BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR * Sam Singleton, Oakland Mills -- In only his third year as head coach for the Scorpions, Singleton led his squad to its second straight 2A state title, Oakland Mills' third state crown in the past four years. Oakland Mills set the 2A mark for most events won (10) and scored 141 points, which was more than double that of runner-up South River (63). It also surpassed last year's winning total of 111 points. For Singleton, 44, the lone setback was a second-place finish to Old Mill at the Arundel Relays. Old Mill has placed third and second in the past two 4A state meets. The Scorpions beat Baltimore City power Mervo, which has been second and third in the 4A states the past two years. "All year long we pushed for the counties, regionals and states. We definitely accomplished what we wanted to," Singleton said.
BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR * Anthony Stuckey, Mervo, Sr. -- Stuckey was the glue that held Mervo's track team together, being a leader vocally and in pure speed. Stuckey won this year's regional and 4A state titles in the 400, with his state title-winning effort (48.44 seconds) being an area-best. Stuckey, the area's best 200-meter runner with a 21.5-second standard, sacrificed running that event in both the Baltimore City and state championships to participate in the Mustangs' relay teams. He has run on three of the four relay squads, including the 4A state champion 400 contingent. Stuckey was a member of the 400 and 1,600 squads that placed third -- the highest placement for American team behind the Jamaicans -- at the Penn Relays' Championship of America race. "Nobody beats him in the 400," said Coach Singleton. "He's a monster."
BOYS FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE * Ben Braswell, Mervo, Sr. -- Braswell, a three-time All-Metro, won the Baltimore City and regional crowns in the long jump and had an area-best leap (22-3) for second place at the 4A states. He was second in the state in the 200 and third in the 100 and also was a member of the Mustangs' 400 and 1,600 relays, both of which placed third in the Penn Relays' Championship of America.
* Xavier Brisco, Oakland Mills, Sr. -- Brisco went undefeated in the 800, taking Howard County to regional and 2A state titles. His state-title clocking (1:55.6) was the area's fastest of the day.
* Jamie Davies, Catonsville, Sr. -- Davies, the All-Metro Runner of the Year in cross country, was equally successful in the 3,200. He won his Baltimore County and regional crowns before finishing first in the 2A states in the fastest time of the day (9:45.4). Davies also captured the county title in the 1,600.
* Paul Day, Chesapeake-AA, Sr. -- Day got on a roll at season's end to take the Anne Arundel County, regional and 4A state crowns. Day's state-title leap (13-0) avenged earlier losses to Perry Hall's David Russell, the runner-up.
* Damon Ferguson, Oakland Mills, Sr. -- Ferguson was a four-event gold medalist at the state meet, winning the 100 (11.1), the 200 (22.5) and the 400 (49.7) and anchoring the Scorpions' winning 1,600 relay. Ferguson, who was named Boys Performer of the Year for Howard County, set a county record with a time of 10.4 in the regionals in the 100. This after overcoming an early-season tear in his left hamstring.
* Tony Fowlkes, North County, Sr. -- Fowlkes won the Anne Arundel County and region crowns and was a 4A state runner-up in the 300 hurdles in an area-best 39.5.
* Matt Knights, Westminster, Sr. -- This repeat All-Metro improved on last year's fourth-place triple-jump effort by leaping 45-feet, 10 inches -- an area best -- for second in the 4A states this year. His personal best jump was 46-2 1/2 .
* Ryan Krulis, Severna Park, Sr. -- Krulis was first in Anne Arundel County, his region and third in the 4A states with a personal best and an area-high shot put toss (52-5).
* Kevin McKinney, Old Mill, Sr. -- This Anne Arundel County 100 -- champ overcame a hamstring injury to place second in the state meet in an area-best 11.02. McKinney's effort edged three-time All-Metro Ben Braswell, who was third.
* Antoine Nelson, Mervo, Sr. -- Nelson won his second straight Baltimore City title in the 110 hurdles, captured the regional crown and was a 4A state runner-up in an area-best 14.6. His best clocking was 14.5.
* Jason Reckner, Old Mill, Sr. -- Reckner was Anne Arundel County's 1,600 champ and his 4A state-title winning time (4:19.27) was an area best. Reckner also was a county champ and a state runner-up in the 3,200.
* David Russell, Perry Hall, Sr. -- This Baltimore County and regional champ consistently beat Day until being a 4A state runner-up to Day. Russell, who holds the personal-best vault of 13-8, was seventh out of 20 competitors at the Penn Relays.
* Todd Singleton, Old Mill, Sr. -- Singleton was the Anne Arundel County and regional champ in the high jump and was second in the state meet. But Singleton, who placed third at the Penn Relays, had the state's best leap (6-9 1/2 ). Singleton also won the triple jump county and regional crowns.
