Boys Performers of Year
Rayvon Johnson, Annapolis, senior: The Panthers' football star won the 100 (10.7), 200 (22.2) and long jump (21-9) and was third in the triple jump (43-0) at the county meet. He was second in the 100 (11.16) at the state meet, leaving immediately afterward to attend graduation ceremonies. He took the sprint double at the Bob Golliday Memorial meet in 11.0 and 22.3 and had a pair of seconds in the regional meet.
Chris Scott, North County, senior: Despite a balky left hamstring, the senior continued to be one of the state's premier high hurdlers, setting a county record (14.0) en route to winning both hurdle events in the championships. He won the 100 dash in the 4A East region meet besides taking his specialty and was second in the 300 intermediate hurdles. He was runner-up in the state high hurdles after winning that and the 100 dash in the 4A East regional meet.
Boys Coach of Year
Mike Ballard, Annapolis: Ballard returns for the coaching honor after a year's absence following his team's second straight victory in the Anne Arundel County Championships. As he said, "Maybe we were overlooked a little bit early and as the season rolled along. But we came together with a combination of veterans and newcomers late and it all culminated with our win here [the title meet]. Last year, indoors, the girls team at Annapolis won the title, ending a 13-year run by Old Mill. Ballard is an alum of Annapolis High.
The boys team
Mike Brown, Annapolis, sophomore: If Johnson needed a backup, Brown, the 3A state high hurdles champ, certainly was his man. Besides dashing second in the county 100, he moved over to the hurdles and had a pair of third-place finishes in the 110 highs and 300 intermediates. He was second in the regional high hurdles and also was a key on the team's county 4 x 100 relay team.
Sonny Barnes, Annapolis, senior: With Chris Scott of North County around, Barnes did the only thing he could - run second in the high hurdles consistently. He proved the county's top quarter-miler and turned in consistently solid performances on two relay teams. He was sixth in the long hurdles at states and second in both hurdles events in the 3A East region.
DeMario Harris, Annapolis, freshman: Despite heavy losses to graduation, Harris is one of the reasons the Panthers see their success outdoors continuing. He carved out his niche in the jumps, winning the county triple jump in 44-3 and picking up a third in the long jump (20-11). He posted the same results at the Golliday Meet and was sixth in the state triple jump (42-7).
Jerome Goodman, North County, senior: Another of his team's injured legion who carried on well under the circumstances, the senior recovered just in time to win the 4A state high jump at 6-6. A regular at that height previously, leg problems dropped him several inches, but he was still able to win in the regional meet. He doubled in that event by taking the triple jump. He won the high jump at the Knights and Golliday meets and won two jumping events at regionals.
Erik Myhill, Severna Park, senior: The senior did his best work as the season wore on, winning the 800 and mile at counties in 1:59.6 and 4:27.6, respectively. He was second in the middle distance runs in the 4A East region and at the Westminster Invitational and usually ran the strongest leg on the 3200-meter relay team. He was second in the regional mile to Westminster standout Jesse O'Connell and was one of 12 runners to break two minutes in the state 800.
Mike Hall, Severna Park, sophomore: Competed in an interesting double - the pole vault and 800 meters - where he finished first and second, respectively, in the Anne Arundel County championships, clearing 11 feet and running 2:01.5. He was third in the 4A East region vault.
Jeremy Moore, Broadneck, junior: The throws champion of Anne Arundel County for more than a year, both indoors and out. He won the shot put (51-6) and discus (135-7) at this season's county showdown, won the shot at regionals and was runner-up at states (52-6). He owns a best of 54-4. He won at Knights and at regionals with customary 50-foot heaves.
Dusty Lieb, Archbishop Spalding, junior: Won the distance double at the MIAA - 9:56.8 in the two-mile, and was second in the 800. Dusty scored a two-mile/800 double at the Golliday meet, one of the few times as a member of a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association team, he got a chance to run in the county. He won the 3-K at Knights (9:11.1) and the two-mile at the state private schools event at McDonogh.
Girls Performer of Year
Alica Beard, Old Mill, senior: It wasn't a good day for Beard unless she scored in at least four events. She won three events, long jump and triple jump (34-3) and intermediate hurdles (45.4) at the county meet, then went 1-2-3-3 in her hurdle/jump efforts in Region 4A East. Beard proved a gamer at the state meet, scoring 18 points with a first in the intermediate hurdles and a second in the highs. She won intermediate hurdles races at the Knights and Golliday competitions and ran second in the high hurdles.
