Performer of the Year: Andrew Peresta, Southern-AA
How impressive was Peresta's triple at the Class 2A state championships?After the meet, a coach from Delaware State approached the senior and offeredhim a full athletic scholarship. Delaware State is one of several schoolsvying for the opportunity to place Peresta's name on their roster. Perestapolished his resume at the state meet by winning the 400-meter race in 48.78seconds and the 110 high hurdles in 14.57 seconds.
His crowning achievement, however, took place in the 300 intermediatehurdles, where Peresta crossed the finish line in a Class 2A state-record37.76 seconds. The time eclipsed the previous mark of 38.34 established in1998 by Jon Shields of Randallstown. Peresta also took home a silver medal forhis effort in the Bulldogs' second-place 1,600-relay squad.
Peresta swept the 400, the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediatehurdles at the Anne Arundel County and Class 2A South region championships. Atthe county championships, Peresta set two records by clocking in at 48.4seconds in the 400 and 37.5 seconds in the 300 intermediate hurdles. Peresta,the Anne Arundel County Performer of the Year, became the first Southernathlete to win three state crowns, and he owns school records in theaforementioned three events. Ohio State, Hampton, Long Island and Bowie Statealso are pursuing Peresta.
Coach of the Year: David Kreller, Loch Raven
When Kreller took over the program four years ago, even supportersquestioned why the coach would waste his energy trying to build what wasperceived as a hopeless cause. Kreller, the Baltimore City/County Coach of theYear, ignored the naysayers, and with help from assistant coaches LanaeShelton, Nick Solomon and Terry McDonald, pushed the athletes to mine theirpotential and utilize it on the track.
The Raiders -second at last season's Class 1A state championships - werejust nine points behind Class 4A powerhouse Woodlawn at the Baltimore Countychampionships, and won their second consecutive North region crown. Lackingperformers in field events, No. 7 Loch Raven maximized efforts from itsdistance runners and sprinters to capture the school's first outdoor trackstate title. Loch Raven became only the fourth Baltimore County program since1969 to win a state championship in outdoor track.
Victor Abiamiri, Gilman
The senior swept the shot put at the Maryland Private Schools state meet(49 feet, 5 inches) and the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Associationchampionships (50-8 1/4 ). He also corralled a gold medal in the triple jumpwith a leap of 43- 1/2 and a silver in the discus with a throw of 119-6 at thestate meet.
At the MIAA championships, Abiamiri reversed the results, placing first inthe discus (155-11) and second in the triple jump (42-6 1/2 ). His mark in thediscus shattered the previous conference record of 149-10 set three years agoby John Desi of Calvert Hall. Abiamiri will play football at Notre Dame.
Kevin Barnes, Old Mill
Last spring, Barnes gave up the high jump to focus on other events. Thisspring, the junior ran the table by winning the high jump at the Anne ArundelCounty, Class 4A East region and state levels.
He registered his best mark at the region meet, where he cleared 6 feet, 61/4 inches. At the state championships, Barnes fell slightly to 6-6, but itwas more than enough to give him the title. Barnes also dabbled in the 110high hurdles, finishing second at the region meet and fourth at the countychampionships.
Thomas Breaux, Randallstown
The senior capped a successful campaign with two gold medals at the Class3A state championships. Breaux won the 200-meter dash in 21.94 seconds. Thenhe leaped 46 feet, 1 inch to collect his second title in the triple jump in asmany seasons.
Breaux swept the triple jump, registering a mark of 46-6 at the BaltimoreCounty championships and a leap of 43-7 at the Class 3A North region meet.Breaux, who was also third in the 400 at the state championships, took hometwo more gold medals from the region meet, in the 200 and the 400.
Tony Cole, Oakland Mills
The junior not only picked up back-to-back Class 1A state crowns in the100-meter dash, but he also recorded the fastest time among the fourpublic-school classifications with a time of 10.85 seconds.
Cole ran a leg of the team's winning 400-relay squad (43.96) and thefourth-place 800-relay team, and he earned a silver medal in the 200.