* Ian Vair, Dulaney, Sr. -- Vair, a county and regional champ in the discus, won the state meet with a toss of 158 feet -- nine feet better than the runner-up but shy of his personal best (159-9). Vair was fourth at the state meet a year ago.
GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR * Ciaran Lesikar, Oakland Mills -- Lesikar's Scorpions dethroned Glenelg as the Howard County champion, finished second in the regions to Fairmont Heights, and placed fourth in the 2A states, won by Fairmont Heights of Prince George's County. Lesikar had speed on the track, strong distance runners and got plenty of scoring from Lauren McHargue, a county, regional and state discus champion. Shortly after his girls won the school's first county title in 15 years, Lesikar said: "We don't have any one person this year, it's just a lot of balance. It's everybody pulling their load and working hard. It was a total team victory."
GIRLS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR * Kisha Jett, Hammond, Sr. -- A four-time All-Metro pick, Jett won Howard County, regional and 2A state titles in the 100 and 200 for the fourth straight year. Jett entered the season having won three straight county, regional and state crowns in the 400 as well. But after winning her fourth county crown in that event, Jett expanded into the 100 hurdles to capture regional and state titles. Jett's 100 hurdles clocking (14.6) was an area best at the state meet. The time was sixth fastest on the all-time list. Her 100 clocking in the preliminaries (11.5) was a state record, and her winning time of 24.34 seconds in the 200 was fifth fastest all-time. Jett, who scored 40 of the 51 points for third-place Hammond, has a 13-0 record in the state meet. She also won the county meet in the 100 hurdles. Jett was awarded the county meet's Iron Man award for the fourth straight year.
GIRLS FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE * Sherae Darby, Woodlawn, Jr. -- This repeat All-Metro was first in Baltimore County, third in the region and second in the 4A states with the latter being an area-best 44.77 in the 300 hurdles.
* Raina Domneys, Old Mill, Sr. -- A repeat All-Metro, Domneys' season ended prematurely with a hyper-extended knee. But she left her mark with area bests in the long jump (17-8 3/4 ), the triple jump (38-10 1/2 ) and a good time in the 100 hurdles (14.4).
* Mona Jackson, Howard, Jr. -- Jackson repeated as the 3A state high jump champ, though her winning leap (5-2) was shorter than her personal best (5-7). Jackson also was second in the state in both the long jump (17-4 3/4 ) and the triple jump (36-6).
* Krissy Jost, Perry Hall, Jr. -- Jost, The Baltimore County/City Girls Performer of the Year, won county and regional titles in the 800 and 1,600 and a regional crown in the 3,200 after being third in Baltimore County. Jost, a 4A state runner-up in the 1,600 and the 3,200, was the second-highest placing Marylander (sixth in 4:36.58) in the 1,500 at the Penn Relays.
* Tamiko Mack, North County, Sr. -- Mack, an Anne Arundel County and regional champ in the 400, was third in the 4A states in the 400 in an area-best 56.8. Mack also was a county, regional and state runner-up in the 800 -- all three times to Annapolis' Kristen Nicolini.
* Christy Nichols, Arundel, Jr. -- Nichols was an Anne Arundel County runner-up to Nicolini in the 3,200 before winning the regional and 4A state titles in that event. Nichols clocked 10:58.7 to beat Jost at the states. She was a member of the U.S. junior team that participated in the world cross country championships in March.
* Kristen Nicolini, Annapolis, Jr. -- Nicolini won Anne Arundel County, regional and 4A state titles in the 1,600, county and regional crowns in the 800, and a county title in the 3,200. Nicolini clocked an area-best 4:53.63 to win the 1,600 and was a state runner-up in the 800. Nicolini also was a runner-up in 4:28.96 in the 1,500 at the high schools division at the Penn Relays.
* Shadena Pearmon, Chesapeake-AA, Soph. -- An Anne Arundel County and regional champ in the discus, Pearmon heaved a personal- and area-best 117 feet to win that event at the 4A state meet.
* Gina Rozier, Poly, Sr. -- Rozier won the Baltimore City and region crowns in the shot put and placed third in that event at the 4A states -- the latter with an area-best toss of 35-2. Rozier was a discus runner-up in the city and won that event at the regionals.
* Kristin Wimbrow, Old Mill, Jr. -- Wimbrow captured the 4A state high-jump title in an area-best 5-4 1/2 to help pace the Patriots to a third-place team finish.
PICKING THE TEAM
The 1994 All-Metro track and field team was selected by Lem Satterfield after consultation with staff writers and area coaches.