The Mocorunning.com Boys All-Decade T&F Team
Mocorunning.com is proud to present the Mocorunning.com All-Decade Team. Between 5/25/2009 and 6/1/2009, a select group of Montgomery County coaches voted on the top 100 track and field athletes (50 boys and 50 girls) who competed in Montgomery County between the years 2000 and 2009. The voting panel consisted of the following coaches who have been coaching in Montgomery County since at least 2001: Steve Bettis, Robert Burke, Richard Drozd, Greg Dunston, Fran Parry, Scott Mathias, Herb Tolbert, Matt Wheeler, Tom Rogers, and Steve Hays. Coaches were asked to use their own discretion to determine what constitutes "the best" athletes, but coaches were specifically asked to only consider accomplishments in high school track & field - not accomplishments from cross country, other sports, or higher level competition. Coaches also voted among themselves to determine the coaches of the decade. The fastest relay teams of the decade are listed based on the fastest times found in research and were not voted on by coaches.
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First Team All-Decade
Coach of the Decade: Fran Parry, Gaithersburg - Fran Parry's coaching career extends well beyond this decade as he first coached Gaithersburg's track team in 1982. Under his leadership, the Gaithersburg boys team won outdoor track state titles in 1986, 1998, 2000 and 2002. He retired as head coach in 2003 but always had a presence with the team as an assitant coach particularly during indoor track. In 2009, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer but proceeded to coach the Trojans to the program's first indoor track state title. He was named Washington Post All-Met Coach of the Year indoors in 2009 for the boys team and outdoors 2002 for the girls team. In 2009, he received the Morgan Wootten Award.
Athlete of the Decade: Andrew Jesien, Walter Johnson Class of 2005 - A Message From Andrew|
Andrew Jesien started off his high school career fourth in the state in the 800 with a time of 1:58.43 as a freshman. He dropped down to 1:56.2 to win the 800 county title and 4:21.80 to win the 1600 state title as a sophomore. As a junior, he won indoor county titles in the 800 and 1600, but he could not finish out the year due to a stress fracture. After being named All-Met cross country athlete of the year as a senior, he returned to the track to win the Montgomery Invitational mile in 4:19.46 and place third at the Millrose Games Mile in 4:21.35. He won the county title in the 3200, regional titles in the 800, 1600, and 3200, and broke indoor state meet records in the 1600 (4:16.98) and 3200 (9:32.15). At the Penn Relays, he helped his 4x800 team qualify for the finals with a 1:53 anchor leg. He came back that same day and PR'd by over 5 seconds in the mile, winning in 4:10.80, the fastest time in the nation at that point in the season. He returned the next day and anchored his 4x800 to fourth place in 7:53.87 with a 1:53 split. He was quoted in a Washington Post article saying, "This is one of the best experiences I'll ever have." He broke outdoor county meet records in the 800 (1:54.3h) and 1600 (4:17.4h). He won the 800, 1600, and 3200 at regionals and nearly won the same three events at the state championship where he anchored his 4x800 team to second place in 7:52.08, won the 1600 in 4:19.61, won the 3200 in a personal best 9:19.84, and placed second in the 800 in 1:57.92. He was named Washington Post All-Met Track Athlete of the Year that season, the only county boy to earn that distinction for outdoor track this decade. He currently competes for the University of Virginia where he lowered his 1500-meter time down to 3:41.89 and recently placed seventh in the 1500 at the US National Track & Field Championships.
