Co-PERFORMERS OF THE YEAR
Shane Stroup, River Hill
Virginia Tech Invitational and had personal-best times in the 1,600 (4:16.62)
and 500 (1:05.8). He recently finished fifth in the mile (4:18.56) at the Nike
Indoor Classic at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.
Kyle Farmer, Oakland Mills
One of the top sprinters in the country, Farmer is headed to the University
of Florida on scholarship and hopes to be running in Athens, Greece for the
2004 Olympics. After earning county and region titles in the 55-meter dash and
300 - and helping the Scorpions' 800- and 1,600-meter relay teams to victory -
Farmer earned Class 2A-1A state titles in the 55 (6.38) and 300 (33.90), in
times recognized as among the best in the country. At the New Balance Track
and Field Indoor Championships in New York two weekends ago, Farmer was third
in both the 60 (6.87) and 200 (21.61). He was named Howard County's top
performer three straight years, and earned the Iron Man award at the Howard
County championships four consecutive times.
Sam Singleton, Oakland Mills
Since taking over the boys team in 1993, Oakland Mills has won five indoor
state titles (as well as seven outdoor state championships). He has been
honored as Howard County's indoor Coach of the year three straight seasons.
Singleton's magic is that he gets the most out of his athletes in a relaxed
way. His message is simple: work hard in practice and have fun at the meets.
The Scorpions finished No. 1 in the Sun poll.
Patrick Bailey, C. Milton Wright
A first-team All-Metro cross country runner, the sophomore made everyone
take notice when he won the 3,200 meters at the Class 4A-3A state championship
with a personal-best time of 9:36.90. Bailey, who also runs on the 3,200 relay
team, was just about unbeatable this season.
Gary Bates, Randallstown
A senior high jumper, Bates cleared a personal-best 6 feet 10 at the West
Side Invitational, and also earned county and regional titles before wining
the Class 3A-2A state championship at 6-6. Bates also won at the Pangaea
Andy Kuchera, Westminster
The senior pole vaulter was named top performer in Carroll County after
earning county, region and Central Maryland Conference titles before finishing
second (12 feet) at the state meet. He also won at the Pangaea Invitational
and the Carroll Indoor Invitational. He cleared a personal-best 13-3 at the
Jeremy Moore, Broadneck
After winning shot put titles at the Anne Arundel County (55 feet 10 3/4 )
and regional (51-3 3/4 ) meets, the 6-foot-1, 295- pound Hawaii native
finished second in the 4A-3A state competition with a toss of 56-7. A senior,
Moore won three straight Anne Arundel county titles.
Antonio Thomas, Woodlawn
Despite an injured hamstring, Thomas still managed to take fourth in the
300 meters and fifth in the 500 at the Class 4A-3A state championships. A
senior, Thomas won the 500 (1:06.68) at the Pangaea Invitational, and
Baltimore County titles in the 300 and 500. At regionals, Thomas won the 300
and was second in the 500.
Matt Waranius, Chesapeake-AA
Waranius was the only individual state champion from Anne Arundel County,
winning the Class 4A-3A high jump title at 6 feet 8. Named Performer of the
Year in Anne Arundel County, Waranius, a senior, set a county meet record at
6-6 and also won the regional title.
Chris Wright, Mount St. Joseph
Wright earned MIAA championships in the mile (4:36.6) and two-mile (MIAA
record 9:54.3) and was second in the 3,000 meters at the Pangaea Invitational.
A junior, Wright, who was named co-top performer for All-Baltimore City/County
along with his teammate, Nick Wright, took second in the 1,600 meters (4:43)
at the Dickinson Invitational.
Nick Wright, Mount St. Joseph
A senior hurdler and high jumper, Wright won high jump titles at the
Dickinson Invitational and MIAA championships. Named co-Performer of the Year
for All-Baltimore City/County with Chris Wright (no relation), Wright ran a
season-best 7.5 seconds before winning titles at the MIAA championships and
both versions of the Dickinson Invitational.