1994 All-howard County Track & Field Team

June 08, 1994|By Chuck Acquisto

GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR * Ciaran Lesikar, Oakland Mills -- Lesikar did not have a Kisha Jett (Hammond) or an Alicia Adams (Glenelg) in his track program. He did, however, have a huge shadow hovering over his athletes and a long dry spell to overcome.

The Oakland Mills girls had not won a county outdoor track and field title in 15 years and had finished fourth a year ago.

Before the county track and field championships at Oakland Mills in mid-May, Lesikar wrote in chalk on a classroom board "15 YEARS." The Scorpion girls heard his message and erased the burden by edging Glenelg for the county title, 115-102.

It was Oakland Mills' first county title since Sylvester Burke directed the Scorpions to three straight championships from 1977 to '79.

Oakland Mills was led by junior field star Lauren McHargue, who won both the county discus and shot put, junior Vicki Moore and senior Missy Singleton, the glue to the Scorpions' relay strength.

In the Class 2A South region, Oakland Mills finished second to Fairmont Heights of Prince George's County. At the state meet, the Scorpions finished fourth, 11 points behind third-place and county rival Hammond.

GIRLS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR * Kisha Jett, Hammond, Sr. -- The University of Florida-bound Jett closed out her stellar high school career with an exclamation mark at the county, regional and state championships.

At the county championships, Jett won the 100 (11.88 seconds) in meet-record time, as well as the 200 (25.2), 400 (58.4) and 100 hurdles (15.2). Her four first-place finishes brought her four-year total to 16. She also won an unprecedented fourth Ironwoman Award, given to the meet's best performance.

At the 2A South regionals, Jett set a county record in the 100 (11.5) and 100 hurdles (14.5), while capturing four first-place medals.

At the state championships, Jett closed out her high school career with three more individual first-place medals -- 100 hurdles (14.6), 100 (12.04) and 200 (24.34). She also set meet records during the semifinals in the 100 (11.74) and 200 (24.14).

Jett's state win total increased to 13.

Jett graduates with four county records: 100, 100 hurdles, 200 (23.6 set in '92) and long jump (18-3, set in '91).

THE FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE * Alicia Adams, Glenelg, Sr. -- Adams finally captured her first two individual outdoor titles at the county championships to close out her outstanding high school career. She won the 3,200 in a personal-best time (11:49) and the 1,600 (5:16.8). She also finished second in the 800 (2:24.4). Adams was at her best at the county championships, however, in the 3,200 relay as she helped the Gladiators come from 11 seconds off the pace to win in a meet-record time of 10:04. Adams led Glenelg to a first-place finish in the 3,200 relay at the 2A state championships, winning in 9:54.6. She also finished fourth in the 1,600 (5:16.6) and the 1,600 relay (4:13.02).

* Adelle Chenier, Wilde Lake, Jr. -- Chenier helped produce over half of Wilde Lake's 43 points at the county championship by placing second in the 400 (1:00.1), third in the 200 (27.1) and 400 relay (51.5) and fourth in the 100 (13.1). In the Class 1A regional, Chenier finished second in the 200. But at the state 1A championships, she won two events. Chenier captured the 200 (26.46) for the 1A girls title. She also ran the second leg of the 400 relay as the Wildecats won in a school- and meet-record time of 50.1, faster than Oakland Mills' winning time in the 2A event.

* Mona Jackson, Howard, Jr. -- Despite a nagging left knee injury, Jackson established one county record and an area's best jump. Jackson's early season leap of 5-7 in the high jump remained the metro area's best. She also won the high jump at the county championship by clearing 5-6 for a meet record. At regionals, Jackson took first place with 5-4. In the long jump, Jackson won at the county meet with a mark of 15-10 1/2 . At the 3A state championships she finished second (17-4 3/4 ). It was the triple jump where Jackson excelled, setting a county record twice. During the regular season, she jumped 36-6 and later topped that at the regionals with a first-place mark of 36-7. Jackson finished second in the event at the state meet (35-7).

* Lauren McHargue, Oakland Mills, Jr. -- In helping the Scorpions to a county championship, McHargue captured the discus and shot put. Her winning discus throw (87-2) was eight feet further than her next closest competitor. Her shot toss went 30-0 1/2 . At the 2A regional, McHargue focused on the discus and won with a toss of 88-10. McHargue's streak of first-place finishes in the discus was extended at the state championships, where her throw of 95-02 gave her an individual title.

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