CO-PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
* Nate Shank, Westminster, Sr. -- Shank not only got better each year in the 800 run but he helped other runners keep in shape during the off-season. He competed in four events in most meets -- 800, 400, 1,600 relay and 3,200 relay -- and had his best day in the Carroll County championship meet. He turned in a career-best 1 minute, 58.4 seconds in the 800 to take first in the county and won two other county gold medals on the 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams. Coach Jim Shank said of the 1:58.4 time: "It was amazing that he ran his best time ever when he was by himself. The next guy finished in 2:04.8. Nate usually runs better when he's pushed." Shank ran 1:59.8 in the 800 in the regionals to finish second, qualifying for the states where he was clocked in 2:00.4 for eighth place. He will continue his track career at Shippensburg (Pa.) University.
CO-PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
* Chris Richardson, Francis Scott Key, Sr. -- For four years, Richardson used his speed to good advantage on the football field, basketball court and baseball diamond. This spring Richardson decided to try track. "He was an unexpected surprise," said Key boys coach Rich Salkin. "We always knew he could run and had always tried to figure out what he might do. But I had no idea he was going to come out for the team. It's nice when someone comes out with no experience at all and wins two goal medals in the county meet [100 and 200]. The whole thing was pretty neat to watch." With Richardson sprinting by everybody in two events, Francis Scott Key scored 120 points in the county meet for second behind Westminster (152).
COACH OF THE YEAR
* Rich Salkin, Francis Scott Key -- He didn't have the numbers to match Westminster but Salkin quietly guided the Key boys to a strong second-place showing behind the Owls (152 to 120) in the county championship meet and second in the 1A South regionals. The Eagles had 78 1/2 points to challenge Boonsboro (90) for first. Key then ran into some tough competition in the 1A states and fell to 11th place but it didn't diminish what this young team mixed with a few accomplished veterans had accomplished. Salkin was the Carroll Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year last fall. "In track, you can't do it alone as a coach. That's why my assistants Angie Green and Mike Coons deserve a lot of credit for helping me," said Salkin.
FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE
* Bobby Bollinger, Francis Scott Key, Soph. -- Bollinger was back on top of the county in the shot put this season, and he improved his top performance from last year by three feet (47-3 to 50-3). That effort gave him fourth in the states, up from seventh last year. He won the county with a toss of 48-0 and is one of three boys making a second straight appearance on the All-Carroll first team. "Bobby is great to have around," said Key coach Rich Salkin. "He deals with little aches and pains but keeps on going."
* Tony Cahoon, Francis Scott Key, Jr. -- A little cooperation from North Carroll coach Bill Rumbaugh helped Cahoon improve to 12-0 in the pole vault in the 1A states this year after plummeting to 10-6 in the regionals. "Tony became too heavy for his pole in the regionals and he had to deal with switching poles just a couple of days before the states," said Salkin. "Bill Rumbaugh let him borrow one of his poles and he vaulted 12 feet. Tony's a great story. He was hovering around 10 feet when he first came out and now he's doing 12."
* Corey LaPrade, Westminster, Soph. -- LaPrade took first in the 100 and second in the 200 in the Central Maryland Conference championships. He also turned in a second (100) and a third (200) in the county meet. LaPrade runs on the 400 and 800 Westminster relay teams that took second in the county championship.
* Mat Mathias, Westminster, Sr. -- The team's stock in field events took a sudden turn upward when Mathias decided to give track and field a try for the first time. He simply got better and better and peaked at the perfect time -- the 4A states where his toss of 49-8 1/2 in the shot put gave him a second-place finish. Mathias was beaten in the county championship meet by Key's Bollinger -- 48-0 to 47-2 1/2 . "Mat was starting to get his technique down by the end of the season," said coach Shank. "You have to wonder what he would have done if he had been in our program four years." Mathias will attend Wesley (Del.) College.
* David Reazin, Westminster, Jr. -- Another product of the strong Westminster cross country program, Reazin is an outstanding hurdler and runs on two relay teams. His top performance in the hurdles came in the county meet where he won the 110 highs in 15.9 and took second in the 300 intermediates (42.3). He beat teammate Mike Merker by three-tenths of a second in the 110s in the county. "Mike Merker pushed David all year," said coach Shank. "David has good speed and he got stronger at the end of the season. I believe cross country helped him a lot."
