TOP PERFORMER: Cynthia Nicholls, Long Reach: You want versatility, this Long Reach senior is your girl. She jumps, she hurdles, she sprints and just about anything else her team required of her while taking county and region titles and tying for the state 3A-2A title with Central High (Prince George's). Nicholls was almost a lock in any high jump and hurdle events entered, usually doing 5-foot-6 and 8.6, and was second in the 55 dash in the county and region. She doubled at National Guards and won the high jump at Pangaea and Virginia Tech.
COACH: Joe Thomas, Long Reach: Here's how well Long Reach did during the recently concluded indoor track season: In the Howard County championships, it beat 2A-1A state champ Oakland Mills by 18 points, romped to victory in its regional by more than 20 points and laid claim to its first state 3A-2A title with a 56-56 tie against always-formidable Central High of Prince George's County. Standout seniors Cynthia Nicholls and Teyarnte Carter took care of the point scoring, but it was coach Joe Thomas who kept all the parts working smoothly. He did it by stressing balance. The teams First teamCynthia Nicholls Long Reach senior Teyarnte Carter Long Reach senior Danielle Stoddart Oakland Mills senior Kiara Adams Westminster senior Lee McDuff River Hill junior Cara Wettlaufer C.M. Wright junior Chanel Lattimer McDonogh junior Erin Masterson Annapolis junior Tenke Zoltani Dulaney sophomore April Mullen Mervo freshmanGirls second team Laurie Twardzik Dulaney senior Stephanie Kuehne Dulaney senior Laura Paugh Parkville senior Sharronda Boone Western senior Jenny Ford McDonogh senior Anna Korovina North Carroll senior Eva Tukarski Arundel junior Sherelle Simmons Randallstown junior Anastasia Mukhina Towson sophomore Brittney Milliken Northeast freshmanTenke Zoltani, Dulaney: Zoltani continued her blitz of the distance competition, which she started indoors last year and maintained outdoors and through the cross country season. The sophomore was 6-for-7 in the 1600 and 3200 events, losing the state 4A mile by an eyelash at the wire. The longer the race, the better she is, so the task ahead is to work on her speed. She's the defending state mile and two-mile champ.
Teyarnte Carter, Long Reach: Almost unbeatable in the sprints, Carter and teammate Cynthia Nicholls led Long Reach to state, county and region titles by dominating the 55, 300 and anchoring the 800- and 1600-meter relay quartets. The senior has been All-Howard County four straight years and ran a flashy 40.35 300 meters at the Virginia Tech meet.
Danielle Stoddart, Oakland Mills: The senior pretty much owned the middle distances as the Oakland Mills girls were cruising to the state 2A-1A championship. She won seven of nine 300/500/800 runs in county, region and state meets and also anchored three winning 3200 relay squads. Stoddart also took the half-mile at the National Guard meet.
Lee McDuff, River Hill: After winning all the distance events in her regional event, McDuff took the mile and two-mile in the state 3A-2A championships, making it look easy in the process with times of 5:28.9 and 12:07.5. The junior doubled in the county meet and won 3,000-meter tests at Pangaea and National Guard. She added the 1500 in the latter event.
Cara Wettlaufer, C.M. Wright: Wettlaufer won the state 4A-3A mile in 5:22.1, catching Tenke Zoltani of Dulaney at the wire. She was a key on the 3200-meter relay team as C.M. Wright was finishing in a tie for fifth place. C.M. Wright won the 4A-3A Central Region, Wettlaufer leading the way by beating teammate and former All-Metro Kacie Remeto and Danielle Veilleux of Broadneck in the mile, finishing second in the 800 and being part of the victorious 3200-meter relay squad.
April Mullen, Mervo: In the city championships, Mullen won the 500, 800 and mile and anchored a second-place relay team as Mervo was challenging Western High with 96 points. The freshman finished third in the state 800, but ran her best time in the event (2:25.9) while coming in second in the Pangaea Invitational early in the season. She won the region 500 in 1:20.4.
Chanel Lattimer, McDonogh: For the second straight year, the junior dominated the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland meets in the 60- and 300-yard dashes with bests of 7.0 and 39.2. She was third in the 400 meters at the Dartmouth Relays in 59.69, the fastest time in the state during the indoor season.
Erin Masterson, Annapolis: Beaten at the wire in the county mile, Masterson came back later in the evening and won the 800 by a full six seconds. The junior improved upon that performance by winning both 800 and 1600 at regionals, then ran fifth in both races at the state championships despite running better times. She turned in a couple of third-place finishes in the 800 and 1500 at National Guards and was fourth in the half-mile at Pangaea.
Kiara Adams, Westminster: She threw the shot farther than any state girl this season, eclipsing 40 feet. That effort won the 4A-3A state title by nearly four feet. She didn't throw as far in the regional, but easily won the event after capturing the Central Maryland Conference title. Adams is also the state defending champ outdoors in the shot put and recently finished third in the National Scholastic Championships with a toss of 41-10.