Performer of the Year
Teyarnte "Tee" Carter, Long Reach, freshman: Carter won four gold medals at the Class 1A state meet. Her 100 meters (12.07 seconds) was the second-fastest time in any classification and her personal best. She also won the 200 with a personal best 24.6, and the 400 (59.07). And she anchored the first-place 1,600 relay team. At the county meet, she also won the 100 (12.3), 200 (24.9), 400 (57.0), and ran the anchor leg of the winning 1,600 relay (4: 10). She was selected for the Iron Woman Award as the meet's most outstanding performer. "Tee is a mature freshman, focused on what she needs to do," said Long Reach coach Joe Thomas. "She's humble, works hard, and is a leader at practice. Track is always on her mind. If she progresses, she'll be one of the dominant runners. I don't think she realizes how good she can be."
Coach of the Year
Dave Brown, Wilde Lake: In his first year as head coach, Wilde Lake's girls team won its first county title since 1976. The team also finished second in the region and fourth in the Class 2A state championships. "By winning the county, being competitive the region, and improving our state finish from eighth to fourth, we accomplished all of our preseason objectives," Brown said. At the county meet, Wilde Lake scored in all but four events and beat runner-up Howard by 10 points. Brown, 41, a University of Maryland graduate who teaches technology education at Wilde Lake, specializes in coaching jumpers. He took special pride at the county meet when novice Alisha Bates finished third in the high jump, earning six team points. With only three seniors on this team of 38 athletes, more good things can be expected next season.
Tenisha Chester, Atholton, junior: After winning the county high jump title at 5 feet, 2 inches and county pole vault title at 8-6, Chester finished second in the pole vault (9-0) at the Class 2A state championships and fifth in the high jump (4-10). She also ran on the fourth-place state 400 relay team.
Amber Day, Oakland Mills, junior: A repeat All-County performer, she won silver medals in the 100 (12.29) and 200 (24.92), and took a bronze medal in the 400 (58.48) at the state Class 2A meet. At the county championships she was second in both the 100 (12.5) and 200 (25.4) and third in the 400 (58.1). She also ran on the county championship 800 relay (1: 48.9).
Jennifer Johnson, Oakland Mills, junior: She finished second in the triple jump (35-6) and fifth in the long jump (15-3) at the state championships. In the county meet, she was second in the triple jump (35-9) and second in the long jump (14-11). And she ran a leg on Oakland Mills' county champion 800 relay (1: 48.9).
Nyjila Littlejohn, Wilde Lake, senior: A repeat All-County performer, she broke the state record in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.12. The old record was set in 1983 and tied in 1988. Had she not false-started and been disqualified in the Class 2A state 300 hurdles, she may have had a second state record. A year ago, she was All-Metro when she won the state 100 hurdles and was second in the 300 hurdles. At this season's county meet, she won the 100 hurdles (14.9) and broke her own record in the 300 hurdles (43.2).
Thema Napier, Long Reach, junior: She won four Class 1A state gold medals. She won the 100 hurdles (15.29), 300 hurdles (44.46), 800-meter run and ran on the winning 1,600 relay. At the county meet, she was second in the 100 hurdles (15.6), 300 hurdles (44.1) and 800 (2: 21.7).
Coleen Parker, Howard, senior: A repeat All-County performer, she won the state Class 2A triple jump (37-1 1/2 ) and the 800 (2: 20.65), her first outdoor individual state titles. This year she also finished second in the 400 and the 1,600 relay at states. She was second in the state 800 and 400, and sixth in the triple jump last season when she was All-Metro. At the county meet she won the triple jump (36-2), long jump (16-1 1/2 and 800 (2: 19.8), and finished second in the 400 (57.4).
Janelle Rosip, Atholton, senior: A repeat All-County performer, she finished fourth in the discus (97-2) at the Class 2A state meet. She won the county discus championship with a toss of 111-4.
Beth Santilli, River Hill, junior: A repeat All-County performer, she won the county 3,200 (11: 36.3) but pulled up afterward with a stress fracture in her right foot and was unable to compete for the rest of the season.
Michelle Smith, Wilde Lake, junior: She finished second in the 1,600 (5: 21.52) at the Class 2A state meet. She was also fourth in the 3,200 (12: 02.94) and ran anchor on the third-place 3,200 relay team (10: 06.15) at states. In the county meet, she won the 1,600 (5: 16.7) and was third in the 800 (2: 25.3).
Tolika Wilson, Wilde Lake, sophomore: She finished second in the discus (99-5) at the Class 2A state meet. At the county meet, she won the shot put (32-3) and was third in the discus (100-8).
Performer of the Year