Warfield's last hurdle: How good can she be? Owls' star has yet to reach potential Performer of the Year 1993 ALL-CARROLL COUNTY GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD TEAM

June 11, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

She wowed them in Anne Arundel County, dominated them in Carroll County and dazzled them at the state 4A girls track meet.

No one knows just how good Westminster High's Kenya Warfield can become if she reaches her high-jump and hurdles potential.

But at least three colleges -- Temple, Michigan State and the University of Delaware -- and JuniorNational Olympic Team track officials would love to find out.

Those schools are recruiting Warfield and she has been invited to participate on the Junior National Olympic track team this summer in Seattle.

"She has fantastic potential," Owls coach Bill Hill said. "Who knows what she could accomplish if she got into a sophisticated weightlifting program and improved her overall strength?"

Without any sophistication, Warfield has won back-to-back state high jump championships with leaps of 5 feet, 5 inches and 5-6.

The 5-6 jump last month in the state meet established a Carroll County and Central Maryland Conference record and is one inch below the top high school girls mark in Pennsylvania this season. It equaled the top girls performance in Virginia this season.

The Westminster senior also finished fourth in the state 4A meet in the 100 hurdles (15.69 seconds) after ruling the county in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles this season.

She also ran on various relay teams and dabbled with the idea of entering long jump competition. But there just wasn't enough time for the long jump.

But it didn't take much time to select Warfield as The Baltimore Sun's 1993 Girls Track Performer of the Year in Carroll County.

On the way to the award, Warfield not only broke records on the track, she also won a lot of friends off the playing field.

"They loved her in the North County Invitational meet," Hill said. "She was named the Outstanding Female Athlete in the meet that included 11 teams from the Baltimore area. She has the personality to go along with her athletic ability."

Hill seemed to be as proud of Warfield's off-the-track progress as he was her many victories and records.

"Kenya has developed better communicating skills this season than in the past when she stayed to herself more," he said. "She has become more concerned about other athletes. If a competitor gets hurt, she runs over and makes sure they are all right."

Warfield was even able to overcome a two-week layoff during the season when she had to overcome eligibility problems.

Now it's on to bigger and better things after a strong four-year track run for this talented natural athlete.

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