Track Athlete of the Year: Afolabi Aromire, Flowers
During the season, Aromire said he was disappointed he didn’t make the All-County team last year. He made sure that didn’t happen this winter, wiping out several county and state records en route to the Star/Gazette Male Indoor Track Runner of the Year honors.
Aromire gained the triple crown in the 500 meters, breaking the county (1 minute, 4.68 seconds) and state (1:04.56) marks. His state-winning time currently ranks No. 1 nationally according to track Web site DyeStat.
He broke former Oxon Hill standout Paul Young’s state mark in the 300 (34.66) and won the county championship (34.86). A third-place showing at the Class 4A/3A East Region cost Aromire an opportunity at a second post-season sweep. He placed first in the 800 at the county (2:01) and East Region (2:07.5) meets.
‘‘We’re looking forward to an exciting future,” said Flowers coach Carl Rose. ‘‘He had a spectacular season and to come away with a couple of county and state records is something real special. He has a chance to be one of the best to come out of the county.”
Field Athlete of the Year: Derrick Williams, Gwynn Park
Despite a disappointing showing at the county championships, Williams left little doubt he was top shot putter in the county this winter. The senior is the Star/Gazette Male Indoor FieldPerformer of the Year.
A lineman on Gwynn Park’s football team, Williams has a scholarship to play for Prairie View A&M in Texas. Though his heart is on the gridiron, he received a jolt at the county indoor track finals. The top returnee (3rd) from the 2003 finals, Williams was disqualified.
‘‘He started to press more and put more effort into it,” said Gwynn Park coach Larry Carter. ‘‘His mindset coming into the season was more about thinking where he stood with the rest of competition instead of focusing on what he needed to perform at a high level.”
Williams bounced back at the 3A/2A East Region meet, finishing second (52 feet, 5.25 inches) behind McDonough’s Sean Thompson. Williams, who won the region title season before, gained revenge against Thompson at the state championships (56-0).
Williams, who helped the Yellow Jackets’ football team to the state 3A semifinals, won the shot put event at the DCIAA Invitational (50-1.5).
Coach of the Year
Rick Johnson, Douglass — The Eagles made huge strides in Johnson’s second season. After a 13th-place showing in 2003, Douglass placed fourth behind 4A schools Suitland, Roosevelt and Flowers at the county championships.
The Upper Marlboro school won the county’s Division II championship (3A/2A schools). The Eagles placed first in nine of the 14 events with Quinton Brown (55 hurdles) and Norville Hughes (high jump) claiming overall county titles. Douglass tied for sixth at the 4A/3A East Region meet.
Jamell Lane, Suitland, So., Sprints — Aside from a false start disqualification in the 55 dash at the state 4A/3A finals, there was no ‘‘sophomore jinx” for Lane. He won the county championship (6.48) and placed second to teammate Serge? McGill at the East Region meet (6.4). Lane, a leg on Suitland’s state-record 800 relay, placed third in the 55 at the Prince George’s Invitational (6.4).
Serge? McGill, Suitland, Sr., Sprints — Last spring’s Star/Gazette All-County Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, McGill was a force this winter. He won the state (6.48) and region (6.4) 55 championship, and was third in the 300 (34.99). McGill was a leg on the Rams’ state-record 800 and 1,600 relay.
Derrick Williams, Roosevelt, Jr., Sprints — Considered one of the nation’s top football recruits heading into next fall, Williams provided a glimpse of his speed on the oval this winter. He was the runner-up in the 55 (6.52) and 300 (35.22) at the county championships, and was second in the 300 at the East Region meet (37.0). Williams ran a leg on the Raiders’ region-title-winning 800 relay squad.
Anthony Wiseman, DeMatha, Jr., Sprints — Again ranked in the top 10 nationally, Wiseman owns the county’s best clocking (6.36 at Montgomery Invitational) in the 55. He placed fourth in the event at the Virginia Tech Invitational (6.39) and was runner-up in the 300 (34.08; 4th best nationally). A two-time All-County first team pick, Wiseman finished second in the 300 at the Friends of Indoor Track Invitational (36.2).
Randy Alleyne, Roosevelt, Sr., Middle Distance — A transfer from DeMatha, Alleyne provided stiff competition to Flowers’ Afolabi Aromire in the post-season. He was runner-up to Aromire in the 500 at the county finals (1:06.34) and was third in the 800 (2:05). Alleyne placed third in the 500 at the region (1:10.4) and state (1:06.18) meet, and was fifth in the 800 (2:02.19) at states.
