County's girls' track stars dominate spring
June 19, 2003
Derek Toney
Staff Writer

The county high school girls' track and field campaign was again filled with many heart-stopping performances. Eleanor Roosevelt reclaimed its county and state throne, repelling a challenge from longtime rival Largo. Seton's championship reign in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference came to an end, but the Roadrunners along with McNamara laid the groundwork for title runs in the coming seasons.

Several other teams and performers had a huge impact this spring. Here is the 2003 Star/Gazette All-County Girls' Track and Field Team:

First Team

Michaylin Golladay, Fr., Largo, sprints: Golladay was an impact performer in her first season for the Lions. She was the runner-up in the 200 meters at the state 4A finals where she also placed second in the long jump. Golladay ran a leg on the 400 relay squad that swept the postseason meets. She garnered first-place showings in the 200 at the Scuderi Challenge (25.28) at West Potomac (Va.) and T.C. Williams (Va.) Invitational (25.36).

Bever-leigh Holloway, So.,

Roosevelt, sprints: Holloway was a key contributor to the Raiders' championship campaign. She was third in the 100 at the county and region meets before placing fifth at the state finals. Holloway was the runner-up to Flowers' Tiffany Nesfield in the 100 and 300 hurdles at the county championships. At the T.C. Williams meet, Holloway took first in the 100 hurdles (15.44) and was part of the winning 400 and 1,600 relay squads.

Natalie McKenzie, Sr., Largo, sprints: A member of the Lions' triple crown-winning 400 relay, McKenzie was third in the 200 behind Ponteen and teammate Golladay at the state 4A championships. She was county runner-up in the 100 and 200, and was second in the 200 at the region competition. McKenzie will attend Virginia Intermont.

Shani Boone, Sr., Douglass, middle distance/sprints: Bound to West Virginia University on a track scholarship, Boone placed second in the 200 and third in the 400 at the state 3A finals. Her third-place time of 56.97 in the 400 was second-fastest among county performers behind Ponteen's state record. She won the 200 (25.7) and 400 (57.6) at the East Region meet and was the runner-up in the 100.

Kafi Pollard, Jr., Roosevelt,

middle distance: Runner-up to teammate Crystal Anyanwu in the 800 at the county and region finals, Pollard garnered third at the state meet. She placed fourth in the 800 at the Morgan State Invitational and was fourth in the 1,600 at the county championships. Pollard was the closer on the Raiders' state-record 1,600 relay team, which took fourth place at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Vanessa Sessa, Sr., Largo,

middle distance: Sessa and McKenzie formed the backbone for Largo, which was the runner-up to Roosevelt at the county, region and state meets. Sessa finished fourth in the 400 at the state championships, capping a postseason in which she placed at the county (second in 400; third in 200) and region finals (third in 400; fifth in 200). Sessa, who captured the 400 (58.73) at the Scuderi Challenge, also ran a leg on the triple crown-winning Lions' 400 relay.

Crystal Anyanwu, Sr.,

Roosevelt, distance/middle distance: Though teammate Tiandra Ponteen had one of the most dominant seasons in recent history, Anyanwu has had one of the most accomplished careers. She claimed her fourth straight state 4A title in the 800 (2:14.77), completing a third consecutive triple crown and was the lead leg on the state-record-setting 1,600 relay team. Anyanwu, who swept the 800 (2:21.3), 1,600 (5:21.2) and 3,200 (12:16) at the county and 4A South Region meets, will take her talents to Seton Hall University.

Jovann Jones, So., Largo,

distance: Another promising talent in Largo's crop of underclassmen, Jones placed second in the 1,600 at the county and region championships. She gained runner-up honors in the 3,200 at the regional meet after taking third at the county finals.

Jennifer Geter, Sr., Central,

hurdles: A member of the Falcons' state 2A championship 800 relay team, Geter captured the 300 hurdles title (45.89) at UMBC. She won the hurdle competition (46.0) at the 2A South Region meet and placed third in the 100. At the county finals, Geter, who will run for Bowie State, was fifth in the 300 hurdles and helped the Seat Pleasant school finish fourth in the 800 relay.

Tiffany Nesfield, Jr., Flowers,

hurdles: Another season, another triple crown for Nesfield. She posted her third postseason sweep in the 100 hurdles and captured a second triple crown in the 300 hurdles. Nesfield was also a part of the Jaguars' 800 relay squad that won the county and state 4A championships. She's making her third appearance in as many seasons on the Star/Gazette All-County outdoor team.

Tatiana Roper, Sr., Flowers, high jump: The county's top pole vaulter a season ago, Roper emerged this year as one of the premier jumpers. She was the runner-up in the high jump at the state and region meets after claiming top honors at the county championships. She captured titles at the Falcon Invitational (5-4) and Jaguar Invitational (5-0) and was third at Morgan State, where she will be performing next season.

Jerrie Kumalah, Sr., Bowie, long jump: Kumalah was again the top performer for the Bulldogs this spring. She missed a triple crown in the long jump, placing fourth at the state 4A finals and was the runner-up in the triple jump. Kumalah won the long (16-10) and triple jump (35-1) at the Capital Beltway Classic at Bowie State. She'll be performing for the University of Pennsylvania next season.

Kendra Burk, Sr., Suitland,

discus: Burk captured her third consecutive county title in the discus and was the runner-up at the state 4A championships. She won the event at the region meet (114-6), and placed in the shot put at the county (third), region (fourth) and state (sixth) competitions. A three-time Star/Gazette first-team outdoor selection, Burk won the discus at the Lee Calhoun Invitational at North Carolina Central University. She has narrowed her college choices to Coppin State, Southern Connecticut and Virginia Intermont.

Chauntise Wright, Jr.,

McNamara, shot put: One of the county's best frontcourt performers in basketball, Wright established herself in track and field this spring. She won the shot put competition (34-1) at the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference finals at Bowie State, helping McNamara to third place overall. Wright was the only county female to win an individual title at the meet.

Second Team

Sprints: Nathandra John, Roosevelt; Brianna McPhatter, Seton; Akilah Mayo, McNamara; Xenia Stewart, Riverdale Baptist. Middle distance/distance: Lisa Antoine, Seton; Joyce Atagwe, DuVal; Lavenia Ellerbe, Central; Stephanie Gunter, Oxon Hill; Lonique Moore, Seton; Cynthia Wright, DuVal.

Hurdles: Patricia Anyanwu, Roosevelt; Starema Flood, Douglass; Angelique Henderson, Largo.

Relays: Lavenia Ellerbe, Tobie Hamilton and Princess Harris, Central; Sandy Apugo, Andre Mitchell and Nikki Sena, Douglass; Ambria Alexander, Dara Jones and Shanece Pratt, Flowers; Echnemen Olulese, Largo; Wanakee Jackson, Tunisa Milner and Nada Pirela, Roosevelt.

Jumpers: Nikole Armfield, Suitland; Nicole Collins, Douglass; Victoria Jones, Flowers; Tylisha McCall, Potomac; Iman McFarland, McNamara; Lindsay Smith, McNamara; Alexander Roan, McNamara; Kary Winkler, McNamara. Throwers: Cynthia Bossard, Oxon Hill; Patrice Collins, Douglass; Alicia Grant, Largo; Chanta Hopkins, Bowie; Katera Kennedo, Douglass; Miriam Lambert, Flowers; Tiffon Moss, Potomac; Bandi Page, Douglass.