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Track And Field

March 20, 2002

Anne Arundel County

If the indoor season is a precursor to the spring version, beware the Bruins.

Broadneck, which captured its first county girls indoor track title in Dana Dobbs's five seasons as head coach, has the county's performer of the year in sophomore Lauren Centrowitz and enough depth to take a stab at the county championship again.

Chesapeake, which challenged the Bruins for the crown before falling to second place, will look to exact some revenge. The Cougars scored in all 13 events at the indoor meet and could be a threat once again.

Severna Park and Annapolis were tied for fourth at the county indoor meet and both could make a push if Broadneck or Chesapeake should falter.

Baltimore City

The city girls teams will try to keep the Western juggernaut in their sights.

The Doves have ruled the last decade and shouldn't change this spring with returning All-Metro first-team performers in Mariama Gondo and Ashaley Davis. Ashley West-Nesbitt (100 meters) and Alicia Williams (800) are defending city champs, and Latosha Wallace adds to the Doves' arsenal.

Look for Mervo to provide a mild challenge to the Doves' throne, led by defending long jump champion April Mullen. The Mustangs also have triple jump champion Tiarra Moore back.

Northern returns one of the area's premier distance performers in Deborah Green, while Southern hopes to build on its third-place showing at the city indoor final.

Baltimore County

With outstanding distance runners, Dulaney should again rule the county ranks. It was around this time a year ago that Tenke Zoltani was returning from leg surgery. She went on to sweep the county, regional and state titles in the 3,200 meters, and now looks to conclude her brilliant career.

Christine Myers would be the area's top distance runner, if not for competing alongside Zoltani. In Kelley Fanshaw, Dulaney has one of the area's all-around performers.

Expect Milford Mill to make a serious charge at Dulaney. The Millers won the state Class 3A-2A indoor title last month with Novia Brown (300, 500 state champion) spearheading a small group.

Towson will contend with distance duo of Cori Koch and Anastasia Mukhina.

Carroll County

County and Central Maryland Conference indoor champion North Carroll returns a number of All-County indoor track choices, including pole-vaulter Lindsay Winter, hurdler and jumper Aislinn Sowash and distance standout Cheryl Williams. As usual, however, the Panthers will be without their ace, indoor track Top Performer Katie Riley, who plays softball in the spring.

Challenging the Panthers should be Westminster, which returns distance standout Lauren Hart, who played lacrosse last spring; Kaitlin Golden, who placed third in the CMC pole vault; and middle-distance standout Johanna O'Connell.

South Carroll and Century are loaded with young talent, but are probably a year or two away from contending.

Harford County

This is the last season that John Carroll's track team will participate in the Harford County League, and the Patriots could make their exit with a flourish.

County champions in 2000 and runners-up last year, the Patriots are balanced and particularly strong in sprints and hurdles, with county champions Shannon Seipp and Mary Kate Sullivan returning.

C. Milton Wright has four returning county champions - Stacie Johnson, Megan Watkins, Morgan Little and Kaitlin Baker - and will have a good shot at repeating its county title.

Bel Air could be the surprise team of the season. Other teams have outstanding individuals but are short on depth to compete for the team title.

Howard County

Long Reach graduated four Division I scholarship athletes but hopes to reload quickly and win its fifth straight state outdoor title. The team won two straight Class 3A titles after winning two straight 2A crowns. Angie Watkins in the 300 and 500 meters, and Timisha Gomez and Damara Parrish in the sprints and jumps are the nucleus of another possible powerhouse team.

Chasing the Lightning will be Glenelg, whose added depth in sprints bolsters a team rich in distance runners and shot put. Carrie Selmer leads the distance contingent.

Also fielding potent teams will be Mount Hebron, second at the 3A-2A state indoor meet, and Atholton, led by multitalented field performer Lindsay Grigoriev.

Private schools

McDonogh lost the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland outdoor championship to Bryn Mawr last season by 1 1/2 points, so the Eagles have plenty of motivation this season. Senior shot-putter Nicole Barkey, senior sprinter Brandi Preston and freshman distance runner Beth Links are the cutting edge of a team rich in depth.

Bryn Mawr will be led by two distance runners, sophomore Laura Drossner (800, 1,600) and junior Ashley Campbell (3,200).

Mount de Sales, third last season, should challenge those two teams again with junior hurdler Christina Stanley, senior thrower Christina Klemkowski and freshman middle distance runner Jane Ryan for third-year coach Liz Williams.

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