GIRLS FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE
PERFORMER OF THE YEAR * Kristen Nicolini, Annapolis, senior -- Clearly the most dominant runner in Anne Arundel County, Nicolini closed out a spectacular high school running career by winning state titles in the 400, 800 and 1,600 meters. Her time of 4 minutes, 46.2 seconds in the 1,600 set a state record for all classifications.
She set county records in the 800 and 1,600 and her time of 2:10.1 in the 800 was the second fastest in the nation among high school runners.
At regionals, Nicolini, who is headed for Auburn on a full track and field scholarship, won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 and was part of the Panthers' runner-up 1,600 relay team.
"I see her as an Olympian in the near future," said Annapolis coach Brian Funk.
@COACH OF THE YEAR * Joe Thomas, Howard -- After guiding the Lions to a fifth-place finish at last year's state meet, Thomas' squad could do little wrong this spring. Howard won county, region and Class 3A state titles in dominating fashion -- the second state crown for Thomas, who also won in 1992. His athletes scored in nine events at the state meet and dethroned defending champion Linganore by 40 points. The fifth-year coach credits the team's ,, success to its serious approach, its overall quality and depth. Thomas and his coaching staff were able to maintain one of the strongest all-around teams in Howard County history. "Things
just fell into place," Thomas said.
PERFORMER PROFILES * Sheraie Darby, Woodlawn, senior -- Darby, a three-time All-Metro selection, regained the 300 hurdles title she won as a sophomore but lost last year. She was first in Baltimore County (45.4) and the region (44.5) and clocked a personal-best 43.95 at the 4A state meet. She also won county and regional crowns in the 100 hurdles and was fourth in the states. Her personal-best in the 100 was 14.8. As a junior in the 300, Darby was first in the county, third in the region and a state runner-up in an area-best 44.77. As a sophomore, Darby blazed to the county (46.8), regional (45.3) and 4A state titles in the 300 hurdles and ran the first leg of the Warriors' state runner-up 1,600 relay team.
* Mona Jackson, Howard, senior -- Jackson, Howard County's Performer of the Year, was the leader on the Lions' Class 3A state championship team. Jackson walked away with state titles in the triple jump (37 feet, 9 1/2 inches) and long jump (18-5), took second in the high jump (5-7, area best that day) and ran a leg on the third-place 1,600 relay team. She won county and region crowns all four years in the triple jump, and won 24 medals during her high school career in jumping events alone. She also helped Howard to a state title her freshman year.
* Krissy Jost, Perry Hall, senior -- Jost, the Baltimore County Performer of the Year who is headed for Villanova, was involved in the breaking of six school records and three county records. In finishing ahead of longtime rival Nicolini in the 1,500 in 4:34.66 -- good for third place at the Penn Relays -- Jost broke Amanda White's (Dulaney) county record. Jost was a county and regional champ in the 800 and finished third in the 4A states. In the 1,600 and 3,200, Jost was a county and regional champ and a state runner-up to Nicolini in each. Jost's third-place finish in the 800 (2:14.73) and runner-up effort (4:53.5) in the 1,600 at the 4A states was a county record. Jost also set school records in the 3,200 (10:33.5) in finishing second at the states.
Tamiko Mack, North County, senior -- Mack was first in the 400 at the Anne Arundel County meet and was county runner-up in the 800 behind Nicolini. At regions, she won the 400 in 57.5, was second to Nicolini in the 800 and was a member of the Knights' winning 1,600 relay team. At the state meet, Mack was second in the 800 and third in the 400, but her time in the latter (56.80) was an area-best.
* Alisha McClinton, Perry Hall, sophomore -- McClinton has potential to burn. In the long jump, where her personal best was 17-10 3/4 , McClinton was a Baltimore County and regional champ and a 4A state runner-up. In the 100, where her PR is 12.3, she was first in both the county and regions. And in the 200, McClinton was third in the county and second in the region.
