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1996 All-Anne Arundel County indoor track and field teams

Boys performer of the year

Toney Fowlkes, North County, Sr.: Fowlkes surprised everyone when he broke Derrick Love's records in the 300- and 500-meter dashes at the county meet. At the counties, he also ran part of the Knights' winning 800 and 1,600 relays. At the regional meet, Fowlkes won the 300, took second in the 500 and ran the anchor leg of the champion 800 and 1,600 relays. At the states, he had to settle for second place behind James Carter of Mervo in the 300; he was fifth in the 500 (1 minute, 08.4 seconds) and he was a part of the Knights' second-place 1,600 relay, running a 49.7 split for 400 meters. "I don't think anyone ever thought Derrick Love's records would be broken, especially by someone who is tall, like Toney [6-foot-4]," said coach Ed Harte. "The armory track is built for short people because of the sharp turns. Fowlkes is considering Alabama, Florida, Louisiana State and Tennessee.

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Boys team at a glance

Jason Berger, South River, Sr.: Berger was the county's most consistent pole vaulter this season. He won the county pole vaulting title by clearing 13-feet, 6 inches, and he won the regionals by clearing 13 feet. At the state meet, he snapped a pole while attempting 13-6, but still claimed third with a vault of 13-0. He also finished first in the event at the Anne Arundel Relays, and he was third in a talented field at the National Guard Meet. "He is a very intelligent pole-vaulter," said his coach, Keith Bigelow. "It's a very technical event but he he he is able to digest all the things you need and put it all together."

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Jon Carnes Broadneck, Sr.: Carnes won the 1,600 run at the county meet, before finishing second in the same event at regions and sixth at states. "I expect him to be a big asset for us as we try and repeat as state and region champs outdoors," said Bruins coach Jerry Kiple. "He works hard, he's dedicated and his mind set is that of a runner."

Kiki Ellis, North County, Jr.: Ellis was county, region and state champion in the 55 dash. His best dash time came at the regionals, where he won in 6.2 seconds. He also ran a leg of the Knights' 800 relay team that won the county and regions before being disqualified at states. He took third in the 300 at the county meet and was second in the 300 at regions. "He really improved coming out of the blocks," said Harte. "He worked on his start and that was the difference this year. He will only get faster."

Amiel Morris, Severna Park, Jr.: Morris was county and region champ in the 800 and he joined forces with Jamie Maitland, Scott Waite and Jimmy Traylor and captured county and regional titles in the 3,200 relay. "He improved remarkably from last season and he matured a lot as a racer," said Falcons coach Ed Purpura. "He won races from the front and by waiting and kicking at the end."

Damion Moss, Meade, Sr.: At the coun ty meet, Moss won the 55 hurdles and high jump, was second in the 55 dash and ran a leg of the Mustangs' third-place 800 relay team. He won the hurdles and was runner-up in the high jump and dash at regionals. At states, he won the high jump, took second in the hurdles and third in the dash. Moss topped off his senior indoor campaign by finishing sixth in the pentathlon at last weekend's national meet in Boston.

Chris Robey, Severna Park, Soph.: Robey overcame Nick

Gramsky of Northern of Calvert and emerged as region champ in the 3,200 after taking third in the same event at the county meet. He also finished second in the 1,600 at the county meet and he was seventh in the 1,600 at states. "He ran an unbelievable race at regions," said Coach Purpura. "He was nine seconds down with two laps to go and he just destroyed [Gramsky]. He doesn't panic when he gets in big races. He sits back and watches the race take place and then puts his kick to good use."

Adam Tryzbinski, Old Mill, Jr.: This 6-foot-9, 320-pounder helped Old Mill's boys win their 15th county and region titles by winning the shot put at both meets. His best toss of the year came at the National Guard Meet where he threw 47-7, only good enough for a sixth-place finish. He threw 46-8 at states and finished fourth. "He's just starting to come into his own," said Coach Marcus. "I think he realizes that he has a lot of potential in this sport and he loves what he's doing."

Malcolm Vaughn, Meade, Jr.: Vaughn finished second behind teammate Moss in the high jump and hurdles at the county meet before beating Moss in the high jump at regionals. He also ran a leg of Meade's 800 relay that finished second in the region, third in the county and fourth in the state and was part of a 1,600 relay team that finished third in the county. He jumped a personal best 6-4 at the Dickinson Invitational and he jumped the same height at the Eastern Regionals. "Between Damion and Malcolm, we took care of the hurdles and the high jump," said Meade coach Hayes Henderson. "They alternated winning all year long."

