Athletes of the year:
Tameka JamesonOnly a junior, Jameson could be on her way of joining former Olympians Tiandra Ponteen and Suziann Reid as one of Eleanor Roosevelt’s top all-time performers. The Star/Gazette Female Indoor Track Athlete of the Year captured the county, region and state titles in the 500 meters, helping Roosevelt to another state Class 4A/3A championship. Jameson owns the nation’s No. 1 time in the event, according to Web site Dyestat.com, clocking 1 minute, 12.4 seconds at the Virginia Tech Invitational. She finished the postseason with victories at the state Class 4A/3A East Region meet (1:19.8) and state finals (1:15.43). The state’s No. 1 performer in the 800 (2:16.99 at Hispanic Games in New York City), Jameson ran the closing leg on Roosevelt’s 3,200 relay squad that owns the nation’s No. 2 time (9:17.9 at Virginia Tech).
Despite failing to secure another postseason sweep, Wright remained the county’s premier shot putter. The Star/Gazette Female Indoor Field Athlete of the Year won her third consecutive county championship (39 feet, 8 inches), and took top honors at the 3A/2A East Region meet (39-7.75). At the state finals, Nicole Sohn from Anne Arundel County’s Northeast(38-10.5) edged Wright (38-9.75), denying the junior of a third straight Triple Crown. A three-time first-team selection, Wright was the runner-up in the event (37-10.5) at the Hispanic Games at the New York City Armory.
Coach of the Year
Ed Bowie, Central: Despite having arguably the worst track conditions in the county, Bowie showed why he’s among the state’s most successful coaches. With a handful of performers, the Capitol Heights school won the state Class 2A/1A championship. The Falcons won the County 3A/2A title and the 2A/1A East Region meet. With no field performers, Central scored in the running events, garnering victories from Selena Haggins in the 55-meter hurdles and the 1,600 and 3,200 relays, giving Bowie his 16th state indoor championship and 31st overall.
Doris Anyanwu, Roosevelt, Fr., Sprints: Doris could end up surpassing older sisters Crystal (Seton Hall University) and Patricia, a Raider senior who’s headed to Pittsburgh. She was the runner-up in the 300 at the county finals (40.4) and 4A/3A East region meet (42.7) and ran on the county-winning 800 relay and the region and state championship 1,600 relay.
Alexis Booker, Friendly, Sr., Sprints: Booker won the 55 dash (7.24) at the state 3A/2A meet and was the runner-up in the 300 (41.63). She was third in the 55 at the county finals and helped the Patriots to the state and East Region titles in the 800 relay.
Robyn Chapman, Douglass, Sr., Sprints: After being disappointed with her showing at the county finals (third in 300), Chapman won the 300 (39.9) at the state 4A/3A meet, dethroning Largo’s Michaylin Golladay, and was the East Region champ (42.2). Chapman, who has the state’s No. 1 time in the 200 (25.74), won the 300 at DCIAA (41.3) and Southern Maryland (40.9) Invitationals.
Michaylin Golladay, Largo, Sr., Sprints: Despite not repeating as state 4A/3A champ in the 55 and 300, the Clemson-bound Golladay claimed the county 55 title (7.16) for the fourth straight season and repeated in the 300 (39.3). She had the state’s best time in the 300 (39.22), won the 55 title at the East Region meet (7.43) and placed second (7.17) at the state finals.
Tasha Stanley, Roosevelt, So., MiddleDistance: Stanley was part of an impressive middle distance/distance group for the county and state champions this winter. She won the 800 at the state (2:20.64) and region (2:27.5) meets, and was the runner-up in the 500 at the county finals (1:13.9). Stanley’s 3:00.33 in the 1,000 at Virginia Tech was No. 1 in the state.