* Mike Recek, Westminster, Jr. -- Recek, the state 4A boys cross country champion, did not accomplish everything he wanted this spring in the 1,600 and 3,200, but he was bothered by a sprained ankle and other nagging injuries. His top 3,200 time of the year was 10:11 that gave him first in the CMC championships and he also won the 1,600 (4:33) in the CMCs. Recek ran the third leg on the 3,200 relay team that won the county meet. He was also the first-place finisher in the 3,200 (10:18.0) in the county championships. Next there was a first-place showing in the 4A West region 1,600 (4:34).
* Jim Redding, Liberty, Jr. -- Redding has been a constant factor for the Lions the last two years in the discus and moves up to first-team All-Carroll this season. His toss of 133-1 won the county title, and he went on to finish fourth in the 2A regionals and the 2A states. "If the season had lasted another two weeks, Jim would have been throwing a lot farther. He was just getting it all together when the season was over," said coach Dale Greene. "If we had indoor competition, he would have a lot more time to perfect his technique."
* Jason Safley, Westminster, Sr. -- Probably has the best range of any runner on the team, adapting to runs from 100 to 800 during his two years on the team, Safley came from behind often to win events such as the 1,600 relay in the Blue Ridge Invitationals in Waynesboro, Pa. "Jason's at his best when someone is in front of him," said Shank of his anchorman in the 1,600 and 800 relays. Safley won the 400 (51.9) in the county meet, the 200 (23.1) in the CMCs and ran legs on all four relay teams at certain times.
* Bobby Ward, Liberty, Fresh. -- County champion in the 1,600 (4:49.2), Ward surprised a lot of people. His coach was one of them. When Greene was asked how the first-year runner did it, he replied: "That's a good question. I guess it was just his day. He saved his kick until the end and won by a second. He felt he could do it and did it."
* Jeff Williams, North Carroll, Sr. -- After coming through in a big way in the state 2A championships, Williams, a triple jumper and long jumper, is headed for the University of Maryland where he hopes to make the track team as a walk-on. Williams took second in the triple jump (42-11) and third in the long jump (20- 10 1/2 ) at the states. He was coming off seconds in both events in the regionals after winning the county triple jump (42-2).
* Steve Wright, Francis Scott Key, Sr. -- This natural leaper virtually dominated the high jump competition at the state 1A level and in the county the past two years, winning the county two straight years, the 1A West regionals twice and taking first in the states as a junior with a jump of 6-6 and coming back as a senior to finish third at 6-2. It all started as a sophomore when Wright took second in high jump in the 1A states to help Key win the team title by 13 points. "Steve has been a great asset to our program," said Salkin.
Co-Performers of the Year: Nate Shank, Westminster
Chris Richardson, Francis Scott Key
Coach of the Year: Rich Salkin, Francis Scott Key
Name .... ..... .... .... .... School ..... ..... .... .... Year
Bobby Bollinger .... .... .... F.S. Key ..... .... .... ... Soph.
Tony Cahoon .... .... ... .... F.S. Key .... .... ... ..... Junior
Corey LaPrade ..... .... ..... Westminster .... ..... ..... Soph.
Mat Mathias ..... .... .... .. Westminster .... .... ... .. Senior
David Reazin .... ..... ... .. Westminster .... .... ... .. Junior
Mike Recek ... ..... ..... ... Westminster .... ..... ..... Junior
Jim Redding ..... ..... ...... Liberty ..... ..... .... ... Junior
Chris Richardson ..... .... .. F.S. Key ..... ..... .... .. Senior
Jason Safley ..... ..... ..... Westminster ..... ..... .... Senior
Nate Shank ..... .... ..... .. Westminster ..... ..... .... Senior
Bobby Ward ..... ..... .... .. Liberty ..... ..... .... ... Fresh.
