The following article was taken from
"The Sun in Anne Arundel: Tuesday, February 19, 2002"
Class 3A-2A Indoor Track
Brown leads Annapolis Boys
By Pat O'Malley-Sun
February 19, 2002
LANDOVER-There are a lot of
reasons why people will remember yesterday's Maryland Public Secondary
Schools Athletic Association Class 3A-2A State Indoor Track Championships
at the Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex.
First, Annapolis High claimed a rare state track title in the boys
division that River Hill was expected to challenge for. The Panthers
won because River Hill's Shane Stroup missed a triple-crown encore
because of a pulled hamstring.
People will remember from the girls competition that Milford Mill,
third in its region, won the title because the state dress code prevented
Mount Hebron from entering its 1,600-meter relay team, considered
one of Maryland's best.
The Vikings relay team was disqualified in the regionals after one
of the girls was discovered to have a white stripe on her black shorts.
Finally, the day-long extravaganza ended at 6:45 pm with the custodians
cleaning up while Urbana senior Lauren Graff tried to clean 12 feet
in the pole vault. Graff failed and had to settle for a state girls
record in all classifications. Graff cleared 11-9 to break her own
state mark of 11-1 set last year.
Annapolis' team of eight boys set county, region, and state titles
as their goals going into this season. It accomplished the last part
of that mission yesterday as the Panthers scored 52 points to beat
runner-up Gwynn Park (43). "Somebody researching Annapolis High
School athletics found out that an Annapolis boys team won a state
outdoor title in 1910," said Panthers coach Mike Ballard, a 1985
Annapolis graduate. "We know of no other Annapolis team winning
a state title in track, so you know how good this feels." Ballard
figured his guys could score in nine of the 13 events, and the coach
was nearly right as his team got two gold medals as expected by Mike
Brown (55 dash, 55 hurdles), two seconds, two thirds and a fourth.
Brown accounted for 20 points with his pair of gold medals, which
he said are "mine, got them all by myself." The Panthers
picked up 16 more points on silver medals by Kareem Reed (shot put)
and Tim O'Brien (high jump). John Chambers ran third in the 55 hurdles
and the Panthers 800 relay team was third for 12 points while Patrick
Cook-Deegan's fourth-place finish in the 800 garnered the other four
River Hill came in as defending Class 3A-2A state champions with Stroup,
who won the 500, 800, and 1,600 in 2001; he was back for a repeat,
but it didn't happen. After turning over the last leg of the 3,200
relay in 1:51.4 to catch Linganore and enable the Hawks to set a state
record (8:11.7), Stroup pulled something. He still managed to win
the 1,600 in 4:27.6. But that was he last race.