Once again, Prince George's County high school boys track had another spectacular display.
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The 2001 All-Star/Gazette Boys Outdoor Track and Field Team poses at the Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. From left to right, they include: (front row) Coach of the Year Troy Shockley, Suitland; Field Performer of the Year Charles Cooper, Suitland; Bernard Quinton, Suitland; Joshua Wilson, DeMatha; Peter Ramdial, Bowie; (middle row) Tyrone Wallace, Suitland; Jamaal Wright, Northwestern; Alex Green, Northwestern; Demetrius Bobo, Roosevelt; Josh Allen, Roosevelt; (back row) Garreth Fearon, High Point; David Wynn, Bladensburg; Brandon West, Suitland; Vincent Brown, Friendly and Germain Bryant, Surrattsville. Insets: Track Performer of the Year Jerod Void, Surrattsville and Leon Snyder, Largo. Not pictured: Jerome Wayne, Laurel and Lauren Williams, McNamara.
Suitland High capped a dominating performance in the county and state Class 4A South Region meet with its first state 4A championship. DeMatha remained ahead of the pack in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, winning its second consecutive title.
Several county public athletes had the distinction of winning individual titles at the county, region and state level. The Star/Gazette pays homage to those athletes and others with its 2001 Boys Outdoor Track team.
Coach of the Year
After several close calls at the state 4A championships, Shockley and the Rams' number finally came up at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. Suitland won its first state boys' title, completing a sweep of the county, region and state meets.
Shockley has built the Rams' program through a solid core of field performers who establish their presence early and allow their running mates to do the rest with little pressure.
Despite nagging injuries during the spring, the District Heights school still was able to outdistance the field for its second straight county and region title before rallying past defending champ Gaithersburg of Montgomery County for the state crown. It's the second consecutive year Shockley's effort has been recognized by the Star/Gazette.
Track Performer of the Year
Void's brilliance in the hurdles is unparalleled. This spring, Void swept the 100 and 300-meter hurdles event at the county, 2A South region and state 2A competitions for the second consecutive season, earning his second straight Outdoor Track Performer of the Year honor by the Star/Gazette. If not for a second-place showing in the state 2A 100 finals, Void would've had a "triple crown" season in three events.
His three track victories at the county championships were the first since High Point's Ato Modibo (Clemson University) in 1997, and is the first back-to-back winner in the county hurdles since Jack Jeffrey of Largo in 1995 and 1996. Void's time of 13.95 seconds in the 100 hurdles and 36.95 in the 300 hurdles shattered the county record he set the spring before.
Void, who was the All-Star/Gazette Indoor Track Performer of the Year this past winter, will attend Purdue University on a football scholarship.
Field Performer of the Year
Cooper is arguably the top member of strong field squad that guided the Suitland to the state 4A championship.
He won the long jump title at the county (22-6) and region (21-11.5) meet before taking second (22-8.75) at the state finals. Cooper also placed second (43-5.5) in the triple jump at the county meet.
Allen (11.35) edged past teammate Sammy Sesay to take the state 4A 100 championship after placing second (11.0) at the South Region competition. He placed third (10.89) in the 100 at the county meet and garnered a third-place showing in the long jump (22-6.75) at the state finals.
After struggling most of the season with fatigue, Bobo came up huge at the state meet, winning the 4A 800 event (1:56.40). He was second (1:59.6) at the region meet and fourth (1:59.45) at the county meet
Brown, a transfer from Fairmont Heights, won the 3A 400 (49.4) event for the Fort Washington school and placed second in the 200 (22.74). The junior won the 200 (21.7) and 400 (48.4) at the 3A East Region competition, and was third (49.51) in the 400 at the county finals.
Though teammate Void gets most of the attention, Bryant was also one of the county's best, winning the region (48.7) and state 2A (49.46) title in the 400. He placed second (48.75) in the 400 at the county meet, and won the 800 region championship (2:00) before taking fourth (2:02.87) at the state finals. He will perform for Mount St. Mary's next athletic season.
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Following three consecutive county titles by former teammate Shayne Thurston (Towson University), Fearon (50-2) kept the shot put championship at the Beltsville school. He claimed the 4A South Region title (48-3.75) before placing fifth (50-3.25) at the state competition.
Headed to Duke University on a football scholarship, Green was a force on the track this spring. He won the county (22.15) and 4A South Region (22.10) titles in the 200 before placing second (22.61) to High Point's Carlos Watson at the state finals.
Green also finished second (22.48) at T.C. Williams and was a leg on the Wildcats' state and region title-winning 800-relay squad.
Only a second-place showing to Void in the 300 hurdles at the county finals kept Quinton from a "triple crown" campaign. He won the event at the state 4A (38.73) and South Region (39.1) meet, and his push on the final leg of the 1,600 relay helped the District Heights school garner enough points to clinch the state title.
Ramdial won the county (10:25.32) and 4A South Region (10:44.7) titles in the 3,200 before placing 13th (10:34.4) at the state competition. He placed third (4:44.3) in the 1,600 at the region meet.
A repeat first-team selection, Snyder won the county (4:33.9) and 4A South Region (4:37.4) event before placing eighth (4:31.71) at the state finals. He placed second (1:59.05) in the 800 at the county finals and was third (1:57.5) at T.C. Williams.
One of four first-team performers from the state 4A champs, Wallace won the discus event at the county (138-5) and region (143-7) meets, and was third (148-1) at the state finals. He placed second (146-4.5) at the Woodlawn Invitational in Baltimore County.
The county indoor champion during the winter, Wayne added the outdoor title (9-0) to his ledger during the spring. Wayne, a first-team 2001 All-Star/Gazette Indoor selection, was second (9-0) at the 4A South Region competition.
West helped Suitland win its second consecutive county championship, taking first (6-2) in the high jump. He claimed the region title (6-6) before placing eighth (6-2) at the state 4A competition.
Headed to Howard University on a football scholarship, Williams claimed the triple jump competition at the WCAC (44-4.75) and Maryland Private Schools (44-2) finals. Williams also claimed in the 100 (11.27) and was third (15.12) in the 110 hurdles at the WCAC meet.
Wilson helped DeMatha retain the WCAC championship by winning the 300 hurdles (39.37,) and was a leg on the Stags' triumphant 800 and 1,600 relay squads. He also placed first in the hurdle event at T.C. Williams (38.87), Norfolk (40.05) and Cronley (39.1) Invitationals.
Wright played a huge role in Northwestern challenging for the county and region titles, taking the "triple crown" in the 400 including a 49.33 showing at the state 4A championships.
He was also a member of the Wildcats' state champion 800 relay squad. Wright, who won the county meet in 47.9, placed sixth (49.08) in the 400 at T.C. Williams.
Wynn had a strong showing during the postseason, winning the county 800 title (1:58.55), and placed third at the 3A East Region (1:58.1) and state 3A (1:56.5) competitions. A first-team All-Star/Gazette pick during the indoor campaign, Wynn placed second (4:37.1) to Snyder in the 1,600.