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Athlete of the Year / Coach of the Year
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Wil Zahorodny | Damascus » Sr.
By season’s end, Zahorodny owned two of the four fastest 500-meter times in the country. He won the event at the Maryland 3A championships in a career-best 1:04.71, a meet record.
» Favorite Pre-Meet Song: “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson
“It calms you down a little bit, which helps before races.”
COACH OF THE YEAR
Seann Pelkey | Quince Orchard
Pelkey guided his alma mater to the Maryland 4A championship, its first indoor title at the county, region or state level.
|Neal Darmody ||Kenard Harris||Matt Anderson ||Jon Hill |
|Quince Orchard » Sr. ||Westlake » Sr.||Westfield » Jr. ||Walkersville » Jr. |
|Two-time All-Met won the 1,600 (career-best 4:22.74) and the 3,200 (9:34.45) at the Maryland 4A championships. ||A week after running the country’s second-fastest 300 (34.27) to win Maryland 3A South Region title, Harris won the state title in 34.58.||Shone brightest in his specialty, winning the Virginia AAA title in the 1,000 meters in 2:31.15, the area’s fastest time on a flat track. ||High-jumped 6 feet 4 at the Frederick County championships, 6-5 at the Maryland 2A West Region meet and 6-8 to win the state title. |
|Zach Ray ||Joe LoRusso ||Olu Olamigoke ||Chris Moen |
|Huntingtown » Sr. ||Oakton » Sr. ||Mountain View » Sr. ||Walter Johnson » Sr. |
|Two-time All-Met set career bests in long and high jumps. Ran an area-best 7.48 seconds in 55 hurdles. Will run for Maryland. ||Emerged as the Washington area’s top miler, winning the Virginia AAA state title in a personal-best 4:15.53. ||Second in the triple jump at the Va. Tech Invitational (48-9), the area’s top mark, and third in the long jump (22-41/2). Will compete for Indiana. ||Two-time All-Met put it all together in the 800, winning the Maryland 4A title in 1:56.77, a state record. Will run for Appalachian State. |
|Wesley Sun ||Devon Smith ||Sean Stanley |
|Chantilly » Jr. ||Westlake » Jr. ||Gaithersburg » Jr. |
|Won the Concorde District pole vault title at 12-6 and went a foot higher at the Virginia AAA meet to earn all-state honors. ||Won 55 at Charles County Invitational in an area-best 6.32 seconds; captured the Maryland 3A title in record time (6.39). ||Won shot put in all but one meet he entered and captured the Maryland 4A title (54-113/4). |
Top Relay Teams
4 x 200: Westlake: Kenard Harris, Devon Smith, Jesse Mitchell, Greg Walker
4 x 400: Meade: Dahmar Smiles, Anya Uzoh, Matthew Brinkley, Justin Murdock
4 x 800: Edison: Shaeban Hicks, Leoule Degfae, Taylor Miller, Tihut Degfae
Tristan Benton, High Point, Jr.; Matthew Brinkley, Meade, Sr.; Aaron Brooks, DeMatha, Sr.; Tommy Clark, T.C. Williams, Sr.; Ernest Cooper, Wise, Sr.; Leoule Degfae, Edison, Jr.; Alex Edelmann, Middletown, Jr.; Daniel Edmund, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sr.; Brendan Etzel, Richard Montgomery, Sr.; Jamal Ford, T.C. Williams, Sr.; Avery Graham, Clarksburg, Jr.; Bernell Hailey, Coolidge, Sr.; Ben Horner, Brunswick, Sr.; Tyler Jackson, Richard Montgomery, Sr.; Allante Keels, Episcopal, Jr.; Brian Landry, Jefferson, Sr.; Chris Letson, Lake Braddock, Sr.; Brice Mathews, Potomac (Va.), Sr.; Justin Murdock, Meade, Sr.; Rex Parker, Battlefield, Sr.; Johns Ross, Potomac School, Sr.; Marcus Smoot, La Plata, Jr.; Joey Thompson, Howard, Sr.; Ademola Titcombe, Edison, Sr.; Anya Uzoh, Meade, Sr.; Jahmal Waldon, Theodore Roosevelt, Sr.