Thursday, June 19, 2008

2008 All-County High School girls Track Team

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Brenda Ahearn⁄The Gazette
The 2008 All-County Girls’ Track Team includes: (front row, from left) Krystin Lawson, Doris Anyanwu, Tasha Stanley, Dominique Lockhart; (middle row, from left) Adenike Pedro, Jameice DeCoster, Vanessa Henry, Saniel Atkinson, Deseree’ King, Dionna Hayes; (back row, from left) Evann Slaughter, Imani Colbert, Teshika Rivers.
Athletes of the Year

Tasha Stanley

The Eleanor Roosevelt senior ranks among some of the greatest athletes to come through the storied Raiders’ program. Stanley posted the fastest time in the 800 meters (2 minutes, 11.38 seconds) in the state this past season when she won the event at the Class 4A state championships. Stanley also took second in the 400 at the state meet. She was part of the Raiders’ 1,600 relay team that won the Championship of America at the Penn Relays, and also was part of the Penn Relays team that set a new national record in the 3,200 relay. Stanley will join the track team at the University of North Carolina.

Saniel Atkinson

The Bishop McNamara junior strengthened her presence as the county’s top field athlete with every passing week during the outdoor season. While Atkinson is a talented runner, it’s her jumping ability that commands the most attention. Atkinson won two of the three jumping events at the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championships, and took second in the other. She tied for the best high jump (5 feet, 10 inches) in the state this season and finished second in the high jump at the Penn Relays.

Coach of the Year

Robert Watson, Elizabeth Seton: Watson led his team to its second consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. The Roadrunners 400-meter relay team took second place in the small schools division at the Penn Relays. Understanding the limits of his team, Watson knew how hard to push his athletes and when to let up. The Roadrunners could be looking ahead to a third straight WCAC crown with most of the lineup set to return next season.

First Team

Nicolle Franklin, Largo: The senior’s unwavering dedication made her the state’s best Class 3A 800-meter runner, as she won the state title (2 minutes, 17.18 seconds). Franklin also captured the 3A South Region 800 title, and took second in the county meet.

Evann Slaughter, Oxon Hill: Just like she does as a star hitter on the volleyball court, Slaughter infuses doubt into the minds of her competitors when she takes to the triple jump pit. The sophomore posted five jumps longer than 37 feet this season, including her first-place leap of 38 feet, 5.75 inches in the Class 4A state meet.

Krystin Lawson, Henry A. Wise: Lawson did not miss a beat from the indoor season and was again one of the most feared sprinters in the state. At the 4A South Region meet, the senior posted the fourth-fastest time in the state this season in the 100 (11.80 seconds). Lawson followed up that performance with a runner-up finish at the state championships.

Dionna Hayes, Elizabeth Seton: Hayes has been one of the focal points of the Roadrunners’ resurgence over the past two years. She was part of the small schools’ second-place 400 relay team at the Penn Relays and ran with Seton’s WCAC-champion 400, 800 and 1,600 relay teams. She also won the WCAC title in the 200.

Doris Anyanwu, Eleanor Roosevelt: The junior’s versatility made her one of the premier runners in the state this season. Anyanwu had no trouble capturing the Class 4A state 300 hurdles crown, and she ran the three fastest times in the state in the event this past season while finishing in less than 44 seconds on three separate occasions, including her 43.74 run in the state meet. She also took third in the state in the 200 and was part of the first-place 800 relay team.

Deseree’ King, Oxon Hill: King was the Clippers’ glue this past season as her performances helped Oxon Hill finish third in the 4A team standings. The sophomore finished third in the 400 and fourth in the 800 at the 4A South Region meet, then took fourth in the 400 and sixth in the 800 at the state meet. She also was part of the state-runner-up 800 relay team and a 3,200 relay team that finished fifth at the state championships.

Dominique Lockhart, Eleanor Roosevelt: Lockhart was a mainstay at the top of the standings in the 1,600 this season. The senior finished her prep career as one of the top distance runners in Roosevelt history. She won the 1,600 at the 4A South Region meet, was the county champion in the 800 and was part of the state champion 3,200 relay team. Lockhart will run for Mississippi State University next season.

Adenike Pedro, Elizabeth Seton: Pedro proved her mettle in the long jump pit. Her leap of 18 feet, 11.25 inches was good for fifth place at the Penn Relays and it was the third-longest jump in the state this season. Pedro displayed her versatility as she finished second in both the 100 and 200 at the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships with the back-to-back champion Roadrunners.

Imani Colbert, Charles H. Flowers: Colbert has been the best hurdler in the county the last two years and went out in style during her senior campaign. She ran the state’s second-fastest time this season in the 100 hurdles (14 seconds) and won the postseason triple crown (county, region and state titles) in that event.

Shantae Boney, Largo: The junior had a season to remember in the high jump. Her leap of 5 feet, 10 inches at the Meade Stampede is tied for the best in the state and was among the top efforts in the country this season. Boney was third in the high jump at the Penn Relays and capped her season with the Class 3A state high jump title.

Vanessa Henry, Fairmont Heights: The senior threw better than 41 feet in the shot put four times this season and was a triple crown winner in the shot put during both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Her throw of 41 feet, 10 inches at the state Class 2A meet won her the event by more than four feet. Henry will continue her career at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Teshika Rivers, Eleanor Roosevelt: Rivers did not compete at all of the Raiders’ meets, but the junior came through on the biggest stage, winning the 3,200 by six seconds at the Class 4A state championships. Rivers heads into the fall as the defending state girls’ cross country champion.

Jameice DeCoster, Elizabeth Seton: DeCoster transferred from McDonogh School in Baltimore and quickly settled into a key role with Roadrunners. She won the 400 at the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships and was a part of the second-place 400 relay team at Penn Relays. She also helped Seton’s teams win the 400, 800 and 1,600 relays at the WCAC meet.

Second Team

Ceahra Miller and Shanel Deal, Oxon Hill

Afia Charles, Jenea McCammon, Christian Hickson, Abidemi Adenikinju, Zawadi Rowe, Elan Hilaire, Brittany Ogunmokun and Juanita Weaver, Roosevelt

Tanisha Wells-Owens and Mikelle Lee, Largo

Vernetta Biggs, Friendly

Brittany Abraham, Crossland

Marketa Salley, Tiara Collins, Amber Owens and Oluomachi Ebringa, Central

Kayla Tucker, Ashley Ajayi, Ambrosia Iwugo and Teika Robinson, Seton

Lorraine Graham, Flowers

Taylor Butler, Kiersten LaRoche and Margaret Ngami, Bishop McNamara

Cassaundra Bouldin and Asha Ruth Bowie.

The Gazette-Star All-County Girls’ Track Team was selected by our staff based on athlets’ performances. Staff Writer Terron Hampton compiled the information on this page.