Friday, Feb. 8, 2008

2004 All-County Girls’ Outdoor Track Team: State champs lead all-county team

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Track Athlete of the Year: Tiffany Nesfield

In Prince George’s County, where track and field is king, Nesfield was royalty. The hurdler from C.H. Flowers High is the first athlete to earn first-team status on four consecutive Star⁄Gazette all-county outdoor squads and is the Female Track Athlete of the Year. She captured the triple crown, winning the county, regional and state titles in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, for the fourth straight year. At the state championships. Nesfield established the state record in the 100 hurdles (13.72 seconds) in the semifinals. She joined former Eleanor Roosevelt star Suziann Reid as a three-time winner of the Jack Willard Outstanding Female Track Athlete Award at the county championships. Nesfield’s 11 individual state titles are the most by a county athlete since Reid, who won 14 titles from 1992-95. Nesfield will attend the University of Illinois on a track scholarship.

Field Athlete of the Year: Michaylin Golladay

Golladay was the engine that powered Largo’s surge to the state Class 4A championship. She won three state titles, including the long jump (17 feet, 7.5 inches). The Star⁄Gazette Female Field Athlete of the Year, Golladay also won the county and regional titles in the long jump, recording her best postseason jump at the county meet, where she went 17 feet, 10.5 inches. While a force in the long jump, she was nearly unstoppable in sprints, sweeping the three postseason meets in the 100 and 200. Golladay also ran a leg on the Largo’s state championship 400 relay squad and the 1,600 relay team that reached the Championship of America finals at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Coach of the Year

Darryl Hamilton, Largo — After a disappointing indoor campaign, Hamilton and his team returned with a vengeance this spring, winning their second state 4A championship in four seasons. The Lions reached the 1,600 Championship of America finals at the Penn Relays, and won the T.C. Williams (Va.) Invitational. Largo was the runner-up to Eleanor Roosevelt at the county and South Region meets before capitalizing at the state finals. The Lions won their second consecutive 400 relay championship and first place in the 100 and 200, and the high jump, long jump and triple jump competitions. Hamilton credits assistants Mike Roberts, Tia Houchins, Chika Chuku and Ohita Asein for the Lions’ title season.

First team

Alexis Booker, Friendly, Soph., sprinter — A transfer from New Jersey, Booker was one of the county’s up-and-coming stars. She was the state 2A runner-up in the 100 (12.31) and placed third in the 200 (25.73). At the South Region meet, Booker claimed top honors in the 100 (12.26) and 200 (25.7), and helped Friendly to victory in the 400 and 800 relays.

Alicia Clement, Seton, Sr., sprinter — Though Seton was unable to reclaim the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship, Clement had a solid final campaign. The Morgan State recruit claimed first in the WCAC in the 200 (25.65) and 400 (58.55), was the runner-up in the 100 (12.6) and was part of the winning 800 relay team.

Shanece Pratt, Flowers, Sr., sprinter — Pratt was a key asset as the Springdale school captured second at the state 4A championships. She finished fourth in the 100 (12.4) and was the runner-up to Largo’s Michaylin Golladay at the county (12.42) and South Region meets (12.1) and was part of the Jaguars’ region title-winning 400 relay squad.

Sirdonea Davis, Largo, Sr., middle distance — Slowed by injury during the winter, Davis regained her championship form this spring. She won the county (56.24) and South Region titles (54.6) in the 400 before finishing second at the state 4A finals (55.93). Davis, headed to the University of Mississippi, won the triple jump (37-9) and helped the Lions to the 400 relay title.

Starema Flood, Douglass, Jr., middle distance — Her effort near the finish line in the 800 at the state 3A finals made the front page of a couple sports sections, and showed why she was the Eagles’ leader this spring. Flood was the state runner-up in the 800 (2:18.74) and 400 (57.28) after winning both at the East Region competition. She was third in the 400 at the county finals (57.46), as Douglass won the 3A⁄2A team title.

Takecia Jameson, Roosevelt, Fr., middle distance — The Star⁄Gazette Female Indoor Track Athlete of the Year last winter, Jameson didn’t slow down this spring. She claimed the 400 at the state 4A finals (55.8) and helped the Raiders establish a new state record in the 1,600 relay. Jameson was the runner-up in the 400 at the county finals (56.89) and third at the South Region meet (55.6).

Tameka Jameson, Roosevelt, Fr., middle distance — Like her twin sister, Takecia, Tameka capped her first varsity track year on an impressive note by running a leg on the state-record 1,600 relay squad. She was the state 4A runner-up in the 800 (2:15.09). Jameson captured top honors in the 800 at the county (2:17.5) and South Region (2:18.4) meets.

