GIRLS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Novia Brown Milford Mill, senior
Also the All-Metro Performer of the Year last winter, she seems to set a state indoor track record every time she races.
Brown, who set a Class 3A state mark in the 300-meter dash with a time of 40.8 seconds last winter, shattered the state record of 40.04 seconds for all classifications when she crossed the finish line in 39.70 seconds. Her winning time of 1 minute, 17.10 seconds in the 500 was .30 seconds faster than the Class 3A state record set by Woodlawn's Catrice Jefferson in 1998.
Brown claimed her third gold medal of the Class 3A-2A state championships by running a leg for the Millers' victorious 1,600 relay squad (4:07.84).
It's no coincidence that in the two winters that Brown has been participating in indoor track, the Millers have captured state crowns.
Brown took home four gold medals at the Central region and Baltimore County championships. The All-Baltimore City/County Performer of the Year, Brown is being recruited by Ohio State, Tennessee and Delaware State.
GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR
Sharon Johnson Milford Mill
The plan was simple. Take seven athletes to comprise your varsity squad, don't expect help from a JV team, and win a state title.
It may sound easy, but Johnson had concerns that her team members might exhaust themselves under the conditions of what can be a grueling campaign.
To help preserve the energy levels of the five performers she usually used, Johnson limited her charges to one or two events during the regular season, sacrificing losses in meets. The goal was to keep everyone healthy and fresh for the championship rounds.
The strategy worked to perfection as the No. 2 Millers picked up a Baltimore County title, tied No. 9 Franklin for the Class 3A-2A Central region crown and slipped past Douglass of Prince George's County to pick up the program's second consecutive state championship.
Kelli Buck C. Milton Wright, sophomore
Her gold-medal time of 11 minutes, 36.58 seconds in the 3,200 at the state meet was the fastest among the state champions. Buck also ran a leg for the second-place 3,200 relay squad that finished in 9:41.87 at the state meet.
She was third in the 3,200 (12:10.9) at the Central region meet.
Lauren Centrowitz Broadneck, junior
The Anne Arundel County Performer of the Year successfully defended her Class 4A-3A state crown in the 1,600 by crossing the finish line in 5 minutes, 2.54 seconds.
Centrowitz, a two-time All-Metro selection, was also second in the 800 (2:19.60) at the state meet. She was first in the 1,600 and third in the 800 at the Central region meet and first in both events at the county championships.
Jeanette Curtis Mount Hebron, senior
Curtis, who won the 55 hurdles at the Class 3A-2A West region and Howard County championships last winter, did it again. The repeat All-Metro choice improved at every level - from 8.5 seconds at the county championships, to 8.2 at the region meet, to 8.18 at the state meet.
Laura Drossner Bryn Mawr, junior
Her ability to produce four first-place showings at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships paced the No. 4 Mawrtians to a second-place finish at the meet.
Drossner won the 800 in 2 minutes, 25.0 seconds and the 1,600 in 5:22.1.
Lindsay Grigoriev Atholton, senior
The Howard County Performer of the Year won two gold medals and broke a record at the Class 2A-1A state championships. Her throw of 42 feet, 7.75 inches in the shot put eclipsed the previous mark for all classifications of 42 feet, 2.75 inches set by North Hagerstown's Meagan Verdeyen.
The two-time All-Metro pick, who also won the 55 hurdles in 8.71 seconds, swept the shot put at the Central region and county championships.
Cierra Layne Edmondson, sophomore
Layne realized her potential this winter when she took first place in the 55-meter dash at the Class 2A-1A state championships. Her time of 7.37 seconds crowned Layne as the program's first state indoor track champion.
She collected wins in the 55 (7.4 seconds) and the 300 (45.3) at the Central region meet.
Calynn Offer Annapolis, senior
She capped her last winter as a high school athlete by emerging as the area's top pole vaulter. Offer cleared 9 feet, 6 inches at the Class 3A-2A state championships, which tied her for second with Stephen Decatur's Emily Keeley.
Offer registered 9 feet, 6 inches again at the East region meet to grab second place. She cleared 9 feet to win an Anne Arundel County title.
Martha Raver Mount de Sales, senior
She powered the No. 3 Sailors to their third consecutive IAAM crown. Raver produced first-place showings at the championship meet in the 55 with a time of 7.3 seconds and the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 9.25 inches.
She was second in the 55 hurdles (8.8 seconds) and the triple jump (32 feet, 5.5 inches).
Shade Smith Hammond, senior
Smith won the 55-meter dash at the Class 3A-2A state championships in 7.25 seconds. That win completed a sweep of the event, as she was first in the 55 at the West region (7.3 seconds) and Howard County (7.1) meets.
Latosha Wallace Western, senior
Named to the All-Metro team for the second year in a row, Wallace paced the top-ranked Doves with a second-place effort in the 500 (1 minute, 16.21 seconds) and a third-place outing in the 800 (2:21.27) at the Class 4A-3A state championships.
She was first in the 500 (1:17.2) and the 800 (2:20.2) at the Central region meet, and took home gold medals in the 300 (42.4 seconds) and the 500 (1:19.3) at the Baltimore City championships.
Dominique Washington Milford Mill, senior
She competed in four events at the Class 3A-2A state championships. Washington was third in the 55 hurdles (8.45 seconds) and sixth in the high jump (5 feet). She also ran a leg of the winning 1,600 relay (4:07.84) and the second-place 800 relay teams (1:47.83).
Washington was first in the high jump, 800 relay and 1,600 relay at the Central region meet, and first in the high jump, 55 hurdles and 1,600 relay at the Baltimore County championships.
Second team Name School Class
Jamie Antonious Mercy Sophomore
Samantha Beltz C. Milton Wright Sophomore
Timika Davis Lake Clifton Senior
Ashley Duckett Mount de Sales Sophomore
Ellett George Bryn Mawr Senior
Katie Hertsch Winters Mill Freshman
April Mullen Mervo Senior
DaMara Parrish Long Reach Senior
Mackenzie Paull McDonogh Junior
Trisha Repsher Westminster Freshman
Ashley West-Nesbitt Western Senior
Alicia Williams Western Senior
Note: Teams selected by Edward Lee after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.