PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Jason Smith, Broadneck, Senior -- Smith, a three-sport star headed to Rutgers on a football scholarship, capped his senior year by winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the Class 3A state meet and anchored the Bruins' state champion 400 and 800 relay teams. His performance at Western Maryland College helped Broadneck's boys team claim its first state championship. "He's a great kid and a great athlete," said Broadneck coach Gerald Kiple. "He had a tremendous year and he molded everything together for our team." At the county meet, Smith was champ in the 100 and 200 and a part of the Bruins' first-place 400 and 800 relay teams. At regionals, the talented senior turned in an area's best time of 10.5 seconds in winning the 100 dash.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Ron Evans, Old Mill -- Old Mill has had more talent and more depth in past seasons, but Evans made the most of what he had, leading Old Mill to sweeps of the team titles at both the county and Class 4A East region meets. The Patriots girls team took third at states (five points out of second) and the boys squad finished fourth (5 1/2 points out of second). The veteran coach credits his assistant coaches -- Mike Marcus (weights), Leon Walters (distances), Mike Hinto (hurdles, sprints), Bob Halsey (sprints, hurdles) and Chris Bowser ( long and triple jumps) -- for making his job easier and praises his athletes for both their dedication and cooperation. "This team seemed to
have a special closeness about them," said Evans. "I didn't have nearly the number of headaches that I've had in the past and that's because I had a bunch of kids with character. All I had to do was supervise and improvise."
FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE
Balvin Brown, Old Mill, sophomore -- In his first year on the team, Brown emerged as county champ in the discus with a throw of 133-5 and later won the regions with a toss of 129-10. "He's still just a baby," said Coach Evans. "By the time he is a senior, he'll be a physical specimen."
Topper Ellis, North County, senior -- Ellis peaked at the region meet, winning titles in both the 200 and 400 --es. At the county championships, Ellis edged Tariq Galloway of Annapolis to win the 400 in 49.1 and he also ran on the Knights' county champion 1600 relay team. At states, he took fifth in the 200.
Toney Fowlkes, North County, senior -- Fowlkes was the only male to set a record at the county meet as he won the 300 hurdles in 38.3 seconds. He won the same event at the Class 4A region meet at Annapolis in 41.0 before settling for second at the state championships in Westminster.
Tariq Galloway, Annapolis, senior -- He posted the second fastest time in the Washington-metro area in the 400 (48.9). He was runner-up in the 400 at the county meet and ran the anchor leg of the Panthers' county and region champion 3200 relay team. "He blossomed quite nice into a half-miler," said coach Brian Funk. "He has yet to reach his potential."
Delvell Johnson, Old Mill, senior -- A nagging leg injury affected Johnson's takeoff in the high jump, so he excelled in the long and triple jumps. Johnson won county and region titles in the triple jump and captured a region title in the triple jump. He won the long jump at the county meet and finished third in the event at regions with a school-record leap of 22 feet, 10 inches. At states, Johnson was second in the long and triple and third in the high jump. "He had some natural ability and he worked hard at developing it," said Coach Evans. "I'm happy for any guy who busts his tail and gets something out of it."
James Knode, South River, senior -- Knode edged Chesapeake's Ryan Stevens in a photo finish to win the 1600 run at the county meet, where he also took third in the 3200. At the Class 2A regions, he took second in both the 1600 and 3200. "He peaked at the right time and rose to the occasion," said Seahawks coach Keith Bigelow. "He just exploded at the county meet." He will attend Temple in the fall.
Damion Moss, Meade, junior -- Moss jumped 6-6 in the high jump and 23-6 in the long jump. He was state champ in the long jump, county champion in the high jump and was runner-up in the long and high jumps at the Class 4A East region meet at Annapolis. "He's getting bigger, stronger and more aggressive in his events," said Mustangs coach Jay Cuthbert. "I'm glad I have him back another year."
Richard Queen, Old Mill, junior -- Queen, Old Mill's No. 1 weight trainer, used his strength and speed to become county champ in the 110 hurdles and region champ in both the high hurdles and the 100 --. He anchored the Patriots' county and region champion 400 relay team. At states, Queen was third in the 100 -- and fourth in the 110 hurdles.
Ian Ross, Annapolis, junior -- After winning the county title indoors in the 800, Ross proved he could do it outdoors as well. He picked up a second gold medal at the county meet by running the lead-off leg of the Panthers' winning 3200 relay team. At regionals, he won the 800 and ran the first leg of the champion 3200 relay. "He started off as a miler and developed into an outstanding 800-meter runner," said Funk. "He has tremendous work ethic and a great attitude."
Ryan Stevens, Chesapeake, senior -- Stevens established himself as the county's premier distance runner during cross country season and he reconfirmed that this spring by winning a state title in the boys' 1600 run. He was county champ in the 3200 and county runner-up in the 1600. At regions, the UMBC-bound harrier won the 1600 and was third in the 3200. "He is dedicated to the
sport and he works harder than anyone I've ever worked with," said Chesapeake coach Bill Hickey.
Arto Vartanian, Broadneck, senior -- He set an area's best in the shot put (54-5) at the Golliday Meet and the same day recorded a personal record in the discus (138-4). The 6-foot-1, 285-pounder was county and Class 3A state champ in the shot put and region champ in both the discus and the shot put. "He knew he had a shot at a state title this year and he went after it," said Kiple. Vartanian will play football next fall at Montgomery-Rockville.
Eric Voss, Old Mill, senior -- Voss won the county championship in the pole vault by clearing 12-9 and was third in the region meet behind the winner from Calvert Hall and teammate Anthony Washington. His personal record came in a five-team meet at Annapolis when he jumped 13-0. He cleared 12-6 at states, which was good for a third-place finish. "He's been over 12 feet more than anyone in recent years," said Evans. "He's consistent . . . you can always count on him."
PICKING THE TEAMS
The Baltimore Sun 1995 All-Anne Arundel County Boys Track and Field Team was chosen by Steven Kivinski after consultation with staff writers and area coaches.