PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
The high school season may have ended, but Centrowitz's season continues. With his focus on the Nike Outdoor Nationals later this month in North Carolina, the junior downplayed any notion of taking a respite from training. "I don't think there's time for a break," Centrowitz said several minutes after capturing the Class 4A state crown in the 3,200 last month. "I can take a break later in the summer. I'm not completely happy yet."
That motivation to get better is what sets Centrowitz apart from other area track athletes and landed him this spring's Performer of the Year award. What began as a quiet season for him quickly reversed field when Centrowitz won the 3,000 at the Penn Relays in April. Against a field that included nationally ranked runners, Centrowitz registered a winning time of 8 minutes, 20.09 seconds, which is the third-fastest time recorded in that event in Penn Relays history and the second-fastest in the country, according to dyestat.com.
At the Anne Arundel County championships, Centrowitz easily captured the 1,600 in 4:25.34 before turning his attention to the 3,200. He took that event at the Class 4A East regional meet in 9:23.2 and at the state championships in 9:13.68. Centrowitz, the Anne Arundel County Performer of the Year, is making his second consecutive appearance on the All-Metro team. For the school year, he was named to the All-Metro teams in cross country and indoor track, earning Performer of the Year honors in cross country.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Moments after the Friars learned they had won the school's first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association title in outdoor track, senior Dominic Devaud revealed that the team was driven to win the trophy, which was renamed for Hoffman this spring. "We won it for him," Devaud said. "It's awesome."
Hoffman has inspired that kind of passion and loyalty since he began coaching at Archbishop Curley in 1975. Hoffman, a former hurdler and jumper at Curley, has been dispensing coaching advice to the Friars and athletes such as McDonogh senior Keith Brown Jr. and Western senior Theresa Lewis as a coach on the Ed Waters Track Club.
Yet despite Curley's resume of three MIAA group-meet championships in indoor track and a dual-meet title in outdoor track, the school's cupboard for the season-ending championship meet was bare.
That all changed last month when the Friars leapfrogged 2005 titlist Gilman, Mount St. Joseph and McDonogh - three teams that had defeated Curley during the regular season - to bring home the Gene Hoffman Cup.
The senior became only one of three metro-area athletes to capture two gold medals in individual events at the state championships. Allen claimed Class 3A victories in the high jump (6 feet, 4 inches) and long jump (23-4 1/2 ).
With that mark in the long jump, Allen became the only area athlete to leap past the 23-foot barrier. Also second in the triple jump at the state meet, Allen took both the high jump (6-0) and long jump (22-4 3/4 ) at the Howard County championships. He will continue his career at Maryland.
The junior won two state titles. At the Class 3A level, Brown collected victories in the 100 (10.67 seconds) and 200 (21.52). Both times are the fastest registered by an area athlete this spring, and his time in the 100 was the best posted in all four classifications at the state championships.
Brown's win in the 200 capped a sweep of that event at the Howard County (22.59) and East regional (22.13) events. He also walked away from the county championships with the crown in the 100 (11.13).
The senior may have finished third in the 400 at the Class 3A state championships, but his time of 49.18 seconds is the fastest recorded by an area athlete this spring. Cooper, who is ranked fourth in the 100, dominated both events through the Baltimore City and North regional levels.
He claimed the 100 (11.06) and 400 (50.44) at the city championships before doing the same in the 100 (11.05) and 400 (51.12) at the regional meet. Cooper's best showing in the 100 occurred at the Pikesville Track Classic when he won the event in 10.83 seconds.
The senior was the catalyst in the Friars' drive to their first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association crown. Devaud grabbed a gold medal in the 300 intermediate hurdles at the championship meet, winning in 39.48 seconds - the second-fastest time by an area athlete this spring.
Devaud, who will run at UMBC, placed second in the 110 high hurdles and the pole vault. The Baltimore City Performer of the Year in indoor track this past winter cleared 14 feet in the pole vault several times.
The senior showed off his range this spring. Primarily a jumper for much of his career, Gross expanded his repertoire at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championships. At that meet, he captured the 200 in 22.30 seconds and the 400 in 51.27.
Gross added two more gold medals by winning the long jump in 22 feet, 4 1/2 inches and the triple jump in 44-3 1/2 . He finished sixth in the triple jump at the Penn Relays, and his mark of 46-7 1/4 ranked second in the area this spring. Gross is ranked third in the long jump and eighth in the 200.
Known as a prolific high jumper, the junior showed his versatility by placing second in the 800 at the Class 2A state championships. Hruch's time of 1 minute, 56.84 seconds was the fastest registered by an area athlete this spring.