Solomon Haile, Sherwood Class of 2009 - Solomon Haile arrived from Ethiopia and joined the Sherwood track team late in the 2008 indoor track season. He ran 9:17.13 for 3200 meters in his first race, the fastest time by a public school runner this decade (at that time). A few weeks later, he won the 5k at Nike Indoor Nationals in 14:53.93. That outdoor season, he ran 9:06.13 in the 3200 at the state championship to break the 35 year old state meet record. He won the 5k at Nike Outdoor Nationals in 14:38.23 and followed it up by winning his heat in the two mile in 9:07.66 (13th overall). After a phenomenal cross country season in which he won the Footlocker National XC Title, he swept county, region, and state titles in the 1600 and 3200. He won his third and fourth national titles on the track with a 14:22.88 5k (national high school record for a brief time), and a 9:02.67 two mile. He remained unbeatable in Maryland during outdoor track, winning state titles in the 1600 and 3200, but he concentrated on post season races. At the Midwest Distance Gala, he ran 8:56.08 for two miles, at that time the second fastest time ever by a Maryland athlete. Haile won the Nike Outdoor Nationals 5k in a meet record 14:32.36. He will compete for the University of Arkansas next year. |
|Bryan Steele, Gaithersburg Class of 2002 - In the late 1990's, sub-50 in the 400 and sub-2:00 in the 800 became the standard for winning a title in Montgomery County. Bryan Steele came along and blew those standards right off the track. In his senior year, he led all Montgomery County athletes in the 300, 400, 500, and 800. He won indoor county titles in the 300, 500 and 4x200 and placed third in the 800 in his first serious attempt. He was quoted in a Washington Post article saying, "I'm going to try the  again." After winning the 500-meter state title in 1:05.06, he tried the 800 again at the TC Williams Invitational where he ran 1:54.83 in the 800 and 48.01 in the 400. The 400-meter time remained the fastest of the decade by a Montgomery County athlete, as he placed third at the state championship with a time of 48.02 and no other athlete came within two tenths of a second this decade. He won the 800-meter state title in 1:55.69 and lowered his PR to 1:54.29 at the Adidas Outdoor Championship. Though coaches were instructed not to vote for athletes based on post- high school accomplishments, it is hard to ignore that he was a two-time NCAA All-American in the 400-meter hurdles with a PR of 49.02 and also clocked 46.49 in the 400 and 1:02.08 in the 500 with Long Island University. He ran 45.85 in the 400 post-collegiately. He is still occasionally spotted competing in elite track meets.|
|Avery Graham, Clarksburg Class of 2009 - At the 2008 indoor state championship meet, Avery Graham won 2A state titles in the shot put and the 55-meter dash, a combination not even dreamed of by other county athletes this decade. Later that outdoor season, he clocked 21.78 in the 200-meter dash, the third best time by a county athlete this decade. He won the county title in the 100-meter dash with a season best time of 10.91 and won the regional shot put title with a career best throw of 54-06.00, giving him a fourth place ranking among county athletes this decade in the shot put. He won state titles in the 100-meter dash and the shot put, again, an unheard of combination. He clocked 6.35 the following indoor season, the fastest 55-meter dash of the decade by a county athlete (not including Robert Woodard's faster 60-meter time). He won the 300 meter county title in 35.94 and placed second in the high jump with a mark of 6-04 but could not finish his season strong due to illness. He clocked 10.83 in the 100 at the Knights Invite, which is believed to be the second best time of the decade next to Woodard, and 10.85 to win the outdoor county title. At the state meet, he led Clarksburg to its first team state title by winning the 100 and 200 and anchoring the 4x100 and 4x200 relays to victory. He will play football and run track at the University of Maryland next year.|
Sean Stanley, Gaithersburg Class of 2009 - After placing eighth in the state as a freshman, Sean Stanley did not lose to a Maryland athlete in the shot put for another two and a half years. As a sophomore and junior, he won every shot put county, regional, and state title there was to win both indoors and outdoors. He threw 60-00.25 to win his fourth state title as a junior. As a senior, he won the shot put at the Montgomery Invitational with a PR of 60-00.50, but QO's Marcus Brown was rapidly catching up to him, sparking the best throwing rivalry of the decade. Brown finally snagged a victory away from Stanley at the indoor state championship. Stanley earned All-American honors by placing fifth in the shot put at the National Scholastic Indoor Championship, but he struggled to beat Brown in the shot put or discus for the entire outdoor season. In his final state championship meet, he got back at Brown, winning his fifth shot put state title and PR'ing with a throw of 60-04.75. No other athlete this decade has more county, region, and state titles in one single event. Also at the 2009 state meet, he PR'd in the discus by over ten feet with a throw of 169-08, the second best throw that day and the second best mark of the decade by a county athlete. He will play football for Penn State University next year. |
Wil Zahorodny, Damascus Class of 2008 - Wil Zahorodny competed throughout high school against with the deepest and fastest crop of Montgomery County middle distance runners of the decade. He showed he had the speed of a sprinter when he won county and regional titles in the 500 in 1:07 and in the 400 in 49.6 as a junior. As a senior, he ran 1:05.09 to win the county title in the 500. It was then the #1 time in the nation. He lowered that time to 1:04.71 when he won the 3A state title. Only after his season was over did he lose his #1 national ranking to another runner. He was the only Montgomery County athlete to be named Washington Post All-Met Athlete of the Year for indoor track in the last 15 years. At the 2008 outdoor county championship meet, he ran 1:51.15 in the 800, which is believed to be the fastest 800 ever run by a Montgomery County athlete (Watch Video). He later won the 800 and helped his 4x800 relay win at regionals and states. He currently competes for University of North Carolina Wilmington.|
