BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
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.
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR
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
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.
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.
The Baltimore City/County Performer of the Year was versatile enough to run the 500, 800 or 1,600. In the 800, Coleman claimed crowns in the Class 3A-2A Central regional (2:02.2) and state (2:00.79) championships. Coleman won the 1,600 at the Baltimore City (4:45.3) and regional (4:38.8) levels.
Also a first-team pick last season, he repeated as state champion in the 3,200. Eden's time of 9:49.6 at the Anne Arundel County championships was a meet record. Eden then picked up victories at the Class 4A-3A East regional (10:30.2) and the state (9:48.62) meets.
The two-time All-Metro pick, who won a state crown in the 500 last season, swept the 500 and 800 at the Howard County, Class 2A-1A East regional and state championships. His time of 1:05.65 in the 500 at the state meet was a 2A state record. Graybeal was the only athlete in any classification at the state championships to break the two-minute barrier (1:59.49).
Calvert Hall, senior
Four years of learning and refining his technique in the pole vault came to a satisfying end for Hritz, who boasted an undefeated season in the pole vault this winter. Hritz, who spent part of his summer attending week-long pole vault camps, capped an unblemished campaign by clearing 12 feet, 6 inches at the MIAA championships.
He dabbled in the 800, high jump and 3,200 relay, but Jones excelled in the 55 hurdles. His victory in the 55 hurdles in 7.4 seconds at the Anne Arundel County championships tied a meet record. Jones, the Anne Arundel County Performer of the Year, won the 55 hurdles at the Class 4A-3A East regional (7.4) and the state (7.48) meets.
He averaged 42 feet in the shot put last spring, but improved technique helped Jones reach new distances. He scored victories in the shot put at the Baltimore City (47 feet, 3 inches) and Class 2A-1A Central regional (48-11 1/2 ) championships. Jones finished third at the state meet with an area-best throw of 48-10 1/4 .
He cemented his All-Metro status by sweeping the 500 at the Baltimore City (1:10.0), Class 3A-2A Central regional (1:07.2) and state championships. Lynch's winning time of 1:05.95 was a 3A state record. Lynch also claimed the 300 at the Baltimore City (38.1 seconds) and regional (37.4) levels and took the city title in the 800 (2:05.0).
He forged back-to-back undefeated campaigns in the 1,600 in MIAA competition. Thomas won an MIAA championship in the 1,600 in 4:33. He also ran a leg of the 3,200 relay squad that finished first in 8:23. Thomas' best performance occurred at an open invitational at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, where he recorded an area-best time of 4:22.87 in the 1,600.
North Carroll, junior
He was the only athlete to qualify for four individual events at the state championships. Although he didn't advance to the finals of the 55 hurdles at the Class 3A-2A level, Wunderlich placed second in the pole vault (12 feet), fourth in the shot put (48-5 1/2 ) and fifth in the high jump (6-0). The Carroll County Performer of the Year claimed those same three events at the county championships and took a West regional crown in the shot put (45-8 1/4 ).
Mike Adams, Mount St. Joseph, Senior
Andrew Corddry, Annapolis, Senior
Joe Dillard, Perry Hall, Junior
Samuel Henry, Woodlawn, Senior
Darrius Heyward-Bey, McDonogh, Junior
A.J. Lee, Southern-AA, Senior
Anthony Littlejohn, Old Mill, Senior
George Panniell, Calvert Hall, Senior
Brian Parker, Arch. Spalding, Senior
Phil Taylor, Mt. St. Joseph, Senior
Joe Wojciechowski, North County, Senior
Cedric Zellner, Arch. Spalding, Junior
Note: Teams selected by Edward Lee after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.
1. Mount St. Joseph
2. Old Mill
4. Calvert Hall
5. Oakland Mills
10. Archbishop Spalding
Other teams considered: Archbishop Curley, Arundel, C. Milton Wright, North Carroll, Southern-AA.