Listen to this statistic: In four years of competition in outdoor track at Long Reach, Carter has run in 16 races (including relays) at the state championships. She has won 16 medals, 13 of them gold. Anybody want to dispute why she's the All-Metro girls performer of the year? The statistics are nearly as impressive indoors, where the only thing stopping her was that they don't run as many events indoors. The senior headed for the University of Alabama has consistently provided the best times in the area. This season, Carter owned the top times in the 100 meters (11.6), 200 (24.4) and 400 (56.3). Carter didn't run the 400 in the state meet, instead being saved for the relay events, where Long Reach won the 400 and 800 relays on the way to its third straight state title -- despite being up from 2A to 3A. Carter has made her mark up and down the East Coast during appearances at regional and national meets.
Coach of the Year: Joe Thomas, Long Reach
Thomas, looking to maintain championship form as his team moved up from 2A to 3A this spring, put his girls into the toughest competition possible. "We ran in the best invitationals we could find, because I wanted these girls ready when we got to the state meet," said Thomas. Long Reach rolled to the 3A title just as it had the last two years in 2A.
Kiara Adams, Westminster
For the second straight year, Adams went undefeated in her specialty, the shot put. She swept the state 4A, Region 4A East, Central Maryland and Carroll County titles with throws ranging from 39-5 to 41-8. The Owls were all but unstoppable in the throwing events.
Alicia Beard, Old Mill
Another of the area's four-event scorers, Beard won the high hurdles at the state level and was second in the intermediates. She also scored in the triple jump. In eight county and region events, she had four firsts, two seconds and two thirds and was named the top female track athlete in the county.
Sharronda Boone, Western
After winning four events at the City Championships, Boone took three gold medals away from the 4A North regional, then capped a solid season with a first in the 200 at states in 25.34, a second in the 100 (12.17) and a sixth in the long jump (16-2) for 19 points. She also ran on a winning relay team.
Rolanda Howard, Long Reach
With two lopsided victories in the triple and long jumps and a fourth-place finish in the high hurdles, the junior was the top-scoring individual in the Class 3A state meet. She even beat out teammates Carter and Nicholls, no easy trick. Her jump marks were the best all day counting all four divisions.
Stephanie Kuehne, Dulaney
Over her career, Kuehne has provided the balance for the Dulaney team, which never wants for middle-distance runners and up. She won the state 4A high jump (5-7) and was second in the triple jump, won the high and triple jumps in the county championships and had a win and two seconds in the 4A North regional.
Chanel Lattimer, McDonogh
If the junior set one meet record during her excellent outdoor season, she set a half-dozen while dominating in the 100-200-400 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland and in invitational meets. Her bests for the sprints are 12.1, 24.7 and 56.3.
Erin Masterson, Annapolis
The junior ran as good a one-day middle-distance double as anybody hereabouts at the Anne Arundel County meet, doing a 5:14 1,600, then a 2:17 800. She captured the same double at the Regional 3A East meet and, in the state meet, won the 1,600 in 5:07.29 and was second in the 800 (2:18.1).
Lee McDuff, River Hill
Consistency has been McDuff's calling card the last two years whether running hill 'n' dale, indoors or outdoors. She won both Howard County distance events (5:19 in the 1,600 and 11:49 in the 3,200), won her regional 3,200 and was second in the state at the distance (11:41).
Cynthia Nichols, Long Reach
The second half of Long Reach's gold dust twins, Nicholls took top performer honors on the All-Met indoor squad because of her versatility as a high and long jumper and sprinter. She owns the area's best high jump (5 feet 9) and second-best long jump (18-3) and scored 17 individual points as the team was winning the 3A title.
Katie Selby, Westminster
Selby scored a clean sweep in her specialty, the discus throw, in the state, region and county meets with consistent tosses between 119-8 and 125-2. Perhaps her toughest competition came from teammates Emily and Jessica Hester, and the trio usually gave Westminster a 1-2-3 sweep in the event.
Cara Wettlaufer, C.M. Wright
The state 4A indoor 1,600 champ finished third outdoors with a time of 5:07.33. Before that, she did the 800-1,600 double at the Harford County title meet and won the 1,600 in a highly competitive race at the Region 4A meet at North County.
Tenke Zoltani, Dulaney
One state championship might be enough for some kids. Not Zoltani. After winning the 1,600 and 3,200 at states last year, she doubled back and repeated with personal best times of 5:04 and 11:12. She has been the state indoor champ the past two years and won the state 4A crown in cross country last fall.
Note: The All-Metro girls track teams were selected by Phil Jackman after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.