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1996 All-Baltimore City/County track and field teams

THE BALTIMORE SUN

BOYS

Performer of the Year

Dameon Johnson, Walbrook, Sr.: Johnson, a transfer from Carver and an All-Metro selection last season, came from behind to beat Mervo's James Carter in the 200 and 400 at the state meet. Johnson, last year's state runner-up in the 400, ran it in a state-record 46.2 at the city meet where he, again, edged Carter in both events.

Coach of the Year

Walter Cole, Carver: Losing a runner the caliber of Dameon Johnson would be a big blow to any program, but Carver barely missed a beat. With only seven runners, it still finished second at the Class 3A state meet. "I'm still in a state of shock that we took second," said Cole, who is in his 24th season as coach of the Bears. "It was very fulfilling to see all of our hard work pay off. All season long we were focusing on state meet and they came through." The Bears finished third in the city meet behind Mervo and Poly and behind eventual state champ Atholton and Centennial (a team it easily beat at states) at regionals.

The Team

Bernard Williams, Carver, Jr.: Williams picked up much of the slack in Dameon Johnson's absence and won both the 100 (11.03) and 200 (21.93) at the state championships. He helped his team to a third-place finish at the city meet by winning the 100 and running the anchor leg of a city champion 800 relay.

Cory Smith, Calvert Hall, Sr.: Smith, The Sun's All-Metro Performer of the Year last cross country season, owned area best times this season in the 1,600 (4: 15) and the 3,200 (9: 05). He closed out his high school career by winning the 3,200 at the MIAA Championships. Smith is headed to Villanova on a track scholarship.

Craig Thompson, Woodlawn, Sr.: He went undefeated in the 110 hurdles en route to county, region and state championships. He is headed for Virginia Tech.

Robert Mercer, Poly, Sr.: Mercer was second in the state in the 110 and 300 hurdles and ran a leg of the Engineers' state champion 800 relay. At the city meet, he won the 300 intermediate hurdles and finished second behind teammate Larry Scruggins in the 110 hurdles.

James Carter, Mervo, Sr.: Carter's runner-up finish in the 200 and 400 helped the Mustangs claim their second consecutive 4A state title. At states, Carter ran a 47.6 split for the winning 1,600 relay. The talented senior also won the 200 and 400 at the region meet.

Garfield Thompson, Mervo, Jr.: Thompson was a member of the Mustangs' state champion 1,600 and 3,200 relays. He finished second in the 800 at the city meet and was third in the 800 at states.

Mike Curtis, Mervo, Sr.: Curtis outkicked the field to win state titles in the 800 (1: 56.2) and the 1,600 (4: 22.7). Curtis won the 800 and 1,600 at the city meet and was region champ in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. He is leaning toward attending Meridian College in Mississippi.

Antoine Collins, Mervo, Jr.: Collins was part of the Mustangs' state champion 1,600 and 3,200 relays and was city champion in the 800. "He was our workhorse this year," said Mervo coach Freddie Hendricks. "He ran long stuff and sprints when we needed it."

Wes Leong, Dulaney, Sr.: Leong won every major invitational in the pole vault, as well as the Baltimore County and Class 4A North region titles. At the state meet, Leong cleared 12-6 but chose to leave the meet early to attend his graduation ceremonies.

Da'Vaughn Mellerson, Mount St. Joseph, Sr.: An All-Metro defensive lineman, Mellerson successfully defended his shot put and discus titles at the MIAA Championships. He will attend Wake Forest on a football scholarship.

Omar Knight, Perry Hall, Jr.: Knight was second behind Curtis in the 800 and 1,600 at the state meet and a big reason the Gators won the county team title. He was county champ in the 800, second in the high jump, and ran a leg of the Gators' county champion 1,600 relay.

Jerry Meriwether, Perry Hall, Jr.: Meriwether was unbeaten in the triple jump in the area. He won the county title by leaping 42-2 and the region crown with a jump of 40-1 1/2 . He took fourth at the state meet with an area-best 44- 1/2 .

Steve Moxey, Curley, Sr.: Moxey set a meet record at the MIAA Championships with a 1: 57.9 in the 800. The versatile distance

runner also ran a 4: 26 indoor mile this year.

GIRLS

Performer of the Year

Alisha McClinton, Perry Hall, Jr.: McClinton emerged as county, region and state champion in the long jump. She fell five inches short of a state meet record after jumping 19-4 in Westminster and took first in the same events at invitationals at McDonogh, North County, Old Mill and Towson State. She won the 100 and 200 dashes at the county championships and was first in the 100 and second in the 200 at regionals.

