All-Metro boys track: First team

Graham Bazell Atholton

The senior won the Class3A state title in cross country in the fall, then capped his winter season with strong performances in the big meets. Bazell swept the 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the Howard County championships and the Class 3A East regional meet. He nipped teammate Michael Lynch by less than a second in the 3,200 both times before finishing second to him at the state meet.

George Chambers Archbishop Curley

The junior won the 300 at the MIAA championship meet in a record time of 34.83 seconds. Chambers also won the 55 and 300 at the Dartmouth Relays and took the 400 at the Dickinson Invitational. He won the 300 at the Frostbite Invite. Chambers helps out on various relay teams, as well.

John Davenport Loyola

Davenport excelled in various races for Loyola. The senior ran well in the 55, 300, 400 and 500 meters and proved to be one of the metro area's top longjumpers. His versatility was a huge help to the Dons.

Marcus Davis Arundel

The senior high jumper came through for the Wildcats in the big meets. Davis won the Anne Arundel County championship with a jump of 6 feet, 2 inches. He did the same thing in the Class 4A Central regional meet. Davis turned in another strong performance at the state meet, but he didn't get the same result. His jump of 6-0 landed him in third place, behind Owen Cain of Gaithersburg and Linganore's Richard Graham, both of whom went 6-2.

Michael Houston Poly

He played a big role in helping the Engineers take the Baltimore City and Class 2A Central regional titles and finish second at the state meet. Houston runs sprints and relays as well as giving the Engineers points in the high jump if needed. The senior won the 500 at the state championship and took third in the 300 there.

Sean Kshimetski Chesapeake-AA

He was consistent throughout the season and performed especially well in the big meets. Kshimetski easily won the Class 4A Central region with a vault of 13-3 after taking second to Ryan Sullivan of Southern in the Anne Arundel County meet (13-0). The senior posted a strong third-place finish, going 13-0 at the state meet. Kshimetski reached 13feet or higher at least four times, the best in the metro area this winter.

Michael Lynch Atholton

The sophomore always hung right with teammate Graham Bazell and gave Atholton a formidable 1-2 duo in cross country and again indoors. Lynch took it to another level at the Class3A state meet, in which he avenged two close losses to Bazell in the 3,200 at the Howard County and Class 3A East regional meets. Lynch won the title by beating Bazell and setting a class and state record (9:25.53).

Derek Mitchell Cardinal Gibbons

The senior picked the right time to run his best race. He pulled off the impressive feat of beating George Chambers from Archbishop Curley and John Davenport of Loyola at the MIAA championship meet. Mitchell's winning time was 6.48 seconds. He had won in the preliminaries that night also and was one of the MIAA's best sprinters all season.

Brendan Morales Westminster

He was again the metro area's best in the shot put this winter. The senior won at the Carroll County, MVAL Chesapeake Conference and Class4A East meets. Morales capped his season by taking third at the state meet.

Craig Morgan River Hill

Coming off an outstanding cross country season in which he won the Class 2A state title, Morgan continued his winning ways indoors. Morgan pulled off the impressive double of winning the 1,600 (setting a class record with a time of 4:21.96) and 3,200 at the state meet. The senior escaped the shadow of other big-name runners in Howard County and developed into one of the state's top distance runners.

Lance Wilkes Western Tech

The senior played a huge role in helping the Wolverines win the Baltimore County, Class1A Central regional and state titles - just as they did outdoors last spring. Wilkes had to step up as Western Tech lost some key performers from last spring's title team. At the title meet this winter, Wilkes had a hand in 36 of the team's 69 points.

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