Cole never lost an event at the Howard County and Class 1A South regionlevels. He won the 100 at the region meet in 10.61 and posted a personalrecord in the semifinals of the 200 at the county championships when heclocked in at 21.7. The Howard County Performer of the Year earned the indoorversion of the honor last winter.
Charles Devaud, Archbishop Curley
The senior was a multi-event force for the Friars - competing in the 110high hurdles, the triple jump and several relays - but Devaud's specialty wasthe pole vault. He cleared 14 feet at the Morgan State Invitational, setting ameet record among high school athletes.
Devaud's best mark came during a dual meet against eventual MarylandInterscholastic Athletic Association champion McDonogh when he vaulted 14-6.At the MIAA championships, Devaud accounted for 32 of Archbishop Curley's 64points when he won the pole vault (13-3), finished second in the 110 highhurdles, placed third in the triple jump, and ran a leg of the team'ssecond-place 800-relay squad. UMBC is considering Devaud as a decathlete.
Glenwood Edwards, Lansdowne
p Edwards grabbed the Class 2A state crown with a throw of 58 feet, 11 3/4inches. The toss eclipsed the previous 2A state record of 57-7 3/4 set in 1999by Tom Miller of Urbana.
Edwards, who also placed third in the discus, provided the Vikings with 20of their 24 points. Edwards swept the shot put and discus at the BaltimoreCounty and North region levels. At the county championships, he heaved theshot put 61-5 1/2 and threw the discus 162-7.
Brian Grubel, Severna Park
After injuring his knee last spring and failing to clear the opening heightat the indoor state meet last winter, Grubel captured an elusive state titlewith his vault of 13 feet at the state meet.
Grubel picked up crowns at the Anne Arundel County and East region levels,winning the county championship with a mark of 13-6. He has captured sixcounty titles in the pole vault - three outdoor and three indoor. Grubel, whovaulted 11 feet as a freshman, will continue the pole vault at Maryland.
Demario Harris, Annapolis
The senior's best leap of 21 feet, 11 3/4 inches was an inch better thanWestlake senior Rob Lester's jump, giving Harris his first Class 3A statecrown. He also took home a silver medal in the triple jump. Harris won thelong jump (21-1 1/2 ) and the triple jump (44-1 1/4 ) at the East region meetand ran a leg of the winning 800-relay squad (1 minute, 32 seconds).
He left his mark when he leaped an Anne Arundel County-record 23-7 in thelong jump at the county championships. He also took the triple jump (45-7 1/2) there and contributed to the winning 400-relay team (43.1). Harris, who haswon the past four triple jump and three long jump crowns at the county level,will play football at Shepherd (W.Va.) College.
Bili Lawal, Poly
Lawal won the Class 2A state triple jump title with a leap of 45 feet, 2inches. The senior, who placed fourth in the long jump, accounted for all 14of the Engineers' points at the state meet.
Lawal was second in the long jump and triple jump at the Baltimore Citychampionships, where he posted a personal-record mark of 44-9 3/4 . Lawalrebounded at the North region championships, where he brought home gold medalsin the long jump with a personal-best leap of 21-1 and the triple jump with amark of 40-1.
Brandon Lynch, Mervo
Lynch collected a Class 4A state crown when he won the 800 in 1 minute,57.02 seconds - the fastest time among all four classifications in that event.The junior also ran a leg of the 3,200-relay squad that crossed the finishline in a winning time of 8:05.95.
Lynch had placed third in the 800 at the Baltimore City championships, buthe shaved nearly 11 seconds from that effort to win the event at the Northregion meet in 1:59.5. Lynch swept the 1,600 at the city (4:42.8) and region(4:26.26) levels and was the city champion in the 3,200 (10:55.2).
Matt Sanders, Mount Hebron
The senior ran the anchor leg of the Vikings' 3,200-relay squad thatcaptured a gold medal at the Class 3A state meet in 8 minutes, 3.67 seconds.Even though Sanders - who finished third in the 1,600 and 3,200 and fourth inthe 800 - didn't pick up another state crown, he did post the fastest 1,600time among metro runners on the championship levels with a time of 4:23.48
Sanders swept the 1,600 and 3,200 at the Howard County and East regionlevels and won the 800 (1:59.9) at the region meet. Sanders will run crosscountry and track at Maryland.
