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All-Metro boys track: First team

Kenneth AndollPoly He's been one of the area's top hurdlers for the past few seasons. The senior came through for Poly in the 110-meter hurdles at the state meet. After taking second in the Class 2A North regional, Andoll won the state meet in 14.66 seconds. He also ran what's believed to be the fastest time in that event this spring with his 14.50 in the preliminary round of the regionals. He lost in the finals by one-one hundredth of a second.

Jabulani BlydenGilman The senior helped a strong and balanced Gilman team win Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association titles in the regular-season and championship meets. He battled with fellow All-Metro pick Justin Gross from McDonogh in the 110 and 300 hurdles at the MIAA title meet. Blyden beat him in the 300 (38.60) by just .07 seconds and lost in the 110 by .75. Blyden also helped out the Greyhounds by running on some relay teams.

Dmitri BranfordAnnapolis Branford was one of the few local athletes to break 50 feet in the shot put in the outdoor season. He also turned in one of the best performances of the season at just the right time. The senior won the Class 3A state championships with a throw of 53 feet, 3 inches winning the title by more than four feet. Branford's state meet throw was a huge improvement over the Class 3A East meet, where Branford came in second with 46-9.5.

Tommy ButlerF.S. Key Butler clearly became one of the state's top high jumpers this year. He won the Class 2A West regional easily with a jump of 6-6. The junior got to that height again in the state meet, but it only got him a tie for second place in Class 2A. Tristan Benton of North Point edged out Butler and John Taylor of Kent Island, who also finished at 6-6. Butler began the postseason by helping the Eagles to their second straight Carroll County title, winning the high jump at 6-4.

G. ChambersArchbishop Curley George Chambers went undefeated in the 100 and 200, running some of the area's top times. The junior also won all three events at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship meet. The 100 and 200 are both sprints, but it takes a different type of speed to take the 400, and Chambers set a meet record (48.02). He has been selected to represent the United States in the Caribbean Scholastic Games in Puerto Rico this month.

John DavenportLoyola He's become one of the most versatile and effective sprinters in the area. But his biggest problem was that he had to face fellow All-Metro sprinter George Chambers of Curley in the MIAA meet. Davenport turned in strong performances in the 100, 200 and 400 that day, but lost to Chambers in each of those races. The most interesting race was the 400, in which Chambers set a meet record while winning (48.02), but Davenport also topped the previous record (48.66) despite taking second.

A. DrumgooleDigital Harbor He's been a strong sprinter throughout his high school career, but the senior put it all together in his final season. Anthony Drumgoole won the Class 1A 100 in an impressive 10.93 seconds, one of the few runners in the state to break the 11-second barrier. Drumgoole also came back later that day to win the 200 in 22.36. He scored 20 of the team's 24 points at the state meet. Drumgoole will soon make official his commitment to Morgan State.

Shannon GloverMeade Glover played a big role in Meade winning the Class 3A state title (the Mustangs were later stripped of the title due to having an ineligible athlete). The Mustangs were battling with Westlake late on the final day when Glover came through with a discus throw of 152-7 to win the event by 13 feet and give Meade 10 crucial points. The senior, who is headed to Bowie State next year, won the Anne Arundel County crown with a throw of 160-5, taking that title by more than 25 feet.

Justin GrossMcDonogh The junior again showed why he's one of the most versatile track and field athletes in the area. At the MIAA championship meet, Gross just about did it all. He won the triple jump (45-8), set a meet record in taking the long jump (22-9) and also captured the 110 hurdles. Gross also was second in the 300 hurdles, losing by .07 of a second to Jabulani Blyden from Gilman. His versatility is what made him so valuable.

Matt JablonskiLoyola The sophomore is quietly becoming one of the state's top distance runners. His versatility allows him to find success in races that call for speed (800 meters) and races that are longer distances (1,600). Jablonski ran one of the top times in the state (4:18.34) in the 1,600 and set an MIAA record at the conference meet while doing it. He also ran a 1:58.7 earlier in the season in the 800, also in the top tier of times for that race.

Sean KshimetskiChesapeake-AA The senior didn't have the best luck at the recent state meet. Kshimetski turned in a spectacular performance in the pole vault, clearing 14 feet. But he found himself locked into a battle with Thomas Johnson's Erick Artusio, who set a Class 4A and state record with his winning vault of 15-2. That left Kshimetski in second place. But it was a season of improvement for the senior because he reached more than 13 feet four times during the indoor season.

Brendan MoralesWestminster Morales again gave the Owls plenty of points in both the shot put and discus. He threw 54-11 in the state meet to finish third in Class 4A - but that would have given him first place in the other three classes. Morales took fourth in the state, again versus a very tough field, with a throw of 155-5 in the discus. The senior had won the shot put at the Class 4A North regional meet the week before and took second in the discus.

Craig MorganRiver Hill The senior finished his high school career with another solid season. He won the 800 at the Howard County meet in 1:59.73, the only runner to break two minutes. Morgan also was second in the 1,600 and third in the 3,200. After that, he swept all three races in the Class 2A South regional meet. Then in the state meet, Morgan took second in the 1,600 and 3,200, losing twice to Elkton's Luke Arbuckle. Morgan ran on the victorious 3,200 relay team and captured the 800 on the final day in 1:56.

Steve WaitheLoch Raven Waithe had a strong season but really came on late to become one of the area's best in the triple jump. The sophomore swept the Baltimore County, Class 2A North regional and the state meets. His top effort came in the state meet when he won the Class 2A division in 46-9.25, edging out Joshua Bair of Mount Hebron (45-6). Waithe hit that big jump his first time and then hung on. His second-best jump that day (45-6.5) also would have won the state title.

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