All-metro Girls Track And Field

June 10, 2005|By Edward Lee

PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Theresa Lewis

Western

Last year, there was a photo in The Sun from last spring's Class 3A state championships that appeared to show Lewis - with raised hands - crossing the finish line before Long Reach's Timisha Gomez in the 300 intermediate hurdles. The problem was that Lewis actually finished second to Gomez in that event, spoiling Lewis' hopes of sweeping the 100 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles.

That image seared itself into Lewis' memory, and the junior made amends by taking both events at the state meet last month. She captured the 100 hurdles in 13.76 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 43.75.

In a semifinal heat of the 100 hurdles, Lewis set a state record when she won the heat in 13.64, eclipsing the previous record of 14.12 established by Wilde Lake's Nyjla Littlejohn in 1997.

Surprisingly, that wasn't even her best time of the season. At the North regional championships, Lewis claimed the 100 hurdles in 13.0.

Even when converted from hand-held to automatic time, Lewis' mark of 13.24 is the fastest time in the country registered by a high school athlete, according to dyestat.com. Her time in the 300 hurdles at the state meet is ranked 35th in the nation.

Lewis rewrote the record books at the Baltimore City championships. Her winning time of 14.10 in the 100 hurdles smashed the previous record of 14.44 set by Lewis last spring, while her mark of 44.72 in the 300 hurdles obliterated the previous record of 46.00 established by Western's Ashaley Davis in 2002.

Lewis, the Baltimore City Performer of the Year, is making her second straight appearance on the All-Metro team and has drawn the interest of schools such as Florida, Tennessee and UCLA.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Brian Funk

Atholton

All signs pointed to a big season for Atholton. The Raiders were blessed with talented athletes like the sophomore foursome of Alison Smith, Kate Nicholson, Nicole Robinson and Kate Caffrey. Alana Nedd, a junior transfer, showed promise. And Atholton collected its first Howard County crown in indoor track this past winter and placed second at both the Class 2A-1A East regional and state championships.

But then Nicholson, the reigning Class 2A state titlist in the 800 who could compete in the 400 and 1,600, left the team to concentrate on soccer.

Nicholson's departure was significant, but not enough to deter the Raiders, who pressed on. After finishing second to No. 2 Long Reach at the county championships, No. 3 Atholton reached its peak with victories at the Class 2A South regional meet and the state championships - the program's first since 2001.

Funk, a former collegiate track standout who has coached at schools such as Auburn and George Washington University, invigorated his athletes with his humor and energy.

FIRST TEAM

Erin Brooks

Seton Keough

The freshman opened the spring with victories in the triple jump at the Freddie Hendricks Track Festival (36 feet, 10 1/4 inches) and the Mustang Relays (35-9 3/4 ).

Her leap at the Freddie Hendricks Track Festival is the best mark registered by an area athlete this spring.

Brooks' most impressive performance occurred at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships, where she captured three events and set meet records in each one.

She won the 100 in 11.7 seconds, the 200 in 24.5 and the triple jump with a mark of 36-1 1/2.

Alyssa Evering

Fallston

The senior swept the 100 and triple jump.

Evering took both events at the Class 3A state championships (12.19 seconds in the 100 and 36 feet, 3 inches in the triple jump), the North regional meet (11.7 and 35-9 1/2 ), the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championships (12.27 and 33-4) and the UCBAC Chesapeake Division meet (12.39 and 34- 1/2 ).

Her time in the 100 at the regional meet is tied with Seton Keough's Erin Brooks' mark for the fastest in the area.

The two-time Harford County Performer of the Year and All-Metro choice will run for Connecticut.

Katie Hursey

North Carroll

The sophomore parlayed her first season of track into a sweep of the 1,600 and 3,200 at the championship levels.

Hursey collected Class 3A state crowns in the 1,600 (5 minutes, 00.13 seconds) and the 3,200 (11:10.32). Both times are the second-fastest recorded by an area athlete and capped victories at the West regional meet (5:12.7 in the 1,600 and 11:34.0 in the 3,200), Carroll County championships (5:33.20 and 12:04.85) and Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Chesapeake Division meet (5:21.40 and 11:46.27).

Hursey, who took the 800 at the county championships (2:26.07) and Knights Invite (2:2:24.6), is the Carroll County Performer of the Year.

Tiffani Long

Long Reach

The junior was a prolific sprinter, but the long jump was her true calling. Long went undefeated in the long jump, opening the regular season with victories at the Woodlawn Warrior Invitational (17 feet, 1 1/4 inches), Freddie Hendricks Track Festival (18-3 3/4 ) and Jaguar Invitational (18-5 3/4 ).

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