Thursday, June 15, 2006

Riverdale record setter leads girls’ team

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Track Athlete of the Year

Krystin Lawson, Riverdale Baptist: Every time Lawson stepped onto the track this spring, a record was broken. The sophomore established new meet records in the 100-meter dash at five competitions, including a state-best 11.87 seconds at the Fred Hendricks Invitational in Baltimore. She also set the meet record in the 200 at the Southern Track Classic (24.46) and XBC meet (25.97), garnering most valuable performer honors at both.

Field Athlete of the Year

Joycelyn Wheeler, Largo: Wheeler’s efforts were a huge reason Largo won the state Class 4A championship. The junior claimed the shot put title (36 feet, 7.25 inches) and swept the shot put (35-0.5) and discus (101-2.5) competitions at the South Region meet. At the county finals, Wheeler was the runner-up in the throwing events, and claimed shot put titles at the Hendricks (37 feet, 8.75 inches) and T.C. Williams (36-1) meets. She’s the second straight Lion athlete to claim top field honors.

Coach of the Year

Robert Watson, Seton: After a seventh-place finish in 2005, Watson and the Roadrunners nearly won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title this year, leading until the final event. With only two seniors, the fifth-year coach saw underclassmen and WCAC champs like freshman Dionna Hayes (200 meters) and Teika Robinson (triple jump), and juniors Brittney Brown (shot put) and Danielle Brinkley (discus) bring the Bladensburg school back to contender status.

Sprints

Lindsey Blake, McNamara: Blake helped spearhead McNamara’s charge to the WCAC title, winning the 100 (12.6) and was on the first-place 1,600 relay. The sophomore won the 100 at T.C. Williams (12.69), and the WCAC long jump title (16-11.5).

Robyn Chapman, Douglass: The senior led the Eagles to a third-place finish at the state Class 4A finals, placing second in the 200 (24.91) and third in the 400. The Eastern Kentucky-bound Chapman placed second in the 100 and 400 at the county meet and was part of the first-place 1,600 relay.

Elan Hilaire, Roosevelt: A transfer from Park School in Baltimore, Hilaire won the state 4A 100 (11.99) and 200 (24.48) titles, and was part of the Raiders’ first-place 400 and 800 relay teams. The sophomore won both sprints at the South Region meet, and was part of the Championship of America runner-up 1,600 quartet at the Penn Relays.

Montwaynise Mclauchlin, Potomac: A transfer from Meade, Mclauchlin emerged in the postseason, winning the county 100 title (12.45) and taking second in the 200. The junior was the state 2A runner-up in both events and placed second in the 100 at the South Region meet.

Middle Distance

Tameka Jameson, Roosevelt: The Star⁄Gazette’s top indoor athlete last winter, Jameson won the state 4A 400 (54.8) and was on the first-place 800, 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams. The junior won the 400 at the Peninsula Relays (55.71) and set the meet record in the 300 hurdles at the Northern Virginia Invitational.

Monica Mason, McNamara: The freshman was one of several Mustangs who produced at the WCAC finals, claiming the 400 (57.73) and was on the first-place 1,600 relay team that clinched the title. She won the 400 at the Falcon Invitational and was third in the 200 at the WCAC meet.

Tasha Stanley, Roosevelt: Stanley was one of six first-place Raider performers at the state 4A meet, taking the 800 (2:15.21) and was on the winning 3,200 relay team. She won the 800 at the South Region meet and placed first at the Peninsula Relays (2:19.04).

Jemu Zar Zar, Central: The senior again produced in the postseason for the Falcons, placing second in the 400 and 800 at the state 2A finals. She also ran the final leg on the title-clinching 1,600 relay team. The Morgan State-bound Zar Zar won the county 800 (2:20.2) and was South Region runner-up in the 400 and 800.

Distance

Dominique Lockhart, Roosevelt: Lockhart capped an impressive sophomore season, winning her second straight state 4A 1,600 title (5:09.2). She also was part of the first-place 3,200 relay team. She won the 1,600 and 3,200 at the South Region meet and was part of the Raiders’ U.S. No. 2 (8:53.12) 3,200 relay squad at the Penn Relays.

