1999 All-Baltimore City/County track and field teams


June 04, 1999

Girls Performer of the Year

Tenke Zoltani, Dulaney, freshman: For the second straight season (indoors and outdoors), Zoltani earns outstanding performer honors. This spring's honor results from her record-setting season in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. She set meet records in her first five races at invitational events and easily swept the Baltimore County and Class 4A North region titles while lowering her personal best times to 5 minutes, 10.3 seconds and 11: 15.2, respectively, usually without challengingcompetition. She won the state 3,200 title with a personal best of 11: 10, adding it to her indoor title, and captured the 1,600 championship in 5: 07.2. Lately, she has added the 800 meters to her repertoire.

Girls Coach of the Year

Marilyn Bevans, Perry Hall: The Dundalk Middle School teacher handled the distance runners at Perry Hall for years before taking over as coach when Jerry Martin eased into retirement. She said she uses a "a nickel and dime approach" in coaching, meaning that "we may not win a lot of events, but we're in everything." As a result, the Gators won both the Baltimore County and Anne Arundel County Relays. Bevans had a terrific career as a competitor before turning to coaching, winning the Maryland Marathon a couple of times and several other distance events here.

The girls team

Layla Acirfa, Western, senior: When teammates Toni Jefferson and Tia Burley won three events apiece at the City Championships, that didn't leave much for Acirfa. But she made do by winning the 800, finishing second in the 400 and being a key performer on a pair of Western's four winning relay teams. She was second in the Class 4A North region 400.

Sharonda Boone, Western, junior: The Doves, winners of the city title the last 11 years, are losing the heart of their team (Toni Jefferson, Tia Burley, Layla Acirfa, etc.) to graduation, which will thrust Sharonda into a leadership role. She appears to be well suited for the role as, in the city and region meets, for instance, she finished second to Jefferson in both dashes and the long jump in addition to running relay.

Tia Burley, Western, senior: College Park-bound Burley set a school record for the 300 hurdles (44.03) at the Class 4A state championships. She also won the 400 dash and finished third in the 110 high hurdles. She won both hurdles events in the City Championships and at the Class 4A North regionals, where she added the 400 title to her list of laurels. As was the case indoors, she was a mainstay on three usually-successful relay teams.

Megan Dietz, Catholic, senior: Dietz was undefeated in the high hurdles during the regular season of the Catholic League, her first full outdoor season after two that were shortened for her because of injuries. In the league title meet, she gathered two seconds and a third in the hurdles and jumps and was a mainstay on Catholic's 400 relay team. She was second in the high hurdles at Mount St. Joseph's meet.

Jenny Ford, McDonogh, junior: She was another reason McDonogh was able to dominate the Catholic League and Maryland Private Schools Championships. Ford won the high and intermediate hurdles at both meets and chipped in as a relay runner as the Eagles were prevailing in each meet by at least 25 points.

Eboni Henderson, Woodlawn, senior: Henderson won the Class 3A state title in the 300 hurdles. She also won both hurdles events and the 200 dash and added a second in the 100 in the Baltimore County Championships. That's 38 points -- more than all but five teams in the competition. She took both hurdles and the 200 at the Class 4A North regionals, and pulled relay duty, too.

Toni Jefferson, Western, senior: Jefferson won the 200 and took second in the 100 and the long jump at the Class 4A state championships. After scoring a 100-200-long jump triple at the City Championships, all her marks being personal bests, she captured all three at the Class 4A North region meet, as well, leading her team to a big win over Dulaney's girls. She swept all three events all four years at the city and regional meets. She will attend the University of Maryland in the fall.

Stephanie Kuehne, Dulaney, junior: Once again, Kuehne dominated the competition in the jumps, winning the high jump and triple jump at the Class 4A North regionals after winning the triple jump and long jump in the Baltimore County meet. She won the silver medal at the Class 4A state meet. She doubled (high and triple) at the Mount St. Joseph Invitational and, after a slump, got her high jump back up to 5-6 just before states.

Chanel Lattimer, McDonogh, sophomore: She won the Catholic League 400 in 59.1 and was second in the 100 and 200 by a tenth of a second after missing most of the season with a stress fracture. She recouped those losses by capturing both short dashes at the state private schools meet on her home track.

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