Oakland Mills, senior
Cole collected four first-place medals at the Ivan Walker Howard County championships, winning the 55 (6.5 seconds) and the 300 (35.1) and running legs of the victorious 800 (1 minute, 33.6 seconds) and 1,600 relay (a meet-record 3:35.7). The two-time All-Metro selection walked away with four Class 2A-1A East regional titles in the 55 (6.6), 300 (37.50), 800 relay (1:39.8) and 1,600 relay (3:50.3).
Cole's crowning achievement occurred at the state championships, where his winning time of 6.35 in the 55 not only gave him his second straight state title in the event, but also eclipsed the previous Class 1A state record of 6.38 set by former Scorpion Kyle Farmer in 2001. Cole, who won the 300 (34.87), 800 relay (1:33.65) and 1,600 relay (3:31.84), is a two-time Howard County Performer of the Year.
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Under Thompson's guidance, Mervo swept the Baltimore City, Class 3A-2A Central regional and state titles. Although the state crown was the program's first since 1997, the city title was the Mustangs' sixth in a row - and ninth in the past 10 years - and the regional championship was the team's seventh in the past nine seasons.
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