Andrea Wright, Roosevelt, Sr., distance — Wright, headed to Penn to play basketball, made a lasting impression on the track. She ran a leg on Roosevelt’s triple crown-winning 3,200 relay team and won the 1,600 (5:24.2) and 3,200 (11:48.5) at the county championships. Wright finished fifth in the 1,600 at the state 4A finals after winning the event at the regional meet. (5:15.4).

Angelique Henderson, Largo, Sr., hurdles — A second-team Star⁄Gazette all-county pick last year, Henderson was a key asset in Largo’s run to the state 4A title. She was runner-up to Flowers’ Tiffany Nesfield in the 300 hurdles at the state (44.93), South Region (45.0) and county championships (44.3).

Bever-leigh Holloway, Roosevelt, Jr., hurdles — Holloway came up big for the county and South Region champions. She was the runner-up in the 100 hurdles at the county (14.9) and region meets (15.0), and placed third in the 300 hurdles (44.4) at counties. A two-time first-team selection, Holloway was fourth in both hurdle events at the state finals.

Vicki Collier, Largo, Soph., high jump — Collier won the high jump competition (5-2) at the state 4A championships. She claimed first at the South Region meet (5-2) and was third at the county finals (5-0). Collier was also a part of the Lions’ state runner-up 800 relay.

Jacia Montgomery, Largo, Fr., triple jump — Montgomery was an impact performer for the state 4A champions, taking second in the state in the triple jump (36-4.75) and running on the Lions’ state champion 400 relay team. She was also part of the 1,600 relay that reached the Championship of America finals at the Penn Relays.

Heather Patton, Flowers, Jr., jumps — Patton became the first Jaguar athlete to earn the Jack Willard Memorial Award for girls’ field events at the county finals, winning the high jump (5-2) and triple jump (37-4). She was the runner-up in the high jump at the South Region meet (5-2) and third (5-0) at the state meet.

Joyous Willis, Suitland, Sr., discus — Willis won the county (99-5) and 4A South Region (89-9) discus titles. She was fourth in the shot put at the county championships and South Region meet.

Sue Izevbigie, Flowers, Jr., shot put — Izevbigie helped the Jaguars place second at the state 4A championships, winning the shot put title (35-4.25). She placed first in the event at the South Region meet (35-3.75).

Iris Sykes, Surrattsville, Sr., shot put — Only a third-place finish at the state 3A championships kept Sykes from a postseason sweep. Her winning throw of 33-8.5 made her the first female athlete from the Clinton school to win a throwing event at the county finals.

Second Team

Sprints: Yvette Briscoe, Friendly; RobynChapman, Douglass; Ariel Craig, Central; Jalissa Edwards, High Point; Lindsey Jefferson and Carliesa Meeks, Roosevelt; Kristina Lawson, Riverdale Baptist; Akilah Mayo, McNamara; Brianna McPhatter, Seton. Middle Distance: Lisa Antoine, Seton; Stephanie Gunter, Oxon Hill; Toby Hairston, Friendly; Tunisa Milner, Roosevelt. Distance: Lonique Moore, Seton; Nayda Pirela and Jennifer Redman, Roosevelt; Tarell Taylor, Parkdale. Hurdles: Joyce Atagwe, DuVal; Kamilah Bossett, Largo; Tiffany Harley, Flowers. Jumps: Antoinette Arrington, Roosevelt; Nicole Collins and Patrice Collins, Douglass; SelenaHaggins, Central; Cynthia Wright, DuVal. Throws: Gabrielle Burrell and Danielle Covington, Roosevelt; Kierra Holiday, Largo; Pfaryn Jackson, Bowie; Courtney Lancaster, High Point; Brandi Page, Douglass; Rachelle Wright, Potomac. Relays: Sandy Apugo, Nicole Collins, Vanessa Lamison, Jasmine Norris and Tiffany Webb, Douglass; Ambria Alexander, Waquesha Canty, Charmaine Jones, Dara Jones and Shay Parker, Flowers; Ayana Adams, Alysha Davis and Alexandra Roan, McNamara; Wanakee Jackson, Nayda Pirela and Kafi Pollard, Roosevelt; Kristen Belcher, Iyana Coker, Chantelle Davis and Tyneesha Hodge, Seton; Yvette Briscoe, Ebony Tatum, Crissy Taylor and Angel Ussery, Friendly.