Jesse Slowikowski, C. Milton Wright
The senior battled Eric Pauley of Gaithersburg and Awit Yohannes ofMagruder to place third in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races at the Class4A state meet. Still, his time of 9 minutes 35.35 seconds in the 3,200 was thefastest by a metro runner on the championship levels.
Slowikowski, who will run at High Point (N.C.), won the 3,200 in 9:55.3 atthe East region meet and was second in the 1,600 there. Slowikowski feasted onHarford County competition, winning the 800 (1:59.72), the 1,600 (4:24.31) andthe 3,200 (9:42) at the county championships. For his efforts, Slowikowski -who also ran a leg of the winning 3,200-relay squad (8:11) at the countychampionships - was named the county's Performer of the Year.
Brandon Taylor, Mount St. Joseph
At the Maryland Private Schools state championships, Taylor scored a goldmedal in the 110 high hurdles with a time of 15.2 seconds, took a silver inthe long jump, and secured a bronze in the triple jump with a personal-bestleap of 42 feet, 1/4 inch.
The senior captured a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association crownin the long jump with a mark of 20 feet, 7 1/2 inches and ran a leg of thewinning 800-relay squad in 1 minute, 31.52 - a time that eclipsed the previousconference record of 1:32.11 set in 2001 by Loyola. Taylor, who is headed toArmy, helped Mount St. Joseph complete three consecutive undefeated dual-meetcampaigns in the MIAA.
Tristram Thomas, McDonogh
Thomas capped his season by winning the 1,600 at the MarylandInterscholastic Athletic Association championships in 4 minutes, 31.29seconds, and the 3,200 in 9:43.65. The sophomore was undefeated in the 800until he finished second in the event at the conference championships.
During the regular season, Thomas clocked in a time of 4:19.8 in the 1,600at the Draper Invitational at St. Stephen's/St. Agnes. Thomas paced the Eaglesto their first MIAA championship.
Stann Waithe, Loch Raven
Waithe sprinted past Cole in the 200-meter dash at the Class 1A statechampionships to win in 21.93 seconds, and he crossed the finish line in 48.57to take the 400 - his second straight crown in that event. Waithe, who alsowas third in the 800, secured a third victory when he ran a leg of the winning800-relay squad (1:30.48).
Waithe swept the 200 and 400 at the Baltimore County and North regionlevels. Waithe, the All-Baltimore City/County Performer of the Year and arepeat All-Metro pick, will run at Michigan.
Frankie Wright, Mervo
The senior retained the long jump title he claimed last spring by leaping22 feet, 10 1/2 inches. Wright was third in the 400 and triple jump and fifthin the 200 at the Class 4A state meet.
At the North region meet, he was first in the 200 (22.1 seconds), the 400(49.4) and the triple jump (43-0) and second in the long jump. At theBaltimore City championships, Wright won the long jump(21-6 3/4 ) and triple(45-6) jump. He was tied for first in the 400 (51.6) with teammate Craig Tateand finished second in the 200. Wright is headed to Barton Junior College(Kan.) with his cousin Ronald Wright.
Name School Class
Henry Campbell Aberdeen Junior
Julius Coleman Mervo Soph.
Jordan Davis Woodlawn Senior
Martin Dougherty South River Senior
Sean Engles Severn Senior
Sean Grace Old Mill Senior
Darrius Heyward-Bey McDonogh Soph.
Tom Ingham Francis Scott Key Senior
Jonnie Jenkins South Carroll Senior
Brian Leiter Francis Scott Key Soph.
Anthony Littlejohn Old Mill Junior
George Panniell Calvert Hall Junior
Richard Simpson Havre de Grace Senior
Michael Wade River Hill Junior
Kevin Walsh Havre de Grace Junior
Ronald Wright Mervo Senior
Joey Young Woodlawn Senior
Note: Teams selected by Edward Lee after consultation with The Sun staffand area coaches.