Thursday, June 15, 2006

Boys’ team led by some of state’s best

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Track Athlete of the Year

Terrill McCombs, Eleanor Roosevelt: In a season of controversy for the Greenbelt school, McCombs stormed his way to the Triple Crown in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. He clinched the postseason sweep at the state 4A finals with a run of 21.35 seconds in the 100 and 48.03 in the 200, and was on the winning 400 and 1,600 relay teams. At the county finals, McCombs became the first boy since 1997 to win the 100 (11.17), 200 (21.71) and 400 (48.78), and helped the Raiders post the second-fastest time in meet history in the 400 relay. McCombs, the 100 champ (10.73) at the Peninsula Relays in Virginia and the Jaguar Invitational 400 winner (48.74), will attend Western Kentucky.

Field Athlete of the Year

Marcus Green, Largo: Green left little doubt he was the best among his peers this spring in repeating top honors on the Star⁄Gazette team. The senior won his second straight discus championship (158 feet, 9 inches) and placed first in the shot put (51-7.5) at the state 4A finals at Morgan State University. Only an inch in shot put (second, 45-1) at the South Region meet kept Green from capturing a second Triple Crown. Green was the county finals’ outstanding field performer for the second straight year and won the discus at the Jaguar Invitational (137-8.5). He will continue his career at Mississippi Valley State University.

Coach of the Year

Rick Williams, Oxon Hill: After being the proverbial bridesmaid, Williams and Oxon Hill finally got to the top, winning the state Class 4A outdoor title for the first time in 25 years. The Clippers were runners-up by four points at the state 4A⁄3A indoor finals this past winter, and fell three points shy at last spring’s outdoor championships. Oxon Hill picked up half of its state-4A best 82 points from field events. In the postseason, 147 of the Clippers’ 301 points came from the non-running competitions, as they swept all three team titles.

Sprints

Aaron Anderson, McNamara: The senior was the dominant sprinter in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference this spring, winning the 100 (11.04) and 200 (22.07) at the finals. Bound for Hampton University this fall, Anderson won both events (10.94 and 23.45) at the Victor Cahoon Invitational and also claimed victories in the Falcon (100; 10.2), T.C. Williams (100; 11.06) and Fred Hendricks (200; 22.03) meets.

Maurice Powell, Central: While Central’s girls’ team won the state Class 2A title, Powell had a solid spring. The senior was the runner-up in the 200 at the state, South Region and county meets. Powell was also a part of the Falcons’ 400 relay squad that placed first at the Viking Invitational in Montgomery County.

Adrian Arthur, Bowie: A first-team Star⁄Gazette indoor selection last winter, Arthur carried the momentum into the spring. The UMBC-bound senior was the county’s top finisher in the 100 at the state 4A finals (third; 10.96) after winning the South Region title (11.1). Arthur, the 100 champ (11.3) at the Knights Invitational in Anne Arundel County, was third in the 100 and 200 at the county championships.

Middle Distance

Jerod Franklin, Flowers: Franklin had a breakout season, placing second in the 800 at the county, South Region and state 4A finals behind Roosevelt’s Kelli Thibou. The junior was the anchor on the Jaguars’ state-title winning 3,200 relay team, and won the county 1,600 title (4:31.57).

Kelli Thibou, Roosevelt: The junior joined teammate Terrill McCombs as a Triple Crown winner, sweeping the 800. He clocked the eighth-fastest time (1:55.2) in county finals’ history, and finished first at the South Region (1:57.4) and state 4A (1:55.24) meets. The 800 champ at the Northern Virginia Invitational (1:57.64), Thibou was part of the Raiders’ state-title winning 1,600 relay team.

Eric Tyler, Douglass: The senior was consistent in the postseason, placing second to Roosevelt’s Terrill McCombs in the 400 at county, South Region and state 4A final meets. A first-team Star⁄Gazette indoor pick last winter, Tyler will run for Long Island University.

Jeremy Samuels, DeMatha: The Stags were again among the nation’s elite thanks to Samuels. The Maryland-bound senior won the 400 at the WCAC finals (48.27) and was first at the Southern Track Classic (48.18) and Northern Virginia Invitational, where he set a new meet record (48.28).