In addition to victories in the 800 at the Carroll County (2:01.17) and West regional (2:02.3) levels, the Carroll County Performer of the Year notched the area's second-best height in the high jump when he cleared 6 feet, 7 inches at the Don Boyer Invitational.
The junior dominated the hurdles events this spring. McIntosh recorded the area's fastest times in the hurdles when he crossed the finish line in the 110 high hurdles at the Pikesville Track Classic in 14.3 seconds and collected a gold medal in the 300 intermediate hurdles at the Class 3A state meet in 38.92.
His victory in the intermediate hurdles capped a sweep of that event at the Baltimore County (39.59) and North regional (40.72) levels. McIntosh also took the high hurdles at the county (15.1) and regional (15.1) meets before placing third at states.
Bowling Brook Prep
At the Hedgesville Journal-Eagle Invitational in West Virginia, Miller recorded a winning heave of 51 feet, 2 inches in the shot put - the best mark by an area athlete this spring.
The junior also won the discus at that meet, recording a distance of 132-9, which followed a similar outing at the Knights Invite, where he finished first in the discus with a throw of 126- 1/2 . Miller is one of only two area athletes to break the 50-foot barrier in the shot put.
The junior's time of 9 minutes, 19.70 seconds in the 3,200 at the Class 4A state championships ranked second in the area behind Broadneck junior Matthew Centrowitz. Parker's time of 4:21.30 in the 1,600 ranks third, and his time of 1:58.66 in the 800 at the MRW Northern Virginia Invitational ranks eighth.
The Baltimore County Performer of the Year captured both the 1,600 and 3,200 at the county (4:28.61 and 10:06.70) and North regional (4:27.6 and 9:45.5) levels.
His stumbles at the Class 2A state championships aside, the junior had a season that included being the only area athlete to finish the year ranked in the top four in three events. The Howard County Performer of the Year's time of 1 minute, 57.77 seconds at the Howard County Spring Track Classic ranked second, as did his time of 4:18.12 in the 1,600 at the state meet. And his time of 9:24.28 in the 3,200 at states ranked fourth.
After winning the 1,600 (4:22.02) and 3,200 (9:32.91) at the county championships, Revelle took the 800 (1:59.51), 1,600 (4:22.49) and 3,200 (9:30.53) at the South regional meet.
The sophomore was responsible for perhaps two of the most memorable displays at the Class 2A state championships when he surged past Atholton's Andrew Revelle over the final 100 meters in the 3,200 and pulled off a similar feat against Revelle in the 1,600.
Thompson's time of 4 minutes, 17.24 seconds in the 1,600 is not only the area's fastest this spring, but also a Class 2A state record. Thompson's time of 9:23.10 in the 3,200 ranked third, while his time of 1:58.21 in the 800 ranked fifth.
The senior won the high jump at four major invitationals, capped by his mark of 6 feet, 8 inches at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championships. Turek's best mark occurred during a league meet in April when he cleared 6-9 - the best height in the area this spring and tied for 43rd in the country, according to dyestat.com.
The Harford County Performer of the Year, who set meet records in the 100, 110 high hurdles, 300 intermediate hurdles and high jump at the Patriot Invitational, won the MIAA-sponsored decathlon. He will attend St. Mary's on an academic scholarship.
The senior's exploits in the pole vault were unmatched in the state. On six occasions this spring, Uqdah reached heights of 15 feet or more in the pole vault.
His mark of 15 feet at the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championships helped him repeat as the league titlist, but the Baltimore City Performer of the Year's crowning achievement occurred during a league meet in May. There, Uqdah, who will run at Lehigh, cleared 15-10 - a height that would've shattered the public school state record by 9 inches.
The senior performed admirably in the shot put, but his forte was the discus. After launching the discus 148 feet, 9 inches for 16th place at the Penn Relays, Washington secured the Howard County title with a mark of 140-7 on a rainy, dreary afternoon.
He finished second to teammate Brett Covington at the Class 3A East regional championships, but rebounded at the state meet and won his first gold medal. Washington's winning throw of 149-0 was the second-best distance by an area athlete this spring and only 1 inch behind Covington's mark at the regional championships. He will attend Shepherd on a football scholarship.
Archbishop Curley, junior
Keith Brown Jr.
F.S. Key, junior
Long Reach, senior
Western Tech, senior
Glen Burnie, junior
Eastern Tech, senior
Winters Mill, senior
Note -- Teams selected by Edward Lee after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.
1. Archbishop Curley 2. Gilman 3. Mount St. Joseph 4. McDonogh 5. Wilde Lake 6. Long Reach 7. Mervo 8. Howard 9. Arundel 10. Woodlawn
Other teams considered: Atholton, Bowling Brook Prep, Liberty, Meade, Mount Hebron.