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Severna Park three-time state champion Jack DeBaugh named 2022 Capital Gazette boys outdoor track and field Athlete of the Year

After being named Capital Gazette indoor track and field Athlete of the Year, Jack DeBaugh was not intent on repeating that honor during the outdoor season.

DeBaugh’s focus was totally on team goals, notably helping the Severna Park boys add an outdoor state championship to those they captured during the cross country and indoor track seasons.


“Of course, the overarching goal was to complete the trifecta,” DeBaugh said. “I was willing to do whatever I could to make that happen.”

Actually, DeBaugh had one notable individual goal. He was determined to secure a state title in the 400 meters after placing fourth in 2021.


“I really wanted to win the 400 and show that I had improved since last year,” he said.

DeBaugh did one better, winning both the 400 and 800 at the Class 4A state championship meet held at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex. The senior standout also ran the last leg of Severna Park’s 4x800 relay team that was crowned state champs.

“I was very proud and honored to play a part in helping the team to another state championship. That is what it’s all about,” said DeBaugh, whose contributions to that achievement made him the 2022 Capital Gazette boys outdoor track and field Athlete of the Year.

Severna Park coach Josh Alcombright said DeBaugh offered to run the 200, 400 and 800 at the state meet. While they had no doubt he could score points in the 200, Alcombright and sprints coach Chris Snyder chose to limit DeBaugh to two individual events.

“Chris and I were back-and-forth about how best to use Jack at the state meet,” said Alcombright, admitting DeBaugh “probably didn’t realize” his full potential outdoors.

Part of the problem was that severe thunderstorms wiped out Friday’s competition for 4A. DeBaugh was supposed to run the two relays on Friday, but both got pushed to Saturday.

“We weren’t counting on Jack having to do four events on one day,” Alcombright said. “We knew that would be a challenge, even for an athlete of his caliber.”

Things started smoothly as Tyler Canady, Scott Engleman and James Glebocki built a huge lead in the 4x800. By the time DeBaugh took the baton, he practically could jog to keep the Falcons in first.


However, things were not nearly as comfortable in the 4x200 as DeBaugh had to sprint full out on the final leg in order to pass a couple of runners and score Severna Park a fourth-place finish.

Although there was limited recovery time before the individual 400, DeBaugh was not deterred and blazed to victory with a personal-best time of 48.66 seconds. He crossed the line more than a full second ahead of runner-up Jalen Riley from C.H. Flowers.

DeBaugh then put the finishing touches on an impressive state meet performance by winning the 800 in 1:55.94, just under a second faster than runner-up Lamar Wilson of Northwood.

That was quite an accomplishment considering DeBaugh never ran the 800 until the start of this outdoor season. Snyder thought he could stretch the sprinter into a middle-distance runner and those instincts were proved accurate when DeBaugh clocked a time of 1:53.67 at the Black and Blue Invitational held at Johns Hopkins University in March.

That time was just three-tenths of a second shy of the school record set by Gene Munger in 1969.

“We pushed Jack to go farther than he wanted as far as distances on the track. I would say he is now a middle-distance runner who can run down,” Snyder said. “Jack definitely matured this outdoor season. He became a better racer just through experience.”


DeBaugh never got another shot to break the school record in the 800 and also could not push himself to the limit in the 400 because he always did multiple events at meets.

Alcombright and Snyder are very interested to find out just how fast DeBaugh can go in various individual events (300 and 500 indoors; 400 and 800 outdoors) as a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology track and field program.

“Jack is very much an untapped talent and can go as far as he wants in this sport. He has all the right tools and the right mindset,” Alcombright said.

Snyder seconded that assessment, saying “I think Jack is just starting to scratch the surface of his true potential. He’s a really intense competitor with tremendous natural ability and a determination to be the best version of himself.

“Jack is one of those athletes you want to follow for the rest of his career because the sky’s the limit.”

Coach of the Year

Josh Alcombright, Severna Park


Shortly after the Severna Park boys captured the 4A state championship in cross country, Alcombright started talking about posting a clean sweep of the 2021-22 campaign.

