Friday, Feb. 8, 2008

2004 All-County Boys’ Outdoor Track Team: Underclassmen make their mark

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Track Athlete of the Year: Dominic Berger

Berger, The Star⁄Gazette Male Track Athlete of the Year, emerged as the state's No. 1 hurdler in his senior campaign at DeMatha, winning the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference 110- and 300-meter titles and placing fourth at the Golden West Invitational in California. His top clockings in both hurdle events rated nationally by track Web site DyeStat. A two-time Star⁄Gazette all-county first-team pick, Berger established a new mark in the 110 hurdles (13.81) at the Jaguar Invitational at Flowers, and broke the Northern Virginia Invitational record in the 110 (14.38) and 300 hurdles (38.11). Berger was also one of the county's premier sprinters, winning the 100 dash at the WCAC championships (10.6) and the Northern Virginia Invitational 100 title. Berger will attend Maryland on a track scholarship.

Field Athlete of the Year: Antoine Brown

Though most of the attention was focused on his teammates’ exploits on the track, Brown was a clutch performer for Class 4A state runner-up Suitland. The junior is the Star⁄Gazette Male Field Athlete of the Year. Brown won the Jack Willard Outstanding Male Field Athlete award at the county meet. He won the triple jump (46 feet, 3 inches) at the county meet, helping the Rams to their fourth title in five seasons. Brown was the runner-up at the 4A South Region meet (43-9) and state 4A meets (45-4.5) where Suitland narrowly missed a second straight team championship. He also placed in the long jump at the county (fifth; 20-2.5), region (fourth; 21-0) and state (sixth; 20-6) competitions.

Coach of the Year

Chris Parker, DuVal — In his fourth season, Parker guided the Lanham school to a turnaround campaign, going from 14th to eighth at the county championships. The Tigers placed fifth at the state 2A championships. DuVal was the runner-up to Douglass in the 3A⁄2A division with victories from Aaron James (county 110 hurdles and 300 hurdle champ), Archie McDougal (100) and the 400 and 800 relays. The Tigers’ 800 relay quartet of James, Pedro Dayo, Mike Akinnuoye and McDougal won the 2A South Region and state 2A titles. DuVal placed third overall at the region meet.

First team

Jamell Lane, Suitland, Soph., sprints — Lane returns to the Star⁄Gazette first team after placing second in the 100 at the county finals (11.14) He also ran a leg on the county and 4A South Region title-winning 400 relay squad. At the state 4A championships, Lane helped the District Heights school to victory in the 800 relay and finished fifth in the 200.

Serge’ McGill, Suitland, Sr., sprints — After struggling through most of the spring, McGill used the state 4A finals to show why he was last spring’s Star⁄Gazette Male Track Athlete of the Year. He defended his 200 (21.69) and 400 (48.75) titles and ran on the winning 800 relay squad. McGill, who was the state runner-up in the 100 (10.94), will attend Kansas City College.

Larrone Moore, Northwestern, Jr., sprints — Moore exploded onto the county landscape in the spring, winning the county, region and state titles in the 100 and claiming the county 200 championship. He was the runner-up in the 200 at the South Region meet where he picked first in the long jump. Moore, who also won the long jump titles at the county (22-5) and the Morgan State Invitational meets (21-5.5), missed the postseason sweep with fourth at states.

Kevin Teel, Bowie, Sr., sprints — Teel was third in the 100 at the county (11.17), South Region (11.1) and state 4A (11.12) competitions, and helped Bowie to the county title in the 800 relay. Teel was the runner-up in the 100 (11.07) at the Gator Invitational.

Travis Bowman, Suitland, Sr., middle distance — Bowman claimed the 400 at the county (48.98) and region (48.3) meets before finishing second to teammate Serge’ McGill at the state finals (49.19). A Bowie State football recruit, Bowman ran on the state title-winning 800 relay team.

Romaine McKay, Roosevelt, Jr., middle distance — A transfer from Central, McKay was arguably the county’s best in middle distance. He was named outstanding male track performer at the county finals, winning the 800 (1:57.6) and 1,600 (4:39.6) and helping the Raiders to first in the 1,600 and 3,200 relays. He finished third in the 400 (49.56) at the state meet.

Justin McKenzie, Douglass, Sr., middle distance — McKenzie was the spark behind the Eagles’ run to the county 3A⁄2A title and 3A East Region championship. He won the 800 (1:59.75) and 400 (50.2) at the regional meet. He also placed fifth in the 400 and 800 at the state 3A finals.

