Track Athlete of the Year: Takecia Jameson, Roosevelt
To say Jameson’s varsity career has gotten off to a good start would be a huge understatement. The freshman collected a track-style triple double, helping Roosevelt maintain its spot as the state’s top program.
Jameson, the Star/Gazette Female Indoor Track Runner of the Year, nearly won four events at the county championships. She placed first in the 300- and 500-meter events (39.74 seconds and 1:15.92) and was the runner-up in the 800 (2:26.3) and 1,600 (5:36.1). She captured first in the 300 and 500 at the state Class 4A/3A East Region meet and the state finals for a postseason sweep.
‘‘It was really good that she was able to specialize anywhere from the 55 to the mile and developed very quickly,” said Roosevelt coach Ameerah Bello. ‘‘Her dedication and work ethnic really showed.”
Jameson also helped the Raiders’ 1,600 relay squad to the triple crown.
Her state-winning time in the 300 (39.6) rates ninth nationally, according to track Web site DyeStat. Jameson’s season-best 1:14.47 in the 500 (at Virginia Tech Invitational), is fourth.
Field Athlete of the Year: Rachelle Wright, Potomac
With last year’s Star/Gazette Female indoor Field Athlete of the Year Quiteelia Boyd (formerly Laurel) now at Charles County’s Westlake, Wright, only a freshman, ascended to the county’s shot put throne.
The 2003-04 Star/Gazette FemaleIndoor Field Performer of the Year, Wright won the county championship with a throw of 38-feet and 8.5 inches then claimed the 2A/1A East competition at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore (34-5.75). She secured the triple crown at the 2A/1A state championships with a toss of 35-7.
‘‘She’s throwing a lot farther than we expected,” said Potomac coach Yvonne Payne. ‘‘I wasn’t surprised because she’s very focused and know what she wants do.”
Wright also captured first at the Prince George’s Invitational (33-3.25). She’s the first freshman to be named outstanding field performer by the Star/Gazette.
Coach of the Year
Carl Rose, Flowers Since coming from DuVal in 2000 to start the Flowers’ athletic program, Rose has seen the boys’ and girls’ track teams advance into the upper echelon of the county ranks. The Jaguars made a significant step in 2003-04, finishing runner-up at the state Class 4A/3A championships.
The Springdale school finished third behind Roosevelt and Largo at the county finals, including a second straight title in the 1,600 relay. The Jaguars placed second at the East Region meet.
Though Roosevelt extended its championship streak to four straight, Flowers garnered second. It was the first time since 1997 (Oxon Hill) a county team other than Largo was the state 4A/3A runner-up.
‘‘We definitely knew the county was tough and Roosevelt had enough talented kids,” said Rose. ‘‘After that, we were confident that the points would be spread out. To do that [finishing 2nd] against stiff competition, we’re really proud.”
Waquesha Canty, Flowers, Fr., Sprints — One of several promising freshmen on this year’s all-county squad, Canty became the second female performer from the Springdale school to win a state title, taking the 55-meter dash event (7.2 seconds) at the 4A/3A meet. She was the runner-up at the East Region meet (7.2) and fourth at the county championships (7.33). She ran the opening leg on the Jaguars’ county-winning 800 relay.
Michaylin Golladay, Largo, Soph., Sprints — Golladay successfully defended her county 55 dash title with a state-best 7.18. She also picked up titles in the 55 at the Montgomery (7.27) and DCIAA Invitationals (7.25) and was the runner-up at the Prince George’s Invitational (7.2). A repeat first-team selection, Golladay won the 300 at the DCIAA (41.11) and Quick Feet (41.1) meets and long jump at Montgomery and Prince George’s Invitationals.
Bever-leigh Holloway, Roosevelt, Jr., Sprints — Holloway’s versatility was probably the biggest reason the Raiders won their fourth straight state 4A/3A championship. She was the runner-up in the 55 at the county (7.22) and state (7.27) finals, and won the East Region title (7.0). Holloway was the runner-up in the 55 hurdles at the county finals (8.28) and took third at regions (8.5) and states (8.47). She was named the outstanding field performer at the county championships, winning the long jump (17 feet, 2 inches).