Marika Walker, Roosevelt: Injured part of the season, Walker was still one of the county’s best, placing second in the 3,200 at the state 4A and South Region meets and running on the Raiders’ nationally-ranked 3,200 relay team at the Penn Relays. The sophomore was on the record-setting 1,600 relay team at the Northern Virginia Invitational.

Hurdles

Patricia Anyanwu, Roosevelt: Only a second-place finish at South Region finals kept the Pittsburgh-bound Anyanwu from the Triple Crown in the 300 hurdles. The senior won the state 4A (43.4) and county (44.21) titles, and was on the first-place 1,600 relay team at the Jaguar Invitational.

Kierra Holiday, Largo: Holiday was a key contributor to the Lions’ state 4A title run, placing second in the 100 hurdles, and was the runner-up at the South Region meet. The senior placed first at the T.C. Williams (15.51) and Jaguar (15.64) meets.

Field events

Saniel Atkinson, McNamara: The freshman was steady this spring, winning the high jump at the WCAC finals (5-4) to go along with first-place performances at Banneker (5-0), Bulldog (5-2), Hendricks (5-4), Morgan State (4-6) and T.C. Williams (5-5) meets. She was part of the winning 3,200 relay at the WCAC, Falcon and Central meets.

Shante Boney, Largo: Boney just missed a Triple Crown in her first season, placing second in the high jump (5-2) at the state 4A finals. The freshman went 5-4 at the South Region meet after winning the county title (5-2). Boney also ran on the winning 1,600 relay team at T.C. Williams.

Antoinette Arrington, Roosevelt: Arrington was another talent on one of the nation’s top squads, claiming the state 4A triple jump title (38-5.25), and was on the 400 relay team that won the Triple Crown. The senior missed a postseason sweep in the triple jump, finishing second at the county finals.

Teika Robinson, Seton: The freshman helped Seton to second at the WCAC finals, winning the triple jump (34-10) and taking third in the long jump. She ran on the Roadrunners’ 400 relay team that was the WCAC runner-up and she won the Pikesville Classic title.

Michaylin Golladay, Largo: The Clemson-bound Golladay ended her career with a second straight state 4A long jump title (18-8.75). The senior was the runner-up at the South Region meet after being slowed by back problems most of the spring, and placed third in the 200 at the state meet.

Ashleigh Lee, Largo: Lee produced huge points for Largo’s track title run, winning the county discus title (106-0) and placing third in the shot put. The junior placed third in both events at the South Region meet before scoring in both — fourth in discus and fifth in shot put — at the state 4A meet.

Second Team

Hannah Slaughter, Bladensburg; Jackie Davis andAdrienne Tolson, Bowie; Akilah Clark, Crystal Davis,Selena Haggins and Eunice Jones, Central; Joyce Atagwe, DuVal; Latosha Bost, Brittany Ireland and Denise Smith, Flowers; Nakia Allen, Alexis Booker, Jasmyn Jones, Indya Price and Olivia Richardson, Friendly; Brandi Barber,Tierra Briscoe, Curtina Pope and Christina Yates, Gwynn Park; Kaylin Cage, Joanne Coley, Tashae Croxton, Nicole Franklin and Jasmine Norris, Largo; Lindsey Blake, Deiona Frenche, Nsia Frenche, Marlissa Goldsmith, Terie Pope and Meghan Prinkey, McNamara; Kendall Shepard and Marquita Watson, Northwestern; Adrienne Hayes,Christina Rawles and Dareshia Sistare, Oxon Hill; Rachelle Wright, Potomac; Doris Anyanwu, TyrekaArrington, Takecia Jameson, Lindsey Jefferson, Tunisia Milner, Jacia Montgomery, Teshika Rivers, Tashima Stephens, Sossena Wood and Brittany View, Roosevelt; Candace Bond, Danielle Brinkley, Brittney Brown and Dionna Hayes, Seton; Henrietta Yekeh, Surrattsville.