Jemu Zar Zar, Central, Sr., Middle Distance: Zar Zar was a major factor in helping the Falcons claim the state 2A/1A title. She was the runner-up in the 500 (1:18.94) and 800 (2:24.27) and was the final leg on the winning 1,600 and 3,200 relay teams. Zar Zar captured four first-place medals at the East Region meet, including wins in the 500 and 800.
Dominique Lockhart, Roosevelt, So.,Distance: At the county finals, Lockhart won the 800 (2:18.9), then won the state (5:10.18) and region (5:30.1) championships in the 1,600. A two-time first-team indoor pick, Lockhart has five Star/Gazette first-team running honors.
Marika Walker, Roosevelt, Jr., Distance: Walker was state champ in the 3,200 (11:14.46) part of the state and region champion 3,200 relay squad. Walker broke the county finals’ record in the 1,600 (5:12.35 converted hand-time) and had the state’s top time in the 3,200 (10:57.73).
Selena Haggins, Central, Sr., Hurdles: Haggins was the Falcons’ lone individual winner at the 2A/1A state meet, winning the 55 hurdles (8.74) there and at the regional meet (9.24).
Kierra Holiday, Largo, Sr., Hurdles: Holiday tied for third in the 55 hurdles at the state meet (8.37) after winning the region title (8.71). Holiday placed third (8.34) at the Hispanic Games in New York and was the runner-up at the county finals (8.45).
Saniel Atkinson, McNamara, Fr., High Jump: Atkinson posted a state-best 5 feet, 6 inches for first-place at the Coca-Cola Hall of Fame Classic in New York and at the DCIAA Invitational. She also was the runner-up (5-6) at Virginia Tech.
Kamilah Bossett, Largo, Sr., High Jump/Hurdles: Bossett was the runner-up in the high jump at the state (5-2), county (4-10) and region meets (5-0), and was the regional runner-up in the 55 hurdles (8.97). A second-team pick last season, Bossett placed third in the 55 hurdles (8.5) at the county finals.
Sierra Price, Douglass, Sr., High Jump: Price won the region title in the high jump (5-0) before tying for fourth at the state finals. Price tied for second at the county finals (4-10) and Southern Maryland Invitational (5-2).
Chelsea Hayes, Douglass, Sr., High Jump: Hayes recently returned home to the New Orleans area after breaking the county finals’ record in the high jump (18-8.5) and had first-place showings at the DCIAA (17-8.5) and Howard County (18-4) Invitationals.
Tashae Croxton, Largo, Sr., Triple Jump: Croxton won the triple jump (36-2) at the county meet. She also was was a part of the Lions’ county- and region-title winning 3,200 relay.
Joann Coley, Largo, Jr., Shot Put: After several second-place showings, Coley won the state shot put title (37-8). She was second at the county (39 feet) and region meets (35-10), and was the runner-up at the Montgomery County Invitational (39-5.5).
Relays: Akilah Clark, Erika Clark and Crystal Davis, Central; Salewa Adenikinju, Patricia Anyanwu, Mariba Ferguson, Takecia Jameson and Tashima Stevens, Roosevelt; Jasymn Jones and Indya Price, Friendly; Brandi Barber, Rosetta Brinson, Stephanie Johnson and Curtina Pope, Gwynn Park; Kaylin Cage, Jasmine Norris and Ehinomen Olumese, Largo. Sprints: Nakia Allen, Friendly; Joyce Atagwe, DuVal; Waquesha Canty, Flowers; Elizabeth Kallay, Fairmont Heights. Middle distance: Tunisia Milner, Jacia Montgomery and Jennifer Redman, Roosevelt. Distance: Nicole Franklin, Largo; Grace Holderbaum, Bowie; Teshika Rivers, Roosevelt; Denise Smith, Flowers. Hurdles: Joary Casey, Oxon Hill. Jumps: Antoinette Arrington, Roosevelt; Shaunte Boney, Largo; Nicole Collins, Douglass. Shot put: Jocelyn Martin, Largo; Jocelyn Wheeler, Largo.