Jeff Williams .... .... ... .. N. Carroll ..... .... ...... Senior
Steve Wright ..... .... ...... F.S. Key ..... ..... ....... Senior
Honorable mention: Tim Long, Doug Reese, Mike Merker, Josh Smith, Westminster; Cortney Howard, Casey Norris, Damon Battaglia, Scott Glover, Francis Scott Key; Bryan Gunning, Eric Giffi, North Carroll; Greg Vlahos, Tim Olesniewcz, South Carroll; Justin Combs, Liberty.
Performer of the Year: Ali Jones, Francis Scott Key
Coach of the Year: Shirl Dorsey
Name ..... ..... .... ... ... School ..... ..... ..... .... Year
Jaime Baile ..... .... ... .. F.S. Key ..... .... .... .... Junior
Sherry Esposito .... ..... .. Westminster ...... .... ..... Junior
Stacey Greene .... .... ..... F.S. Key ..... ..... .... ... Junior
Autumn Hinkle ..... .... .... F.S. Key ...... ..... .... .. Senior
Ali Jones ..... .... ..... .. F.S. Key .... ..... .... .... Junior
Jill Krebs .... .... .... ... S. Carroll .... .... .... ... Fresh.
Vicki Osinga .... .... ... .. Liberty .... .... .... ... .. Junior
Carrie Ryer ..... .... ... .. F.S. Key .... .... ... ... .. Senior
Laurie Ryer ..... ... .... .. F.S. Key ...... .... .... ... Senior
Patsy Shaffer ..... ... ..... N. Carroll ..... .... .... .. Senior
Kim Spencer .... .... .... .. Westminster ...... ..... .... Junior
Jessie Stickles ..... .... .. Westminster .... .... ... ... Soph.
Lisa Turner ..... .... ... .. F.S. Key ..... ..... .... ... Senior
Honorable mention: Jen Moorman, Christine Harner, Heather Abel, Natasha Brooks, Francis Scott Key; Jill Ibex, Laurie Henze, Anna Smith, Elise LaPrade, Westminster; Amy Martinez, Carrie Braun, Elisha Perez, South Carroll; Carrie Cook, Melissa Forster, Katie Torsella, North Carroll; Jill Ondercin, Liberty.
PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
* Ali Jones, Francis Scott Key, Jr. -- Jones remained focused when it seemed like everyone around her was going down with injuries. Those injuries prevented the Eagles from winning a second straight county girls title and making another strong run at a 1A state championship, but Jones performed up to her usual high standards for a third straight season. Jones kept Key in the county meet with a first-place finish in the 400, second in the 800 and anchored the winning 3,200 relay. She also won the 400 in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League championship meet for a second straight year, took bronze medals in the 400 at the 1A South regionals and in the 1A states, and anchored the second-place 3,200 relay team in the 1A states.
COACH OF THE YEAR
* Shirl Dorsey, Westminster -- The Owls girls returned to their usual place at the top of the county track and field point standings behind Dorsey. In her first year as head coach after two years as an assistant, Dorsey guided Westminster to a 104-95 decision over second-place Francis Scott Key in the county championship meet. "We had a lot of young athletes who worked hard to accomplish some good things this year," said Dorsey who was a top discus thrower and shot putter in the mid-1980s at Westminster. "It was a lot of fun for me and I had two good people helping me in Michelle Salafia-Crouse and Jim Shank."
FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE
* Jaime Baile, Francis Scott Key, Jr. -- Baile stunned defending champion Patsy Shaffer in the county championship meet with a toss of 30-9 for first place. "She comes out, works hard and doesn't look for records," said coach Angie Green. "She improved her stance after working hard on it for three years and that put her over the top."
* Sherry Esposito, Westminster, Jr. -- Esposito took first in the 800 in the county (2:29) and came back to run even faster in the state 4A meet (2:27). Esposito also finished third in the 400 in the county (1:03.2) and anchored the 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams, which finished second in the county meet. There was also a third-place 800 effort in the Central Maryland Conference championships.
