Co-PERFORMERS OF THE YEAR
Shane Stroup, River Hill
Stroup finished first in every event he entered at the county, region andstate level. A junior, he earned 40 of the Hawks' 48 points, more than enoughto earn the Class 3A-2A team championship. He set state Class 3A records inwinning the 500 meters (1:06.6), 800 (1:58.1) and 1,600 (4:21.5), and the3,200 relay team set a record (8:14.0) regardless of classification. Stroupwas one of nine runners invited to participate in the high school mile at theMillrose Games in New York. He finished eighth (4:24.18). He also ran at theVirginia Tech Invitational and had personal-best times in the 1,600 (4:16.62)and 500 (1:05.8). He recently finished fifth in the mile (4:18.56) at the NikeIndoor Classic at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
Kyle Farmer, Oakland Mills
One of the top sprinters in the country, Farmer is headed to the University of Florida on scholarship and hopes to be running in Athens, Greece for the2004 Olympics. After earning county and region titles in the 55-meter dash and300 - and helping the Scorpions' 800- and 1,600-meter relay teams to victory -Farmer earned Class 2A-1A state titles in the 55 (6.38) and 300 (33.90), intimes recognized as among the best in the country. At the New Balance Trackand Field Indoor Championships in New York two weekends ago, Farmer was thirdin both the 60 (6.87) and 200 (21.61). He was named Howard County's topperformer three straight years, and earned the Iron Man award at the HowardCounty championships four consecutive times.
Sam Singleton, Oakland Mills
Since taking over the boys team in 1993, Oakland Mills has won five indoorstate titles (as well as seven outdoor state championships). He has beenhonored as Howard County's indoor Coach of the year three straight seasons.Singleton's magic is that he gets the most out of his athletes in a relaxedway. His message is simple: work hard in practice and have fun at the meets.The Scorpions finished No. 1 in the Sun poll.
Patrick Bailey, C. Milton Wright
A first-team All-Metro cross country runner, the sophomore made everyonetake notice when he won the 3,200 meters at the Class 4A-3A state championshipwith a personal-best time of 9:36.90. Bailey, who also runs on the 3,200 relayteam, was just about unbeatable this season.
Gary Bates, Randallstown
A senior high jumper, Bates cleared a personal-best 6 feet 10 at the WestSide Invitational, and also earned county and regional titles before winingthe Class 3A-2A state championship at 6-6. Bates also won at the PangaeaInvitational.
Andy Kuchera, Westminster
The senior pole vaulter was named top performer in Carroll County afterearning county, region and Central Maryland Conference titles before finishingsecond (12 feet) at the state meet. He also won at the Pangaea Invitationaland the Carroll Indoor Invitational. He cleared a personal-best 13-3 at theregionals.
Jeremy Moore, Broadneck
After winning shot put titles at the Anne Arundel County (55 feet 10 3/4 )and regional (51-3 3/4 ) meets, the 6-foot-1, 295- pound Hawaii nativefinished second in the 4A-3A state competition with a toss of 56-7. A senior,Moore won three straight Anne Arundel county titles.
Antonio Thomas, Woodlawn
Despite an injured hamstring, Thomas still managed to take fourth in the300 meters and fifth in the 500 at the Class 4A-3A state championships. Asenior, Thomas won the 500 (1:06.68) at the Pangaea Invitational, andBaltimore County titles in the 300 and 500. At regionals, Thomas won the 300and was second in the 500.
Matt Waranius, Chesapeake-AA
Waranius was the only individual state champion from Anne Arundel County,winning the Class 4A-3A high jump title at 6 feet 8. Named Performer of theYear in Anne Arundel County, Waranius, a senior, set a county meet record at6-6 and also won the regional title.
Chris Wright, Mount St. Joseph
Wright earned MIAA championships in the mile (4:36.6) and two-mile (MIAArecord 9:54.3) and was second in the 3,000 meters at the Pangaea Invitational.A junior, Wright, who was named co-top performer for All-Baltimore City/Countyalong with his teammate, Nick Wright, took second in the 1,600 meters (4:43)at the Dickinson Invitational.
Nick Wright, Mount St. Joseph
A senior hurdler and high jumper, Wright won high jump titles at theDickinson Invitational and MIAA championships. Named co-Performer of the Yearfor All-Baltimore City/County with Chris Wright (no relation), Wright ran aseason-best 7.5 seconds before winning titles at the MIAA championships andboth versions of the Dickinson Invitational.