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

June 04, 1999|By RICK BELZ

Girls Performer of the Year

Teyarnte Carter, Long Reach, junior: She was the only girl to break 56 seconds and ran the fastest 400 meters (55.92 seconds) in any classification at the state championships. This exceptional sprinter added a gold medal in the Class 2A 200 (24.74) to give her eight individual state gold medals in three years.

She missed winning the 100 for the first time. But she lowered all of her state times from a year ago. She anchored the Lightning's third-place 1,600 relay at states.

Carter broke Kisha Jett's county record in the 100, running 11.42 at the Howard University Invitational. She won the 100, 200 and 400 at the Class 2A South region meet. At the county meet, she ran an 11.9 in the 100, winning not only that race but the 200 (24.4) and 400 (57.9), as well. And she ran in the winning 1,600 relay. For the second time, she won the Iron Woman Award as the county meet's top performer, and tied a 21-year-old county meet record in the 200, qualifying her for the national championships June 11-12 in Raleigh, N.C. This is her second selection as The Sun's Howard County Performer of the Year and third All-County selection.

Girls Coach of Year

Joe Thomas, Long Reach: The Lightning won county, region and state championships with a blend of veteran stars and young performers who gave Long Reach some unprecedented quality depth.

It was their second straight state title and the fourth state title for Thomas in nine years of coaching. His teams won state titles at Howard in 1992 and 1995 and finished second once. Long Reach was the only Baltimore-area team to win a state title this season.

He credits the addition of Eric Henlon as sprint coach for greatly improving this year's team. Thomas, 34, wrestled and ran track at Glenelg High and graduated from Western Maryland College.

The girls team

Bri Herring, Wilde Lake, junior: She won the Class 3A East region shot put (33-11) and finished second in the triple jump (32-10). At the state meet, she was fourth in the shot put. And in the county championships, she finished third in the shot and fifth in the triple jump.

Rolanda Howard, Long Reach, sophomore: She set a state record and won three gold medals and a bronze at the Class 2A state championships, capturing the long jump (17-8.5), triple jump (37-11), 400 relay and finishing third in the 100 hurdles (15.2). Her triple jump was a Class 2A state record. At the regional meet, she won the long and triple jumps and was second in the 100 hurdles. She was county champ in the triple jump (36-8) and long jump (17-8.75), and finished second in the 100 hurdles (15.0) and 300 hurdles (47.8). This is her second All-County selection.

Lee McDuff, River Hill, sophomore: The county's premier distance runner, she repeated as the Class 2A state 3,200 (11: 30) champ, was fifth in the 1,600 and ran on the second-place 3,200 relay. At regionals, she won the 3,200 and 1,600 runs and the 3,200 relay. McDuff was county champ again in the 3,200 (11: 37.9) and 1,600 (5: 19.5). She finished 15th at the Penn Relays in a 3000 run (10: 14). This is her second All-County selection.

Cynthia Nicholls, Long Reach, junior: She won Class 2A state gold medals in the high jump (5-4) and 400 relay, added a silver in the long jump (17-6.25) and a second silver in the 100 hurdles (15.1). In regions, she won the high jump and 400 relay, was second in the long jump and third in the 100 hurdles. And she was county champ in the high jump (5-4), 100 hurdles (14.9) and 400, and second in the long jump (17-0).

Leonie Prao, Wilde Lake, sophomore: She won the Class 3A East region title in the 200 (26.1), finished second in the 100 (12.6) and ran on the second-place 800 relay. At the county and state meets, meet, she was second in the 100. Tia Richardson, Centennial, senior: Her second-place state shot put (38-1.75) was the best of any Baltimore area girl. The repeat All-County performer won the county (37-10.25) and region shot-put. She was second in county discus (109-6), seventh in state discus.

Danielle Stoddart, Oakland Mills, junior: The Seventh-Day Adventist did not compete at the state meet because it was held on Saturday. She won the county 300 hurdles (45.6) and 800 run (2: 22.4) and finished second in the 400 run (58.9) and second in the 3,200 relay. At Class 1A South regions, she won the 300 hurdles and 800 and was second in the 400 and 3,200 relay.

Lori Tvarkunas, Glenelg, senior: In the state meet, she set the overall state record in the pole vault at 11-2, repeated as Class 1A champion and qualified for Junior Nationals. She also finished fifth in the 300 hurdles, sixth in the 100 hurdles, and sixth in the 400 relay at states. She won the county pole vault (10-7) and finished fourth in the 100 hurdles. She also won the region pole vault title (10-0). The repeat All-County performer will attend the University of South Carolina.

Tolika Wilson, Wilde Lake, senior: She finished second in the state Class 3A discus (113-8) for the second straight year but improved her state toss by more than 7 feet. She won the county title with a longer throw (117-8) and was second in the county shot put (34-3.5). At regions, she won the discus and was second in the shot. She'll attend Clark-Atlanta University.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1999 All-Howard County track and field teams were selected by Rick Belz after consultations with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Pub Date: 6/04/99

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