Chris Moen, Walter Johnson, Class of 2008 - After being overshadowed by Andrew Jesien as a freshman, Chris Moen broke his former teammate's 1,600-meter county record as a sophomore with a time of 4:15.9 and won the 800 in 1:57.8. He won his first 1600-meter state title that year. He put together a spectacular string of races the following indoor season as a junior, winning the Montgomery Invitational Mile and the New Balance Games Mile in 4:16.76. He swept county titles in the 800 and 1600 and ran 2:30.96 in the 1000 at the Virginia Tech Invitational. He placed fourth in the mile at the Millrose Games before winning another 1600-meter state title. Many say he ran out of gas that outdoor season, but he still won county and regional titles in the 800 and got his best time down to 1:55.44. Even though he struggled at times after that, he graduated with eight county titles and four state titles in the 1600 and 800, including his meet record 4:13.05 1600 at the 2008 outdoor county championship. He currently competes for Appalachian State University.|
Stephen Hayes, Churchill Class of 2001 - Stephen Hayes improved drastically throughout his junior year to eventually place second in the state in the 1600 in 4:21.12 and first in the state in the 3200 in 9:35.19. Despite missing most of his senior cross country season due to injury, he came out even stronger on the track as a senior. He broke county meet records in the 1600 and 3200 and went on to win the indoor state title in the 1600 in 4:25.60. He placed sixth at the Penn Relays in the mile in 4:16.65, a time that would convert to 4:15.15 for 1600 meters, the third best of the decade by a county athlete. At the outdoor state meet, he swept the 1600 and 3200 in 4:17.20 and 9:22.2h, the fifth best 3200 time of the decade by a county athlete. He competed for the University of Pennsylvania.|
Antonio Palmer, Gaithersburg Class of 2009 - Antonio Palmer was running sub-2:00 in the 800 as a freshman, but was always up against the toughest competition in the state. After his first season of cross country as a junior, he started to drop nationally elite times. He ran under 1:55 in the 800 at four consecutive meets including a 1:53.66 PR at the regional meet, the third fastest time by a county athlete this decade. He also ran a Pr of 49.36 in the 400 at the region meet. He finally got his state title at the 2008 outdoor state championship where he won the 800 in 1:54.76. As a senior, he dropped his 500 meter time down to 1:06.03 and won indoor and outdoor county titles in the 800. He will compete for East Carolina University next year.|
Wayne Bartholomew, Quince Orchard Class of 2009 - At the 2008 indoor state championship, everything was going right for Quince Orchard including Wayne Bartholomew's surprise victory in the 500 in 1:06.48. It was a breakout race for Bartholomew who had great range from the 400 right up through the 5k. He contributed to QO's 4x800 relay that ran 7:44.67, the fastest time of the decade by a county team. As a senior, he swept indoor region and state titles in the 500 and 800 with a 500 PR of 1:04.92, the second best time of the decade by a county athlete. Outdoors, he got his 400, 800 and 1600 times down to 49.83, 1:55.35, and 4:23.73. He will compete for La Salle University.|
Marcus Brown, Quince Orchard Class of 2009 - Marcus Brown emerged as a 55 foot shot put thrower in his junior year, but 60-foot thrower Sean Stanley of Gaithersburg was standing in his way from winning any titles. He finally caught Stanley in his senior year when it counted the most, at the indoor state championship meet where he won the shot put state title. Outdoors, he was voted the county championship meet MVP for breaking two of the oldest county meet records, the discus (1996) and the shot put (1985). He won both events at regionals and won the discus at the state meet while Stanley won the shot. His high school best discus throw of 171-06.00 was the best of the decade by a county athlete while his best shot put throw of 59-10.50 was the second best. He will compete for UMES.|
Robert Woodard, Bullis Class of 2003 - At the 2000 Nike Indoor Classic, freshman Robert Woodard lined up adjacent to the senior Gaithersburg speedster Ron Frazier and finished less than 0.1 seconds behind him with a time of 7.17. He also ran 22.81 to place 10th in the 200. By his senior year, Woodard clocked the fastest county times of the decade in the 60, 100, and 200-meter dashes with times of 6.84 (roughly equivalent to 6.30 for 55 meters), 10.55, and 21.21 while wearing a Bullis jersey. Bullis did not have a strong track program while he was there and therefore he worked more closely with the Gaithersburg Firebirds Track Club throughout his high school career. He won multiple age group junior olympic titles and represented the US World Youth team overseas. He went on to play football and run track for the University of Delaware.
Ron Frazier, Gaithersburg Class of 2000 - In 2000, the Gazette named Ron Frazier and Jay Colbert as co-athletes of the year. After ten years, a few county athletes have matched Colbert's speed, but no one has come close to hitting Frazier's times in the hurdles. Indoors, Frazier clocked 7.55 in the 55-meter hurdles, the best time of the decade by a county athlete. He won the outdoor state title in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.15, the fastest time of the decade by a county athlete by 0.3 seconds. He also won the 110-hurdles county title that year in 13.7h. In the open sprints, he clocked FAT times of 6.67 in the 55, 7.08 in the 60 (roughly equivalent to 6.49 in the 55), and 11.03 in the 100. He played football for Shepherd University.
