Thursday, June 21, 2007

2007 All-County Boys Track Team

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Raphael Talisman⁄The Gazette
The Star⁄Gazette All-County Boys’ Track Team includes: (front row, from left) Taylor Sykes, Aaron Brooks, Ernest Cooper, Lamaar Thomas, Warren Gray, Charles Johnson, Rayvon Williams and Jerod Franklin; (back row, from left) William Bailey, Robert Moore, Kelli Thibou, Brian Faherty,Coach of the Year Stan Mullins, Donte Holmes, Daniel Edmund, Leslie Murray and Stacey Adams. Not pictured: Kendall Sutton.
Athletes of the Year

Lamaar Thomas

It was a school year of championships for the Friendly High junior. Last fall, Thomas was a member of the Patriots’ football team, which captured the state Class 3A title with a perfect 14-0 mark. In the winter and spring, Thomas stood alone as the county’s best sprinter. Last month, he won county, region and state titles in the 100-meter dash, adding to the 55 title he captured at the state 3A⁄2A indoor championships in February. At the county outdoor finals, Thomas’ 10.55-second time broke the meet record that had stood since 1976. His 10.76 at the state 3A meet, placed him ninth in state finals’ history. A top football recruit, Thomas has 30 scholarship offers including Boston College, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

Warren Gray

Gray continued Oxon Hill’s strong reputation in the field events. The senior won the state 4A triple jump (46 feet, 8.75 inches) after placing second in 2006. He defended his county triple jump title (44-8), claimed the high jump (6-8; tied for third in finals’ history) and placed third in the 110 hurdles. At the South Region meet, Gray won the high jump (6-2) and was the runner-up in the triple jump (44-0.5). A two-time first-team pick, Gray will continue his track career at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Coach of the Year

Stan Mullins, Potomac: A year after his team scored just four points at the county finals, Mullins guided Potomac’s boys’ team to third place in the Class 2A state meet, one point behind runner-up Poly of Baltimore City. In Mullins’ eighth season at the Oxon Hill school, the Wolverines finished fourth at the county meet, and third at the South Region meet with victories from Stacey Adams (discus), Darryl Glass (high jump) and the 1,600 relay quartet of Kemar Scarlett, Jimmy Harper, Paul Kelley and Antonio Wallace. Potomac swept all four relays at the Lee Calhoun Invitational at North Carolina Central University.

First Team

Donte Holmes, sprints, Eleanor Roosevelt: Holmes made his return to track worthwhile after focusing on football the past three seasons. The senior won the 400 meters at the state 4A finals, and was part of the winning 1,600 relay team. The county 400 champ, Holmes also ran on the county and region-winning 800 relay.

Charles Johnson, sprints, Oxon Hill: Johnson was the model of consistency, placing second in the 200 and 400 at the state 4A finals, and third in the 100. The senior won all three sprints at the South Region meet and was county 100 runner-up. Johnson, who will attend Bowie State in the fall, swept the sprint events at the Hendricks Invitational.

Kendall Sutton, sprints, DeMatha: Sutton was instrumental in the Stags’ latest run to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. The senior claimed the 100 and 200, and won both events at the Metro Run and Walk Invitational. Sutton will play soccer for Marshall University in the fall.

Taylor Sykes, sprints, DeMatha: Sykes had an impressive freshman campaign for the Hyattsville school. He won the 400 at the WCAC championships, and was part of the Stags’ first-place 800 relay team. Sykes placed first in the 400 at the Jaguar and Metro Run and Walk meets.

Jerod Frankin, middle distance, Charles H. Flowers: The Star⁄Gazette Indoor Runner of the Year during the winter, Franklin had a solid outdoor campaign. The Howard University-bound senior was the county runner-up to Roosevelt’s Kelli Thibou in the 800 and was fourth at the state 4A finals. Franklin, who won the region 1,600 crown, placed first in the 800 and 1,600 at the Hendricks and Jaguar meets.

