1999 All-Carroll County track and field teams -- GIRLS

June 04, 1999|By RICH SCHERR

Girls Performer of the Year

Pun Chittchang, senior, South Carroll: Wearing flames on her socks and a Superman emblem on her right leg, the University of Maryland-bound senior took to the runway at last weekend's Class 3A state track and field championships and had a meet that few watching will likely forget.

In the long jump, she became the first girl in state meet history, encompassing all four classes, to eclipse 20 feet, winning with a record leap of 20 feet, 1.5 inches.

In the triple jump two days earlier, she had been the first girl in two years to clear 40 feet in the states, winning in 40-1.

She also won county championships in both events -- setting county record in each -- and surprised many by winning the 200 meters in near-record time in only her first season of competitive sprinting. She followed that up with victories in all three events at the Class 3A West regionals.

Girls Coach of Year

Rob Pennington, South Carroll: Pennington's Cavaliers nearly did the unthinkable, coming within 5.5 points of upsetting five-time defending champion Westminster at the county meet.

Led by two of the area's top athletes, jumper Pun Chittchang and hurdler Jody Sharpe, South Carroll improved throughout the season, taking fifth at the Central Maryland Conference meet in Frederick, second in both the county and region, and seventh at the Class 3A state meet.

The jewel, however, was the county meet, where the Cavaliers and Owls had one of the closest finishes in recent years. "I could tell they weren't quite ready [at the CMC meet]," said Pennington. "but then they really geared up to make a run at the county. That was the biggest accomplishment our girls team has had in a long time."

The eighth-year coach credited the team's unity and teamwork, as well as the efforts of Chittchang and Sharpe, who brought a guaranteed 35 points to the table in just about every meet.

The girls team

Kiara Adams, senior, Westminster: Slowed by a weightlifting injury early in the season, the senior recovered to win county, Central Maryland Conference, Class 4A East and Class 4A state championships, winning the latter with a heave of 36 feet, 11.75 inches.

Shannon Farver, junior, South Carroll: The transfer from Oregon did some of her best work in the county meet, taking second in the 300 hurdles (49.9), third in the 400 (1: 01.4) and fourth in the 200 (27.2). She then captured fourth in regional 400, helping the Cavaliers to a second-place team finish.

Wendy Frank, senior, Liberty: The Lions' senior took second in the county high jump, matching Becky Kuchera's first-place figure of 4-10 but needing more attempts to clear it. She was a consistent performer, helping turn Liberty from also-ran into competitor.

Jessica Hester, sophomore, Westminster: Battling most of this spring with teammate Katie Selby, the discus standout stepped up late in the season to capture championships in the county (110-9) and Class 4A state (115-11) meets. She also took third behind twin sister Emily in the regionals.

Alyssa Huver, sophomore, Westminster: Her crowning achievement came at the county championships, in which her 8-0 won the pole vault. She was a consistent performer all season for the Owls, usually finishing between 7-6 and 8-0.

Mandy Komar, junior, Westminster: Owls coach Jim Shank called Komar "one of most talented athletes" at Westminster in any sport. The All-County soccer player won a county title in the 800 (2: 25.0) and took third in the triple jump, an event she tried for the first time near mid-season. She also won the 800 at regionals.

Anna Korovina, junior, North Carroll: The versatile Panthers junior won a Central Maryland Conference championship in the high hurdles (16.1) and a Class 3A West region title in the shot put (35-4). She also took second in the shot put at both the county and CMC meets before taking fifth in the state, and placed third and fourth, respectively, in the regional and county hurdles.

Jackie Kram, junior, Francis Scott Key: The Eagles' standout won a county title in the 100 (12.7) and was third in the 200. She then won a Class 2A West regional title in the 200 (26.5) and was third at 100.

Becky Kuchera, senior, Westminster: Owls coach Jim Shank said she was "probably as consistent as anybody we've ever had." She won a county title in the high jump (4-10) and, after recently learning how to pole vault, took second in that event at the county, region and Class 4A state (8-6) meets.

Colleen Lawson, sophomore, North Carroll: roll: The area's premier distance standout, Lawson won a state title in the Class 3A 3,200 (11: 40.7) and took third in the 1,600. She also took county titles in both the 1,600 (5: 34.7) and 3,200 (11: 59.1), and took second in both events at the Central Maryland Conference championships, as well as second and fourth, respectively, in the 3,200 and 1,600 at regionals.

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