Broadneck's premier distance runner, Matthew Centrowitz, and North Harford's three-sport standout, Corey Donohoe, were named The Sun's male and female Athletes of the Year at the 41st awards ceremony held at M&T; Bank Stadium yesterday.
Donohoe, who had no idea she would win, was introduced first and thanked her parents and coaches. The North Carolina-bound lacrosse player is featured in today's All-Metro section as the girls lacrosse Player of the Year.
The first girl from Harford County to receive the award in 29 years (Bel Air's Karen Stout was the first girl Athlete of the Year in 1978), Donohoe also played field hockey and was second-team All-Metro in basketball.
"Oh, my gosh, this is amazing," she said after accepting her glass trophy and $500 gift certificate for North Harford from Modell's.
"I never imagined I would get anything like this, but it's really great and I'm really happy about it. Before I got here, I didn't even know there would be an Athlete of the Year. I just thought it was a banquet."
Donohoe, who led Harford County in scoring for a third straight year, averaging 24.8 points this past season in basketball, finished with 1,262 career points.
She is also a prolific scorer in lacrosse, getting 83 goals and leading the Hawks to their first state final. Her knack for rising to the occasion showed up in the Class 3A-2A lacrosse final.
Donohoe scored five goals in a 7-6 loss to 10-time defending state girls lacrosse champion and top-ranked Mount Hebron. She finished her lacrosse career with 193 goals and 119 assists.
Centrowitz, considered by track experts to be the best schoolboy distance runner in Maryland history, really distinguished himself in his fourth varsity season to join his older sister, Lauren, as an Athlete of the Year.
Lauren Centrowitz, who runs at Stanford, was The Sun's Female Athlete of the Year in 2004 at Broadneck.
The younger Centrowitz ran the fastest time ever by a Marylander in the mile in his April victory at the Penn Relays. That along with his win last year in the 3,000 made him the first boy in the race's history to win the mile and the 3,000.
"It's great that we both won it, but previously a lot of great athletes have won it, and me being a part of the list makes me very proud," said Matthew Centrowitz, who won his third state title in Class 4A cross country this past fall and later finished eighth at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championship races in San Diego.
It was in the fall that Centrowitz committed to the University of Oregon, which his dad, Matt, attended. His father, who currently coaches American University's cross country and track teams, is also a two-time Olympian.
The younger Centrowitz might follow the path to the highest international stage, judging by what he accomplished at the Penn Relays.
On April 27 at the 113th Penn Relays, Centrowitz lowered the meet record in the mile to 4:08.38. He had won the 3,000 in 8:20.09 at the 2006 Penn Relays, the fastest time in two decades.
Centrowitz finished his high school career by setting a Class 4A and state record in the 1,600 at 4:04.09.