Boys indoor track athletes to watch in 2017-18

Mount Saint Joseph's Hunter Petrik takes third place, with Severna Park's Hugh O'Connor following for fourth place, during the Seahawk Invitational cross country race at South River on Sept. 2.
Mount Saint Joseph's Hunter Petrik takes third place, with Severna Park's Hugh O'Connor following for fourth place, during the Seahawk Invitational cross country race at South River on Sept. 2. (Matthew Cole / Capital Gazette)

Nick Deamer

Howard, senior


Deamer has improved each year and is coming off a strong cross country season in which he finished third in the Class 4A state meet after winning in Howard County. He should be one of the area’s top distance runners once again.

D’Von Ellies


McDonogh, junior

Ellies will be one of the toughest to beat in the MIAA in the shot put this winter. Last year, he took second in the MIAA in the shot put — and did the same thing in the spring in that event as well as the discus.

DeJuan Ellis

McDonogh, senior


Ellis is going to Virginia Tech next year (football), but this winter he’ll help in the 55 meters (defending MIAA champion there) and the 300 (third in MIAA title meet). He is going to help the Eagles get the depth they love.

McDonogh is the No. 1 ranked team in The Baltimore Sun's 2017-18 boys track and field preseason Top 15 poll.

Ablel Gebreselase

Digital Harbor, senior

Gebreselase has been a dominant distance runner for the Rams in the city and done well in many meets throughout the area in his career. Now, he’s trying to take the next step and make more noise at the state meet.

Eric Gibson

Gilman, senior

Gibson is one of the group of distance runners who will be trying to catch Dalton Hengst from McDonogh this winter. In the fall, Gibson took second to him in the MIAA cross country title meet after taking third in the championships in the 800 and 1,600 last spring.

Dalton Hengst

McDonogh, senior

The Ole Miss-bound Hengst won his third straight MIAA A Conference title in cross country this past fall. Hengst has grown into one of the top distance runners in the state, and won the 1,600 (4:23.46) and 3,200 in last winter’s conference meet.

Using key digits to look at the area's 2017-18 boys indoor track and field season.

Adam Melville

Manchester Valley, senior

He can give the Mavericks points in the high jump, sprints and relays. The high jump is his best event, though, as last winter he took fourth in a tough field at the Class 3A state meet (6-2).

Kai Muniz

Reservoir, senior

Muniz had a strong season in cross country, winning the Class 3A East and taking third in the state. His versatility in the middle- and long-distance races gives the Gators help, and last winter Muniz finished third in the 800 in the state meet and fifth in the 1,600.

Hunter Petrik

Mount Saint Joseph, senior

Petrik finished third in the MIAA A Conference cross country meet this fall. He’s been solid for the Gaels in track and cross country, and last winter, Petrik took third in the 1,600 and fourth in the 3,200 at the title meet.

Zach Stump

Liberty, senior

Not many pole vaulters can sprint, but Stump certainly can. He ran competitively in the 55 indoors last winter while working on his pole vaulting skills — a big reason Stump took second in the state in Class 2A.

Other notables

Rafiq Abdul-Wahid, Dunbar

Jaren Baluyot, Broadneck

Thomas Booker, Gilman

Andre Carr, St. Frances

Davon Carroll, Northeast

Greg Costello, Centennial

Brandon Cruz, C. Milton Wright

Will Eisner, McDonogh

Zach Fenton, Century

Michael Flanagan, South River

Mason Freeman, Gilman

Camden Gilmore, Loyola Blakefield

James Green, Dulaney

Noah Griffin, Westminster

Dalon Harris, Forest Park

Sam Hodgetts, Dulaney

Brodie Holmes, Loyola Blakefield

Brandon James, New Town

Isaiah Jensen, South River

Kuran Johnson, Patterson

Theo Johnson, Century

Troy Johnson, Westminster

Jonah Lane, Severna Park

Zane Lewis, Westminster

Jordan Lomax, Hammond

Brian McCullough, Dulaney

Josiah Nilsen, Dulaney

Jordan Ross, McDonogh

Daniel Saxon, Liberty

Steven Shin, Archbishop Spalding

Demontay Snowden, Northeast

Jacob Spera, Century

Andre Turay, Oakland Mills

Nick Weber, Atholton

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