Girls Coach of Year
Dana Dobbs, Broadneck: After finishing second to Severna Park in the county cross country title run last fall, Dobbs and hisgang got to work, beating their rivals in the region meet, then for third place in the state championships. After finishing second to Arundel in the county indoor meet in February, once again it was time to unseat a favored opponent. Solid in the distances and able to hold its own in the field events, the team needed more speed. "We worked at getting quicker this spring, improving our [leg] turnover, and we moved ahead just enough," said Dobbs after his team had won the county title by a point over Arundel.
The girls team
Erin Masterson, Annapolis, junior: The county's dominant middle distance runner both indoors and outdoors for the past two seasons proved it once again with a mile victory (5:07.29) and a second in the 800 (2:18.1) at states. She's also strong in cross country. Her 2:17/5:14 double at the county championships was a sparkling effort, and she won both races at the Golliday. She won the mile and was runner-up at 800 meters at Mount St. Joseph.
Nashira Rawls, Arundel, junior: The speedster swept the dashes at the county meet in 12.5 and 26.5, then repeated the latter time to win in the 4A East region. She was second in the 100. She was second in the century at Golliday and led Arundel's strong 400 relay squad to a best of 50.2. She also won region 200, and was second in the 100.
Eva Tukarski, Arundel, junior: Tukarski piled up 28 points in the county meet (not including relays) by winning the high hurdles and 400 and finishing second in the intermediate hurdles. She won the 100 HH at regions (15.8) and Golliday (15.7), ran third in the 300 hurdles in 4A East and was second in the 400 (59.1) at Golliday. She was fourth in the 300 at states and third in regionals.
Roxanne Hall, Arundel, junior: Roxanne slipped out of the shadow of teammate Nashika Rawls by winning the 200 at Golliday in 26.5. She picked up a pair of third places in the 100 and 200 at the county meet and was third in the 100 at regionals. Needless to say, she's an integral member of Arundel's strong relay teams.
Suna Lumeh, Old Mill, sophomore: A worthy successor and backup for Alicia Beard at Old Mill. She was second in the triple jump and third in the long jump in the county meet and second in the triple jump in Region 4A East. She won the long jump and was second at triple jump at Golliday, second in the latter event at Knights.
Danielle Veilleux, Broadneck, sophomore: She won the 3200 and was second in the mile at the county gathering, finished third and second at the same events at regionals. She also won the 1500 and was second in the 3000 meters at Knights. Veilleux continued her top-three streak at River Hill with thirds in the mile and two-mile before finishing fourth in the two-mile and sixth in the mile at states.
Jean DellaGiustina, Broadneck, junior: She was a big contributor to Broadneck's upset victory over Arundel in the county championships, finishing second in the high jump. She went on to finish third in the state meet. She won the Knights Invitational with a 5-2 effort, then beat a strong field, including Westminster and C.M. Wright, in the event in the Region 4A East test.
Brittany Milliken, Northeast, freshman: After an All-County performance in cross country last fall, Milliken ran a personal best to finish second in the half-mile (2:20.4) and got fourth in the 1600 at the county championships. She did a PR 5:14.4 and finished fifth in the state 3A mile. Earlier, she ran 5:21 at Glenelg, then won the 800. She was second in the mile (5:20.1) in Region 3A East.
Kelly Zuknick, Archbishop Spalding, senior: After a year of leg injuries, which started at the Spiked Shoe cross country event last September, Kelly got back near previous form with a double in the IAAM Championships, winning the 800 meters and mile. She won the mile at the state private schools meet, and she was second in the 1500 and third in the 800 at Knights.
Photographs of All-County members Sonny Barnes and DeMario Harris of Annapolis, and Mike Hall of Severna Park were unavailable.
The Baltimore Sun 2000 All-Anne Arundel County outdoor track and field teams were selected by Phil Jackman after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.
The Sun will publish its high school All-Metro special section for the spring season tomorrow. It will feature the area's best athletes in boys and girls lacrosse, baseball, softball, and boys and girls outdoor track.