All-harford County

Girls Track And Field

June 07, 2006

PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Jessica O'Brien

John Carroll

The senior was a versatile athlete for the Patriots, competing in the 100 high hurdles and eventually capturing a heptathlon sponsored by the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland. But O'Brien's best event was the high jump, and despite a surprising fourth-place outing in that event at the Howard County Spring Track Classic, she rebounded nicely with a victory in the high jump at the IAAM championships.

The win helped O'Brien repeat as IAAM champion. Her best effort occurred during a league meet with Archbishop Spalding and Catholic on May 3. That's when O'Brien cleared 5 feet, 7 inches, surpassing her previous best mark of 5-6, set during last year's heptathlon.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Jimmy Grant

Fallston

Can a defending champion graduate its best performer and still repeat the following season? For the Cougars, the answer was a resounding yes.

Despite the loss of All-Metro performer Alyssa Evering, Grant relied on a senior corps to provide leadership and experience to their younger teammates. The result was a successful defense of the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference title and a fourth-place showing at the Class 3A East regional meet.

The team

Name School Class

Jameisha Allen Edgewood Junior

Sara Bailey C.M. Wright Soph.

Danyelle Barnes Aberdeen Junior

Kristin Baxivanos Fallston Senior

Shardae Coleman Joppatowne Junior

Allison Kochenderfer Havre de Grace Junior

Lyndsie Ludwig C. Milton Wright Soph.

Jessica O'Brien John Carroll Senior

Nadia Pinna Fallston Junior

Andrea Radford Aberdeen Senior

Shannel Shivers Aberdeen Junior

Stephanie Taylor Fallston Senior

Linsey Vollmer Fallston Senior

Paris Williams Aberdeen Junior

Note -- Team selected by Edward Lee after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.

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