* Stacey Greene, Francis Scott Key, Jr. -- Until a tear of the sartorius muscle in her right leg, Greene was playing a major role in what appeared to be another highly successful season for the Eagles. But when Greene went down April 29 in the MVAL championships, there were doubts about how far Key could go. The injury occurred when Greene slowed up to hand the baton to Carrie Ryer in the 800 relay, ending her season as one of the top 1A hurdlers and relay runners in the state and preventing her from touring Europe this summer with a U.S. Continental All-Star field hockey team. Doctors expect her to recover in time to play field hockey this fall.
* Autumn Hinkle, Francis Scott Key, Sr. -- It would have been easy for Hinkle to give up running the hurdles at Key long ago because she was behind Greene. But Hinkle hung in there and her big moment arrived May 10 at Western Maryland College when she was suddenly the No. 1 hurdler on the team after a four-year wait. Hinkle came through with two gold medals in the 100 and 300 hurdles.
* Jill Krebs, South Carroll, Fresh. -- When Krebs decided to run distance events for the Cavaliers, sophomore Carrie Braun met a challenger. Krebs (5:28.1)beat Braun (5:44.8) in the county 1,600 and took third in the 1,600 (5:37) at the CMC championships. She joined Braun, Sarah McGinley and Stephanie Linton on the 3,200 relay team for a third-place showing in the CMCs.
* Vicki Osinga, Liberty, Jr. -- Chalk up another state 2A high jump championship for Osinga, who is now leaping 5-4 as compared to the 5-0 that won the states for her last year. Osinga took the Carroll County championship with a 5-2 jump and the CMC and 2A West regional with a 5-4 mark. She won the county triple jump by going 32-10.
* Carrie Ryer, Francis Scott Key, Sr. -- The Co-Performer of the Year with her twin sister Laurie last year, Carrie was having another superb season until a stress fracture and tendinitis in her foot set in a few days before the county meet. That sidelined her for the rest of the season. Before the injuries, Carrie had clinched the MVAL championship by winning the triple jump and ran on the team's winning 800 relay. She had also been outstanding in the 100 and 400 relays.
* Laurie Ryer, Francis Scott Key, Sr. -- Laurie hung tough and won the 200 (27.1) in the county championship meet and the long jump in the 1A West region (15-10). She took second (16-2) in the long jump in the 1A states. to finish her career on a strong note.
* Patsy Shaffer, North Carroll, Sr. -- Even though she did not repeat as the county shot put champion, Shaffer had a strong enough season to make it back to the All-Carroll first team. Plagued by an ankle injury in practice a week before the county meet, she threw 28-8, which was good enough for second behind Key's Jaime Baile but far off her top mark of 32-9 last season. Shaffer also took second in the discus (85-5) in the county meet after winning the discus (90-11) in the Westminster Invitational.
* Kim Spencer, Westminster, Jr. -- The quality of courage award in the county has to go to Spencer. She was supposed to undergo anterior cruciate ligament surgery midway through the season but refused and kept on running in pain with the help of a knee brace. Spencer took the 100 (13.1) in the county meet and anchored the 400 and 800 winning relay teams that day. She lowered her 100 time to 12.9 in the regionals and then finally agreed to undergo knee surgery.
* Jessie Stickles, Westminster, Soph. -- Stickles took second in the county championship meet in the 100 and 300 hurdles. She was not too far behind Hinkle in both hurdles events, being clocked in 17:30 in the 100s compared to 17:28 for the winner and 50.1 in the 300s, which was close to 49.9 for Hinkle. Stickles qualified for the 4A states in the 100 hurdles even though she had never ran in the event before this season. She was fourth in the CMC meet in both 100 and 300 hurdles.
* Lisa Turner, Francis Scott Key, Sr. -- The Key coaches loved Lisa Turner because she had the ultimate attitude of a team player and a lot of talent. Turner was used often as an example for the younger members of the Eagles. During her four years on the team, there was always some higher profile runners or jumpers who grabbed most of the spotlight. But she never wavered. She set the school record in the 3,200 (12:03) in the state 1A meet, a performance that gave her third place. Turner also won the 3,200 in the county meet and was the leadoff runner for the 3,200 relay team that finished second in the states.
PICKING THE TEAMS
The Baltimore Sun 1995 All-Carroll County Track and Field Teams were chosen by Bill Free after consultation with staff writers and area coaches.