Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the Week

High Schools

January 14, 2004

BOYS

Julius Coleman

Mervo, indoor track

Long in the shadow of teammate Brandon Lynch, the junior stepped out in a big way Saturday at the Montgomery Invitational at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

Minutes after Lynch set a meet record in the 800 meters in an earlier heat, Coleman broke Lynch's record, taking first place in the event in 1 minute, 55.6 seconds. That represented the second-fastest 800 time in the country for a high school athlete this season.

Coleman also ran the second leg (a 50.4 split) for the Mustangs' 1,600 relay team, which finished in second place, and the mile leg on the third-place distance medley team.

A three-year member of Mervo's indoor track team, Coleman was second to Lynch in the 800 in last year's Class 4A state outdoor championships.

GIRLS

Quantikia Stepney

Mervo, indoor track

The Mustangs freshman set a meet record for 800 meters Saturday at the Montgomery Invitational at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex. Her time of 2 minutes, 18.5 seconds was one of the 20 fastest times in the nation by a high school girl this indoor track season.

A veteran of the Ed Waters Track Club, Stepney also won the 500 and 800 meters and helped the Mustangs to victory in the 1,600-meter relay at the Baltimore City/Baltimore County Mixer on Jan. 6 at the 5th Regiment Armory. She then won the 800 and 1,600 at Thursday's Baltimore City group meet at the Armory.

The Baltimore City cross country champion last fall, Stepney won a Junior Olympic championship with her 3,200-meter relay team last summer.

See the Athletes of the Week Sundays at 11:30 a.m. on Replay Sun High School Sports on ABC2, and online at www.sunspot.net/sports/highschool.

Nominate athletes

The Sun accepts nominations for its Athletes of the Week on Sundays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 410-332-6200 or 1-800-829-8000, extension 6200.

Two athletes (one boy and one girl) will be selected each week and featured in Wednesday's editions. To be nominated, athletes must play for their high school team. Only coaches can nominate Athletes of the Week.

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