GIRLS FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE
PERFORMER OF THE YEAR * Kristen Nicolini, Annapolis, senior -- Clearly the most dominant runner in Anne Arundel County, Nicolini closed out a spectacular high school running career by winning state titles in the 400, 800 and 1,600 meters. Her time of 4 minutes, 46.2 seconds in the 1,600 set a state record for all classifications.
She set county records in the 800 and 1,600 and her time of 2:10.1 in the 800 was the second fastest in the nation among high school runners.
At regionals, Nicolini, who is headed for Auburn on a full track and field scholarship, won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 and was part of the Panthers' runner-up 1,600 relay team.
"I see her as an Olympian in the near future," said Annapolis coach Brian Funk.
@COACH OF THE YEAR * Joe Thomas, Howard -- After guiding the Lions to a fifth-place finish at last year's state meet, Thomas' squad could do little wrong this spring. Howard won county, region and Class 3A state titles in dominating fashion -- the second state crown for Thomas, who also won in 1992. His athletes scored in nine events at the state meet and dethroned defending champion Linganore by 40 points. The fifth-year coach credits the team's ,, success to its serious approach, its overall quality and depth. Thomas and his coaching staff were able to maintain one of the strongest all-around teams in Howard County history. "Things
just fell into place," Thomas said.
PERFORMER PROFILES * Sheraie Darby, Woodlawn, senior -- Darby, a three-time All-Metro selection, regained the 300 hurdles title she won as a sophomore but lost last year. She was first in Baltimore County (45.4) and the region (44.5) and clocked a personal-best 43.95 at the 4A state meet. She also won county and regional crowns in the 100 hurdles and was fourth in the states. Her personal-best in the 100 was 14.8. As a junior in the 300, Darby was first in the county, third in the region and a state runner-up in an area-best 44.77. As a sophomore, Darby blazed to the county (46.8), regional (45.3) and 4A state titles in the 300 hurdles and ran the first leg of the Warriors' state runner-up 1,600 relay team.
* Mona Jackson, Howard, senior -- Jackson, Howard County's Performer of the Year, was the leader on the Lions' Class 3A state championship team. Jackson walked away with state titles in the triple jump (37 feet, 9 1/2 inches) and long jump (18-5), took second in the high jump (5-7, area best that day) and ran a leg on the third-place 1,600 relay team. She won county and region crowns all four years in the triple jump, and won 24 medals during her high school career in jumping events alone. She also helped Howard to a state title her freshman year.
* Krissy Jost, Perry Hall, senior -- Jost, the Baltimore County Performer of the Year who is headed for Villanova, was involved in the breaking of six school records and three county records. In finishing ahead of longtime rival Nicolini in the 1,500 in 4:34.66 -- good for third place at the Penn Relays -- Jost broke Amanda White's (Dulaney) county record. Jost was a county and regional champ in the 800 and finished third in the 4A states. In the 1,600 and 3,200, Jost was a county and regional champ and a state runner-up to Nicolini in each. Jost's third-place finish in the 800 (2:14.73) and runner-up effort (4:53.5) in the 1,600 at the 4A states was a county record. Jost also set school records in the 3,200 (10:33.5) in finishing second at the states.
Tamiko Mack, North County, senior -- Mack was first in the 400 at the Anne Arundel County meet and was county runner-up in the 800 behind Nicolini. At regions, she won the 400 in 57.5, was second to Nicolini in the 800 and was a member of the Knights' winning 1,600 relay team. At the state meet, Mack was second in the 800 and third in the 400, but her time in the latter (56.80) was an area-best.
* Alisha McClinton, Perry Hall, sophomore -- McClinton has potential to burn. In the long jump, where her personal best was 17-10 3/4 , McClinton was a Baltimore County and regional champ and a 4A state runner-up. In the 100, where her PR is 12.3, she was first in both the county and regions. And in the 200, McClinton was third in the county and second in the region.
* Martise Moore, Old Mill, senior -- Moore, who is headed to the University of Southern California, successfully defended her 100 hurdles title at the state meet in an area-best 14.4 seconds. She was also Anne Arundel County champ in the long jump and a member of the Pats' county and regional champion 400 and 800 relay teams. Said coach Ron Evans: "She has a quick turnover rate and once she gets moving she's like a snowball coming down a hill."