Alcombright challenged the Falcons to secure state titles in track and field, both indoors and outdoors. Severna Park accomplished the rare and remarkable feat, completing the trifecta over Memorial Day weekend at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.

The Falcons used their balance, depth and versatility to claim the 4A outdoor track and field championship by totaling 87 points. In addition to DeBaugh, Severna Park got individual state titles from Brandon Kiefer in the pole vault and Tyler Canady in the 1,600.

Canady and DeBaugh were joined by Scott Engleman and James Glebocki as the Falcons also took first in the 4x800.

Severna Park is believed to be the first 4A school to capture three team state championships during a single school year. Oakland Mills has accomplished the feat a few times at the 2A level.

“It still hasn’t hit me yet just how special an achievement that is,” Alcombright said. “There was a lot of excitement within the program about the possibility. However, I don’t think the athletes or coaches felt any pressure. We all just wanted to win the triple crown and hang another banner in the gym.”


It marks the first boys outdoor track and field state championship in Severna Park history. Alcombright, who has been part of the program for 16 years after initially serving as an assistant coach under Ed Purpura, was most pleased the Falcons are no longer known solely for their distance strength.

Severna Park now fields a well-rounded program that can also score in the sprint and field events. Alcombright credited assistant coaches Chris Snyder, Tina DiPaola, Justin Marvel and Quinn Newvill for helping build that balance.

“I cannot begin to explain the immense pride I feel in the program we developed,” Alcombright said.

All-County first team

Logan Browne, Broadneck, senior, discus

Browne was Anne Arundel County champion in the discus with a throw of 140 feet, 8 inches. He was runner-up at the 4A state championships with a personal-best heave of 140-4.

Tyler Canady, Severna Park, senior, distance


Canaday won the 1,600 at the 4A state championships with a school-record time of 4:15.86. He was runner-up at both the county and region meets. He also ran on Severna Park’s state championship 4x800 relay, which posted a time of 8:03.1.

Luke Coffin, Annapolis, senior, distance

Coffin captured the 4A state title in the 3,200 in 9:14.06. He won the 1,600 and 3,200 at the county and region meets.

Kaden Curtis, Spalding, sophomore, sprints

Curtis captured MIAA A Conference championship in the 400 with a personal-record time of 50.28 seconds and placed sixth in the 200 in 22.95 seconds.

Joseph DeRosier, Old Mill, junior, hurdles


DeRosier was 4A East Region champion in both the 110 and 300 hurdles and placed second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 110 hurdles at the 4A state meet.

Brandon Kiefer, Severna Park, senior, field events

Kiefer captured the 4A state championship by clearing 13-6 after claiming the Anne Arundel County championship at 13-6 and the 4A East Region title at 12-7.

Hayden Myers, Southern, senior, sprints-middle distance

Myers ran the fastest leg on Southern’s 2A state championship 4x800 meter relay and was runner-up at the 2A West Region and placed third at the Anne Arundel County Championships in the 400.

Makaih Santiago, Old Mill, senior, jumps


Santiago won the long jump and triple jump at both the Anne Arundel County and 4A East Region championships. He placed third at the 4A state meet in the triple jump with a season-best distance of 44-3.

John Tyler, Severna Park, senior, high jump

Tyler was Anne Arundel County and East Region champion. He placed fourth at the 4A state meet at a personal-best height of 6-2.

Ayden Wheless, Broadneck, senior, shot put

Wheless was Anne Arundel County and 4A East Region champion. He was runner-up at the 4A state championships with a distance of 47-8 1/2.

Kamel Winfield Jr., Old Mill, senior, sprints


Winfield won the 4A state championship in the 100 in a school-record time of 10.42 seconds. He also ran a leg on both the Old Mill state championship 4x100 and 4x200 relays, former of which set a school record with a time of 42.20.

All-County second team

Daelin Brooks, Broadneck, senior, throws

Keith Cingel, Severna Park, senior, sprints

Dante Craggette Drake, Old Mill, senior, sprints

James Glebocki, Severna Park, senior, distance

Travis Groves, Southern, senior, multi events

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