Athletes of the Year
Stanley had what amounted to a dream season. The Eleanor Roosevelt High senior broke a 13-year-old Class 4A state meet record in the 500 meters, as she clocked in at 1 minute, 13.62 seconds. Stanley’s best effort in the 500 came at the Virginia Tech Invitational when she clocked Maryland’s fastest time this season of 1:12.81, according to RunningMaryland.com.
In a season of great performances by county girls’ field athletes, Atkinson stole the show — or at least no one ever stole a high jump title from her. The Bishop McNamara junior went undefeated in the high jump this season and recorded the state’s best jump in the event at 5 feet 8 inches, set and repeated in every meet that she and the Mustangs have participated in this season. Mustangs’ coach Keith Chapman said Atkinson would try to push for5-10 during the outdoor season.
Coach of the Year
Walter Cross, Oxon Hill: In a short time, the Oxon Hill girls have become a force in the county and state. After finishing out of the top 10 at the county indoor championships last season, the Clippers bounced back to win the county title this year. Oxon Hill went on to a third-place finish at the 4A East Region championships and took fourth in the state 4A championships.
Krystin Lawson, Henry A. Wise: The senior battled back from a foot injury that hobbled her last indoor season to become a force for the Pumas. Lawson finished second in the 55-meter dash at the state meet. Her 7.09-second time in the Montgomery Invitational is the third-fastest in the state this season, according to RunningMaryland.com.
Dionna Hayes, Elizabeth Seton: Perhaps the premier girls’ sprinter in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, the junior won the 55 dash at the Private Schools Invitational at Georgetown Prep and took second place in the 300 at the same meet.
Taylor Butler, Bishop McNamara: The sophomore is part of a strong contingent of county underclassmen. Butler finished second in the 55 hurdles at the Private Schools Invitational and holds the fifth-fastest time in the state in that event, as well as the fifth-best triple jump (37 feet, 10.50 inches) this season.
Deseree’ King, Oxon Hill: King has followed up a strong freshman campaign and established herself as one of the best middle-distance runners in the state as a sophomore. King won the 500- and 800 at the county championships and finished second in both events at the 4A state championships.
Lorraine Graham, Charles H. Flowers: Graham won the 4A state title in the high jump. The sophomore recorded the 10th-best performance in the state in that event this season and finished third in the 55 hurdles at the 4A state meet.
Doris Anyanwu, Eleanor Roosevelt: Anyanwu is putting together a resume that may be better than that of her older sister, former Raiders’ standout Patricia Anyanwu. The junior holds the state’s fastest time in the 300 this season (39.34 seconds at the 4A state championships). Anyanwu also was part of the Raiders’ state champion 1,600-relay team.
Cassaundra Bouldin, Bowie: The junior gained her claim to fame in the county championships when she won the 55 hurdles. Bouldin followed with second-place finishes in the 55 hurdles at the 4A East Region and 4A state championships. She holds state top-10 times in the 55 and 60 hurdles this season.
Vanessa Henry, Fairmont Heights: Henry had to use a regimented workout plan to make up for the absence of a coach who specialized in the shot put, but the senior won the 2A state title. Her throw of 40 feet, 7.50 inches at the county championships was the second-best in the state this season, according to RunningMaryland.com.
Amirah Johnson, Eleanor Roosevelt: A ninth-grader, Johnson hardly ran like a freshman. Following up on a good cross country season, she won the 4A state title in the 1,600 and holds the top state times this season in the 1,000- and 1,600-runs.
Mykal Lee, Largo: After taking last year off to pursue softball, the senior returned to the shot put this season and followed in her sister’s footsteps with a 3A state title in the (38 feet, 1 inch), good enough for third-best in the state this season.
Imani Colbert, Charles H. Flowers: Colbert skipped the county championships in the 55 hurdles, but it did not matter in the big picture. The senior came back to win the 4A East Region title in the event and set the state’s fourth-fastest time this season (8.30 seconds) to win the 4A state championship.
Chantel Lipkins, Elizabeth Seton: Lipkins has become one of the WCAC’s most consistent jumpers. Her jump of 17 feet, 2.25 inches at the Private Schools Invitational is seventh-best in the state this season. The junior also holds one of the state’s top-20 triple jump performances this season.
Nicolle Franklin, Largo: Franklin’s faith in her workout program paid dividends as she was able to come up big for the Lions this year. The senior was pleasantly surprised with her victory in the 800 at the state 3A championships, and the effort was good enough for 11th-best in the state this season.
Dominique Lockhart, Eleanor Roosevelt: Lockhart has had a brilliant running career with the Raiders over her four years and has remained consistent in the distance events. The senior won the 1,600 run at the county championships, while finishing second at the 4A East Region and fourth at the state championships.
Relays: Afia Charles, Christian Hickson and Zawadi Rowe,Roosevelt; Marketa Salley and Tierra Collins, Central; T’Nay Williams, Flowers.
Sprints: Sherreka Jackson, Charles H. Flowers; Indya Price, Friendly, Jameice DeCoster, Seton.
Middle Distance: BrittanyOgun-Mokun, Roosevelt; Joi Johnson, Elizabeth Seton; Nsia Frenche, Bishop McNamara.
Distance: Latosha Duncan, Forestville; Teshika Rivers, Eleanor Roosevelt.
Throws: Juanita Weaver, Eleanor Roosevelt.
Jumps: Teika Robinson,Elizabeth Seton.