All-metro Track

March 26, 2009

GIRLS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Kristen Brown

McDonogh

The versatile junior's talent was on display at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship meet, as she helped McDonogh cruise to victory. Brown won the 55-meter hurdles and the long jump, and came in second in the shot put.

Her combination of speed, strength and skill is rare among boys or girls.

Brown was undefeated in the regular season in the 55 hurdles and scored victories at the Frostbite Invite, the Howard County and Montgomery invitationals. She also won in a meet at Virginia Tech.

She ran the 2,200 hurdles relay at the Nike Nationals and finished fourth there, earning All-America status.

BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Justin Gross

McDonogh

At the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship meet, the versatile Gross turned in a dazzling performance, winning the 55-meter dash (7.70 seconds), long jump (21 feet, 11 inches) and the triple jump (46-1). He also ran on the Eagles' third-place 1,600 relay team, playing a major role in McDonogh's second-place finish overall.

The junior did even better at the Nike Nationals in Boston earlier this month. He finished third in the demanding pentathlon (60 hurdles, long jump, shot put, high jump and 1,000) and also took sixth place in the long jump. Gross earned All-America honors at both events.

One of his best efforts came when he set a meet record for the triple jump at the Montgomery Invitational (47-11.75).

GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR

Alicia Williams

Western

Williams, who ran at Western under former coach Jerry Molyneaux, stopped by the school before the start of the 2007-08 season offering to help the new coach.

To Williams' surprise, there was no new coach yet, and Western offered her the job. Under Williams, 24, who ran at Howard in college, not only did the longtime city's powerhouse not miss a beat, but the Doves have also gotten better during her two years.

This season indoors, Western won the Baltimore City title, took third in the tough Class 3A Central region and third again at the state meet, nine points behind winner Paint Branch.

BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR

Shelly Katzef

Winters Mill

The Falcons became one of the state's elite teams this season under Katzef, a second-year coach who also guides the girls team.

Winters Mill won the county, Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Piedmont Conference and Class 2A West regional championships before taking third in the state meet.

Katzef said that being a woman working with boys was never a problem and that there was mutual respect.

GIRLS FIRST TEAM

Jenna Cimino

Hereford

The senior helped the Bulls win the Baltimore County title, tie with Meade for the Class 3A Central regional title and take second at the state meet. Cimino came up especially big at the state meet, winning the 800 and 1,600 and running on the second-place 3,200 and fifth-place 1,600 relay teams.

Danielle Douglas

Western

The senior was consistent throughout the season, helping Western win the Baltimore City title and finish a close third at both the Class 3A Central regional and the state meets. At the state meet, Douglas set a Class 3A record in the 500 (1:15.86) despite finishing second to another record-setter, Catonsville's Zoey Whittington.

Katie Harman

River Hill

Harman recovered from the injuries that slowed her at times in cross country. That was bad news for her opponents, as Harman swept the 1,600 and 3,200 at both the Howard County and Class 2A Central regional meets. She then gave the Hawks 18 points to help them finish second at the state meet.

Amanda Kimbers

McDonogh

The senior won the 55 and 300 and ran the opening leg of the 800 relay at the IAAM championship meet that McDonogh easily won. Kimbers also took second in the long jump. She was perfect in the regular season in the 55, winning at the Frostbite Invite, Howard County Invitational and Montgomery Invitational.

Erin Laschinger

Notre Dame Prep

Imagine what Laschinger could do if she ran all the time. The one-season-only runner, a senior, won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at the IAAM championship meet. Laschinger's main sport is lacrosse, and she plays tennis in the fall.

Maura Linde

Century

Despite struggling some at the state meet, Linde, a sophomore, remains one of the state's elite distance runners. She turned in a strong performance at the Carroll County championships, taking both the 1,600 and 3,200 and setting records in each. Linde then won the 3,200 at the Class 2A West regional and finished second in the 1,600. She also took second in the 1,600 at the state meet, but Linde set a class record with her time (5:11.05). She finished fourth in the 3,200.

Amber Melville

North Carroll

She didn't have a perfect season, but the sophomore high jumper came awfully close. Melville finished third in the Nike Nationals in Boston this month to cap an outstanding indoor season. Melville won the Carroll County, Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Conference and Class 4A state crowns.

Sasha Smallwood

Pikesville

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