Joey Robinson, Gaithersburg Class of 2005 - Joey Robinson competed for Gaithesburg for two years and in that time he won county titles in every hurdle race he ran: two in the 55-meter hurdles, two in the 110-meter hurdles, and one in the 300-meter hurdles. He also set the indoor county long jump record. At the 2005 outdoor regional meet, he scored 38 points by winning the triple jump, the 110- and 300-hurdles, and placing second in the long jump. At the state championship, he won the 110 hurdles in 14.48, the second best time of the decade by a county athlete, and placed second in the 300 hurdles in 38.52, the best time of the decade by a county athlete. He ran 7.76 in the 55-meter hurdles and long jumped 21-09. He competed in football and track at VMI and Lenoir-Rhyne University.
Owen Cain, Gaithersburg Class of 2009 - Entering his senior year, the only individual title Owen Cain had ever won was an indoor regional high jump title that he lucked into with a jump of 5-10. By the end of his senior year, he owned six county titles, six region titles, and two state titles. He scored 38 points at both the indoor and outdoor county championship meets, leading his team to victory in both meets. He tied the indoor county high jump meet record with a five inch PR of 6-07, which also ties for fifth best mark of the decade. He went on to win the indoor high jump state title. He won the 55-meter hurdles county title in 7.74 which ties the fifth best time of the decade. Outdoors, he PR'd in the 110 hurdles in 14.86 and the long jump in 21-08.50. He capped off the season by winning the triple jump state title with a personal best mark of 47-05.75, the third best mark by a county athlete this decade. He will compete for University of Maryland Eastern Shore. |
Second Team All-Decade
#2 Coach of the Decade: Adrian McDaniel, Gaithersburg - Adrian "Hotdog" McDaniel joined the Gaithersburg High School program from the Gaithersburg Firebirds Club program in 2003 when Fran Parry retired. He continued Gaithersburg's winning tradition by winning five consecutive county titles from 2003 through 2005. Gaithersburg picked it up again in 2009 when they won indoor and outdoor county titles and the indoor state title. McDaniel's specialty is sprints and he worked with several of the top sprinters this decade including Malcolm Richardson, Jonathan Welbon, Joey Robinson and even Bullis athlete Robert Woodard in the summer time.
Chris Stark, Springbrook Class of 2000 - In 1999, Chris Stark cleared 15-01 in the pole vault to upset his older brother and set a new Maryland state meet record. That record stood for ten years and was only recently broken by one inch at the 2009 state championship. In 2000, Stark breezed through local competition, easily winning county, region, and state titles in the pole vault. At the TC Williams Invitational, he cleared a season-best 15 feet, the best vault of the decade by a county athlete by 18 inches.
Andrew Palmer, Whitman Class of 2010 - Andrew Palmer was the 2007 Nike Outdoor Nationals champion in the freshman mile with a time of 4:27.14 and has steadily dropped his times every year since then. In his junior year, he finished second to Solomon Haile in almost every race that he ran, but won the outdoor 1600 meter county title in the absence of Haile. He dropped his 1600 time down to 4:19.75 and his 3200 time down to 9:22.75. After coaches already voted for this all-decade team, he ran 9:22.14 for a full two miles which converts to 9:19.00 for 3200 meters, the third fastest 3200 time of the decade by a county athlete. |
Adam Durham, Paint Branch Class of 2003 - Adam Durham transferred to Montgomery County from Florida in his senior year and added to an already powerful Paint Branch squad. He finished third in the state in the 55-meter hurdles in 7.83 during indoor track. At the Penn Relays, he ran 55.10 in the 400-meter hurdles and contributed to the 3:18.16 4x400 relay along with teammate Edwin Campbell. He was the county champion in the 300 hurdles with a time of 39.4h and the county runner up in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.3h. At the outdoor state championship, he was third in the long jump (21-04.75) and won the 300 hurdles with a time of 38.70 FAT, the second best time by a county athlete this decade. He competed for the University of Maryland.
