INDOOR TRACK

THE BALTIMORE SUN

BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Charles Devaud

Archbishop Curley, senior

Devaud's contributions were as wide and varied as the events in which he competed. Regarded as the No. 4 Friars' best athlete, Devaud participated in six events this winter.

For the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship meet, he concentrated on four - the 55-meter hurdles, pole vault, triple jump and 800 relay. Devaud walked away with MIAA crowns in two of those events, winning the hurdles in 7.6 seconds and the pole vault with a mark of 13 feet.

He never lost a hurdles race to a conference opponent and dropped only one pole vault contest in four league meets. By placing second in the triple jump with a leap of 41 feet, 7.75 inches and running a leg of the second-place 800 relay squad that finished in 1 minute, 34.6 seconds, Devaud delivered 36 of Archbishop Curley's 88 points at the MIAA championships.

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Eric Depkin

Loch Raven

Few observers tabbed the Raiders as a contender at any level. After all, as a Class 1A school, Loch Raven had a much smaller talent pool than its Class 4A and 3A rivals. But a third-place finish to Annapolis and Woodlawn, powers in Class 4A and 3A, respectively, at the 40th annual National Guard Meet, legitimized the Raiders' campaign.

Armed with a solid contingent of distance runners from the school's Class 1A state champion cross country team, Depkin found a talented foursome of sprinters in Quentin Burley, Adam Dickson, Franklin Richburg and Stann Waithe.

Despite placing third at the Baltimore County championships and fourth at the Class 2A-1A Central region meet, Loch Raven recorded 39 points for second place at the state championships. The finish - just two points shy of Middletown's 41 - was the Raiders' best showing at a state meet.

THE BOYS TEAM

Tony Cole

Oakland Mills, junior

The Howard County Performer of the Year won the 55-meter dash at the Class 2A-1A state meet with a time of 6.51 seconds. That effort completed a sweep in the 55 with titles at the Central region (6.5) and county championships (6.3).

Cole, who finished second in the 300 at the state (36.2) and region (38.7) levels, reaped four gold medals at the county championships.

Martin Dougherty

South River, senior

He established himself as the Seahawks' first state champion in the past 10 years by winning the pole vault at the Class 4A-3A state meet with a vault of 13 feet - the best mark among any gold-medal winners at the state level.

Dougherty also took first place in the event at the Central region meet by clearing 12 feet, 6 inches.

Will Eden

Annapolis, sophomore

The Anne Arundel County Performer of the Year helped the No. 2 Panthers take second at the Class 3A-2A state championships. Eden's win in the 3,200 in 9 minutes, 50.8 seconds and second-place outing in the 1,600 in 4:31.2 gave Annapolis 18 of its 46 points.

He was second in both events at the East region meet and second in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600 at the county meet.

Damon Gasque

Mount Hebron, senior

He topped off his second season of indoor track by collecting a Class 3A-2A state title in the high jump with a mark of 6 feet, 2 inches. That leap was an eight-inch improvement from his first foray in the event last winter.

Gasque was the top high jumper at the West region meet (6-2) and the Howard County championships (6-3). He was second in the 55 hurdles at the county championships.

Drew Graybeal

Glenelg, junior

He owned the 500 at every level. Graybeal was first in the event at the Class 2A-1A state championships (1 minute, 6.3 seconds), the Central region meet (1:11.2) and the Howard County championships (1:07.7).

He finished second in the 300 with a time of 35.9 seconds at the county championships.

Jesse Slowikowski

C. Milton Wright, senior

When teammate Pat Bailey was sidelined by complications from Achilles' tendinitis, the Mustangs turned to Slowikowski. A cross country veteran, Slowikowski placed second in the 1,600 (4 minutes, 21.70 seconds) and the 3,200 (9:58.90) at the Class 4A-3A state championships.

He captured both events at the Central region meet - the 1,600 in 4:33.2 and the 3,200 in 10:13.0.

Sean Stewart

Hammond, senior

He added an average of four feet to his shot put throws from last winter to become the event's top performer. Stewart collected his second consecutive Howard County title with a toss of 48 feet, 11.25 inches.

He placed second in the event at the Class 3A-2A West region meet with a mark of 49 feet, 2.75 inches and third at the state meet with a throw of 49 feet, 1.75 inches.

Tristram Thomas

McDonogh, sophomore

The premier distance runner in the MIAA, Thomas never lost to a conference rival in the 1,600 or the 3,200 this season.

He won crowns in the 1,600 (4 minutes, 27.7 seconds) and the 3,200 (9:54) at the MIAA championships.

Stann Waithe

Loch Raven, senior

He became the first Raider to pick up three gold medals at the Class 2A-1A state championships. Waithe, who is this year's lone repeat All-Metro selection, was first in the 300 (35.3 seconds) and ran legs of the winning 800 relay (1 minute, 32.55 seconds) and 1,600 relay squads (3:31.75) at the state meet.

