1996 All Baltimore City/County indoor track and field teams

March 12, 1996|By Steven Kivinski

Girls performer of the year

Meghan White, Dulaney, Jr.: White, an All-Metro cross country runner, won four medals at the Baltimore County Championships. At the county meet, she won the 800 and 1,600, was third in the 3,200 and was part of the Lions' second-place 3,200 relay. She won the 1,600 and was runner-up in three events -- 800, 3,200 and 3,200 relay -- at the region meet. At states, White finished second to Arundel's Christy Nichols in the 1,600 and 3,200 ans was fourth in the 800. "She did a super job for us," said Dulaney coach Dave Schoppe, whose girls team won the county and region titles before finishing fourth at states. "She is a fluid, smooth runner with long strides. She has a really good work ethic. You send her out for a 20-minute run and she comes back 30 minutes later." Said Catonsville coach Jeff McDaniel: "Meghan had a real gutsy season. She was clearely the dominant female athlete."

Girls at a glance

Elizabeth Johnson, Western, Soph.: Johnson was city, regional and state champion in the 800 run. She won both the 800 and 1,600 at the city meet and ran a leg of the Doves' city and regional champion 1,600 and 3,200 relays. At states, Johnson added a sixth-place finish in the 1,600. She was a big reason why the Western girls finished first in the city, second in the region and sixth in the states.

Linaya DeShields, Western, Sr.: DeShields tied Northern's Janel Stewart in the 55 dash at the City Championships, where she also took third in the 300. At the Class 4A North regional, she won the 55 dash, was fifth in the 300 and ran on the Doves' winning 800 relay. At the state meet, DeShields finished fourth in the 55 dash.

Paulette Shields, Randallstown, Sr.: Shields won the girls' 55 dash and 300 and was a member of the winning 800 relay at the Class 3A East regional championships. Shields took second in the 55 dash and the 300 at counties before finishing sixth in the 55 dash and second in the 800 relay at the states. "She was very consistent," said coach Mike Gelman. "She could do so many different events, the hard part was figuring out where to put her."

Elisa Jones, Parkville, Soph.: Jones, who transferred to Parkville from a school in Boston, emerged as Baltimore County champ in the shot put with a toss of 31 feet. She threw a personal best 33-10 3/4 at the Metro Invitational, which earned her third place. And she was first at the region meet with a throw that cleared 31-10. "We discovered her in physical education class," said coach Don Wann. "For a first-year shot-putter she's had phenomenal success."

Suzanne Sclafani, Dulaney, Sr.: Sclafani, a team captain, led by example at the county meet, winning the 3,200, finishing third in the 1,600, fourth in the 800 and running a leg of the 3,200 relay. Her first-place finish in the 3,200 and a second-place effort in the 1,600 helped the Lions win the Class 4A North title. She helped the Lions defend their county title by winning the 3,200 and finishing third in the 1,600.

Catrice Jefferson, Woodlawn, Soph.: Jefferson finished second in the 500 at the states in 1: 22.3. At the county meet, she was second in the 500 and third in the 300. She won the 500 at regionals, where she was also second in the 300. Jefferson was a member of the Warriors' 1,600 and 3,200 relays that won the regions and finished second in the states. "She is a wonderful athlete. Very work oriented," said Coach Mike Sye.

Janel Stewart, Northern, Sr.: Stewart showed her versatility at the city meet by placing first in the shot put and the 55 dash. She ran the first leg of the Vikings third-place 800 relay team at the county meet and placed first in the shot put at regions.

Renee Tirrochi, Catonsville, Jr.: Tirrochi became county and region champ in the 500 and was regional champ in the 300. She was a member of the Comets' county, region and state runner-up 3,200 relay team and she set a school record in the 500 (1: 22.4). "She was a whole different level of runner this season," said McDaniel, whose team finished third in the county, won its region for the seventh straight year and took fourth at the state meet.

Eden Rellihan, Catonsville, Jr.: Rellihan won the 1,600 and 3,200 for the Comets at the regionals and she was part of Catonsville's county, region and state runner-up 3,200 relay. She finished second to Meghan White in the 1,600 and 3,200 at the county meet and finished second in the state in the 1,600, beating the old state record in 5: 20.0. She also finished third in the 800 at states.

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