Edwin Campbell, Paint Branch Class of 2003 - Edwin Campbell was a state level competitor from his sophomore year when he placed 4th in the 300 at the 2001 indoor state meet. At the outdoor state meet, he helped his team win the first of what would be five consecutive 4x400 state titles. His only individual state title came in the form of an indoor 500 that he ran in 1:06.9h, but he won multiple individual county titles and had several state runner up finishes. In his final state championship he ran PR's of 22.14 and 48.79 in second place efforts and won his fifth consecutive 4x400 state title in 3:21.27. Earlier that year, their 4x400 relay ran 3:18.16 at the Penn Relays to qualify for the Championship of America in the fastest time by a county team this decade. Campbell competed for the University of Connecticut.|
Ramsey Chapin, Georgetown Prep Class of 2009 - Ramsey Chapin won the 1600 and 800 and contributed to the winning 4x800 at three conseutive IAC Championship Meets. In his junior year, he ran 4:16.55 in the 1600, the fourth best time of the decade by a county athlete. He later clocked a more impressive 3:54.55 1500 at the Boston High Performace Series. As a senior, he dropped his 800 PR down to 1:56.34 on the same day as running a 4:17.86 1600. He split 4:14 in a 4x1600 relay at the Arundal Relays. After coaches already cast their votes for this all-decade team, Chapin returned to the Boston High Performance Series and dropped his 800 PR all the way to 1:53.04, the second best time of the decade by a county athlete. He will compete for Stanford University next year. |
Malcolm Richardson, Gaithersburg Class of 2005 - Richardson was running 22's for the 200 as a freshman and ran 49.98 in the 400 as a sophomore, but didn't really get his track career going until he was a senior due to injury and ineligibility. In 2005, he won the 55-meter county title in 6.45, the third fastest time by a county athlete this decade. He won region titles in the 55 and 300 and was runner up in the 300 at the state meet with a time of 35.07, the second fastest of the decade by a county athlete. Outdoors he clocked a time of 10.8h as he won the county and regional titles in the 100.|
Vaclav Malek, Walter Johnson Class of 2002 - After winning his first state title in the high jump in 2002, Vaclav Malek decided to try out the pentathlon at Nike Indoor Nationals. He placed third with 3389 points to earn all-american honors. He was one of the county's top hurdlers that year with a 110 time of 14.95. He won his second high jump state title with a leap of 6-06 and placed third in the state in the 110 hurdles. He jumped a personal best 6-08.75 at Nike Outdoor Nationals, the second best jump of the decade by a county athlete. He competed for Lehigh University where he broke the school record in the high jump (6-11) and won multiple titles in pentathlons, heptathlons, and decathlons.|
Brendan Etzel, Richard Montgomery Class of 2008 - The 300 meter dash can be a tricky race for some, but for Brendan Etzel, it was the perfect race. As a senior, he ran the 300 in 34.47 at the Virginia Tech Invitational, then the #2 high school time in the country that year. It held up as the #4 best time in the nation that year and also held up as the fastest time by a county athlete this decade by over a half second. He swept the county, region, and state title in the 300, later running 34.88 on a flat track. Etzel also ran on several state champion relay teams and ran 22.29 in the 200 as a junior, but missed his senior outdoor season due to injury.|
Steven Duplinsky, Georgetown Prep Class of 2006 - Duplinsky is undoubtedly one of the most talented athletes on the all-decade team, but he may not have piled up as many major victories as some others. After clocking a 9:19.47 3200 and 8:38.27 3k as a junior, he won the junior world triathlon in the fall of 2005 and went on to have a tremendous cross country season. He became ill at the end of cross country season and did not race again until the Virginia Tech Invitational, where he won the 3200 in a huge PR of 9:08.23, the second fastest time of the decade by a county athlete. That was his last major track race for various reasons. He competed at Stanford University for one year.|
Jonathan Welbon, Gaithersburg Class of 2004 - Jonathan Welbon only competed seriously with Gaithersburg for two years. He won the 2003 indoor county high jump title with a jump of 6-06. At the 2003 T.C. Williams Invitational, he helped Gaithersburg run 42.07, the fastest 4x100 relay time by a county team this decade. A year later, at the 2004 T.C. Williams Invitational, he jumped 47-07.50 in the triple jump, the second best jump of the decade by a county athlete. He won the 2004 state title in the triple jump and placed second in the 200-meter dash after running a preliminary time of 21.79, the fourth fastest time by a county athlete this decade.
Jonathan Haughton, Blair Class of 2009 - Jonathan Haughton is the only Montgomery County male athlete to win a 4A 200-meter state title this decade and he did it in back to back years. He ran 21.91 to win it as a junior and 21.86 to win it as a senior. After coaches already voted for this all-decade team, he dropped his best time down to 21.63 at Nike Outdoor Nationals, the second fastest time of the decade by a county athlete. He won five additional state titles as a relay team member including the 2008 Blair 4x200 that ran 1:27.59, the fastest of the decade by a county team. |
Kelvin Bright, Blake Class of 2005 - As a junior, Kelvin Bright won the county and state titles in the high jump with leaps of 6-06 with Einstein High School. He transferred to Blake for his senior year and led the Bengals to the basketball state finals in the school's most successful season in history. That spring, he won the county high jump title in 6-06, and the state title in 6-08. At the 4A West regional meet, he cleared 6-10, the best jump by a Montgomery County athlete this decade. He currently plays hoops for Youngstown State University.