Starema Flood, Douglass, Jr., Middle Distance — Flood was the driving force this season for the Eagles, who won the County 3A/2A championship. She placed in the top three in the 500 at the county (runner-up, 1:17.64), 4A/3A East Region (3rd, 1:21) and state (3rd, 1:17.79) competitions. Flood, who won the 500 at the Quick Feet Invitational (1:17.87), was third in the 800 at the region (2:31.8) and state (2:24.71) meets.
Tameka Jameson, Roosevelt, Fr., Middle Distance — Along with twin sister Takecia, Jameson was an impact performer in her first varsity indoor season. At the state championships, she was the runner-up to Takecia in the 500 (1:16.92) and teammate Kafi Pollard in the 800 (2:22.4). She won the region title in the 800 (2:31) and was the runner-up in the 500 (1:18.7).
Kafi Pollard, Roosevelt, Sr., Middle Distance — The outstanding track performer at the county championships, Pollard picked up victories in the 800 (2:25.8) and 1,600 (5:34.1) as the Greenbelt school won the team title. Only a second-place finish at the region meet (2:31.4) denied Pollard of the 800 triple crown. She was the runner-up in the 1,600 at the region competition (5:40.2).
Tiffany Nesfield, Flowers, Sr., Hurdles — Nesfield continued adding to her impressive resume, winning her third state 55 hurdles championship and breaking her own 4A mark (8.05). She claimed the triple crown in the event, and established the meet record at the Montgomery Invitational (8.16). A member of the Star/Gazette indoor first team in four consecutive seasons, Nesfield captured the hurdle titles at Virginia Tech (8.09) and Prince George’s Invitationals (7.9).
Nayda Pirela, Roosevelt, Sr., Distance — Pirela captured the county championship in the 3,200 (12:20) and the 1,600 at the region meet (5:38.7). At the Friends of Indoor Track Invitational at the Sports Complex, Pirela was fourth in the 1,000 (3:15.32). She also ran a leg on the Raiders’ county- and region-winning 3,200 relay.
Jennifer Redman, Roosevelt, Fr., Distance — Another member of Roosevelt’s talented crop of underclassmen, Redman was the county’s top finisher in the 3,200 (4th, 11:49.82) at the state championships. She won the region title (12:20.1) after placing second to teammate Nayda Pirela at the county finals (12:22). Redman captured third-place in the 1,600 at the county (5:41.9) and region (5:40.5) meets.
Angelique Henderson, Largo, Sr., Jumps — Henderson won the triple jump at the county championship (34 feet, 8 inches), and was the runner-up in the long jump (17-0). She claimed the triple jump at the Prince George’s Invitational (34-9.5) and third at the Montgomery Invite (35-3.5). Henderson was also strong in the 55 hurdles, winning at the DCIAA (8.52) and Quick Feet (8.3) meets.
Heather Patton, Flowers, Jr., High Jump — Patton had a huge hand in the Jaguars’ runner-up showings at the region and state championships. She placed third in the high jump at the state meet (5 feet) and was fourth at regions (4-10). At the county finals, Patton placed second in the high (5-2) and triple (34-6) jumps, and was third in the high jump at the Prince George’s Invitational (4-10).
Relays: Ambria Alexander and Dara Jones, Flowers; Patricia Anyanwu, Antoinette Arrington, Wanakee Jackson, Lindsey Jefferson, Tunesia Milner and Sherrelle Williams, Roosevelt.
Sprints: Joyce Atagwe, DuVal; Alexis Booker, Friendly; Sirdonea Davis, Largo; Jalissa Edwards, High Point; Shanece Pratt, Flowers;
Middle Distance: Yolanda Barber, Suitland; Tobi Hamilton, Central; Tobi Harriston, Friendly.
Distance: Tashae Croxton, Largo; Marquita Watson, DuVal.
Hurdles: Tiffany Cox, Fairmont Heights; Selena Haggins, Central.
Jumps: Kamilah Bossett, Largo; Nicole Collins, Shana Johnson, Douglass; Keirra Holiday, Largo.
Shot put: Chanta Hopkins, Bowie; Willis Joyous, Suitland.