Coach of the Year

Jerry Molyneaux, Western: Molyneaux's charges continued their tradition of excellence by winning the Baltimore City and Class 4A region championships. He qualified 12 of his 16 athletes for the state meet, where his team finished tied for sixth. "I just try to get the kids to believe in themselves; I don't worry about winning," said Molyneaux, who has been in charge of the Doves' program for eight years. "We work on building their confidence so that they perform under pressure. That's my job. I try to keep them focused on things they work on in practice and help them keep a positive attitude the whole way through."

The Team

Jen Geroux, Parkville, Soph.: She was region champ in the 1,600 and runner-up in the 1,600 and 3,200 at the county meet. She finished sixth in the state in the 3,200 after turning in a school-record time of 11: 45.5 and was third in the state 1,600 in a personal-best 5: 17.5. "She made amazing improvement from indoors to outdoors," said Knights coach Don Wann.

Shani Moore, McDonogh, Soph.: Moore cleared an area-best 5-8 in the high jump at an invitational at North County and jumped 5-7 at the Draper Invitational in Alexandria, Va. She has qualified for the nationals later this month in Ohio. "We put nothing past this girl," said coach Jeff Sanborn. "She is an unbelievable physical specimen."

Tenille Johnson, Southwestern, Jr.: Johnson, a second-team All-City/County selection last season, won the 100 hurdles at the Class 4A North region meet and was second in the same event at states.

Bridget Quenzer, Mount de Sales, Sr.: At the State Private School Championships, Quenzer, the All-Metro Runner of the Year last cross country season, won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs. She was third in the 3,000 at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va., and won the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Seahawk Invitational at South River. She will attend George Washington on an athletic scholarship.

Lisa Czawlytko, Catholic, Sr.: Czawlytko took first place in the triple jump, long jump and the 100 hurdles at the Private School Championships. At the Towson State Relays, she triple jumped a personal-best 34-7 for first place, long jumped a personal-best 17-8 for second and high jumped 5 feet for third.

Meghan White, Dulaney, Jr.: White won the 800 (2: 16), 1,600 (5: 08) and 3,200 (11: 26) at the Baltimore County Championships and won all three events again at regions. At states she finished fourth in the 800 and 3,200 and scored 16 of her team's 17 points.

Kate Macfarlane, Hereford, Jr.: Macfarlane cleared 9 feet in the pole vault at the county meet to become the county's first female pole vaulting champ. She also competed in the high jump and was second at the county region and states. "She is an untapped resource," said Lions coach John Roemer.

Collyn LaBerge, Towson, Jr.: LaBerge was crowned region champion in the discus after finishing runner-up to Gassman at the county meet. At states, LaBerge, who holds Towson's school record in the discus (105-1 1/2 ), took third. "She really got into the mental aspect of the event this year," said Towson coach Gil Stange.

Elizabeth Johnson, Western, Soph.: At the city championships, Johnson was first in the 1,600, second in the 800, and was a member of the Doves' winning 3,200 relay team. She ran on Western's region champion 3,200 relay team that finished second at the state meet.

Toni Jefferson, Western, Fr.: This ninth-grader emerged as city and region champ in the 200. She was city runner-up in the long jump and ran on the city and region champion 400 and 800 relays, which took third at states.

Linaya DeShields, Western, Sr.: DeShields won the long jump and set a meet record in the 100 dash (12.4) at the city championships. She took second in the region in the long jump and ran a leg of the Doves' region champion 400 and 800 relays.

Tracee Cheek, Milford Mill, Fr.: Cheek won the 2A shot put title with a personal-best throw of 35-7. She also won county and region titles in the shot. "She's a very hard worker, extremely motivated," said Milford Mill coach Joe Sargent.

Joanna Helm, Perry Hall, Sr.: Helm surfaced as the county and region champ in the high jump. She won the 300 intermediate hurdles at the county and region meets and was second in the intermediate hurdles at states.

Natalie Gassman, Perry Hall, Jr.: Gassman won the county discus title with a personal-best toss of 107-10 and won the region crown by hurling the discus exactly 100 feet. She also won the Towson State Relays and the Knights' Invite at North County.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1996 All-Baltimore City/County track and field teams were selected by Steven Kivinski after consulting with VTC The Sun staff and area coaches.

Pub Date: 6/02/96

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