Performer of the Year
Justin Murdock
Meade

The senior came to Meade this school year after a stellar junior season at Glen Burnie and picked up right where he left off.

Murdock helped No. 2 Meade win the Class 3A state championship. He came in second in both the 55- and 300-meter runs at the state meet.

He also ran on relays and then wrapped up his season in style at the recent National Scholastic meet in New York by taking second in the 55 and third in the 200. The versatile Murdock was ranked in the top six nationally in the 55, 60, 200 and 300.
First team

Pat Boyle Calvert Hall

He was the area's best in the shot put this winter -- by a wide margin.

The senior, who is headed to Temple to play football in the fall, won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship with ease (55 feet 7 inches), and his throw of 55-10 1/2 in a league meet was the second best in the state this season.

Matt Brinkley Meade

The senior came up big in the state meet and played a key part in the Mustangs taking the Class 3A championship.

He was the only Meade runner to win an individual event (800 meters). Brinkley took third in the 500 and ran a leg on the 3,200 relay team. In addition, he ran on the second-place 1,600 relay team.

Mason Campbell Towson

Campbell, who has quietly developed into a strong distance runner over the past two years, won the Class 3A state title in the 3,200 in an impressive time of 9 minutes, 36.99 seconds.

That followed victories in the Central regional and the Baltimore County championships for the senior.

Mark Cover Eastern Tech

The senior, who is headed to Shippensburg University next year, will be leaving high school on a good note. He was one of the area's top hurdlers this winter, losing just two races.

Cover swept the Baltimore County, Class 2A Central regional and state titles in the 55-meter hurdles. He also helped the Mavericks in other ways, running on the 800 relay team that took fifth in the state.

Angelo Diggs Digital Harbor

The senior combined with junior Anthony Drumgoole to help Digital Harbor win the Class 1A state title. Diggs won the 500 and took second in the 800.

He swept both events in the Class 1A Central regional meet, and won the 800 and took second in the 500 in the Baltimore City meet.

Anthony Drumgoole Digital Harbor

Drumgoole was solid in the big meets, combining with Angelo Diggs to help the Rams take the Class 1A state title. The junior swept the 55 and 300 at the state meet, as he and Diggs gave Digital Harbor 38 of the team's 70 points.

He also swept both races in the Class 1A Central regional meet. He'll play a big role again this spring and even more so next winter with Diggs gone.

Dorian Johnson Mount St. Joseph

The junior helped Mount St. Joseph win the MIAA title by capturing the triple jump and long jump and finishing second in the 55 meters.

He also won the triple jump and long jump at the private schools state meet.

Shawn Myers Perry Hall

Myers was as close to perfect as possible this season. The senior pole vaulter had the area's top effort with the 14-foot vault he executed at the Class 4A Central regional meet.

Myers did the same thing several days later at the state meet. All of this came after he won the Baltimore County meet with a mark of 13-6.

Markeith Price Mount St. Joseph

Price was able to score a lot of points in different events. The senior finished second in the triple jump at the MIAA meet and took third in both the long jump and the 500.

After that, Price took second in the triple jump at the private schools state meet and also placed second in the 500.

Joey Thompson Howard

He just keeps getting better. After winning a state title in cross country, Thompson captured 1,600 and took third in the 800 at the Class 3A state meet last month.

The senior played a big role in the Lions winning two straight outdoor state championships, and he'll be a factor again this spring.

Anya Uzoh Meade

Uzoh was Mr. Versatility for Meade. He gave the Mustangs crucial points, especially in the bigger meets, including the state championships.

At states, Uzoh took second in the high jump and third in the pole vault, helping Meade capture the Class 3A state crown. Uzoh's ability to compete in multiple events gave coach Nigel Holder another option on many occasions.
Second team

Name, School, Class

Andy Darmody, Mount St. Joseph, Senior

Corey Fuller, Woodlawn, Senior

Michael Houston, Poly, Junior

Brendan Morales, Westminster, Junior

Craig Morgan, River Hill, Junior

Joe Orsulak, Loyola, Junior

Lemuel Pridgen, Poly, Senior

Lee Reynolds, Poly, Senior

Anthony Rowe, Calvert Hall, Senior

Dahmar Smiles, Meade, Senior

Zach Sullivan, Spalding, Junior

Zach Weinstein, Mount Hebron, Junior

Note: Teams selected by Jeff Seidel after consultation with The Sun staff and area coachces.