1998 All-Baltimore City/County girls track team

May 29, 1998|By STEVEN KIVINSKI

Performer of the Year

Jen Geroux, Parkville, senior: The University of Miami got the total package when it signed Geroux earlier this year. Geroux closed out an illustrious high school running career by winning state championships in both the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs. At the Baltimore County championships, Geroux won the mile and 2-mile and finished second in the 800. "The Hurricanes got a good one," said Knights coach Don Wann. "She's left an incredible void for us to fill."

Coach of the Year

Jerry Molyneaux, Western: Under the guidance of Molyneaux, a native of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, the Doves soared to their ninth straight Baltimore City championship and repeated as region champs. Molyneaux's charges performed well at states but again bowed to Prince George's County power Eleanor Roosevelt. "This was the strongest team I've ever had," said Molyneaux, a physical education teacher at Pimlico Middle School. "We not only had great talent but a group of hard workers."

The girls team

Layla Acirfa, Western, junior: Acirfa claimed first in the 400, second in the 800 at the city meet and ran on the Doves' city, region and state champion 1,600 relay. She was second in the 800 and third in the 400 at regionals and ran on Western's state runner-up 3,200 relay.

Sharronda Boone, Western, sophomore: This first-year runner broke onto the city track scene by claiming second in city in the 100 and 200 and running on the Doves' winning 400 and 800 relays. At regions, she was second in the 100 and third in the 200 and ran on winning 800 relay.

Tia Burley, Western, junior: Burley took home one gold medal and three silvers from the Class 4A state meet after finishing second in the 400 dash, 300 intermediate hurdles and 3,200 relay and running a leg of the Doves' state champion 1,600 relay. She won the intermediate hurdles and finished second in the high hurdles at the city meet, and at regionals, won the 400 and was second in the 300 hurdles.

Dana Galloway, Milford Mill, sophomore: This underclassman emerged as Baltimore County champ ion the long jump and was county runner-up in the high hurdles. At regions, she took second in both events and was a member of the first place 800 relay place and second place 400 relay. At the state meet, Galloway finished fourth in the hurdles and ran on the Millers' sixth-place 400 relay.

Eboni Henderson, Woodlawn, junior: Henderson emerged as county and regional champ in the 100 high hurdles and picked up a second gold at the county meet after winning the 200 dash. She closed out her junior campaign by taking third in state meet in the 100 hurdles and running a leg of the bronze-medal winning 1,600 relay.

Christine Hufenbecher, McDonogh, senior: Hufenbecher, a German foreign exchange student, emerged as Catholic League champion in the 300 intermediate hurdles. Her personal record in the hurdles came at the Private School Championships, where she won in 45.6. She also ran a leg of the Eagles private school and Catholic League champion 400 and 1,600 relays.

Beth Hurtt, McDonogh, senior: On the last jump of her high school career, Hurtt triple-jumped a personal best 34 feet, 4 inches and became Catholic League champion. The same day, she also won the high jump. At the private school championships at McDonogh, Hurtt finished third in the 300 intermediate hurdles and third in the high jump.

Catrice Jefferson, Woodlawn, senior: This Morgan State-bound sprinter helped the Warriors sweep the team titles at the Baltimore County Championships by winning the 300 hurdles and 800 run and running on the first-place 1,600 relay. She took home four gold medals from regionals after winning the 400, 300 intermediate hurdles, 800 and 1,600 relay. At states, she won the 300 intermediate hurdles and took second in the 400. "I think she is ready to take it to the next level," said coach Sye.

Toni Jefferson, Western, junior: Jefferson won the 100 dash in 11.8 and the 200 in 25.1 at the city meet, establishing records in both events. That same day, she also won the long jump and ran on the Doves' winning 800 relay. She did the same thing at regionals before winning the long jump, placing second in the 200 and fourth in the 100 at states. Her mark of 19-3 in the long jump at the state meet was the fourth best jump in state history.

Elizabeth Johnson, Western, senior: Johnson, headed to Penn State on a partial track scholarship, won four gold medals at the city meet, winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs. She was also a key member of the Doves' city, region and state champion 1,600 relay squad. At regionals, Johnson finished first in the 800, tied for first in the 1,600 and ran on the Doves' winning 3,200 relay. At states, she won bronze medals in the 800 and 1,600 runs.

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