Performer of the YearNick Hruch, Liberty
The versatile junior captured the 800 at the Carroll County (a record time of 2 minutes, 5.6 seconds) and Monocacy Valley Athletic League Piedmont Division championships and ran the anchor leg of the 3,200-relay squad that swept titles at the county, MVAL, Class 2A-1A West regional and state levels.
Hruch won the high jump at the county (a record 6 feet, 4 inches), MVAL (6-4) and regional (6-3) meets before placing second in the event at the state championships.
Coach of the YearRobert Ward, Liberty
The Lions have tasted success in cross country, collecting three state crowns in the fall. Getting the track and field program to reach similar heights was a developing process, but the athletes at Liberty proved to be quick students.
The team won the county title, the school's first in indoor track and field. The Lions followed that achievement with a victory at the regional championships before finishing second at the state meet.
The teamName School Class
Erik Adami North Carroll Junior
Issa Connell North Carroll Soph.
Nick Hruch Liberty Junior
Aaron Kennedy Winters Mill Senior
Josh Kusnick Century Senior
Eric Liberatore Liberty Soph.
John Lopez Westminster Junior
Chris Molloy Westminster Senior
Alex Paczynski Liberty Senior
Jared Welsh F.S. Key Junior
Jordan Wike Winters Mill Senior
Brad Williams Liberty Senior
Note // Teams selected by Edward Lee after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.