Kelli Thibou, middle distance, Roosevelt: Thibou enjoyed another Triple Crown campaign in the 800 including the county finals’ record of 1 minute, 51.98 seconds, breaking a 21-year old mark. The senior was part of the Raiders’ state-title winning 1,600 relay team and also won county and region titles with the 3,200 relay team. A three-time first-team selection, Thibou is headed to Delaware State.

Daniel Edmund, distance, Roosevelt: Edmund was a key cog in the Raiders’ distance corps. The junior took first in the county and second in the region in the 1,600 and ran on the 3,200 relay that won county and region crowns. In the 800, Edmund won at the Meade Invitational and took second in the region.

Brian Faherty, distance, Roosevelt: Faherty helped the Raiders win the county and region crowns, placing first in the 3,200. At the state meet, the junior finished 12th, the top performance among county entrants.

Ernest Cooper, hurdles, Henry A. Wise: Cooper had a historic campaign for the Upper Marlboro school. The junior swept the postseason meets in the 110 and 300 hurdles, becoming the first Puma athlete to win a state crown. Cooper is the first county male to win both hurdle events at the state finals since former Surrattsville standout Jerod Void in 2001.

William Bailey, jumps, Bowie: Bailey had a solid postseason, capped with the state 4A long jump championship. The senior placed fourth in the 200 after placing second in the region. Bailey finished fourth in the long jump at the county and region meets.

Leslie Murray, jumps, Bladensburg: Murray came up short in his Triple Crown quest, placing third in the long jump at the state 4A meet. The junior claimed first at the county meet, where he was also the runner-up in the 400. Murray established the meet record in the long jump at the Metro Run and Walk Invitational and won at the Legard Relays.

Rayvon Williams, jumps, Bishop McNamara: Williams was a bright spot for the Mustangs, winning the high jump at the WCAC finals. The senior claimed top honors in the high jump at the Banneker Relays and Scuderi Challenge. Williams will play football at LaSalle in the fall.

Stacey Adams, throws, Potomac: Adams’ efforts helped Potomac become a contender in the state 2A ranks. The Bowie State-bound senior claimed his second straight discus crown, and was the runner-up in the shot put. He won both events at the 2A South Region meet and placed first in the discus at Calhoun and Gold Rush meets.

Aaron Brooks, throws, DeMatha: Brooks helped the Stags to a sweep of the throwing events at the WCAC finals, placing first in the shot put. The junior captured titles at the Banneker and Metro Run and Walk meets. Brooks, who placed fourth in the discus at the WCAC finals, was the runner-up in the shot put and discus at Nike Spring Invitational.

Robert Moore, throws, Flowers: Moore missed the Triple Crown in the shot put and discus, placing third and fifth, respectively, at the state meet. He earned outstanding field performer honors at the county meet by sweeping both events. Moore, who also won both events at the Jaguar Invitational, will attend Morgan State in the fall.

Second Team

Sprints: Tim Butler and Chris Smith, DuVal; Anthony Boone, Frederick Douglass; Michael Cooper, DeMatha; Giovanni Flowers, Grace Brethren; Antonio Wallace, Potomac. Distance: Michael Gallion, Parkdale; Peter Gentles, High Point; Donald Lockhart, Roosevelt; Cory Puffett, DeMatha; Bpaaki Vandi, Central. Hurdles: Keenan Fenwick, Flowers; Kemar Scarlett, Potomac; Michael Sesay; Malcolm Womack, Roosevelt. Jumps: Daevon Dancy, Oxon Hill; Vibert Defreitas and Dwayne Powell, Flowers; Darryl Glass, Potomac; David Hill, DeMatha; Tristan Youngblood, Roosevelt. Relays: Kwame Carrion, Jamal Joseph, Rodney McLeod, Chad Rogers and Sean Suber, DeMatha; Jimmy Harper and Paul Kelley, Potomac; Jovon Edwards, Denny Long, Brandon Murphy and Nigel Rios, Roosevelt. Throws: Dontrell Brennan, Potomac; Charles Kelley, DeMatha; Nehemiah Walker, Suitland.

All-county teams are selected by the Star⁄Gazette sports staff based on athletes’ performances and nominations from coaches. Staff writer Derek Toney compiled the information on this page.