Travis Bowman, Suitland, Sr., Middle Distance — A leg on the Rams’ 800 and 1,600 relay teams that established new state marks, Bowman was a consistent influence in the District Heights school’s latest championship run. He was the runner-up in the 300 (34.68) and 500 (1:05.5) at the state finals. Bowman won the 300 region title (36.8) and placed second in the 500 (1:09.9). He placed third in the 500 (1:07.35) and fourth in the 300 (35.57) at the county championships.
Romaine McKay, Central, Jr., Middle Distance — Though soccer is McKay’s first love, his future may lie in track. At the county championships, McKay won the 1,600 in a county-record 4:46.6, surpassing the mark held by last year’s Male Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, Isaac Matthews of Oxon Hill. He captured first in the 500 at the 3A/2A East Region meet (1:09.8) and Prince George’s Invitational (1:09.06).
Mikias Geleagle, Roosevelt, So., Distance — Gelagle also removed former Oxon Hill star Matthews (UMBC) from the county record books, winning the 3,200 in 10:40.9. He was the county’s top finisher in the 1,600 at the state championships (8th, 4:52.46) after placing fourth at the county (4:53.6) and region meets (4:58.5). Gelagle also finished fifth in the 3,200 in the region meet.
Dominic Berger, DeMatha, Sr., Hurdles — Along with teammate Anthony Wiseman, Berger has served as the backbone of the Stags’ sprint and relay units the past couple of seasons. His 7.48 clocking in the 55 hurdles at the Virginia Tech Invitational ranks 12th nationally and tops in the county. Berger owns the school record in the 60 hurdles (8.71 at Penn State Invitational), and won the 200 at Penn State (22.2). Berger claimed top honors in the 55 hurdles at the Montgomery County Invitational and placed second in the 55 dash at the Friends of Indoor Track Invitational (6.57).
Cedric Daye, Suitland, Sr., High Jump — Daye captured the East Region high jump title (6-2) after placing second at the county finals (6-feet). He went 6-2 to gain third place at the state championship, helping Suitland to a second straight title. Daye garnered third in the event at the Prince George’s Invitational (5-8) and was fourth at Virginia Tech (6-2).
Derrick Morton, Suitland, Sr., Long Jump — Following in the footsteps of 2003 county champ and Suitland graduate Deyon Williams (Virginia), Morton kept the long jump title (21-9.75) in Suitland’s hands this winter. Morton placed third in the long jump at the Prince George’s Invitational (19-6), and won the 55 hurdles (7.7). He was the runner-up in the 55 hurdles at the region meet (7.6).
Anthony Simmons, Oxon Hill, Jr., Triple Jump — Named the outstanding male field performer at the county championships, Simmons won the county triple jump title (43-9) in addition to first-place showings at the Prince George’s (43-1) and DCIAA Invitationals (43-11.5). Simmons also won the 300 (35.88) and 500 (1:08.22) at the DCIAA meet and also taking both at the Quick Feet Invitational.
Kerry Pollard, Roosevelt, So., Shot Put — After a seventh-place showing at the county championships, Pollard finished the postseason with a vengeance. He bested teammate Rashad Wright and county champ Lawrence Sidbury of Oxon Hill at the East Region meet (49-4.5) and the state 4A/3A finals (49-2.5), helping the Greenbelt school to a fourth-place finish.
Relays: Kevin Davis, Kirk Holbert and Jimmy McClam, Flowers; Cortez Adams, Yaphet Cross, Mark Duncan, Edward McNair and Charles Wilkinson, Suitland.
Sprints: Kyle Arrington, Gwynn Park; Emmanuel Freeland, Central; Kevin Teele, Bowie.
Middle Distance: Maceo Bacote, Justin McKenzie, Douglass; Dartavius Douglass, Fairmont Heights; Anthony Walker, Roosevelt.
Distance: Omari Daughtridge, McNamara; Jerod Franklin, Flowers; Kelli Thibou, Roosevelt; Ahmed Wade, High Point.
Hurdles: Quinton Brown, Douglass; Aaron James, DuVal; Jarod Stokes, Oxon Hill.
Jumps: Sam Adaramola, Largo; Godson Akinnawo, High Point; DeAndre Barnes, Riverdale Baptist; Antoine Brown, Suitland; Raymond Brown, Flowers; Rannard Edwards, Douglass; Norville Hughes, Douglass; Kwame Nkrumah, DuVal.
Shot put: Larry Graham, Surrattsville; Augustus Parrish, Potomac; Lawrence Sidbury, Oxon Hill; Corey Williams, Largo; Rashad Wright, Roosevelt.
Pole Vault: Rashid Byrd, Potomac.