All - Metro Boys Track And Filed

June 10, 2005

Darrius Heyward-Bey

McDonogh

There were several reasons the University of Maryland football team recruited -- and eventually signed -- Heyward-Bey. The senior showed off soft hands, ran precise routes and demonstrated an impressive leaping ability.

But perhaps Heyward-Bey's greatest asset was his burst of speed. That attribute was on full display this spring as Heyward-Bey anointed himself as the area's top sprinter in track and field.

He opened the season at the Morgan State Invitational, where he claimed the 100-meter dash in 10.78 seconds and defeated a field that included eventual Class 3A state titlist Orlando Brown of Mervo.

After helping the Eagles' 400-relay squad cross the finish line in 44.14 to place second in its heat at the Penn Relays, Heyward-Bey turned his attention to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championships.

At that meet, he not only successfully defended the 100 and 200 crowns that he had won last year, but he also established new MIAA records in both events. His time of 10.3 in the 100 eclipsed the previous record of 10.60 set by Calvert Hall's Alan McDavid in 1999.

Heyward-Bey's time of 21.1 in the 200 shattered the previous mark of 21.65 established by Heyward-Bey himself last spring. Both times -- when converted from hand-held to automatic -- are ranked in the top 30 nationally, according to dyestat.com. His time of 21.34 in the 200 is tied for 23rd, while his time of 10.54 in the 100 is tied for 30th.

Heyward-Bey, who also ran a leg of the 800-relay squad that won in 1 minute, 31.8 seconds, was selected as the Baltimore County Performer of the Year and is making his second straight appearance on the All-Metro team.

Jeffrey Tolson and Lutalo Bakari

Digital Harbor

Digital Harbor was previously known as Southern, and the school had woven itself into the fabric of Baltimore City since 1910. During that span, the Bulldogs captured three state championships - all of them in boys basketball (1993, 1994 and 1996). The Rams of Digital Harbor still cherish that tradition, but they may have started one of their own in track and field this year.

After the school changed its name this past fall, the Rams commemorated the event by winning the Class 2A-1A Central region title in indoor track - Digital Harbor's or Southern's first in the sport.

This spring, the Rams continued to raise their expectations. After placing second to 12-time city titlist Mervo at the city championships, Digital Harbor claimed the Class 1A South regional crown and the coveted state title - another first in school history. Armed with just 20 boys, Tolson and Bakari shaped the group into a hard-working, single-minded corps eager to flex their muscles outside of the city.

At the state meet, the Rams scored at least one point in 10 of 18 events and four points or more in six events.

Orlando Brown

Mervo

The senior swept the 200 at the Baltimore City, Class 3A North regional and state levels. Brown posted times of 22.42, 21.6 and 22.17 seconds in the 200 at the city, region and state championships, respectively. His time of 21.6 at the regional meet is the second-fastest recorded by an area athlete this spring.

Brown also collected crowns in the 100 at the regional (10.6) and state (11.17) meets. With Brown, the Mustangs' 400-relay squad was first at the city (42.78), regional (43.1) and state (42.76) championships.

Brown ran a leg of the 400-relay team that won its heat at the Penn Relays (43.38 seconds). He is being recruited by Maryland, Coppin State and South Carolina State.

Matthew Centrowitz

Broadneck

The sophomore took the 3,200 at the Bob Golliday Invitational with a time of 9 minutes, 31.2 seconds. At the Anne Arundel County championships, Centrowitz claimed the 3,200 crown with a time of 9:36.8 and ran a leg of the 3,200-relay squad that won in 8:14.4.

He repeated that effort at the Class 4A East regional meet (9:40.5 in the 3,200 and 8:26.1 in the 3,200 relay). At the state meet, the Anne Arundel County Performer of the Year gamely challenged Walter Johnson's Andrew Jesien for the 3,200 title before placing second. His time of 9:23.30 is the fastest registered by an area athlete.

Lamar Clayton

Havre de Grace

The senior opened the postseason with victories in the 110 high hurdles (14.88 seconds), 300 intermediate hurdles (39.58) and triple jump (43 feet, 8 1/2 inches) at the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championships.

Clayton found similar success at the Class 1A North regional meet, capturing the 110 hurdles in 14.15, the 300 hurdles in 40.01 and the triple jump with a mark of 44 feet.

The Harford County Performer of the Year won the 110 hurdles in 15.25 and the triple jump with a leap of 43-8 1/2 and ran a leg of the triumphant 400-relay team that crossed the line in 44.71. His time in the 110 hurdles at the regionals is the second-fastest posted by an area athlete.

Julius Coleman

Mervo

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