All-Metro Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year: Tony Griner, Century

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Century's Tony Griner is the Baltimore Sun Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year.

Century needed to battle through a number of injuries this spring, to people such as All-Metro first-team pick Matthew Kane, but veteran coach Tony Griner helped keep the Knights together and competitive.

They were in the mix all season, but when everyone healed, Century took off. In postseason action, the Knights easily beat out Westminster, 159-97, for the Carroll County team crown before they topped Oakdale, 147.33-131.33, to win the Class 2A North region championship.

After that came a late rally that let Century beat Douglass-PG, 85.5-75, to win its second state title in three years. Kane played a big role, and Griner said he was happy with the way his team battled through tough stretches.

This was not an easy season for Century, especially in the first part because of the injuries. The Knights competed in a number of difficult meets and remained near the top, but everything changed when everyone began feeling better, and Griner was proud of his team's effort and attitude.

"For us, it's been a patient journey," he said. "But we had to get past some injuries from [earlier], and now we're healthy. [We have] great coaches and hardworking athletes with a tremendous amount of character."

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