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What Does It Take to Be an All-Met?
The Washington Post's scholastic sports staff asked, and All-Mets answered:
Chris Moen and Neal Darmody

Athlete of the Year / Coach 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.”

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.

First Team


Neal Darmody Kenard HarrisMatt 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

Honorable Mention

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.

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