Coach of the year
Mike Selmer, Glenelg: Selmer's girls team won the county for a second straight year, earned the Class 1A-2A Central regional title and finished third in the state. "We achieved more than what was expected at the start of the year," Selmer said. "Our goal was to win the county, and it was close [by two points over River Hill], but we did. That we won the regionals so strongly [by 17 points over River Hill] was the high point of the year. Next year, we want to keep it for all three [including state]." Selmer, a state champion in the 600-meter run as a senior at Northwestern High of Prince George's County, has been the girls coach for two seasons and has assisted the boys outdoor team for the past three seasons. He was a volunteer assistant with the first women's track team at the University of Maryland in 1976.
Performer of the Year
Beth Santilli, River Hill, junior: River Hill coach Norm Belden said Santilli had "a breakthrough season." No one could argue. She began by winning the 1,500-meter run (4: 56.8) and 800 (2: 24.5) at the Pangaea International. She added wins in the 800 (2: 24.0) and 1,500 (4: 52.6) at the National Guard. She won all 12 events she entered at the county, Class 1A-2A Central regional and state meet. Belden said Santilli is "a great, coachable kid" who uses tactics during races to her advantage. She was on all three victorious 3,200 relay teams. At the county, where she earned the Iron Woman award, she won the 1,600 (5: 20.0), 3,200 (12: 15.9) and 800 (2: 25.1). At regionals, she took the 1,600 (5: 24.3), 3,200 (12: 30.4) and 800 (2: 24.2). She had personal bests in the 1,600 (5: 13.0) and 3,200 (11: 51.7) and took the 800 (2: 26.2) at the state. Last Saturday, she finished sixth in the high school mile (5: 13.62) at the Mobil Invitational at George Mason University.
Julie Bergin, Wilde Lake, freshman: Bergin won the county high jump (4 feet, 10 inches), then finished third in the Class 2A-3A West regional (4-10) and fifth at the state (4-10).
Teyarnte Carter, Long Reach, freshman: After finishing second in the 55-meter dash (7.1) at the National Guard, Carter won the 55 (7.2) and took second in the 300 (43.4) at the county. She won the 55 (7.2) and took third in the 300 (43.7) at the Class 1A-2A Central regionals, then earned the state championship in the 55 (7.1).
Tenisha Chester, Atholton, junior: She improved her pole vaulting throughout the season, finishing second (8 feet) at the county, fourth (8-6) at the Class 1A-2A Central regional and second (9-0) at the state. She also was second in the high jump (4-10) at the regional.
Amber Day, Oakland Mills, junior: At the county, Day finished first in the 300-meter run (43.2), second in the 55 dash (7.5) and third in the 500 (1: 24.8). She was second in the 55 (7.3) and fifth in the 500 (1: 27.7) at the Class 1A-2A Central regionals, then finished sixth in the 55 (7.7) and fourth in the 500 (1: 24.2) at the state.
Nyjla Littlejohn, Wilde Lake, senior: She won the 55-meter hurdles (8.4) at the National Guard. Littlejohn won the 55 hurdles (8.5), tied for third in the 300 (43.9) and had fifth-place finishes in the 500 (1: 26.2) and 55 dash (7.7) at the county. She won the 55 hurdles (8.3) and the 55 dash (7.3) at the Class 2A-3A West regional, was second in the 300 (42.5). At the state, she won the 55 hurdles (8.6) and 300 (43.4) and took third in the 55 dash (7.6).
Thema Napier, Long Reach, junior: Napier took second in the 500-meter run (1: 22.1) at the National Guard. She was first in the 500 (1: 21.9) and tied for third in the 300 (43.9) at the county. She had two firsts at the Class 1A-2A Central regionals -- 300 (43.5) and 500 (1: 23.4) -- and finished second in the 500 (1: 21.2) at the state. She finished second in the 800 at the county (2: 31.1), regional (2: 30.7) and state (2: 27.7).
Lori Tvarkunas, Glenelg, sophomore: After second-place finishes at the Pangaea Invitational and National Guard, Tvarkunas won the county pole vault title (8 feet, 6 inches). She finished second (9-0, personal best) at the Class 1A-2A Central regional and fourth at the state. She was on the 800 relay team that won the county and the 800 and 1,600 relay teams that finished third at the state.
Christa Vent, Glenelg, sophomore: Vent, who holds the school record in the high jump (5 feet, 2 1/4 inches), took third (4-10) at the National Guard, then finished second (4-10) at the county, first (5-0) at the Class 1A-2A Central regional and fourth (4-10) at the state. She anchored the 800 relay team that won county, as well as the 800 and 1,600 relay teams that finished third in the state. She also anchored the 1,600 relay team that won regionals.
Katie Wise, Glenelg, senior: Wise won the shot put at the county (34 feet, 1 inch, new county record), the Class 1A-2A Central regional (34-6) and the state (35-0, personal best).
Team selection The Baltimore Sun 1997 All-Howard County indoor track and field teams were selected by Stan Rappaport after consulting with The Sun staff and area coaches.
Pub Date: 2/28/97