Tony Cole

Oakland Mills' Tony Cole (Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / March 22, 2004)

BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Tony Cole

Oakland Mills, senior


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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.


BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Garfield Thompson

Mervo

Thompson had big shoes to fill when he agreed to replace Freddie Hendricks, who retired on his own accord. To make matters more difficult, Mervo was reeling from the graduation of more than a dozen athletes who helped the team place second at last spring's Class 4A state outdoor championships. So how did the Mustangs respond? Like champions.

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.


BOYS FIRST TEAM

Ronald Bias

Woodlawn, senior

He capped an undefeated campaign in the high jump by winning the Class 4A-3A state crown with a mark of 6 feet, 2 inches. Bias never dipped below six feet as he won the high jump at the Baltimore County (6-2) and Class 4A-3A Central regional (6-0) championships. Bias, who also took the 55 hurdles at the county (7.9 seconds) and regional (7.6) levels, has drawn interest from Ohio State and McDaniel College.

Barshied Bowman

C. Milton Wright, junior

Bowman continued his school's tradition of strong middle distance runners. Despite competing in Harford County, where indoor track is not recognized as an official sport, Bowman scored victories in the 800 at the Class 4A-3A Central regional (2:09.6) and the state (2:00.38) championships.

Julius Coleman

Mervo, junior