* Martise Moore, Old Mill, senior -- Moore, who is headed to the University of Southern California, successfully defended her 100 hurdles title at the state meet in an area-best 14.4 seconds. She was also Anne Arundel County champ in the long jump and a member of the Pats' county and regional champion 400 and 800 relay teams. Said coach Ron Evans: "She has a quick turnover rate and once she gets moving she's like a snowball coming down a hill."
* Kym Moorehouse, Howard, senior -- This sprinter ended a stellar high school career by winning nine postseason medals, including state championships in the 800 relay (24.8 split) and the 400 (11.7 split) and also taking third in the 100 -- (12.33 seconds). Moorehouse was also a member of the 400 squad that took seventh at the Penn Relays.
* Donna Mullings, Howard, junior -- Mullings excelled in numerous events, including the 100 (season-best 12.2), the 200 (Howard County champ, fourth 3A states), the long jump (Howard County champ, second in the states) and the triple jump (second in the county, region and states). At the states, Mullings long jumped 18-2 1/4 , triple jumped 37-8 1/4 and was a member of the winning 400 relay team.
* Suzette Mullings, Howard, senior -- One of the main reasons the Lions won a 3A state title, Mullings, who is not related to Donna, won silvers in the 100 (12.26) and 200 (25.17) after winning Howard County and regional titles in each. She also took fifth in the state in the 400 and ran a leg of the championship 400 relay team (47.49).
* Cathy Porter, Old Mill, junior -- Porter was Anne Arundel County and region champ in the shot put and discus and owns area-best marks in both events. At states, she won the shot put and was runner-up in the discus. She won the county shot put title with an area best toss of 38-10 1/2 . "She has a live arm and pure strength," said coach Evans.
* Vicki Osinga, Liberty, junior -- Chalk up another 2A high jump state championship for Osinga, who is now leaping 5-4 -- second in all classifications that day to Old Mill's 4A champ Kristin Wimbrow (5-5) -- compared to the 5-0 that won the states for her last year. Osinga took the Carroll County championship (5-2) and the Central Maryland Conference and 2A West regional (5-4). She won the Carroll County triple jump crown in 32-10.
* Kristin Wimbrow, Old Mill, senior -- She was Anne Arundel County, region and 4A state champ in the high jump (5-5) and tied Mona Jackson (Howard) with the best jump in the metro area (5-7) at the Penn Relays. Wimbrow won the county high jump title by clearing 5-2 and was county champ in the triple jump with a leap of 33-3 1/3 .
BOYS FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE
COACH OF THE YEAR * Gerald Kiple, Broadneck -- It was an incredible ride for Broadneck's track program, which won the school's first state title -- the 3A version -- over runner-up Seneca Valley, 77-55. The Bruins, whose highest previous finish was last year's fourth place, won more titles than any other area boys team. Jason Smith (100, 200) won two individual gold medals, and the others came from Arto Vartanian (shot put), Karl Gilliam (high jump), and the 400, 800 and 3,200 relay contingents. The Bruins went through the year with few injuries, a testament to the conditioning regimen of Kiple and assistants Reese Kiple, Bruce Villwock and Charles Gross.
"We knew the potential was there, but the kids really worked hard and remained focused all year to make sure it all came to be," said Gerald Kiple.
CO-PERFORMER OF THE YEAR * James Carter, Mervo, junior -- Carter's efforts in the 4A state meet in the triple jump (48-9) and the 400 (47.9) were No. 1 out of all four classifications. Carter, who helped Mervo to become the city's first team state champ, anchored the 1,600 team (3:18.24) to a state title and was third in 21.96 in the 200. Carter's state title-winning triple jump is the city's best ever and ranked among the top three in the history of the state tournament. At the Penn Relays, Carter ran a 47.7 split in his 400 leg of the 10th-place-finishing 1,600 relay squad. It was within .2 of the fastest split time at Penn, but Carter's 46.9 at the Towson Relays was a personal best.
Also at Penn, Carter was a member of the Mustangs' 400-relay contingent that was the highest placing American team (in 41.67 seconds) of the Championship of America. Put simply, this might be a future Olympian.