Tyler Jackson, Richard Montgomery Class of 2008 - In his junior year, Jackson won the county, regional and state titles with a season best time of 7.71 in the 55-meter hurdles. Outdoors he dominated the county in the 110-meter hurdles, clocking a high school best time of 14.86 and again winning county and regional titles. He came back stronger as a senior and clocked 7.57 to finish runner up in the state. He got injured in his final outdoor season but not before clocking 14.4h in the 110 hurdles, and 38.9h and 39.76 (FAT) in the 300m hurdles. He curently competes for Washington University.|
Jordan Sawadogo, Springbrook Class of 2007 - Sawadogo came on strong as a senior, breaking the 800m indoor county record with a time of 1:59.04, but falling to Chris Moen by 0.11 for the title. He steadily dropped his times during the outdoor season before having a breakout performance at the state championship. In his final high school meet, he ran 49.08 in the 400m (3rd) and 1:54.49 in the 800m (2nd), both top ten times by a county athlete this decade. He continues to drop his times at Princeton University.|
John Jones, Paint Branch Class of 2008 - Jones surprised Moco fans in his senior year when he became a Nike Indoor National All-American by running 49.66 for 400 meters. He followed that up running under 49 seconds many times outdoors including a PR of 48.57 at the Metro Run and Walk Invite. He won regional titles in the 200 and 400 and went on to place second in the state in the 400. He also ran 21.90 for 200m, 35.5h for 300m and 1:06.88 for 500m.|
Third Team All-Decade
#3 Coach of the Decade: Fred Joyce, Gaithersburg - Fred Joyce's leadership style was more toned down than that of Parry and McDaniel, but he was around for the whole decade and much more. He taught physical education and weight training at Gaithersburg from 1966 through 2007 and coached nearly every track season in between. Gaithersburg's key to success this decade was always dominance in the field events and Joyce was the field event specialist. Just in the past ten years, he coached countless athletes to county titles and numerous athletes to state titles including such athletes as Owen Cain, Sean Stanley, and Bobby Dugan.
Ryan Janes, Gaithersburg Class of 2006 - Janes was known for competing in four events at every meet and competing at a high level no matter who he was up against. He never won a county title or state title in track, but he rarely competed in a meet where he didn't run the 4x800, 1600, 3200, and 800 to score the most points for his team. He is best known for a little rivalry with WJ's Chris Moen which included one 1600m race that pulled both runners to four-second PR's and a new county meet record. He had personal bests of 1:58.00, 4:16.7, 9:33.2, and split 1:54 on a 4x800 relay that ran 7:59.93. |
Darius Ray, Magruder Class of 2008 - When Darius Ray really committed to track and field in his senior year, he became one of the best jumpers of the decade. He jumped 22-06 for second place at the 2008 state championship, which ties for the best jump of the decade by a county athlete. He jumped 45-06.50 in the triple jump and 6-04 in the high jump.
Damon Hill, Gaithersburg Class of 2002 - At the 2002 outdoor state championship, Damon Hill helped boost Gaithersburg to victory with a win in the 100 and high jump. His winning jump of 6-08 is the third best of the decade by a county athlete. He was the only MoCo boy this decade to win a 100 state title until 2009, and still he is the only moco boy to win a 100m title in the 4A classification this decade. He clocked 10.90 at the state meet and still holds the county championship meet record at 10.52, which may or may not be FAT. He long jumped 21-08.50 and helped Gaithersburg run 42.40 FAT in the 4x1 that year.
Gary Frazier, Richard Montgomery Class of 2008 - Gary Frazier played a vital role in helping RM win five consecutive indoor and outdoor county titles. He long jumped 21-06 in his first indoor meet and jumped 22-04.50 by the end of his junior year. In the 100-meter dash, he clocked a time of 11.02. He won the long jump and the 55-meter dash (6.50) at the 2008 indoor county championship before missing the entire 2008 outdoor season.|
Jamal Currica, Damascus Class of 2007 - If he was allowed to compete in ten events, Jamal Currica would have done so at every track meet, and in fact, he is currently competing as a pentathlete in college. While at Damascus, he became best known for his dominance in the high jump, winning county, region, and state titles in the event during the 2007 indoor and outdoor season. He cleared 6-06 over a half dozen times and had a personal best of 6-07, the fifth best of the decade by a county athlete. He also jumped 22-00.25 in the long jump and regularly anchored Damascus's sprint relays with very fast splits.|
Awit Yohannes, Magruder Class of 2003 - Yohannes won two 3200 state titles and a 1600 state title between his junior and senior year. He was nearly unbeatable during the winter of his senior year. He clocked a time of 4:19.62 to win the indoor 1600 state title and 9:44.50 to win the indoor 3200 state title.|
Louis Varella, Blair Class of 2008 - 2008 saw a resurgence in quality sub-50 400-meter runners in Montgomery County and leading the way was Varella. Once he worked through some injury issues, he came out and won the Montgomery County 400-meter title in 48.42 and the regional title in 49.02. He was DQ'd at states for stepping on the lane line, but ran 48.57 at nationals. He ran on a 4x200 relay that ran 1:27.59 and a 4x400 that ran 3:20.34. |
BJ Shaw, Gaithersburg Class of 2007 - Shaw was Gaithersburg's secret weapon in 2007. After finishing his final season of basketball with the Trojans, he gave track a try to keep busy in the spring. By the end of the spring, he was top three in the county in all three jumps. He won the county title in the triple jump in dramatic fashion with a high school best mark of 46-03.50, the fifth best mark of the decade by a MoCo athlete. He also clocked 11.19 in the 100 and jumped 6-2 in the high jump and 22-03 in the long jump.|
Marcus Wyche, Paint Branch Class of 2006 - Wyche worked his way up to the top of county competition in his junior year. A few runners emerged to give him competition in his senior year of indoor track, but he managed a county title in the 300 with a time of 35.4h and placed second in the state in 35.52 FAT. He placed 8th at Nike Indoor Nationals in the 400 after running a preliminary time of 49.72. Other high school bests included 22.66 in the 200 and 1:06.79 in the 500.
