Athlete of the Year

Tony Cole, Oakland Mils, Jr.

Cole was nearly unstoppable this season, winning a pair of individual and relay titles at the Ivan Walker Howard County Indoor Track and Field Championships, then taking 55-meter titles at the Class 2A/1A Central Region championships and at the 2A/1A state championships. He was clocked at 6.51 seconds in the 55 at the state championships and was a runner-up in the 300 at that meet to Loch Raven senior Stann Waithe.

First Team

Mehdi Bensarghin, Wilde Lake, Jr.: The Moroccan-born distance runner won the 800 (2:03.2) and 1,600 (4:35.3) at the county championships.

Damon Gasque, Mount Hebron, Sr.: Gasque cleared 6-2 to claim his first Class 3A/2A high jump title. He cleared a personal-best 6-3 to win the county championship.

Scott Gayer, Wilde Lake, Soph.: Gayer finished fourth in the 1,600 (4:40.8) at the county championships and fourth in the 3,200 (10:29.2) at the Maryland 3A/2A West Region championships.

Drew Graybeal, Glenelg, Jr.: Graybeal swept titles in the 500 at the county championships, 2A/1A Central Region championships and at 2A/1A states, where he clocked in at 1:06.3.

Seth Kampf, Mount Hebron, Sr.: After nipping at teammate Matt Sanders's heels for the cross-country season, Kampf finally beat his friend, winning the Class 3A/2A West Region 3,200 title in 10:10.9. He was third in the 3,200 at the county championships and fifth at states.

Nate Klebanow, Centennial, Sr.: Klebanow helped Centennial to the Class 2A/1A Central Region crown. He was first in the 800 (2:16.8) and ran on the Eagles' runner-up 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay teams.

Jason Mead, Oakland Mills, Sr.: Undaunted by the state's decision to de-emphasize the pole vault, Mead kept soaring even when his event didn't count toward his team's score. He won the county championship by clearing 11 feet and added a 2A/1A Central Region title before finishing third at the state championships.

Dan Sagmiller, Glenelg, Jr.: Sagmiller won the county title in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.3 seconds, nearly a second faster than his closest competition. He was third in that event at the 2A/1A Central Region championships.

Matt Sanders, Mount Hebron, Sr.: Sanders recovered from several foot injuries to win a county title in the 3,200 (10:04.2). He also helped the Vikings' 3,200 relay team to titles at the county and 3A/2A state meets.

David Schnorf, Wilde Lake, Sr.: Wilde Lake's captain finished second in the 3,200 at the county championships and third in the 1,600 at the meet.

Sean Stewart, Hammond, Sr.: Stewart won his third straight county shot put crown with a throw of 48-111/4. He was second at the Class 3A/2A West Region championships and third at the state championships.

Mike Wade, River Hill, Jr.: A newcomer to the high jump, Wade cleared 6-2 to take second place at the county championships. He rebounded from a fourth-place finish at the Class 3A/2A West Region championships to take third at the state championships.

Coach of the Year

James LeMon, Mount Hebron

LeMon's track knowledge comes from his years as a speedy wide receiver at West Virginia in the late 1980s and as a sprinter on the Mountaineers' track team. In his third year at Mount Hebron, a team known until recently for its distance became an all-around powerhouse. The Vikings ended Oakland Mills's stranglehold on the county title, beating the Scorpions by 45 points for their first championship. The Vikings did it with solid distance runners and impressive field performers but also with a second-place finish in the 4x200-meter relay, a testament to the team's improved sprinters.

First row, sitting, from left: Matt Sanders, Coach James LeMon, Seth Kampf. Second row, sitting, from left: Scott Gayer, David Schnorf, Mehdi Bensarghin, Dan Sagmiller. Standing, from left: Mike Wade, Nate Klebanow, Jason Mead, Tony Cole, Drew Graybeal. Not pictured: Damon Gasque, Sean Stewart.