1996 All-Metro track and field teams The Girls

June 04, 1996|By Steven Kivinski

Performer of the Year

Christy Nichols, Arundel, Sr.: Nichols capped a spectacular high school running career by setting a state record in the 3,200 meters (10: 15.3). While her teammates were participating in local competition, Nichols was busy winning the 3,200 at the indoor nationals in Boston. She also traveled to South Africa, where she placed 20th -- the highest American finish ever in the junior age group -- in the World Cross Country Championships. She returned home in time to win the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs at the county meet. She will attend North Carolina State on a track and cross country scholarship. "She is the real thing," said Arundel coach Ralph Luce. "She'll be hard to replace."

Coach of the Year

Ron Evans, Old Mill: Evans led the Patriots to a sweep of the Anne Arundel County and region titles for the eighth straight season. For the girls team it was their 17th county championship and 16th regional crown. Evans credits his assistant coaches Mike Marcus (throwing), Mike Hinton (sprints and hurdles) and Leon Walters (distance) and his volunteer staff of Chris Bowser, Brian Evans and Bob Halsey for the program's success. "We had depth and quality, but not enough of it at states," said Evans, who is expected to announce his retirement from coaching after 30 years, the first nine at Arundel and the last 21 at Old Mill. During his tenure as indoor and outdoor coach, Old Mill won 58 county championships, 55 region crowns and 20 state titles.

The team

Gianna Alston, Howard, Sr.: Alston missed winning the state 300 hurdles by three one-hundredths of a second, settling for second place (46.41). She won a gold for the 1,600 relay (4: 02.93), was fifth in the 100 hurdles and second in the 800 relay at states. At the Howard County meet, she took first in the 1,600 relay and the 800 relay, and silver medals in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.

Joanna Helm, Perry Hall, Sr.: Helm surfaced as the Baltimore county and Class 4A North region champ in the high jump. She won the 300 intermediate hurdles at the county and region meets and was second in the intermediate hurdles at states.

Nakia Johnson, Old Mill, Soph.: After concentrating on the 400 early in the season, Johnson turned her focus to the triple jump and went on to become Anne Arundel County champion in the event. She took third in the region and fifth in the state in the triple jump and was part of Old Mill's county and region champion 1,600 relay team.

Tenille Johnson, Southwestern, Jr.: Johnson, a second-team All-City/County selection last season, won the 100 hurdles at the Class 4A North region meet and was second in the same event at states.

Michelle June, Meade, Jr.: June captured a state title in the high jump by clearing 5-6 at Westminster High. She was second in the high jump and intermediate hurdles at the county meet and won the high jump at regionals. At the state meet, she was third in the high hurdles and fourth in the 300 dash.

Nyjila Littlejohn, Wilde Lake, Jr.: Littlejohn was the only Howard County girl to win an individual state championship, taking the Class 2A state 100 hurdles in 14.78. She finished second in the state 300 hurdles at 44.40. She won county gold medals in both events. Littlejohn's 45.1 broke the 14-year-old county record of 45.7 for the 300 hurdles.

Kate Macfarlane, Hereford, Jr.: Macfarlane cleared 9 feet in the pole vault at the Baltimore County meet to become the county's first female pole vaulting champ. Pole vaulting wasn't offered to the girls at the state meet but she did compete in the high jump and was second at the county, region and states. "She is an untapped resource," said Lions coach John Roemer.

Alisha McClinton, Perry Hall, Jr.: McClinton emerged as Baltimore County, region and state champion in the long jump. She fell five inches short of a state meet record after jumping 19-4 in Westminster and took first in the same events at invitationals at McDonogh, North County, Old Mill and Towson State. She won the 100 and 200 dashes at the county championships and was first in the 100 and second in the 200 at regionals.

Shani Moore, McDonogh, Soph.: Moore, whom Eagles coach Jeff Sanborn describes as "an unbelievable physical specimen," cleared an area-best 5-8 in the high jump at an invitational at North County and jumped 5-7 at the Draper Invitational in Alexandria, Va. She has qualified for the nationals later this month in Ohio. "We put nothing past this girl."

Donna Mullings, Howard, Sr.: A four-time Howard County gold medalist this season, Mullings finished second in the state 100 dash (12.69 seconds) and second in the triple jump despite turning in the fifth-best jump (39 1/2 feet) in state history. She pulled a hamstring muscle running on the turn of the state 200 finals, and that injury prevented her from competing in the long jump. She is being wooed by Oklahoma State, Iowa and Southern of New Orleans.

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