Baltimore Sun Media Group reporter Matt Owings picks the boys track and field performers who ought to make some noise this season.
Westminster, high jump, senior
After recording a 6-foot-6 leap at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore High School Invitational this winter — which tied the state's highest public school mark of the indoor season — the senior was Class 3A state champion in the event. His 6-4 mark at last year's state outdoor meet earned him a title, as well.
At a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association meet in December, Cager set an indoor league record in high jump at 6 feet 9. He won a conference title during the indoor season in high jump and is the defending outdoor champion. Cager was also a wide receiver for the Cardinals' football team, and he will play next season at the University of Miami.
Wilde Lake, distance, senior
He had the fastest indoor 3,200-meter mark this past season at 9 minutes, 24.47 seconds. In addition to winning the Class 3A state title in that event, he won the 1,600. Eisenhauer is the defending 3A outdoor 3,200 champion, and finished in the top four in the 800 and 1,600 at last spring's state meet.
During his senior indoor season, Leon recorded the fastest 800-meter run in the state at 1:56.14, for which he earned a Class 3A state championship. Leon was also a 3A Central region champion in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 during the indoor season. During his 2014 outdoor season, he finished second in the 800 and 1,600 at the 3A state meet.
City, sprints-hurdles, junior
Miller is one of Baltimore City's budding athletes. After winning his first indoor state championship in the 55-meter hurdles (7.46), he looks primed to continue that success in the spring. He's won the outdoor 100- and 110-meter hurdles at states in the past. Look for him to be a major player in the 200, and even a few field events, this spring.
The senior's 15-5 jump at the MVAL Piedmont Conference Championship on Jan. 10 made him the highest vaulter in the state, and he later won his second consecutive Class 2A indoor state championship. While Neral has enjoyed plenty of success indoors, he has yet to win an outdoor title. Last year, he finished second with a 15-foot mark, though he recorded a personal-best 15-6 at the outdoor 2A West regional.
Gilman, sprints, senior
Over the past two years, Roberts hasn't lost much of anything. During his senior indoor season, he recorded MIAA championships in the 55- (6.42) and 300- (35.40) meter dashes. He posted a personal record in the 100 (10.94) and 200 (22.87) in the Knights and Lions Invitational last spring.
Though he ran Maryland's fastest indoor time for the 1,600 (4:19.87) in a group meet earlier in the season, Singer's crowning achievement came two weeks later, when he won the MIAA title. He also finished third in the 800 at the conference championship meet.
Atholton, sprints, senior
Beaten only once in the 55-meter dash during the indoor season, he went on to become a Class 3A state champion (6.48). He also helped the Raiders' 4x200 relay team to a fourth-place finish at the 3A East region meet. Taylor, a transfer, suffered an injury that caused him to sit out the majority of his junior season.
Others to watch
Juston Christian, Owings Mills
Trey Clark, Howard
Jamal Cody, Hereford
Gram Davis, Gilman
Zachary Delker, Catonsville
Ty Franks, Bohemia Manor
Dalton Hengst, McDonogh
Chris Heydrick, River Hill
Bryan Howell, Loch Raven
Jordan McClung, Arundel
Ellis McKennie, McDonogh
Michael Nash, Hereford
Calvin Pitney, Glenelg
Darnell Pratt, Mount Hebron
Kenny Rowe, Loyola Blakefield
Nigel Scott, McDonogh
Arik Smith, Gilman
Jonathan Thomas, Francis Scott Key
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