2018 All-Metro boys outdoor track and field Performer of the Year: Kieran McDermott, Bel Air
By Ryan Morse
Baltimore Sun Media Group|
Jul 06, 2018 | 5:00 AM
With mother nature wreaking havoc in the early part of the outdoor track season, it was hard for Bel Air’s Kieran McDermott to get in all the meets that coach Sharon Pickett was looking for him to run in.
“It was a little challenging getting him meets this spring due to weather,” Pickett said. “Pikesville was canceled and we went to Woodward relays to make it more of a team event.”
It turned out the early meets were not necessary as McDermott put in the best mile performance of the season at the Penn Relays, finishing in 4 minutes, 9.63 seconds.
As McDermott advanced to the championship races, he continued to excel. He ran the anchor legs of the winning 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay teams while taking top honors in the 800 and 1,600 at the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Association championships.
McDermott cruised to wins in the 800 and 1,600 again at the Class 3A North Region meet while anchoring the winning 4x800 relay team to head into states with a lot of momentum.
McDermott capitalized on that momentum, running a 1:50.90 in the 800 to win the 3A state title and break a state record that had been held by Rodney Giles of Northern-Calvert since 1983.
He also captured the state title in the 1,600 in 4:17.10, but his best performance came when he ran a scorching 1:49.90 in the anchor leg of the 4x800 relay to help the Bobcats to the title.
“He’s bright and articulate and he was actually selfless in the relay for his team in running the 1:49,” Pickett said. “He took off so fast I was like, ‘What are you doing? You don’t need to catch up in the first 200 meters, you have 800 meters,’ but he really wanted it for his team and was probably the most selfless moment I’ve seen because he was really all about the team that day.”
The senior is headed to Princeton next year, where he is expected to redshirt for cross country in the fall while training and getting ready for the indoor track season. He saved his best high school performance for last, running a 1:49.80 to finish in third place at the New Balance Outdoor national championships held June 15-17 in Greensboro, N.C.