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ALL-CARROLL COUNTY TRACK AND FIELD

BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Tim Wunderlich

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North Carroll, junior

The reigning Performer of the Year in indoor track did not disappoint when the sport moved outdoors this spring. Not only did he qualify for four events at the Class 3A state championships, but Wunderlich also claimed his first state crown when he cleared 13 feet in the pole vault.

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Wunderlich, who tied for second in the high jump, finished sixth in the discus throw and placed seventh in the shot put at the state meet, won the shot put (49 feet, 7 inches) and the pole vault (10 feet) at the West region championships. He also was second in the discus throw and third in the high jump at the regional meet.

At the county championships, Wunderlich took the high jump (6 feet, 2 inches) and finished second, third and fifth in the long jump, discus throw and shot put, respectively. He also won the high jump (6 feet, 2 inches), the shot put (49 feet, 9 inches) and the pole vault (11 feet, 6 inches) at the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Chesapeake Division championships. This is his second consecutive appearance on the All-County team.

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Joe Guerra

Westminster

The Owls' program was a shell of its former self during the indoor track season this past winter, but Guerra wasn't overly concerned. He knew that some of the team's better athletes - such as seniors Chris Prior, Dan Simmons and Desmond Wars - played sports like basketball and wrestling during the indoor track season.

What Guerra counted on was the leadership of 11 seniors to hone the team's focus and set the tone for the outdoor season. Upending eventual Class 3A state champion Urbana for the MVAL Chesapeake Division championship helped elevate the morale of the program.

Westminster rode that confidence to its 24th consecutive county title and a Class 4A North region crown, which involved slipping past Baltimore County champion Woodlawn.

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FIRST TEAM

Phil Axtell

South Carroll, senior

The Mount St. Joseph transfer took his first county crown when he launched the discus 144 feet, 2 inches at the county championships. Axtell, who was third in the shot put at the championships, was second in the discus throw and sixth in the shot put at the Class 2A West region meet. Axtell, who plans to play Junior League hockey in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before going to Michigan Tech on a hockey scholarship, placed fourth in the shot put and ninth in the discus throw at the state championships.

Ndang Azang-Njaah

Winters Mill, sophomore

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He became the county's fastest athlete when he won the 100-meter dash at the county championships in 11.2 seconds. Azang-Njaah also ran legs of the 400- and 800-relay teams that finished fourth and fifth, respectively, at the county championships. Unfortunately, he aggravated a sore hamstring and was relegated to strictly relay duty at the Class 2A West region and state meets.

Matt Baile

Francis Scott Key, senior

He brought home the county's second state crown. Baile won the discus throw (155 feet, 9 inches) at the Class 2A state championships and placed fifth in the shot put. He took the discus throw (151 feet, 8 inches) and was second in the shot put at the West region meet. Baile flipped the order at the county championships, winning the shot put (48 feet, 3.5 inches) and finishing second in the discus throw.

Brian Horr

Francis Scott Key, senior

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He completed two-thirds of a sweep in the long jump. Horr claimed the county title with a leap of 21 feet, 7 inches at the county championships and won a Class 2A West regional crown with a mark of 21 feet, 3 1/4 inches. Horr, who was second in the long jump at the MVAL's Piedmont Division championships, finished ninth in the event at the state meet.

Chris Jones

Century, junior

He scored two major victories in the 110 high hurdles. First, Jones took the title with a time of 14.8 seconds at the MVAL's Piedmont Division championships. Then, he won the 110 high hurdles at the county championships with the same time. Jones was also second in the high jump and fourth in the long jump and ran a leg of the second-place 400-relay squad at the county meet.

Brian Leiter

Francis Scott Key, junior

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He returned to the All-County team for the second straight year by winning the 800 (2 minutes, 5.7 seconds) and the 1,600 (4:38.4) at the county championships. Leiter registered a victory in the 800 (2:00.2) and a third-place showing in the 1,600 at the Class 2A West region meet. Leiter, who won the 800 (2:02.0) and the 1,600 (4:36.0) at the MVAL's Piedmont Division championships, placed second in the 1,600 at the state meet.

Bryan Mull

Liberty, junior

One of the county's top cross country runners last fall, Mull parlayed those skills into a county title this spring. He claimed the 3,200 in 10:29.0 at the county championships. Mull, who ran third in the event at the MVAL's Chesapeake Division meet, finished fifth in the 3,200 at the Class 2A West region championships and missed advancing to the state meet by one position.

Chris Prior

Westminster, senior

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In his first foray into track and field, Prior became a state champion. His throw of 49 feet, 9 inches in the shot put earned Prior the Class 4A state crown. He also won the shot put at the Class 4A North region meet with a toss of 45 feet, 10 inches. Prior, who was second in the shot put at the MVAL's Chesapeake Division meet and fourth in the event at the county championships, will play basketball at McDaniel College next year.

Joe Taylor

Winters Mill, junior

He returned to the All-County team for the second straight year by claiming the 400 in 51.2 seconds at the county championships. Taylor also won the 400 (50.9 seconds) at the Class 2A West region meet before slipping to fifth in the event at the state championships. Taylor took top honors in three individual events at the MVAL's Piedmont Division meet - the 100 (11.3 seconds), the 200 (22.7 seconds) and the 400 (51.2 seconds).

Kevin Teal

Westminster, senior

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The repeat All-County selection posted a victory in the 200 at the county championships, crossing the finish line in 22.4 seconds. He also ran legs of the winning 400- (44.4 seconds) and third-place 800-relay squads at the meet. At the Class 4A North region championships, Teal claimed the 100 (11.0 seconds), was second in the 200 and tied for fourth in the high jump. He will run at Salisbury.

Desmond Wars

Westminster, senior

The two-time All-County choice won a county title in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 40.1 seconds. He also ran a leg of the winning 400-relay squad (44.4 seconds) and finished second in the 110 high hurdles at the county championships. Wars took the 110 high hurdles (14.4 seconds), the 300 intermediate hurdles (39.99 seconds) and the long jump (22 feet, 8 inches) at the Class 4A North region meet.

Jordan Wike

Winters Mill, sophomore

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He brought home his first county championship when he cleared 11 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault. Wike, who also ran legs of the 400- and 800-relay teams and competed in the triple jump, placed second in the pole vault at the Class 2A West region meet and at the MVAL's Piedmont Division championships.

Brad Williams

Liberty, sophomore

He scored two major victories in the triple jump this spring. Williams leaped 40 feet, 2 1/2 inches at the MVAL's Chesapeake Division meet and went 41 feet, 5 inches at the county championships. Sixth in the long jump at the county meet, Williams finished fifth in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump at the Class 2A West region championships.

Teams selected by Edward Lee


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