Patrick Pinchinat, Richard Montgomery Class of 2007 - In 2006, Pinchinat usually only had his teammate Keenan Crutchfield to worry about, but in 2007, Montgomery County sprints belonged to him. He won three county titles and three region titles while clocking 6.57, 11.01, 21.93, and 36.06 in the 55, 100, 200, and 300 dashes. He helped RM win two consecutive outdoor state titles in the 4x200 relay (1:27.78 in 2007). |
Bret Ligon, Richard Montgomery Class of 2006 - Ligon struggled with injuries during his high school career, but showed during the 2006 indoor season that he was among the strongest runners of the decade. At the indoor county championship, he won the 500 and 800 and placed second in the 300. He clocked times of 35.5 in the 300, 50.09 in the 400, 1:05.79 in the 500, and 2:01.79 in the 800.|
Eric Pauley, Gaithersburg Class of 2003 - Pauley had one of the best rivalries of the decade with Magruder distance runner Awit Yohannes. The two had some epic duels with Yohannes often coming out the winner, but Pauley had the last laugh. In his senior year, he swept the 1600 and 3200 at the Montgomery County Championship and State Championship Meets. He ended high school with PR's of 4:22.0, 8:47.07, and 9:24.04 in the 1600, 3000, and 3200.|
Neal Darmody, Quince Orchard Class of 2008 - Darmody began competing for Quince Orchard in his junior year. By the end of that year, he was the 3200 state champion with a high school best time of 9:25.86. The following indoor season, he swept the county, region, and state meets in the 1600 and 3200, helping his team win its first indoor state title. He placed third at Nike Indoor Nationals in the 5k with a time of 15:13.41 and also had a high school best 1600 of 4:21.51.|
Jay Colbert, Gaithersburg Class of 2000 - Colbert won the 2000 state title in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.65. He had a rivalry with his own teammate Ron Frazier for the title of county's fastest man in 2000. Colbert clocked 10.93 in the 100 prelims at states, but Frazier got the best of him at counties, regions and states. While Frazier broke off and ran the hurdles, Colbert dominated the jumps in MoCo. He was third in the long and triple jump at the 2000 state championship and had high school bests of 22-06 (#1 this decade) and 47-03.50 (#4 this decade).
Keenan Crutchfield, Richard Montgomery Class of 2006 - Crutchfield struggled with academic eligibility, but when he was finally fully cleared to participate in the winter of 2006, he dominated the county sprints and elevated Richard Montgomery to a championship caliber team. In his senior year, he won two county titles and three region titles while clocking times of 6.53 in the 55m, 11.07 in the 100m, 22.21 in the 200m, and 35.56 in the 300m. He anchored some of the fastest relays by a county team this decade including the 2006 state champion 4x200 (1:27.98).|
Marcus Willacy, Paint Branch Class of 2009 - Willacy consistently triple jumped over 43 feet in his senior year, winning the indoor county title and outdoor region and state titles in the event. At the outdoor state championship, he had a monster jump of 47-09.75, a two foot five inch personal record, a 3A state record, and the best triple jump by a Montgomery County athlete this decade.|
Desmond Scott, Northwest Class of 2000 - Scott clocked times of 10.86 and 22.09 in the 100 and 200 at the 2000 outdoor state championship. He also helped Northwest win the 4x100 state title in 43.91 when they were still a 2A school.
Matt Miller, Richard Montgomery Class of 2006 - 2005 was a down year for the throwing events in the 4A classification and Miller capitalized with an indoor and an outdoor state title in the shot put. He came back stronger as a senior and won the indoor county and state shot put titles with his first throws over 50 feet including his state winning personal best of 51-10.25.|
Marcus Herschberger, Gaithersburg Class of 2001 - Better known for his dominance on the cross country course, Herschberger finished in second place in the 3200 meter run in three consecutive state championship meets. He had a high school best 3200 meter time of 9:25.3.