He also had three gold medals at the Central region and Baltimore County championships.

Ambrose Wooden

Gilman, senior

The All-Metro Player of the Year in football transferred his speed from the gridiron to the track. Wooden registered wins in the 55 dash in 6.2 seconds and the 300 in 36.0 seconds at the MIAA championships.

Those victories accounted for 20 of the No. 9 Greyhounds' 48 points at the championship meet.

Frankie Wright

Mervo, senior

He played a pivotal role in the top-ranked Mustangs' third-place showing at the Class 4A-3A state championships. Wright collected a state title in the 500 with a time of 1 minute, 6.43 seconds and ran a leg for the winning 800 relay squad that finished in 1:31.19.

He brought home four gold medals from the Central region meet and three more from the Baltimore City championships.

FINAL POLL

1. Mervo

2. Annapolis

3. Mount St. Joseph

4. Archbishop Curley

5. Loch Raven

6. Mount Hebron

7. McDonogh

8. Southern-AA

9. Gilman

10. Perry Hall

Other teams considered:

C. Milton Wright, Calvert Hall, Oakland Mills, South River

THE BOYS TEAMS

First team

Name School Class

Tony Cole Oakland Mills Junior

Charles Devaud Arch. Curley Senior

Martin Dougherty South River Senior

Will Eden Annapolis Sophomore

Damon Gasque Mount Hebron Senior

Drew Graybeal Glenelg Junior

Jesse Slowikowski C. Milton Wright Senior

Sean Stewart Hammond Senior

Tristram Thomas McDonogh Sophomore

Stann Waithe Loch Raven Senior

Ambrose Wooden Gilman Senior

Frankie Wright Mervo Senior

Second team

Name School Class

Darrin Arbaugh South Carroll Senior

Mike Bukosky Perry Hall Senior

Brandon Duckett Mount St. Joseph Senior

Demario Harris Annapolis Senior

Jason Mead Oakland Mills Senior

Andrew Peresta Southern-AA Senior

Andy Rejent Calvert Hall Senior

Matt Sanders Mount Hebron Senior

Luke Stewart McDonogh Senior

Brandon Taylor Mount St. Joseph Senior

J.J. Wetzel Arch. Spalding Senior

Ronald Wright Mervo Senior

Note: Teams selected by Edward Lee after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

GIRLS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Novia Brown

Milford Mill, senior

Also the All-Metro Performer of the Year last winter, she seems to set a state indoor track record every time she races.

Brown, who set a Class 3A state mark in the 300-meter dash with a time of 40.8 seconds last winter, shattered the state record of 40.04 seconds for all classifications when she crossed the finish line in 39.70 seconds. Her winning time of 1 minute, 17.10 seconds in the 500 was .30 seconds faster than the Class 3A state record set by Woodlawn's Catrice Jefferson in 1998.

Brown claimed her third gold medal of the Class 3A-2A state championships by running a leg for the Millers' victorious 1,600 relay squad (4:07.84).

It's no coincidence that in the two winters that Brown has been participating in indoor track, the Millers have captured state crowns.

Brown took home four gold medals at the Central region and Baltimore County championships. The All-Baltimore City/County Performer of the Year, Brown is being recruited by Ohio State, Tennessee and Delaware State.

GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR

Sharon Johnson

Milford Mill

The plan was simple. Take seven athletes to comprise your varsity squad, don't expect help from a JV team, and win a state title.

It may sound easy, but Johnson had concerns that her team members might exhaust themselves under the conditions of what can be a grueling campaign.

To help preserve the energy levels of the five performers she usually used, Johnson limited her charges to one or two events during the regular season, sacrificing losses in meets. The goal was to keep everyone healthy and fresh for the championship rounds.

The strategy worked to perfection as the No. 2 Millers picked up a Baltimore County title, tied No. 9 Franklin for the Class 3A-2A Central region crown and slipped past Douglass of Prince George's County to pick up the program's second consecutive state championship.

THE GIRLS TEAM

Kelli Buck

C. Milton Wright, sophomore

Her gold-medal time of 11 minutes, 36.58 seconds in the 3,200 at the state meet was the fastest among the state champions. Buck also ran a leg for the second-place 3,200 relay squad that finished in 9:41.87 at the state meet.

She was third in the 3,200 (12:10.9) at the Central region meet.

Lauren Centrowitz

Broadneck, junior

The Anne Arundel County Performer of the Year successfully defended her Class 4A-3A state crown in the 1,600 by crossing the finish line in 5 minutes, 2.54 seconds.

Centrowitz, a two-time All-Metro selection, was also second in the 800 (2:19.60) at the state meet. She was first in the 1,600 and third in the 800 at the Central region meet and first in both events at the county championships.

Jeanette Curtis

Mount Hebron, senior

Curtis, who won the 55 hurdles at the Class 3A-2A West region and Howard County championships last winter, did it again. The repeat All-Metro choice improved at every level - from 8.5 seconds at the county championships, to 8.2 at the region meet, to 8.18 at the state meet.

Laura Drossner

Bryn Mawr, junior

Her ability to produce four first-place showings at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships paced the No. 4 Mawrtians to a second-place finish at the meet.

Drossner won the 800 in 2 minutes, 25.0 seconds and the 1,600 in 5:22.1.

Lindsay Grigoriev

Atholton, senior

The Howard County Performer of the Year won two gold medals and broke a record at the Class 2A-1A state championships. Her throw of 42 feet, 7.75 inches in the shot put eclipsed the previous mark for all classifications of 42 feet, 2.75 inches set by North Hagerstown's Meagan Verdeyen.

The two-time All-Metro pick, who also won the 55 hurdles in 8.71 seconds, swept the shot put at the Central region and county championships.

Cierra Layne

Edmondson, sophomore

Layne realized her potential this winter when she took first place in the 55-meter dash at the Class 2A-1A state championships. Her time of 7.37 seconds crowned Layne as the program's first state indoor track champion.

She collected wins in the 55 (7.4 seconds) and the 300 (45.3) at the Central region meet.

Calynn Offer

Annapolis, senior

She capped her last winter as a high school athlete by emerging as the area's top pole vaulter. Offer cleared 9 feet, 6 inches at the Class 3A-2A state championships, which tied her for second with Stephen Decatur's Emily Keeley.

Offer registered 9 feet, 6 inches again at the East region meet to grab second place. She cleared 9 feet to win an Anne Arundel County title.

Martha Raver

Mount de Sales, senior

She powered the No. 3 Sailors to their third consecutive IAAM crown. Raver produced first-place showings at the championship meet in the 55 with a time of 7.3 seconds and the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 9.25 inches.

She was second in the 55 hurdles (8.8 seconds) and the triple jump (32 feet, 5.5 inches).

Shade Smith

Hammond, senior

Smith won the 55-meter dash at the Class 3A-2A state championships in 7.25 seconds. That win completed a sweep of the event, as she was first in the 55 at the West region (7.3 seconds) and Howard County (7.1) meets.

Latosha Wallace

Western, senior

Named to the All-Metro team for the second year in a row, Wallace paced the top-ranked Doves with a second-place effort in the 500 (1 minute, 16.21 seconds) and a third-place outing in the 800 (2:21.27) at the Class 4A-3A state championships.

She was first in the 500 (1:17.2) and the 800 (2:20.2) at the Central region meet, and took home gold medals in the 300 (42.4 seconds) and the 500 (1:19.3) at the Baltimore City championships.

Dominique Washington

Milford Mill, senior

She competed in four events at the Class 3A-2A state championships. Washington was third in the 55 hurdles (8.45 seconds) and sixth in the high jump (5 feet). She also ran a leg of the winning 1,600 relay (4:07.84) and the second-place 800 relay teams (1:47.83).

Washington was first in the high jump, 800 relay and 1,600 relay at the Central region meet, and first in the high jump, 55 hurdles and 1,600 relay at the Baltimore County championships.

FINAL POLL

1. Western

2. Milford Mill

3. Mount de Sales

4. Bryn Mawr

5. Broadneck

6. Mercy

7. C. Milton Wright

8. Mount Hebron

9. Franklin

10. Long Reach

Other teams considered:

Atholton, Glenelg, Hammond, Maryvale Prep

THE GIRLS TEAMS

First team

Name School Class

Novia Brown Milford Mill Senior

Kelli Buck C. Milton Wright Sophomore

Lauren Centrowitz Broadneck Junior

Jeanette Curtis Mount Hebron Senior

Laura Drossner Bryn Mawr Junior

Lindsay Grigoriev Atholton Senior

Cierra Layne Edmondson Sophomore

Calynn Offer Annapolis Senior

Martha Raver Mount de Sales Senior

Shade Smith Hammond Senior

Latosha Wallace Western Senior

Dominique Washington Milford Mill Senior

Second team

Name School Class

Jamie Antonious Mercy Sophomore

Samantha Beltz C. Milton Wright Sophomore

Timika Davis Lake Clifton Senior

Ashley Duckett Mount de Sales Sophomore

Ellett George Bryn Mawr Senior

Katie Hertsch Winters Mill Freshman

April Mullen Mervo Senior

DaMara Parrish Long Reach Senior

Mackenzie Paull McDonogh Junior

Trisha Repsher Westminster Freshman

Ashley West-Nesbitt Western Senior

Alicia Williams Western Senior

Note: Teams selected by Edward Lee after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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