Player of the Year: Matthew Centrowitz, Broadneck
He didn't run in as many open races as in seasons past, but there was no doubt Centrowitz was the area's top performer this spring.
He locked up that distinction with spectacular performances in big races. The Oregon-bound senior turned a lot of heads when he won the 1,600 meters at the prestigious Penn Relays earlier this spring in a meet-record time of 4 minutes, 8.38 seconds. Centrowitz then won the 3,000 (8:20.09) in the fastest time since the mid-1980s.
He set a Class 4A and state record by winning the 1,600 in 4:04.09, drawing a huge ovation from the crowd at Morgan State.
He also won three state titles in cross country and is perhaps the best distance runner of all time in Maryland.
Coach of the Year: Nigel Holder, Meade
Holder helped turn a small group of Meade athletes into a dominant championship team this spring. The Mustangs had only 12 boys, yet posted 57 points to win the Class 4A state title.
Holder put the right people in the right spots - and didn't stick with athletes in only one area. He had Terry Marshall in the shot put and discus, Malik Zafar in the distance races, Matthew Brinkley and others in hurdles plus some good relays.
This group became a team, one that routed the field at the Class 4A East regional. The 12 athletes carried momentum from that performance to the state meet and beat highly touted Eleanor Roosevelt by eight points.
They celebrated by running a lap around the Morgan State track with the state championship trophy held high.
Erik Adami, North Carroll
The senior showed what a versatile track and field athlete could do for a team. Adami captured first place in the pole vault, high jump and discus to help the Panthers to their first Carroll County title. He also finished third in the shot put at the meet.
Adami won the high jump and pole vault at both the Class 3A North regional and the state meet.
Zach Brown, Wilde Lake
A standout in three sports, Brown closed out his high school career with another fine season this spring. The senior gave the Wildecats a huge boost this season after being an All-Metro pick in football and earning Wrestler of the Year honors.
He won the 100 and 200 in the Howard County and the Class 3A East regional meets. Brown also helped on relays and finished second in Class 3A in the 100 and fourth in the 200. He's headed for Hargrave and then Maryland to play football.
Makula Compton, Gilman
Compton was a workhorse for the Greyhounds this year. He ran relays and did sprints, hurdles and field events - whatever coach Johnnie Foreman needed.
The senior won the 400 at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championships and finished second in three other events. He finished second in the long jump, losing to Steve Paquin of Loyola by just three-quarters of an inch.
Anthony Drumsgoole, Digital Harbor
He was a big reason the Rams came in second in the state championships. The sophomore had a strong indoor season, earning second-team All-Metro honors, and did even better this spring.
He won the 100 and 200 at the Class 1A South regional championships after also sweeping the two events at the Baltimore City meet.
Drumsgoole then won the 200 at the state meet and finished second in the 100, as Digital Harbor hung near the top for much of the two days before taking second place behind Smithsburg.
Jamin Gallman, Poly
Gallman showed his toughness this season. He battled bronchitis for the final eight weeks of the season but still found ways to help Poly, which won the Class 2A-1A indoor state title and came in second this spring in Class 2A.
The senior started having trouble with bronchitis in early April and collapsed because of it while running the 400 at the Baltimore City meet. But Gallman bounced back with strong performances in the Class 2A North regional (winning the 400 and taking second in the 200). He then was second in the 400 at states and ran on the winning 1,600 relay team that broke a 22-year-old class record.
Quentin James, Reservoir
James played a big role for Reservoir this season and was one of the state's top hurdlers.
An All-Metro pick for indoor track, James won the 110 and the 300 hurdles at the Howard County championships, Class 2A South regional and state meets. The senior scored all of Reservoir's points at the state championships.
Kwame Johnson, Parkville
Johnson won two county titles in indoor track and fared even better outdoors.
The senior won the 200 in the Baltimore County championships and also ran on the first-place 800 relay team. He swept the 100 and 200 at the Class 4A North regionals and then competed against Justin Murdock of Glen Burnie, one of the state's top sprinters, at the state meet. Johnson came in second to Murdock in the 100, but beat him to win the 200 and record the best performance in that event in all four classes.
Terry Marshall, Meade
Marshall was a major factor in Meade winning its first state championship. The senior finished second in the shot put and won the discus, helping the Mustangs edge Eleanor Roosevelt for the crown.
Marshall was the only Mustang to win an event at the state meet. He also won the shot put and discus at the Class 4A East regional and Anne Arundel County meets.
Tom Meyer, Mount St. Joseph
Meyer did a little bit of everything for the Gaels this season. He anchored their 3,200 relay team in the MIAA championships as they set a new school record (8 minutes, 5 seconds).
The senior also broke the MIAA and school record in the same meet with a time of 1:55.42 in the 800. A team captain the past three years, he will attend West Point next year.
Justin Murdock, Glen Burnie
He was the Performer of the Year in indoor track and had another strong season outdoors.
Murdock ran the metro area's second-fastest time in the 100 this spring (10.60) at the Anne Arundel County championships. The senior then swept the 100 and 200 at the Class 4A East regional meet. Murdock also won the 100 at the state meet and came in a close third in the 200.
Andrew Revelle, Atholton
Revelle won the state championship in the 1,600, setting a Class 2A record with a time of 4:14.83.
Before that, the senior also won the 1,600 at the Class 2A East regional and Howard County meets, beating fellow All-Metro pick Joey Thompson of Howard both times. Revelle was third in the 3,200 at the county meet. He also won three state titles in cross country and was an All-Metro pick last fall.
Zach Roth, Franklin
Roth has become one of the area's most versatile performers, and he helped the Indians have a solid season.
At the Class 3A North regionals, the senior took second in the 800 and discus, and won the shot put. He came back a week later to finish fifth in the states in the 800. Roth also won the discus (142 feet, 9 inches).
Joey Thompson, Howard
The junior helped the Lions win a second straight Class 2A state outdoor championship. He won the 3,200 on the first day of competition and came back with two second-place finishes the second day (in the 800 and 1,600).
Thompson was consistent throughout the season. He won the 800 at the Howard County meet and took second in the 1,600 and 3,200. Thompson also did the same thing at the Class 2A East regional meet, helping Howard beat Hammond by 13 points.
Sam Wilson, South River
Despite slumping a little at the end, Wilson again was the top pole vaulter in the area.
The senior had the area's second-best vault of the season (13-7) at the Anne Arundel County championships. He took third in the Class 4A East regional meet and tied with Shawn Myers of Perry Hall for second in the state - teammate Cyrus Olsen won there and in the regional. All three had vaults of 13 feet.
Name, School, Class
Erik Anderson Archbishop Curley Senior
Graham Bazell Atholton Soph.
Brent Dawson Century Senior
John Lopez Westminster Senior
Jonathan McMaster Gilman Senior
Vincent Mercer Cardinal Gibbons Senior
Phil Moorehead Hammond Junior
Cyrus Olsen South River Senior
Ryan Stasiowski Loyola Senior
Justin Thomas Digital Harbor Senior
Nick Vonella Mount St. Joseph Senior
Henry Watts Old Mill Senior
Rob Wetzel Archbishop Spalding Senior
Artavius Williams Poly Senior
Malik Zafar Meade Senior
Note // Teams selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.
5. Digital Harbor
7. Archbishop Curley
8. Wilde Lake
Other teams considered // Fallston, Mervo, Mount St. Joseph, Pikesville, Western Tech.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun