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All-Metro boys track and field Coach of the Year: Johnnie Foreman, Gilman

For The Baltimore Sun

Gilman just missed claiming the indoor title, losing the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship to Mount Saint Joseph by 7.33 points, so the Greyhounds were fired up for the spring outdoor season. That was something longtime coach Johnnie Foreman liked to see.

Foreman's team rebounded and edged the Gaels by 4.5 points in this season's championship meet. Gilman won the regular-season title and finished a solid season with a big win in the title meet, led by athletes Ayende Watson ( All-Metro first team) and Tory Young (second team).

Foreman said this team was helped by the staff's dedication, and the way the coaches worked so well with the athletes. The family aspect of the team and the leadership of the older athletes proved a plus, and the cooperation of the parents also was key. Finally came the expectations they laid out at the start of the season.

"The indoor season gave the kids something to aim for," Foreman said. "They felt the outcome should have been different, and they wanted to prove themselves."

Foreman also gave credit to those assistants: Matt Tully, Joe Duncan, Cody Miles, Jeff Gouline, Robby Ford, Robbie Wright, Shane Smith, Khalil Uqdah, Chris Sheridan Toby Broadus and Alex DeWeese, saying they worked tirelessly with this group this spring.

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