Boys track: First team

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Graham Bazell, Atholton

Bazell spent much of the winter training to stay in shape after a stress fracture of his ankle sidelined the junior. But Bazell came back strong this spring, looking as good as ever in the 3,200, which he won in the Class 3A division of the state meet.

He took an early lead in that race and Bazell held on against rival Joey Thompson of Howard to capture the race in 9 minutes, 18.69 seconds. It avenged a loss to Thompson in the Howard County title meet.

Pat Boyle, Calvert Hall

The senior was one of the state's top performers in the shot put during the winter, and it was more of the same in the spring. He was again dominant for the Cardinals and easily won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship with a throw of 57 feet, 2 inches.

That gave the Temple-bound Boyle a victory of nearly 7 feet over his brother, Sean.

Matthew Brinkley, Meade

He was part of a group of four athletes who helped carry Meade to a second straight outdoor state title. Brinkley, like teammates Justin Murdock, Anya Uzoh and Dahmar Smiles, helped the Mustangs with his versatility.

The senior showed that versatility at the state meet by taking second in the Class 3A 300 hurdles and the open 800. Brinkley also took fourth in the 110 hurdles.

Lane Clelland, McDonogh

He was one of the area's top performers in the discus this spring. Clelland's best effort came in the MIAA championship meet, where his throw of 148-10 gave him an easy victory. That throw was one of the best in the metro area this spring.

The senior had several throws in that range, including one that went 143-1 at the McDonogh Invitational. He's headed to Notre Dame in the fall to play football.

Jermol Dix, Western Tech

The senior capped an outstanding career with a strong performance at the state meet that carried the Wolverines to their first state title. Dix won the 300 hurdles (40.80) despite clipping the final hurdle and falling. He got up and lunged over the finish line to win. He also was second in the long jump and ran on the winning 1,600-meter relay team.

Dix's emergence was a big reason the Wolverines swept the Baltimore County, regional and state Class 1A titles. He is headed to UMES.

Anthony Drumgoole, Digital Harbor

The junior helped carry DigitalHarbor to a second-place finish inthe Class 1A state meet. Drumgoolemissed the Baltimore City meet afterspraining his knee, an injurythat limited him in the regional thefollowing week.

But Drumgoole was back ontrack in the state meet, winningthe 100 (10.98) and 200 (22.06) andrunning on the first-place 400 and800 relay teams.

Eric Franklin, Archbishop Curley

The Friars needed all of Franklin'shelp to edge Mount St. Josephand repeat as the MIAA champion.Franklin won the 100 hurdles(14.85), took fourth in the 300 hurdlesand sixth in the 100.

The junior was undefeated in the110 hurdles this spring and ran onthe MIAA record-setting 800 relayteam. He is being recruited by anumber of Division I schools forfootball.

Corey Fuller, Woodlawn

He's been ranked among the nation'sbest in the triple jumpthroughout his senior year, andFuller stepped up in the big eventsthis spring. His recorded the area'sbest, 47-10.5, at the Penn Relays.

Fuller then captured the Class 4Astate title with a mark of 46-11.25,giving him a margin of victory ofmore than 2 feet. He will be goingto Kansas in the fall.

Dorian Johnson, Mount St. Joseph

He helped the Gaels push ArchbishopCurley at the MIAA championshipmeet as Mount St. Josephwas second, just three points behindthe Friars. Johnson won thelong jump (22-0.75) and took secondin the triple jump (45-3), narrowlylosing to McDonogh's Justin Gross.(45.4.5).

Johnson, a junior, was one of thearea's top performers in both of theevents throughout the spring, justas he was during the indoor season.

Sumanth Kuppali, Perry Hall

The senior had shown flashes ofhis talent the past few years intrack and cross country, but hebroke through in the fall and becameone of the area's dominantrunners this spring.

Kuppali won the 800 (1:57.53)and 1,600 (4:30.40) at the BaltimoreCounty meet. He came in second inthe Class 4A 1,600 at the state meetand third in the 3,200.

Shawn Myers, Perry Hall

The pole vaulter followed up hisindoor state championship withanother state title this spring. Thesenior captured the Class 4A crownwith an impressive vault of 14-6,which was the best vault in any ofthe four classes at the state meet.

That followed a victory at theBaltimore County meet, where hisvault of 13-6 gave him an easy win.

Dahmar Smiles, Meade

He did a little bit of everything tohelp Meade win another state titlethis spring. Smiles won the Class 3A110 hurdles in 14.27 by taking thelead midway through the race andpulling away late to edge out ZachRay of Huntingtown -- who hadbeaten him in the preliminaries.

Smiles took third in the 300 hurdlesand fourth in the 400. The senioralso helped the Mustangs byrunning on the second-place 800 relayteam.

Joey Thompson, Howard

The senior continued to be one ofthe area's top distance runners,aided by the signature kick that lefthis opponents behind. He used it tobeat rival Graham Bazell of Atholtonin the 3,200 at the HowardCounty title meet.

Thompson won the 1,600(4:20.74) in the Class 3A state titlemeet and nearly caught Bazell inthe 3,200 with a flat-out sprint onthe final lap. He finished second,less than one second behind him.

Anya Uzoh, Meade

The versatile senior was one ofcoach Nigel Holder's "Four Horsemen,"who led the Mustangs to asecond straight outdoor state title(they also won the indoor statecrown this past winter).

Uzoh was able to score points ina number of ways. He won theClass 3A high jump (6-2) at the statemeet and finished sixth in the 400.Uzoh also ran on the 800 relayteam that finished second.

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