All-Gazette track and field: Boys First team
Athlete of the Year
Walter Johnson, senior
Produced one of spring season’s memorable moments, running 4:13.05 1,600 meters to break own Montgomery County Championships meet record. Returned to form and then some after one-year respite from event, going on to win 4A West Region and state titles, as well.
Blair, 1st year
Former college coach developed Blazer sprinters as assistant coach over past several years. Installed as head coach before this season, saw sprint protégés explode onto scene, winning 200, 4x200, 4x400 state titles and lead team to second-place tie at states, two points shy of title.
Avery GrahamClarksburg, Junior, 100m
Ran fastest computer-timed, in-county 100 of season, winning Montgomery County title in 10.91 seconds. Went on to add 2A West Region and 2A state crowns.
Jonathan HaughtonBlair, Junior, 200m
Took on all comers and beat them, winning county, 4A West Region and state titles in highly competitive event. Ran best time (21.91) at states.
Louis VarellaBlair, Senior, 400m
Career had frustrating conclusion with lane violation at state meet, but doubled at county and 4A regional meets, running season’s top time (48.48) in process.
Wil ZahorodnyDamascus, Senior, 800m
Blew away field in Montgomery County Championship meet-record time of 1:51.15. Duly cruised to 3A state title by nearly nine seconds.
Solomon HaileSherwood, Junior, 3,200m
Broke 35-year-old Maryland state meet record, running 3,200 meters in 9:06.13. Beat old record by 0.87 seconds and second-place finisher by 22.54.
Petros BeinClarksburg, Senior, 110m high hurdles
Win at county meet in 14.71 helped Coyotes to surprise team title there. Added 2A West Region title to resumé following week.
Keith HudsonNorthwood, Junior, 300m intermediate hurdles
Gave Richard Montgomery’s Tyler Jackson all he could handle in regular-season tri-meet, then won county title when Jackson was injured. Also won 2A West Region.
Jamie GabrielLandon, Senior, Pole vault
Repeat first-teamer cleared 12 feet to win IAC championship handily. Already invited to become school’s pole vault coach after college graduation.
Good Counsel 4x100 relay(Chris Brown, Jordan Meyers, Caleb Porzel, Sean Sutton, Mike Wallace)
Refused to be derailed by injury, using five runners. Force at Penn and Draper Relays, beat DeMatha for WCAC title in 42.50.
Blair 4x200 relay(Keith Ayensu, Chris Grindley, Jonathan Haughton, Mohamed Mansaray)
Set meet records at Woodward Relays (1:27.59) and county championships (1:28.62). Added regional and state titles.
Blair 4x400 relay(Chris Grindley, Jonathan Haughton, Enuma Nzesi, Louis Varella)
Avenged second-place finish in indoor by winning outdoor state title. Also won county, regional crowns, latter in 3:20.34.
Quince Orchard 4x800 relay(Wayne Bartholomew, Josh Joson, David Laratta, Ryan Priovolos)
Surprised selves by breaking 7:50 to set county meet record. Went one better at states, breaking 22-year-old record in 7:44.67.
Ebou TouraySpringbrook, Senior, High jump
County’s most consistent leaper cleared 6-4 to win 4A West Region title. Also won county meet (6-0) and finished second at states (6-2).
Darius RayMagruder, Senior, Long jump
Saved best for last, popping off county’s top mark of season (22-6) to finish second at 4A state meet. Also finished second at counties and won regional title.
Ian FrancisWalter Johnson, Senior, Triple jump
Only county jumper to soar past 46 feet all season did so to win county meet. Added 4A West Region title and took third at state meet. Will compete at Emory.
Sean StanleyGaithersburg, Junior, Shot put, discus
Untouchable in shot, where he won his fourth straight state title (indoor and outdoor) with personal-best throw of 60-0.25. Took second in state in discus.
Caleb Porzel, Good Counsel, Jr. (100m)
John Jones, Paint Branch, Sr. (200m, 400m)
Antonio Palmer, Gaithersburg, Sr. (800m)
Ramsey Chapin, Georgetown Prep, Sr. (1,600m)
Neal Darmody, Quince Orchard, Sr. (3,200m)
Caleb Malone, Quince Orchard, Sr. (110 hh, 300 ih)
Blair 4x100 relay (Kingsley Asare, Chris Grindley, Mohammad Mansaray, Jonathan Haughton)
Paint Branch 4x200 relay (John Jones, Nicholas South, Reginald Steele, Marcus Willacy)
Good Counsel 4x400 relay (Chris Brown, Mark Hamilton, Courtland Harris, Jemel Sessems)
Damascus 4x800 relay (Thomas Arias, Ben Constantinides, Jon Constantinides, Wil Zahorodny)
Darius Ray, Magruder, Sr. (High jump)
Anthony Young-Wiseman, Whitman, Jr. (Long jump)
Garvey Young, Georgetown Prep, Sr. (Triple jump)
Avery Graham, Clarksburg, Jr. (Shot put)
Marcus Brown, Quince Orchard, Jr. (Discus)
Matt Keating, Damascus, Sr. (Pole vault)