Anthony Walker, Roosevelt, Jr., middle distance — Walker won the region 800 championship (1:59.8) after placing third (1:58.2) at the county meet, where he also ran on the winning 1,600 and 3,200 relay squads. He placed third in the 400 at the county finals and ran on the Raiders’ 1,600 relay team that reached the Championship of America finals at the Penn Relays.

Mikias Gelagle, Roosevelt, Soph., distance — Gelagle was the county’s premier distance performer. At the county finals, he won the 3,200 (10:24.1) and ran on the championship 3,200 relay squad. He won the 1,600 (4:43.3) and 3,200 (10:27.96) at the South Region meet, and was the county’s top finisher (seventh; 10:01.54) in the 3,200 at the state 4A finals.

Aaron James, DuVal, Sr., hurdles — James claimed the triple crown in the 100 hurdles, capping his campaign with a 14.72 at the state 2A meet. He won the county (14.66) and South Region (14.4) titles, and helped the Lanham school to state and region titles in the 800 relay. James will attend UMBC on a track scholarship.

Anthony Simmons, Oxon Hill, Jr., hurdles — Simmons took second in the 300 hurdles at the state 4A (39.21) and South Region (40.3) finals. He became the first Oxon Hill athlete to win a county hurdle championship (39.7), and placed first in the 300 hurdles at the Gator (40.05) and Norfolk State (39.95) Invitationals.

Godson Akinnawo, High Point, Jr., high jump — After being cut from High Point’s basketball team last winter, Akinnawo found success on the track. He claimed the county (6-7) and South Region (6-6) titles before placing third at the state 4A championships (6-2). Akinnawo won the long jump title at the Jaguar Invitational (6-2).

Brandon Robertson, Bowie, Sr., long jump — Robertson was the main challenger to Northwestern’s Larrone Moore in the long jump, placing second at the county (21-2) and 4A South Region (21-4) competitions. He claimed top honors in the event (20-3) at the Knights Invitational at Anne Arundel County’s North County.

Jeremy Mitchell, Suitland, Jr., discus — Mitchell played a vital role in keeping Suitland among the state’s best. He won the county title in the discus (134-0) and placed second at the state 4A championships (137-5) where the Rams gained runner-up honors. Mitchell was the runner-up in the event at the South Region meet (129-1) and Gator Invitational (128-2).

Corey Williams, Largo, Sr., shot put — Only a third-place showing at the state 4A finals (47-0) kept Williams from a postseason sweep. He became the first Largo athlete to win a county title in the shot put (47-10) and claimed the South Region championship (47-8). Williams garnered runner-up honors in the shot put (48-10.5) and discus (118-0) at the Jaguar Invitational.

Second Team

Sprints: Maceo Bacote, Douglass; MichaelBrewer, Surrattsville; Martell McDuffy, DeMatha; Jaumale Sykes, DeMatha. Middle Distance: Yaphet Cross, Suitland; Evan Lessa, Douglass; Wayne Moten, Forestville. Distance: Christopher Anderson, Forestville; Joseph Chapman, McNamara; Jerod Franklin, Flowers; Kelli Thibou, Roosevelt; William Mitchell, DeMatha; Ahmed Wade, High Point. Hurdles: Brett Brown, Flowers;Quinton Brown, Douglass; Geoffrey Daley,DeMatha; Pedro Dayo, DuVal; William Green and Norville Hughes, Douglass; Derrick Morton,Suitland; Charles Wilkinson, Suitland.Jumps: Kirkland Beale, DeMatha; Cedric Daye, Suitland; Saladine Marshall, Potomac; Jarrett Reid, Douglass; Ronald Shawley, Friendly.Throws: Stacey Adams, Potomac; Rafael Jones, Northwestern; Augustus Parrish, Potomac; Kerry Pollard, Roosevelt; Lawrence Sidbury, Oxon Hill; Derrick Williams, Gwynn Park; Rashad Wright, Roosevelt. Relays: Justin Acker, Tim Jones and Sean Washington, Bowie; Maceo Bacote, Justin Dowtin, Greg Laws and Greg Thompson,Douglass; Mike Akinnuoye and Archie McDougal, DuVal; Patrick Bennett, Russell Buckner, Donovan Carroll and Travis McLean, Fairmont Heights; George Bailey, Brandon Clarke, Kevin Davis,Marcus Dickerson, Rashad Henry, Karl Holbert, James Holeman and Jimmy McClam, Flowers; Adrian Brown, Derrick Williams and Malcolm Womack, Roosevelt; Mark Duncan, Suitland.