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Athlete of the Year

Thursday, March 24, 2005; Page AA14

Athlete of the Year

KYLE RAUSER, Old Mill, Sr.

After a broken fibula caused him to miss most of the football season, Rauser came back to sweep the county, region and state indoor track titles in the 800-meter run. He won the state title with a time of 1 minute 59.28 seconds, more than a second ahead of the second-place finisher.

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He also placed second in the 500-meter dash at the county championship.

"He's about as tough as any kid I've coached," Old Mill Coach Janet Liimatta said. "He'll do just about anything to win."

Coach of the Year

JAMES O'ROARK, Southern, First Season

O'Roark volunteered to coach for the first time days before the Southern cross-country season because, as he said, "I was basically forced into it." Five months later, he coached a team to a state title.

Under O'Roark, Southern's 3,200-meter relay team won a 3A-2A state championship. The Bulldogs also tied for seventh at the county championship, the team's best finish at that meet in four years.

First Team

CHRIS BRYANT, Old Mill, Sr.: In a tight county championship pole vaulting competition, Bryant exploded for the best vault of his career (12 feet, 6 inches) and won by 1 foot. He consistently cleared 12 feet during the season.

RYAN CALLAHAN, Old Mill, Jr.: The county player of the year in football, Callahan tied two meet records at the county championship. He won the 300-meter dash in 35.5 seconds and the 55-meter dash in 6.2 seconds.

MATTHEW CENTROWITZ, Broadneck, Soph.: He set a county record by running the 3,200 in 9:46.1 at the county championships, breaking the old record by more than three seconds. He placed second in the 3,200 in the state championship meet.

JAMIE GORDON, Meade, Sr.: He ran neck and neck with Callahan all season in the 55-meter dash, finishing second in the county and 4A East Region meets. Then, at the state championships, Gordon ran in 6.69 seconds, beating Callahan and finishing sixth.

JAMAL GREEN, Arundel, Jr.: He won the 200 dash at the Anne Arundel Coaches Classic in a blazing 23.8. He also led Arundel's 800-meter relay team to a second-place finish at the county championship.

MATT LLANO, Broadneck, Jr.: An all-county cross-country runner, Llano won the county's 1,600 run (4:34). He bettered his time at states, running in 4:33.26 and finishing in sixth place.

JIMMY MILDENBERGER, Chesapeake, Sr.: He high jumped a consistent 6 feet 2 inches in the three biggest meets of the season, and that mark gave him a county title, a 4A East Region title and a second-place finish at states.

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