"He'll run the hurdles, relays, even long jumps," said coach Fred Hendricks. "If he could learn to pole vault, he could probably be a
CO-PERFORMER OF THE YEAR * Jason Smith, Broadneck, senior -- Smith, a three-sport standout, Anne Arundel County's Performer of the Year and the Baltimore Sun's 1994-95 Athlete of the Year, is headed for Rutgers on a football scholarship. Despite not coming out for track until his junior season, Smith, also a basketball player, capped his senior season by being in on four of Broadneck's seven gold medal-winning performances at the 3A state meet. Smith won the 100 and 200 titles and anchored the winning 400 and 800 relay contingents, whose other members were Cory Ross, Dushawn Nick and Sasan Sattari. The effort was a repeat of the Bruins' county meet. Smith also turned in the area's fastest clocking in the 100 (10.5 seconds) in winning the regional title. Smith, whose personal-best in the 200 was 21.94, beat Poly's city runner-up Lloyd Vennie in their 200 regional race.
PERFORMER PROFILES * Greg Curtis, Oakland Mills, senior -- Curtis wrapped up a stellar high school career by winning county, region and state championships in the 1,600 (season best 4:23.6), region and state titles in the 3,200 (9:41.2) and county and region crowns in the 800 (1:58.2) to earn Howard County Performer of the Year honors. All told, he ran away with gold in nine postseason races, also taking second in the state 800 and running a leg on the fifth-place 4 x 800 relay team to lead the Scorpions to a one-point win over Atholton for their third straight Class 2A title. He has been a member of eight state championship teams during his 12 seasons. Curtis will attend Brown.
* Jonathan Dietrich, Calvert Hall, senior -- Dietrich continued his classic rivalries with Gilman's Ted Lord, his nemesis and friend from cross country. Lord brought out the best in Dietrich in a dual meet, as Dietrich beat him in a personal and area-best 9:38.0. Dietrich was a runner-up to Lord in the MIAAs, finishing in 9:47.4.
* Damean Johnson, Carver, junior -- Johnson ran the race of his life in beating Mervo's James Carter in the 400 of the city meet. He received the nod over Carter in a photo finish of 47.9 seconds, a personal and area best for both runners. Johnson won the regions in the 400 and was second in the state meet, where he also anchored the Bears' winning 1,600 relay squad (3:25.51). Johnson also won the city high jump crown, was third in the region and second in the state in 6-2.
* Delvell Johnson, Old Mill, senior -- Johnson was a 4A state runner-up in the long jump (22-7 3/4 ) and the triple jump (47-11), and third in the high jump with a leap of 6-6 that would have been good enough to win the other three classifications. Johnson, who excelled despite a nagging leg injury, was the Anne Arundel County long jump champion -- beating state champ Damion Moss of Meade -- and was third in the regions with a school-record leap of 22-10. In the triple jump, Johnson won county and regional titles.
* Royston Lyttle, Mervo, senior -- At the city meet, Lyttle won four gold medals, including taking the 100 (10.6) and 200 (21.1) in meet records, and anchoring the 800 relay squad to a come-from-behind win. His 200 time remains an area best. Lyttle was first in the regions and states in the 100, second in the regions and states in the 200, and a member of the state runner-up 800 relaysquad. Lyttle was a member of the Mustangs' 400-relay squad at the Penn Relays that was the highest placing American team (41.67) in the Championship of America.
* Damion Moss, Meade, junior -- Moss's 4A state title-winning long jump of 22-10 1/2 would have been good enough to win the crown in any of the four categories, but it was short of his personal-best 23-6. Moss, the Anne Arundel County high jump champ, had a personal-best of 6-6 in that event. He was a county and regional runner-up in both the long and high jumps.
* Jason Panniell, Mervo, senior -- Panniell was the city and regional champ in the 110 and 300 hurdles, posting an area-best 14.2 in the 110 at the city meet and an area-best 38.4 in winning the 4A state title in the 300. Panniell, a runner-up in the 110 in 14.55, was a member of the Mustangs' 400-relay squad at the Penn Relays that was the highest placing American team (41.67) in the Championship of America.
