by Golf Week for 18-and-under players.

He will attend Notre Dame on a golf scholarship.

GIRLS

Kelli Buck

C. M. Wright, track and field

The reigning Harford County Performer of the Year ignited the No. 3 Mustangs' run to their fifth straight county championship.

Buck, who won three titles at last year's county championships, bettered that mark by claiming four crowns last week. On Thursday, the junior took the 3,200 meter race in 11 minutes, 38 seconds and teamed with junior Leah Estremera and sophomores Danielle Burcham and Megan Ravenscraft to win the 3,200 relay in 10:00. The following day, Buck posted victories in the 800 in 2:22.17 and the 1,600 in 5:16.

Buck, a two-time All-Metro selection in cross country, earned an All-Metro honor in track last spring after winning the 1,600 at the Class 4A state championships in 5:06.5.

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

Nominate athletes

The Sun accepts nominations for its Athletes of the Week on Sundays, 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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