Funmi Alabi, Long Reach
Alabi had been one of the area's top sprinters before slipping a bit, then returning to form this spring. The senior capped things off with spectacular efforts in the postseason races. She swept the 100 and 200 in the Howard County, Class 3A East Region and state meets. Her performance in the state meets might have been the best of all. She set a Class 3A record in the 100, winning in 11.81 seconds. Before that, she nipped fellow All-Metro pick Zoey Whittington of Catonsville in the 200 in 24.82.
Lauren Allam, Chesapeake-AA
The junior came through at the right time for the Cougars this spring. Already one of the area's top performers in the discus, she took it to another level at the end. Allam threw 137 feet, 11 inches to win the Class 4A East Region championship, then took second place at the state meet. She threw 137 feet at the state meet to finish just 15 inches behind winner Emily Vannoy of Thomas Johnson, one of the best athletes ever in shot and discus. But Allam is coming on quickly.
Kristen Brown, McDonogh
After a spectacular indoor season, Brown kept going outdoors. She and Amanda Kimbers led the way as McDonogh remained No. 1 and scored a huge victory at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland title meet. Brown won the long jump (18-0.5), 100 hurdles (13.96, meet record) and ran on the winning 400- and 800-meter relays. She was indoor track Performer of the Year and is one of the state's top track athletes. Putting her in different spots keeps the lineup strong.
Madeline Dulac, McDonogh
McDonogh was already very strong in sprints and relays. Dulac gave the Eagles help in the distance races, especially in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland title meet. Already a successful cross country runner, Dulac swept the 1,600 and 3,200 at the championship meet this spring. She also anchored the 3,200 relay team that won. Dulac won the 1,600 in 5:15.29 and took the 3,200 in 11:27.52 as the Eagles rolled to an easy team victory.
Alexis Franklin, Old Mill
Franklin turned into one of the state's top 300-meter hurdlers. The freshman ran the fifth-fastest time in state history (43.35 seconds) at the state meet and was third in Class 4A in a fast race. Her time was an Old Mill record. Franklin set a record for the 300 hurdles in the Pikesville Invitational earlier in the season. She won the Anne Arundel County and Class 4A East Region titles and lost only one race until the state finals. Franklin also ran on the 400 and 1,600 relays and the 100 hurdles.
Amanda Kimbers, McDonogh
She's headed for Georgetown, and the Hoyas will be lucky to get her. Kimbers and Brown anchored McDonogh as the Eagles steamrolled everyone en route to the IAAM title. Kimbers won the 100 in meet record time of 11.90 seconds. She also took the 200 in 24.58 and ran on the victorious 800 and 1,600 relays. Like Brown, Kimbers did so many things that helped the team. McDonogh was able to get many points from this duo, and the Eagles will miss Kimbers greatly next year.
Maura Linde, Century
The sophomore maintained her standing as one of the state's best distance runners in any class. Linde showed that by winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 in the Carroll County championship meet, then took the 800 and 1,600 in the Class 2A West Region meet. She pulled out a close win in the 800 at the state meet in 2:17.35, outlasting Middletown's Brittany Caudle by less than a second. Linde took third in the 1,600, running the third-fastest time in any class in a tight race. She finished fifth in the 3,200.
Alyssa McClure, Digital Harbor
She keeps getting better and played a big role in the Rams' taking second in the state Class 1A title meet two weeks ago. McClure won the 100 (11.86, class record) and finished second in the 400 and also helped out on two victorious relays. The junior helped on the winning 400 and 1,600 relays. McClure has been one of Digital Harbor's top sprinters since her freshman year, and the combination of her and Chelsea Walker helped the Rams go far this season.
Amber Melville, North Carroll
There's no question that Melville is the state's top high jumper. She won the Class 4A state title with a class record-tying leap of 5-8. That was the best jump in any of the four classes. Melville, who also won the state title indoors, hit 5-9 at a meet earlier this season. The sophomore's jumps of 5-8 and 5-9 were the best of any metro-area high jumper this season. She took first in the Carroll County title meet with 5-6, winning by 4 inches.
Angela Mensah, Mount Hebron
She was again consistent throughout the big meets. The senior won the triple and long jumps in the Howard County title meet. After that, she took second in the long jump at the Class 2A South Region and third in the triple jump. Mensah came in second in the state in the triple jump, losing to North Point's Geranda Williams, who also beat her at the region meet. In addition, Mensah took third in long jump, where the top three girls finished within 3.5 inches of one another.
Brinae Robinson, Western
The sophomore played a big role in Western running away from the pack to win the Class 3A state title. She won the 800 meters (2:17.61) and ran on the victorious 3,200 and the second-place 1,600 relays to help the Doves break open a tight battle. Her first-place finish in the 800-meter race sparked a 20-point performance from Western in that event; the Doves also took third and fourth. It helped turn the meet, and the 1,600 relay slammed the door to give Western an easy victory for the team title.
Sasha Smallwood, Pikesville
The sophomore broke through this year and might be the state's top pole vaulter in any class. She won the Class 1A title, vaulting 10-6 to win the meet at Morgan State. That victory followed wins in the Class 1A and Baltimore County meets. In the county meet, Smallwood edged out Jordana Lehman of Hereford -- who later won the state title in Class 3A. Smallwood also can help out in running events and on relays. Coach Gerard Filosa said she's only going to get better.
Zoey Whittington, Catonsville
She followed a spectacular indoor season with her best outdoor campaign. Her emergence as a top sprinter, with Kellie Christian, gives the Comets a powerful 1-2 combination. Whittington won the Class 3A 400-meter dash at the state meet in 55.48. All-Metro pick Funmi Alabi edged her in the 200. The sophomore ran on the winning 1,600 relay and the 400 relay that finished second. Whittington had a hand in 36 of Catonsville's 59 points, helping the Comets take second in the state.
Moriah Young, McDonogh
The senior was dominant in the shot put and also very strong in the discus. Her throw of 44-6 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland title meet set a meet record by an amazing 5 feet, 1 inch. She won the event by 6 feet, 1 inch, a large margin in shot put. Her winning throw is believed to be the only one over 44 feet this season by a local girl in the shot put. Young also finished second to teammate Candace Hendricks in the discus. Young is headed in the fall to the University of Maryland.
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