* Anthony Reid, Woodlawn, senior -- Reid won the Baltimore County, regional and 4A state titles in the 200, the latter in a personal-best 21.8. In the regions and states, he edged Mervo's Lyttle. Reid also won the county 100 crown in 10.6, was a county runner-up in the long jump (22-0) and won the county 300 hurdles crown (39.7 seconds) and the county 400--- (48.8). Reid was a state runner-up in the 400.
* Dave Russell, Perry Hall, senior -- Before no-heighting at the 4A state meet, Russell, a state runner-up last year, had turned in a banner season in the pole vault. He cleared 14 feet five times, including heights of 14-6, 14-8 and a county-record 15-1 at the Baltimore County championships. Russell won his second straight regional crown at 13-0 and cleared 13-6 at the Towson Relays. He came off of an undefeated indoor season in which he won his second straight state title by a then-county record 14-7. He won eight of the nine major meets he competed in indoors.
* Sean Sullivan, McDonogh, senior -- Sullivan (6-5, 190), headed for Virginia on a track scholarship, has the long, lean, athletic looks of a future decathlete. The only metro area male ranked in five events (pole vault, high jump, discus, and both hurdles), Sullivan twice beat Perry Hall's Dave Russell in the pole vault, the second time by clearing a school-record 14-6 in fewer attempts. And he won the MIAA with a meet record 13-6. Sullivan's clearing of 14 feet at
Meade's Invitational was a meet record -- eight inches more than the record established by Dulaney's John Rousseau in 1986. Sullivan, who also won MIAA titles in the high jump (6-2) and 300 hurdles (40.6), was a three-sport athlete, having also played football and basketball, and turned down a pitch from the Naval Academy.
* Garfield Thompson, Mervo, sophomore -- Thompson's 4A state runner-up clocking (1:55.77) in the 800 was an area best and followed his city and regional title victories. Thompson also was a member of the 1,600 relay squad that ran a 3:17.2 at the Towson Relays, and 3:18.24 to win the state meet. Thompson eschewed the indoor season to become a city and regional champion wrestler. He's a favorite to contend for a wrestling state title next year, but the indoor season could be critical to his state title hopes in the 800 outdoors.
* Arto Vartanian, Broadneck, senior -- He set a then area best in the shot put (54-5) at the Golliday Meet and the same day recorded a personal best in the discus (138-4). He later threw 57-4 in the shot put. He was Anne Arundel County and 3A state champ in the shot put and region champ in both the discus and shot put. Vartanian was a county and regional champion wrestler who placed fourth in the state meet, and he was a second-team All-Metro football player. Vartanian, 6-3 and 285 pounds, will play football at Montgomery-Rockville.
* Kyle Walker, Oakland Mills, junior -- Walker had a season to remember, winning two titles in both the Howard County and regional meets before taking a gold in the 110 hurdles (14.52), a silver in the 300 hurdles (40.35) and bronze in the 100 -- at the state championships. His 110 time was an area best at the state meet. He also ran a leg on the 100 relay squad that took second in the state.
* Jason Wancowicz, Perry Hall, senior -- Wancowicz, headed for Bucknell on a football scholarship, won the Baltimore County and regional titles in the discus and finished fourth in the 4A state meet. In winning the regional crown, the 6-6, 270-pound Wancowicz tossed the discus 161 feet to eclipse the old county record of 160-4.
GIRLS FINAL POLL
1. Old Mill
2. Perry Hall
7. North County
8. Wilde Lake
9. Francis Scott Key
Others teams considered: Glen Burnie, Catholic, McDonogh, Centennial, Mount de Sales, South Carroll.
BOYS FINAL POLL
2. Old Mill
4. Oakland Mills
6. Perry Hall
8. C. Milton Wright
(tie) North County
Others teams considered: Meade, Parkville, McDonogh, Glen Burnie, Aberdeen, Francis Scott Key, Howard, Calvert Hall.
PICKING THE TEAMS
The Baltimore Sun 1995 All-Metro Track and Field Teams were chosen by Lem Satterfield after consultation with staff writers and area coaches.