Caleb Porzel, Good Counsel Class of 2009 - Porzel was the 2008 WCAC champion in the 100-meter dash. He clocked the fourth fastest 55 meter dash time (6.46) and the seventh fastest 100 meter dash time (10.91) among Montgomery County competitors this decade.|
Honorable Mention All-Decade
Aharon Conerly - Blake 2004
Alex Gray - B-CC 2006
Anthony Young-Wiseman - Whitman 2009
Bisi Ezekoye - Kennedy 2010
Bobby Dugan - Gaithersburg 2006
Brent McCauley - Gaithersburg 2001
Bryant England - Seneca Valley 2005
Byron Gibson - Gaithersburg 2002
Darren Harris - Churchill 2009
Elias Tousley - B-CC 2007
Gregory Brooks - Poolesville 2005
Hassan Dixon - Northwest 2010
Herik Webb - Damascus 2002
Hubert Koj - Watkins Mill 2001
Ian Francis - Walter Johnson 2008
Jared Wasser - Wootton 2003
Jerome Miller - Springbrook (Colonial Forge) 2004
Joseph Woiwode - Georgetown Prep 2010
Kyle Gaffney - Blake 2007
Markcus Ruffin - Northwest 2007
Mike Aubin - Watkins Mill 2005
Nate Anguita - Gaithersburg 2003
Rico Taylor - Wheaton 2009
Robert Scribner - Quince Orchard 2006
Salifu Cham - Einstein 2006
Stefan Grundmann - Whitman 2006
Tarik Aougab - Churchill 2006
Thor Serafenas - Good Counsel 2010
Vincent Bosha - Magruder 2006
Zach Martinez - Gaithersburg 2005
#1. Quince Orchard 2008 - 7:44.67 - Ryan Priovolos, David Laratta, Wayne Bartholomew, and Josh Joson broke indoor and outdoor county meet records and broke the outdoor state meet record by three seconds with a time of 7:44.67.
#2. Walter Johnson 2005 - 7:52.08 - A combination of Chris Moen, Ben Fowler, Danny George, Khalil Francis, and Andrew Jesien placed fourth at Penn Relays in 7:53.87 and won county and region titles in 7:55 and 7:54, respectively. They placed second at states, 7:52.08 to 7:52.07 against Eleanor Roosevelt.
#3. Damascus 2009 - 7:55.50 - A combination of Jon Constantinides, Ben Constantinides, Devante Thomas, Cecil Jonas, and Thomas Arias won indoor and outdoor state titles, shaving three seconds off their time from the previous year despite graduating their standout runner.
#1. Paint Branch 2003 - 3:18.16 - Paint Branch won five consecutive 4x400 state titles between 2001 and 2003. The fifth was in 3:21.27 but they also clocked 3:18.16 in the Championship of America at the Penn Relays.
#2. Northwest 2009 - 3:18.98 - Troy Shelton, Hassan Dixon, Marvin Lisk and Chris Onuigbo won county, region, and state titles with a time of 3:18.98 at states.
#3. Montgomery Blair 2008 - 3:20.34 - Chris Grindley, Jonathan Haughton, Enuma Nzesi, and Louis Varella won county, region, and state titles with a time of 3:20.34 at regionals.
#1. Montgomery Blair 2008 - 1:27.59 - Mohammad Mansaray, Louis Varella, Chris Grindley, and Jonathan Haughton swept county, region, and state titles in the 4x200, but their season best came at Woodward Relays with a time of 1:27.59.
#2. Good Counsel 2008 - 1:27.74 - Jordan Myers, Sean Sutton, Caleb Porzel, and Chris Brown clocked 1:27.74 at Nike Outdoor Nationals to earn All-American honors.
#3. Richard Montgomery 2007 - 1:27.78 - The 2007 RM squad broke the outdoor county record in the 4x200 with a time of 1:29.07 and swept the region and state titles with a season best of 1:27.78 at states.
#1. Gaithersburg 2003 - 42.07 - Brian Porter, Mutombo Mutomba, Jonathan Welbon, and Malcolm Richardson teamed up to win the TC Williams 4x100 by exactly 1 second in 42.07. They smashed the county record in 41.8h and won the state title in 42.71.
#2. Gaithersburg 2002 - 42.40 - Damon Hill, Byron Gibson, Malcolm Richardson, and Mutombo Mutomba won the TC Williams 4x100 in 42.40. They finished third in the state in 42.42.
#3. Tie Good Counsel 2008 - 42.49 - Mike Wallace, Jordan Myers, Chris Brown, and Caleb Porzel made the Penn Relays Small Schools Championship of America and won the WCAC title in the 4x100 before running 42.49 at Nike Outdoor Nationals.
#3. Tie Clarksburg 2009 - 42.49 - Sam Oluyemi, Devin Moreno, Mark Small, and Avery Graham clinched the 2A team state title when they won the 4x100 in a time of 42.49.
Fun Fact - In 2003, Gaithersburg athletes Welbon, Porter, and Richardson teamed up with Robert Woodard of Bullis to run 40.52. They placed second at the USATF Junior Olympics with the Gaithersburg Firebirds Track Club.