All-metro Girls Track And Field

June 07, 2006

PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Christy Johnson

Bryn Mawr

Johnson said she used the memories of her losses to former Towson Catholic standout Devon Williams in the 800 and 1,600 at last spring's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships to inspire her this season.

"I think what I learned from that race was that there will be people better than me, and that's going to be everywhere," Johnson said last month. "She was just better than me, and she should've won. I just wish I could race her again this year."

This spring, Williams might have been hard-pressed to keep up with Johnson, who registered the area's best times in perhaps four of track and field's most arduous events. The senior's crowning moment occurred at the Penn Relays in April when she finished seventh in the mile - the best showing by a Maryland athlete. Her time of 4 minutes, 57.20 seconds ranks 14th in the country, according to dyestat.com.

Johnson posted three more No. 1 times at the IAAM championships, and courtesy of running a leg on the 3,200 relay, walked away with four gold medals. Her time of 4:56.20 in the 1,600 ranks 45th in the nation, her time of 2:13.60 in the 800 is 57th, and her time of 10:54.0 in the 3,200 ranks 88th. Johnson is the only area athlete to run the 1,600 in less than five minutes and the 3,200 in less than 11 minutes.

Also, her time in the 1,600 eclipsed the previous IAAM championship record of 5:17.45 set by Williams in 2004, and her time in the 3,200 shattered the previous mark of 11:49.92 established by Severn's Emily Oliver last year.

Johnson, the Baltimore City Performer of the Year and Runner of the Year in cross country last fall, plans to compete for both the cross country and track and field programs at Princeton.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Jerry Molyneaux

Western

It might be fair to say that Molyneaux, who has been coaching the Doves since 1990, never experienced a season as rough as the one that just ended. A week before the Baltimore City championships - which Western had owned for the past 16 years - Molyneaux's father, Weymouth, died, and Jerry left to be with his family in the British Virgin Islands. During their coach's absence, the Doves were upended by Mervo for the city title, leading to speculation that the perennial powerhouse was slipping.

Upon Molyneaux's return, however, Western defeated Mervo for the Class 3A North regional crown, but then the Doves' victory in the 800 relay on the first day of the state championships was negated for an illegal baton exchange. Molyneaux, though, remained calm, and Western responded by repeating as state champion for the second consecutive year. Molyneaux accepted any blame for the team's mishaps this spring. "When we lose championships, it's my fault," he said. "When the baton is dropped, it's my fault. ... We've been having winning streaks and not many obstacles. That's luck."

FIRST TEAM

Jameice DeCoster

McDonogh

In early April, the freshman finished third in the 100 at the Freddie Hendricks Track Festival, crossing the finish line in 12.10 seconds, the second-fastest time in the area this spring. Until the state meet for the public schools, DeCoster's winning time of 24.85 in the 200 at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships also stood as the area's second-best time.

DeCoster ran a leg of the Eagles' 400 relay that qualified for the Championship of America final at the Penn Relays. McDonogh eventually placed sixth in 47.84.

Michelle Donadio

Franklin

The senior finished her high school career ranked in the top five in three events. Her time of 11 minutes, 8.4 seconds in the 3,200 at the Baltimore County championships ranks fourth, while her times of 2 minutes, 19.1 seconds in the 800 at the county meet and 5:07.02 in the 1,600 at the county championships rank fifth.

Donadio, the Baltimore County Performer of the Year, captured the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at the county and Class 3A North regional levels before grabbing her first individual state crown with a victory in the 3,200 in 11:08.91. She will continue her career at Towson.

Theresa Lewis

Western

No one registered faster times in the 100 high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles than this senior. Lewis, the All-Metro Performer of the Year in indoor track this past winter and in outdoor track last spring, is the only area athlete to complete the high hurdles in less than 14 seconds (13.98 at the Class 3A North regional meet) and the intermediate hurdles in less than 44 seconds (43.99 at the state championships).

Lewis, who will run at Louisville, swept both hurdles at the state (14.04 and 43.99), regional (13.98, 44.32) and Baltimore City (14.09, 45.38) levels.

Tiffani Long

Long Reach

The Maryland-bound senior's season began with an eighth-place outing at the Penn Relays, where she leaped 17 feet, 10 1/4 inches in the long jump. Long became the only area athlete to break the 18-foot barrier when she went 18-3 1/2 at the Howard County Spring Track Classic.

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