Indoor Track

March 25, 2002

GIRLS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Novia Brown

Milford Mill, junior

In her first indoor season, Novia Brown produced three gold-medal performances at the state Class 3A-2A championships, leading her team to a surprising title by 5 1/2 points over runner-up Mount Hebron.

She broke a state 3A-2A meet record in the 300 meters with a time of 40.8 seconds, the Baltimore metro area's best time this winter. She also won the 500 meters with an excellent time of 1:17.9. Brown ran on the state championship 1,600-meter relay.

She won four gold medals at the regional meet and three golds and a silver at the county championships. "A lot of colleges are already looking at her," said her coach, Michael Jones. "She never ran until last spring."

Brown ran only one invitational, at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, and she finished first in the 300. "She's a raw talent and a joy to work with. She laughs all the time. She makes coaching fun," Jones said.

Brown is an honor-roll student, who participates in Milford Mill's health magnet program in hopes of becoming a doctor.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Michael Jones

Milford Mill

The Millers won a state 3A-2A track and field championship with just five athletes. Amazing as that sounds, it didn't amaze Jones, who predicted his team would win states even after it finished second at the Baltimore County championships and third at the regional meet.

The team was led by All-County selections Novia Brown, Mercedes Rogers and Domonique Washington, in addition to Camara Ashe and Lauren Henderson. In addition to Brown's two golds, the Millers won the 1,600 relay and Rogers won the shot put. Those four events added up to 40 points.

Jones, a third-year coach, worked with the sprinters, while Joe Sargeant directed the field athletes and Sharon Johnson coached the distance runners. Four of the five team members are juniors.

FIRST TEAM

Lauren Centrowitz

Broadneck, sophomore

Centrowitz sliced 10 seconds off her previous best time to upset the Baltimore metro area's premier 1,600-meter runner, Tenke Zoltani from Dulaney, during the state Class 4A-3A championships at the Prince George's Sports Complex in Landover. The winning time was 5:03.2. Zoltani ran 5:03.8. Both were personal bests and just missed the state record of 5:01.9.

Centrowitz, the All-Arundel Performer of the Year in cross country and indoor track, also ran third in the state 800 meters at 2:20.

She won both events at the county and regional meets and ran a leg of the county record-setting 3,200 relay (10:05.6).

Jeanette Curtis

Mt. Hebron, junior

Curtis emerged as the top hurdler in the area while sweeping state (8.4), region (8.3) and county (8.5) titles in the 55 hurdles.

She helped the Vikings finish second in the state Class 3A-2A meet, just 5 1/2 points behind Milford Mill. Curtis set a county meet record of 8.3 seconds in the hurdles during a preliminary heat.

Curtis also competed in the 55 dash, and she finished fifth (7.5) in the 3A-2A West region, and sixth (7.5) in the Ivan Walker Howard County Championships.

Maleka Diggs

Annapolis, senior

Diggs jumped higher than anyone in any classification at the state meet to win the 3A-2A classification with a mark of 5 feet, 6 inches. That was just two inches away from a state record.

She was the only Anne Arundel County girl to win a 3A-2A individual state title. She's a two-time county and regional champ in the high jump.

Diggs jumped 5-2 to win the Anne Arundel county title and was second in the county 55 hurdles. This is her first All-Metro selection.

Mariama Gondo

Western, senior

She won a silver medal in the 55-meter dash at the state 4A-3A championships with a Baltimore metro area best time of 7.10 seconds.

Gondo also won the 4A-3A Central region 55-meter dash title with a 7.14 effort. She also won the city title in that event. Gondo also ran on Western's formidable spring relay teams, including the regional championship 800 relay that ran 1:47.5.

The Doves won county and region titles and finished third at the state meet. She was the outdoor City/County Performer of the Year last spring and second-team All-Met indoor last winter.

Christine Myers

Dulaney, senior

Myers is one of two strong Dulaney distance runners along with Tenke Zoltani. She ran her best 1,600 meters time of 5:12.10 at the state meet to finish fourth in the Class 4A-3A state championships.

At regionals, she was third in both the 1,600 (5:15.1) and the 3,200 (11:52.4). She finished second to Zoltani in both events at the county championships. She has signed with the University of Pennsylvania.

This is her first All-Metro indoor team selection. She was second-team All-Metro outdoors last spring.

Lindsay Grigoriev

Atholton, junior

Clearly the best girls shot putter in the Baltimore metro area, she missed the regional and state meets with a pulled hamstring, but won the county shot put with a meet-record toss of 39 feet, 7 inches.

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