Coach of the Year
Bryan Haynes/The Bowie Star
The Star/Gazette All-County Girls' Track Team includes (front row, from left) Deiona Frenche, Lindsay Blake, Bever-leigh Holloway, Coach of the Year Keith Chapman; (middle row, from left) Rachelle Wright, Jelissa Edward, Jocelyn Wheeler; (back row, from left)
Alexis Booker, Heather Patton, Carliesa Meakes, Vicki Collier. Not pictured: Tameka Jameson, Dominique Lockhart, Krystin Lawson, Star Flood, Jemu ZarZar.
Keith Chapman, McNamara: In his second season, Chapman guided the Mustangs to a runner-up spot at the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference finals. The Forestville school (fourth last season) placed in the top three in seven events to finish behind perennial league power Good Counsel of Montgomery County. With freshmen Lindsay Blake and Deiona Frenche winning WCAC titles, McNamara has the makings of a promising future. The Mustangs graduated only one performer off this spring's roster.
Alexis Booker, Friendly, Jr., sprints: Booker was a major reason Friendly was the top county 2A school at the state finals. She won the 100-meter dash (12.46 seconds) and was a member of the winning 800 relay team. She won the 100 (12.06) and the 300 hurdles (46.87) at the 2A South Region meet and ran a leg on the Patriots' first-place 400 relay.
Jelissa Edward, High Point, Sr., sprints: Edward made history, becoming the first High Point female to win a county track title, edging defending champ Michaylin Golladay in the 200 (24.1). She was the runner-up in the 100 (12.1). Edward was also the runner-up in the 200 (24.95) and third in the 100 (12.52) at the 4A South Region finals before placing fourth in both at the state championships.
Krystin Lawson, Riverdale Baptist, Fr., sprints: Lawson capped an impressive debut campaign, winning the 100, 200, and 400 at the Association of Christian Schools Invitational and went undefeated in the 100 this spring. She was the outstanding performer at the Woodlawn Invitational in Baltimore County, winning the 100 (11.8) and 200 (24.7), and swept both events at the Lock Haven (Pa.) University Invitational.
Carliesa Meakes, Roosevelt, Sr., sprints/middle distance: Meakes won the state championship in the 400 (55.16) and ran a leg on the winning 400 relay squad, helping the Raiders to the team title. Meakes, who placed third in the 200 at the state meet, also claimed the 4A South Region 200 (24.93) and 400 (55.4) titles. She will attend Louisiana State University on a track scholarship.
Star Flood, Douglass, Sr., middle distance: A two-time first-team selection, Flood won the state 3A 800 championship (2 minutes, 16.61 seconds) and was part of the 1,600 relay team that claimed county, region and state titles. At the East Region meet, she won the 800 (2:18.78) and was part of first-place 1,600 and 3,200 relays. She is headed to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas on a track scholarship.
Tameka Jameson, Roosevelt, So., middle distance: Jameson continued to impress in her second varsity season. A two-time first-team selection, she won the 800 (2:15.88) at the state 4A finals, and ran a leg on the winning 3,200 relay. Jameson, who claimed the South Region 800 title (2:14.7), broke the meet record (2:15.48) at the Morgan State Invitational.
Jemu ZarZar, Central, Jr., middle
distance: ZarZar was a huge bright spot for the Falcons this spring. She won the 400 (58.56) at the state 2A championships after taking top honors at the South Region finals (59.42). ZarZar also ran a leg on the Falcons' region-winning 800 and 1,600 relay teams.
Deiona Frenche, McNamara, Fr.,
distance: The younger sister of former Star/Gazette first-teamer Keiona Frenche (Jacksonville), Deiona won the 800 (2:26.69) and 1,600 (5:29.3) at the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference finals.
Dominique Lockhart, Roosevelt, Fr., distance: Lockhart had one of the best freshman campaigns in recent county history. She won the 1,600 (5:01.32) and 3,200 (11:17.17) at the state 4A finals, and also won both at the South Region meet. A first-team indoor pick last winter after winning the county and region 1,600 and 3,200 titles, Lockhart was the top finisher (fourth overall) for the Raiders' state-title winning cross country squad in the fall.
Lindsay Blake, McNamara, Fr., jumps: Blake captured first in the long jump (17-0.25) at the WCAC championships, and won the 400 (59.08). She placed fourth in the long jump at the T.C. Williams (16-2) and Jaguar (15-6) meets. Blake and fellow freshman Keiona Frenche should make McNamara a team to watch in the future.
