1994 All-anne Arundel County Track

June 08, 1994|By Steven Kivinski

GIRLS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR * Kristen Nicolini, Annapolis, Jr. -- Nicolini captured her first outdoor state title by setting a Class 4A record in the 1,600 (4 minutes, 53.63 seconds). She nearly secured a second state title in the 800, but had to settle for second after finishing less than a second behind Tamika Coombs of Northwestern-PG. Nicolini set records in two events at the county meet where she won gold medals in the 3,200 (10:44.5) and 800 (2:14.9). At regionals, she won the 800 and 1,600. She was named to the Amateur Athletic Union's All-American Track and Field for her performance this year in both indoor and outdoor track. "Kristen is a very determined athlete," said Annapolis coach Brian Funk. "She sets her goals very high and goes after them with a very high

aggression."

THE FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE * Ulanda Archie, Meade, Sr. -- Archie came away from the county meet with a gold medal and two silvers after winning the high jump (5-2) and finishing second in the long jump and triple jump. She won the long jump at the regional meet with a leap of 17-3 3/4 and was second to Chesapeake's Nikki Spann in the triple jump. "Ulanda lets her actions speak for themselves," said coach Hayse Henderson. "She's one of these utility people who can do anything. She probably would have done the pole vault if I asked her to."

* Raina Domneys, Old Mill, Sr. -- She set metro-area bests in the 100 hurdles (14.4), 300 hurdles (46.0), triple jump (38-10 1/2 ) and long jump (17-4 3/4 ) before suffering a season-ending knee injury while making her landing in the long jump at the county meet. At the county meet, Domneys won the long jump with a meet-record leap of 17-8 3/4 . She will attend the University of Maryland on an academic scholarship.

* Kenda Johnson, North County, Jr. -- Johnson captured county and region titles in the 200, was fourth in the state in 200, and was county and region runner-up in the 100 and 400. "She has great range," said coach Ed Harte.

* Tamiko Mack, North County, Jr. -- Mack led the metro area in the 400 (56.8) and was second in the 800 in 2:16.6. She was county and region champ in the 400 and county and region runner-up in the 800. At states, she competed against a talented field of sprinters in the 400 and brought home third. "She just learned to run the 800 this year and she made dramatic improvements," said Coach Harte.

* Christie McDevitt, Northeast, Sr. -- McDevitt, who experienced back problems throughout the season, won the shot put at the region and Class 2A state meet. Her best shot put throw of the year came at states where she won with a throw of 33-7. She won the discus at the county meet with a personal-best 109-4 1/2 and was third in the county in the shot. "She exceeded my expectations by a long shot," said Northeast coach Roger Stitt.

* Tanieka Middleton, Chesapeake, Sr. -- This four-year athlete was county and region champ in the 100 and anchored the Cougars' 400 and 800 relay teams that won the county and region meets. She finished second in the 400 at states and helped Chesapeake's 800 relay team to a third-place finish. "She ran great legs on relays for the last four years," said coach John Gray.

* Martise Moore, Old Mill, Jr. -- Even before Domneys went down with an injury, Moore stepped up and helped the Patriots girls team win county and region titles. Moore emerged as state champion in the 100 hurdles with a winning time of 14.8. She set a county-meet record in the 100 hurdles (14.6) and won the 300 in 48.7. She won both hurdle events at regions and anchored the Patriots' 800 relay team to the second-fastest time in the metro area (1:45.5).

* Christy Nichols, Arundel, Soph. -- She won the 3,200 at states in only the second time she had run the event all season. "Christy Nichols is Christy Nichols and she is a very gifted runner," said coach Ralph Luce. "She was injured a lot of this spring, which forced her out of some races, but when she ran, she won." Nichols took first in the 3,200 and was second in the 1,600 at both the county and region meets.

* Shadena Pearmon, Chesapeake, Soph. -- This sophomore, who was competing in track for the first time, threw the discus 117 feet to win the Class 4A state championship. "She has great potential," said Coach Gray. "She's following in the footsteps of Mattie Cymek [a former Chesapeake athlete who earned a track scholarship to LSU]. Mattie only threw 115 feet as a sophomore and Shadena has already beaten that."

* Jen Plummer, Arundel, Sr. -- This versatile senior tied for second in the high jump at the county meet where she took second in the 300 intermediate hurdles and fourth in the 100 --. She missed states because of graduation ceremonies, which put a bit of damper on an otherwise splendid season. "She was disappointed because she wanted to compete at states but she had a choice to make and I understand why she made it," said Arundel coach Lee Rogers.

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