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Girls performer of the year

Christy Nichols, Arundel, Sr.: Nichols proved herself at the county, regional, state and national level during this indoor season. Last weekend, the talented distance runner capped a ** spectacular indoor season by winning the 3,200-meter event at the High School National Scholastic Championships in Boston, Mass. In Boston, Nichols covered the two-mile course in 10: 09.0 -- six seconds off the national record. She pulled a hamstring and still won county championships in the 1,600 and 3,200 -- setting a county meet record in the 3,200. She was a triple-champion at both regionals and states, after winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter events. She set state meet record in the 3,200 and her 30 points helped the Wildcats pick up the second-place trophy. "Helping her team win something was a new experience for her," said Coach Tut O'Hara. "The team has always been OK but its never been competing for a trophy and she just responded like a champ. Jim Cullen deserves a lot of credit because he is her personal trainer. All I do is put her out there and watch her go."

Girls team at a glance

Alicia Watkins, Arundel, Sr.: Watkins was undefeated in the county in the 55 hurdles and won the county title in 9.1 seconds. A controversial false start at the regionals kept Watkins out of the 4A state meet, but didn't keep her from continuing to fulfill her role as a team leader. "Even after she didn't qualify for states she was still out there at practice being a senior leader," said O'Hara.

Cathy Porter, Old Mill, Sr.: Porter was county, region and state champ in the shot put. Porter broke into the indoor track scene by winning the states as sophomore. Last season, she finished second at the state meet. She won this year's region crown with a toss of 39 feet, 3 inches and she threw 38-5 at the state meet. Her best throw (39-4 1/2 ) came at the National Guard Meet.

Jessica Pratt, North County, Soph.: Pratt was county and region champ in the 300 dash. She was third in the county and region in the 500 and ran the first leg of the Knights' 800 relay team that took second in the county and region and fifth in the states. In addition, she ran the lead-off leg of the 1,600 relay that finished third in the county, second in the region and sixth in the state.

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Alison Ross, Annapolis, Jr.: Ross, an All-Metro cross country runner, was crowned county champion in the 800 run (2: 26.5) and second in the 1,600 at the county meet where she helped the Panthers to a near-upset of Old Mill. She was second in the region in the 1,600 run.

Becky Morris, Annapolis, Sr.: At the county championships, Morris won the 500 in 1: 23.5 and her second-place finish in the 800 gave the Panthers' a rare 1-2-3 finish with Alison Ross winning and Misha Bilyeu finishing third. She was second in the 800 at regionals, third in the 800 at states and ran the lead leg of the distance medley relay (1,200, 400, 800, 1,600) that finished 43rd at last weekend's national competition in Boston. "Almost every time she stepped on the track she set a new personal record," said Funk.

Michelle June, Meade, Jr.: June won the high jump at the Metro Invitational before capturing county, region and state championships in the same event. She placed second at the Dickinson Invitation in Carlisle, Pa. and she was seventh in the Eastern regionals. "I look for her to jump 6-feet before she graduates from high school," said Henderson, her coach.

Syreea McRae, Glen Burnie, Jr.: McRae finished first in the 55 dash at the county meet (7.4), and ran lead leg of the Gophers county champion 800 relay team. At regions, she was second in the 55 dash. "She just about eats and sleeps track, said Coach Aaron Walker.

Coach of the year

Mike Marcus, Old Mill: Marcus likes to downplay the importance of a track coach. To those who say, "All the track coaches do is open the gate," Marcus's good-natured response is: "Someone has to open the gate." Marcus, whose specialty is working with the shot putters, saw Cathy Porter win her second indoor state title this year and helped Adam Tryzbinski win county and region championships in the shot put. Despite an injury to Richard Queen -- the Patriots most gifted male athlete -- Old Mill still managed its ninth straight sweep of the county team titles and its sixth consecutive sweep of the region crowns. Old Mill's boys won the National Guard meet and the Patriots' girls team finished second at the Metro Invitational. "This year was more gratifying than 1994 when we won two state championships because the kids had to be more team-oriented," said Marcus, who owns a sports photography franchise. "We've always preached the team concept. We didn't have anyone to go out and get 30 or 40 points so everyone had to rely on everyone else to pull this off. We got them to believe that if we can get 80 people believing in one common cause, we're gonna get it done, and that's what happened."

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Picking the team

The Baltimore Sun 1995-96 All-Anne Arundel County indoor track and field teams were selected by Steven Kivinski after consultation with staff writers and area coaches.

Pub Date: 3/12/96


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