Vicki Collier, Largo, Jr., jumps: One of the county's premier basketball players, Collier continued to assert herself as one of its best field athletes as well. She won the state 4A triple jump (38-7.25) after winning the high jump last season, and was South Region champ in the triple jump (38-9). A two-time first-team pick, Collier won the long jump (5-2) and triple jump (34-4.25) at the Woodlawn Invitational.
Heather Patton, Flowers, Sr., jumps: A repeat first-team selection, Patton captured the state 4A high jump title (5-4), and was the first athlete since 1988 to win back-to-back triple jump titles at the county championships. She also was the first athlete in 10 years to repeat as county high jump champ (5 feet). She will attend Long Island University on a track scholarship.
Jocelyn Wheeler, Largo, So., discus: Wheeler was the top thrower for the county champion Lions this spring. She claimed the discus at the county (94-3) and 4A South Region (91-6) meets, and finished fourth in the county in the shot put (32-5). Wheeler was the county's top finisher (seventh) in the shot put at the T.C. Williams (Va.) Invitational.
Rachelle Wright, Potomac, So., shot put: Wright nearly had a Triple Crown postseason. She was runner-up in the state 2A shot put (37-8) after winning the county (37-9) and South Region (37-7.5) titles. The Star/Gazette's Female Field Athlete of the Year for the indoor season, Wright won the Bowie Invitational and was the runner-up at the Jaguar Invitational.
Athletes of the Year
A perennial bridesmaid in the hurdle events the last couple of seasons, Holloway ascended to the top this spring. The Star/Gazette Female Track Athlete of the Year helped the Raiders to the state Class 4A title by winning the 100- and 300-meter hurdles (14.55 and 43.86 seconds, respectively) at the state finals after finishing fourth in both last spring. She was part of the state title-winning 400 relay team, as the Raiders completed a school year in which they won the 4A cross country and 4A/3A indoor state titles. A three-time first-team selection, Holloway will attend Ohio State University on a track scholarship.
Golladay said she struggled most of this spring, but the Largo junior was again strong in the postseason, and she repeats as the Star/Gazette Female Field Athlete of the Year after winning the county, region and state titles in the long jump for the second straight season. Golladay, who won the state meet with a jump of 17 feet, 6.75 inches, became the sixth athlete to win back-to-back long jump titles at the county championships. She also captured her second straight state championship in the 200 (24.29). The Star/Gazette’s Track Athlete of the Year during the indoor season, Golladay missed an outdoor Triple Crown in the 100, placing second at the state meet. This is her third straight appearance on the first team.
Sprints: Nakia Allen, Friendly; Joyce Atagwe, DuVal; Waquesha Canty, Flowers; Christina Yates, Gwynn Park; Eno Oduk, Crossland. Middle Distance: Lisa Antoine, Seton; Brandi Barber, Gwynn Park; Robyn Chapman, Douglass; Stephanie Gunter, Oxon Hill; Dara Jones and Denise Smith, Flowers; Tunisia Milner, Roosevelt. Distance: Parise Henry and Grace Holderbaum, Bowie; Tiffany Webb, Douglass. Hurdles: Patricia Anyanwu and Antoinette Arrington, Roosevelt; Kamilah Bossett and Kierra Holiday, Largo; Vanessa Lamison, Douglass. Jumps: Brittany Cole, Antoinette Pussey and Nicole Collins, Douglass; Marlissa Goldsmith and Alexandra Roan, McNamara; Selena Haggins, Central; Jacia Montgomery, Largo; Shannon Wade, Flowers. Throws: Brittney Brown, Seton; Gabrielle Burrell, Roosevelt; JoAnn Coley and Ashley Leigh, Largo; Sue Izevibigie, Flowers; Courtney Lancaster, High Point. Relays: Akilah Clark, Crystal Davis, Mickey Worthy, Central; Sandy Apugo, Douglass; Ambria Alexander, Latosha Bost, Jasmine Daley, Asha Jones and Charmaine Jones, Flowers; Brittany Brady and Deborah Hill, Friendly; Ayanna Adams, Brittany Anderson, Kaitlyn Cage, Jovann Jones, Jasmyn Norris, Ehinomen Olumese and Tanisha Wells-Owens, Largo; Fern McRee and Nayda Pirela, Roosevelt.