Distance

Chris Anderson, Forestville: Bound for Morgan State University, Anderson capped his senior season with the 1,600 title at the state 2A finals. He placed fourth at the South Region meet after finishing second at the county finals. Anderson won the 800 at the Falcon Invitational (2:02.43).

Mikias Gelagle, Roosevelt: The Arizona State-bound Gelagle was among the best distance runners in the state, placing second in 3,200 to Broadneck’s Matt Centrowitz (Penn Relays 3,000 champ) at the state 4A finals. Gelagle also won the 1,600 (4:24.6) and 3,200 (9:40.89) South Region titles. The senior won the 3,200 at the county finals (9:36) and Peninsula Relays (9:53.65).

Hurdles

Brett Brown, Flowers: After being suspended for the region and state 4A⁄3A indoor meets, Brown was back on the track this spring and claimed the Triple Crown in the 110 hurdles, winning the state 4A title in 14.22. The senior won the 110 (14.41) and 300 (37.91) hurdles at the county finals, posting times that ranked in the top 10 all-time in county meet history.

Antwan Farmer, Oxon Hill: Farmer spearheaded Oxon Hill’s charge to the state 4A title, winning the 300 hurdles (37.9) and placing first in the long jump (22-2) and triple jump (46-2.75). The senior won the 300 hurdles at the South Region meet (37.98) after finishing second at the county finals (38.42).

Geoffrey Daley, DeMatha: The senior helped the Stags retain the WCAC crown this spring, winning the 110 (15.0) and 300 (40.23) hurdles, and was part of the winning 1,600 relay. The Kentucky-bound Daley won both hurdle events (14.45 and 39.25) at the Northern Virginia Invitational, and the 400 hurdles (55.21) at the Hendricks Invitational.

Field events

Aaron Johnson, Oxon Hill: Johnson was again in a class by himself in the high jump, sweeping the postseason, capping the run with the state’s No. 2 all-time mark of 6-10 at the 4A finals. The senior established a new mark at the Jaguar Invitational (6-6), and was field MVP at the county finals.

Jaumale Sykes, DeMatha: A repeat first-team pick, Sykes won his second straight WCAC long jump title (22-1) and was the runner-up in the triple jump. The senior placed second in the 100 and 200, and was part of the Championship of America 1,600 relay team at the Penn Relays.

Warren Gray, Oxon Hill: Gray was another key field athlete for the state 4A champs, finishing second in the triple jump at the state (45-8) and South Region meets. The junior was fourth in the high jump at the state finals, and scored in all three jumping events at the county finals.

Stacey Adams, Potomac: Adams became the latest state champion thrower from the Oxon Hill school, winning the state 2A discus title (135-4). The junior was the South Region runner-up and placed third at the county finals. A member of the Wolverines state-title winning football team, Adams won the shot put at the Falcon (45-2.5) and Jaguar (45-7) meets.

Second Team

Craig Gaddy, Chris Gatling and Franklin Ngwaimbi, Bladensburg; Mohammed Fofana, Damel Goodard and Dennis Thomas, Bowie; Aaron Brooks, Michael Cooper, Travis McKinnon, Rodney McLeod, William Mitchell and Sean Suber, DeMatha; Kwasi Agyeman, Marcus Barnett and Tony Boone, Douglass; Tim Butler, Ola Komolafe, Ronald Rotich and Chris Smith, DuVal; Caleb Haskins, Fairmont Heights; Bradley Brown, Marcus Dickerson, Wilton Gatewood, Robert Moore and Marcel Whitfield, Flowers; Antonio Logan-El, Forestville; Cedric Draper and Lamaar Thomas, Friendly; William Johnson, Gwynn Park; David Lipford and Norman Simms, Largo; Aaron Brooks, Joseph Chapman, Earl Harris and Rayyvonn Williams, McNamara; Sebastian Freard, Northwestern; Charles Johnson, Sean Johnson, Andre McDonald Camal Pugh, Derrick Tinsley and Keith Watson, Oxon Hill; CarvinKromah, Parkdale; Dontrell Brennan, Potomac; Steve Britt, Daniel Edmunds, Donald Lockhart, Jason Powell, Devon Smith, Malcolm Womack and Tristan Youngblood, Roosevelt; Mike Brown, Legonn Haskins, KendrickJohnson and Julius Thomas, Suitland.