All-Metro girls track team

High Schools

June 07, 1999|By Rich Scherr

Performer of the Year

Pun Chittchang,

South Carroll

With flames on her socks and a temporary Superman tattoo on one leg, the University of Maryland-bound senior put on a memorable performance at the Class 3A state track and field championships at UMBC.

In the long jump, Chittchang became the first girl in state-meet history, from small schools to big ones, to better the 20-foot mark, winning the event with a record leap of 20 feet, 1 1/2 inches. Two days earlier, in the triple jump, she had been the first girl in two years to clear 40 feet in the states, winning that event in 40-1.

Chittchang also won Carroll County championships in both the long and triple -- setting county records. She also surprised many by winning the 200 meters in near-record time in only her first season of competitive sprinting.

She then followed that up a week later with victories in all three events at the Class 3A West regionals.

At 5 feet 5, Chittchang doesn't fit the mold of the prototypical long-legged, lanky jumper. Even so, Cavaliers jumping coach Donna Fleming said Chittchang makes the most out of what she has.

"If you were to look at her body build, you wouldn't guess that she was a jumper," said Fleming. "She's not real tall, and long legs do help in triple and long. But she's able to compensate with her speed and power. She has powerful legs, and that helps to carry her through."

They've lifted her into the annals of state track and field history.

Chittchang was also named The Sun's Carroll County Outdoor Track Performer of the Year.

Coach of the Year

Joe Thomas,

Long Reach

It's no coincidence that Thomas' teams always seem to be in the hunt for a state title.

For the second straight year, and fourth time in his nine-year coaching career, Thomas guided his team to a state championship, leading Long Reach to the Class 2A crown to go along with earlier Howard County and region titles.

The Lightning was the only Baltimore-area team to win a state title this season.

After losing double-state champion Thema Napier following last season, Thomas and his assistants shuffled the lineup and came up with another winner. He defers much of the credit for the team's success to the rest of the staff.

Kiara Adams,

Westminster

Though slowed by a weightlifting injury to her wrist early in the season, the junior recovered to win Carroll County, Central Maryland Conference, Class 4A East region and Class 4A state championships in the shot put, capturing the latter with a heave of 36-11 3/4 .

The Sun's Carroll County Indoor Track Performer of the Year last winter lost in just two meets all season (the Westminster Invitational and Meade Stampede), throwing consistently over 36 feet.

Despite the injury, she said that her involvement in competitive Olympic-style weightlifting has helped her development as a shot-putter, giving her the extra strength to more than make up for her relative lack of size.

Jacqueline Allen,

Old Mill

This multi-talented senior excelled wherever the Patriots needed her on the track.

Allen won her second straight Anne Arundel County championship in the 100 (12.4) before winning the 100 (12.1) and taking runner-up in the both the long jump (16-6) and triple jump (34-11 1/4 ) at regionals.

At the Class 4A state championships, she was fourth in the 100 (12.2) and sixth in both the 200 (25.87) and triple jump (36-6 3/4 ), scoring all of Old Mill's team points.

The Georgia Southern-signee also scored valuable points for the Patriots throughout the regular season, including a win in the 200 (26.6) at the Knights Invite at North County High.

Tia Burley,

Western

The University of Maryland-bound senior set a school record in winning a Class 4A state championship in the 300 hurdles (44.03).

She also won a state title in the 400 (56.9) and finished third in the high hurdles (15.2) while helping the Doves finish second overall.

Earlier, she claimed four gold medals at the Baltimore City Championships, including both hurdles, and led Western to a dominating team victory over Mervo.

She also took first place in both hurdles and the 400 at the regional championships.

As was the case indoors, Burley took turns running legs on three of Western's relay teams, all of which won city titles.

She will rejoin teammate Toni Jefferson at Maryland next season.

Teyarnte Carter,

Long Reach

This quick junior consistently proved herself to be one of the metro area's top two sprinters.

She claimed Class 2A state championships in the 200 (24.74) and 400 (55.92) and took second in the state 100 (12.1). She has now won eight individual gold medals in three years of state-meet competition.

Carter also won the 100, 200 and 400 at the Howard County and region meets -- tying the 21-year-old county meet record in the 200 -- as well as tripling at Sherwood.

She broke Kisha Jett's county record with a winning time of 11.42 in the 100 at the Howard University Relays, also winning the event at the Beltway Classic.

All of her times improved over last year.

Del'Rhea Godwin,

Glen Burnie

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