Athletes of the Year
The versatile High Point senior almost single-handedly lifted the Eagles to the Class 4A state championship on Memorial Day Weekend. Murray produced three of the four fastest 300-meter hurdles times in the state this season, all during postseason meets. Only minutes after winning the 300 hurdles at the state championships, Murray won the 400. And that wasn’t all. Murray also captured the state title in the long jump with the second-longest leap in the state this season (23 feet, 3.5 inches). A month earlier, Murray finished third in the 400 hurdles at the Penn Relays.
Over the past two years, the DeMatha senior quietly became the best thrower in the county. On a day when he did not feel he gave his best effort, Brooks excelled at the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championships, winning the discus with a throw of 144 feet. Brooks then followed up the discus victory with a second-place finish in the shot put. He was the only county competitor to consistently throw more than 50 feet in the shot put this season.
Coach of the Year
Desmond Dunham, Eleanor Roosevelt: During his four-plus years with the Raiders, Dunham has mostly been associated with the Raiders’ girls’ team, which has become a national force in cross country and track. But this season, he also guided the boys’ team to supremacy. More than halfway through the Class 4A state meet, Dunham was hoping for his team to hold on for a second-place finish. Later that afternoon, Roosevelt hoisted the state championship trophy in one of the closest team competitions in recent years, winning the team title despite not having any first-place finishes.
Corey Puffett, DeMatha: The junior ran away with the 3,200-meter title at the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships, winning by nearly 30 seconds (9 minutes, 31.81 seconds), and he just missed out on a title in the 1,600.
Anthony Boone, Frederick Douglass: Boone won the county 800 title, beating several of the county’s best in the process. The senior followed up that performance with a third-place showing in the state Class 3A meet, and anchored the Eagles’ state champion 1,600 relay team.
Marcus Weeks, Henry A. Wise: After a number of near victories, the junior came through in the 110 hurdles on the state’s biggest stage, winning the state title by holding off two competitors who finished less than .2 seconds behind him.
Ade Adeokun, DuVal: Even Adeokun’s coach Chris Parker forgot sometimes that Adeokun only began running track last year. But no one will forget that the senior ran 10.9 seconds in the 100 at the state meet, missing out on the state 4A title by only .02 seconds. Adeokun won the county 200 title and took the county and 4A South Region titles in the 100.
Davin Meggett, Surrattsville: As he looked forward to joining the University of Maryland football team in the fall, the senior finished his prep track career by winning the state Class 1A title in the shot put. His throw of 48 feet, 9.5 inches gave him first place by nearly two feet.
Daniel Edmund, Eleanor Roosevelt: Edmund can run just about any event between 400 and 1,600 meters and came up big for the Raiders when it counted most. He ran the fastest time of any county runner this season in the 800 with his 1 minute, 55.35-second performance in a second-place effort in the Class 4A state meet. Edmund won both the 800 and 1,600 at the 4A South Region meet and will run for Hampton University.
Carnegie Tirado, Largo: The senior quickly adapted to running in the hurdles and has come a long way in the event, despite only competing in it since late November. Tirado finished third in the 110 hurdles at the Class 3A state meet to go along with a second-place finish at the 3A South Region meet. He also took third in the 300 hurdles at the 3A South meet.
Brian Faherty, Eleanor Roosevelt: The junior is the top public school distance runner in the county. Faherty had a strong performance at the state championships, finishing fifth in the 3,200. He won the 1,600 and 3,200 at the county championships along with a 3,200 triumph at the 4A South Region meet.
Ben McKenzie, Largo: The Lions’ sophomore could ascend to become the county’s best quarter-miler in the coming years. At the Class 3A state championships, McKenzie finished third to go along with third-place finishes at the 3A South Region and county championships. McKenzie was also part of the Lions’ second-place 1,600 relay team at the 3A South meet.
George Empty, Charles H. Flowers: Empty capped his junior year with strong performances in the 800 in all three postseason meets. After taking second in the county championships, Empty finished third in the 4A South meet and then took third in the state.
Emmanuel Noumossie, Bowie: Another of the county’s best juniors, Noumossie just missed out on a state championship in the 400 at the Class 4A state meet, finishing in second place, less than a second behind first-place Leslie Murray of High Point. Noumossie finished third in the 400 at the county championships and was a part of a Bulldogs’ 400 relay team that finished second at the state 4A meet.
Michael Sesay, Eleanor Roosevelt: The senior was a part of the Raiders’ second-place 3,200 relay team that eclipsed the state meet record. Sesay also contributed individually, taking third in the 300 hurdles. He was fourth in the 300 hurdles at the 4A South Region meet. Sesay will run for Howard University next season.
Leroy Harmon, Henry A. Wise: Harmon was the most consistent high jumper in the county this season. At the Class 4A state meet, the senior finished third. A week before that, Harmon took second at the 4A South Region meet, and he started the postseason by winning the county high jump title.
Cortrey Mazyck and Neiamia Walker, Suitland
Dennis Thomas, Bowie
Petros Welday, Bladensburg
Mark Davis, Central
Anthony Makle, Robert Moore, Andy Sawyer and Charles Allen, Largo
Lamaar Thomas, FriendlyDenny Long, Jovon Edwards and Maurice Dukes, Roosevelt
Chad Pardue, High Point
Dwayne Powell, Flowers
Daevon Dancy, Oxon HillJefferson Butler, Wise
Mac Reed and Andreas Roberson, DeMatha
William Henderson, Bryan Allen and William McKenzie, Douglass