All-County Boys Indoor Track 2011: Winter doubles his pleasure

March 22, 2011|By ANDREW MASON |
  • North Hagerstown senior Anthony Winter is the 2010-11 Boys Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

The sport is often just called “track.”

But don’t forget about “field.”

Anthony Winter will remember both forever.

After winning the Class 2A title in the 55-meter dash last month at the Maryland State Indoor Track & Field Championships in Landover, the North Hagerstown senior completed a very rare double by also prevailing in the shot put.

Winter is The Herald-Mail’s 2010-11 Washington County Boys Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

“It was my final indoor meet,” he said. “I just went in there and gave it my all.”

Winter was at his best in the 55, equaling the 2A state-meet record at 6.49 seconds for the first state title of his career. Walkersville’s Jose Depadua, his friend and rival and also the reigning state champ in the 100 outdoors, was the runner-up in 6.59.

“The 55 has been my most successful race in high school,” said Winter, who went undefeated in the event this winter. “Just to know I beat Jose and finished as a state champion, it’s one of the greatest things I’ve ever done.”

But he was far from done that day.

With a throw of 48 feet, 2 inches, Winter (whose personal best is 50-0 3/4) won the shot put by more than a foot. He is believed to be just the second athlete in state history to win both events indoors.

“Typically you don’t get a thrower who can run as fast as he can,” North coach Brian Myers said. “But the shot and the 55 both have similar requirements. When you have a combination of speed and strength and coordination and talent, you can excel at both of them.

“He’s just a natural talent. Just watching him in the weight room, he can put 300 on the bar and bench press it like it’s nothing. Just the way he’s built (5 feet, 11 inches tall, 180 pounds) is a huge advantage for him.”

Winter’s speed and strength also have proved useful on the football field, where he set nearly every school rushing record last fall. He is set to continue his football career at Shepherd University, which does not have a track and field program.

So this spring is it for him.

“Hopefully I can go undefeated in at least the 100,” he said.

Joining Winter on the all-county first team are:

Jordan Alston, South Hagerstown

The senior was the county runner-up in the 55 and 300 and anchored the 4x200 to a 3A West region title.

Rodney Flora, Boonsboro

The senior was at his best with the baton, contributing to the 1A runner-up 4x400 and third-place 4x200 at states.

Coby Gussio, Boonsboro

The senior won 1A state silver in the 300, 500 and 4x400 and bronze in the 4x200.

Evan Hardy, Williamsport

The junior won 1A state titles in the 1,600 and 3,200 to finish the season undefeated in both events.

Jason Hill, Clear Spring

The senior was the 1A state runner-up in the 1,600.

Jordy Hose, North Hagerstown

The sophomore was the county champ in the 55 hurdles.

Johnny Karroll, Smithsburg

The senior was the 1A state runner-up in the pole vault and also a state qualifier in the shot put.

Kenny Kopp, Boonsboro

The senior set a county meet record in the high jump (6-4). He tied for second in 1A in that event at states, while also scoring in the pole vault, 55 hurdles and 4x400.

J.R. Lowery, Boonsboro

The junior was the 1A state champ in the shot put. His season-best throw of 51-3 1/2 ranked No. 2 in the entire state.

Evan Moser, Boonsboro

The senior was the county runner-up in the 3,200 and scored at states in the 800 and 4x800.

Devin Repp, Clear Spring

The senior placed fourth in both the 1A 300 and 500 at states.

Chip Rittenhouse, South Hagerstown

The senior leader played a key role in the Rebels’ 3A West-winning 4x200 and third-place 4x400.

Nate Willis, Williamsport

The senior was a key contributor to all three of the Wildcats’ relays.

Graylon Wright, Williamsport

The senior was the county champ and fourth-place 1A state finisher in the 3,200.


Ethan Allnut, Relays, Boonsboro, Sophomore

Cody Betson, Hurdles, Smithsburg, Senior

Cody Bowman, Distance, Williamsport, Sophomore

Chima Ezidinma, High jump, Williamsport, Senior

Cody Gardenhour, Relays, Williamsport, Junior

Cody Grams, Middle distance, Williamsport, Sophomore

Jason Jerwick, Middle distance, Smithsburg, Senior

Olympic Johnson, High jump, North Hagerstown, Senior

Arthur Lacey, Middle distance, Boonsboro, Senior

Collin Linton, Sprints, Williamsport, Junior

Eric Martell, Shot put, Clear Spring, Junior

Chad McCullough, Sprints, Smithsburg, Junior

Kwasi Ofosu-Ameyaw, Relays, South Hagerstown, Junior

Derek Smith, Sprints, Smithsburg, Senior

Jesse Zeger, Hurdles, Williamsport, Sophomore

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