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All-Metro girls indoor track and field

GIRLS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Devon Williams

Towson Catholic, freshman

In a span of four months, Williams set a national record in the 500 (1 minute, 11.53 seconds) at the Virginia Tech Invitational and national freshman records in the 600 (1:30.22) at the Metropolitan Athletics Congress High School Classic and the 1,000 (2:52.84) at Virginia Tech. Williams' winning time of 2:06.48 in the 800 at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships last weekend is the fastest mark recorded by a U.S. high-school athlete this winter - as are her times in the 500 and the 600.

At the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships, Williams shattered the previous meet record of 42.1 seconds in the 300 by winning the race in 40.0. Williams, the Baltimore City/County Performer of the Year, also took the 1,600 (5:19.9) and the 3,200 (11:49.1) at the IAAM championships.


GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR

Jerry Molyneaux

Western

The doubts about the Doves' aura of invincibility took root during the cross country season when Mervo topped Western, which had won 10 of the previous 11 Baltimore City championships. But rather than allow that disappointment to seep into the indoor campaign, Molyneaux redirected his athletes' focus, reminding them of the program's legacy of success.

The strategy paid off, as Western humbled Mervo to claim its 10th consecutive city title and upended then-No. 1 Broadneck at the Class 4A-3A Central regional championships before placing third at the state meet. With just two seniors among 24 athletes, Molyneaux demonstrated a knack for cultivating talent from a young roster.


GIRLS FIRST TEAM

Lauren Capone

Towson, sophomore

She had few equals when it came to the 3,200. Capone swept the event at the Baltimore County (11 minutes, 52.3 seconds), the Class 3A-2A Central regional (11:42.4) and state (11:27.43) championships. Her time at the state meet was the fastest mark recorded by an athlete in any classification at the state championships

Lauren Centrowitz

Broadneck, senior

She earned her third straight All-Metro appearance by capturing her third consecutive Class 4A-3A state crown in the 1,600. Centrowitz's winning time of 5:02.52 at the state meet stood as the fastest mark posted by an athlete in any classification at the state championships. The Anne Arundel County Performer of the Year also ran a leg of the 3,200 relay squad (9:15.7) that shattered the overall state record.

Ariana Forbes

Milford Mill, sophomore

She owned the 55 hurdles with victories at the Baltimore County (8.8 seconds) and Class 3A-2A Central regional (8.9) championships. Forbes capped an undefeated season in the 55 hurdles by taking the event in 8.52 seconds at the state meet.

Caitlin Hilbert

North Carroll, senior

After placing second in the high jump at the Carroll County meet, Hilbert knocked off the River Hill duo of Tish Carter and Joung Park by clearing 5 feet in the high jump at the Class 3A-2A West regional championships. Hilbert extended her streak to the state meet, where she cleared 5-2 for her first state crown.

Theresa Lewis

Western, sophomore

She won the 55 at the Baltimore City (7.2) and Class 4A-3A Central regional (7.2) championships and added a city title in the shot put (32 feet). But Lewis' forte was the 55 hurdles, which she claimed at the city (8.2) and the regional (8.4) levels. Lewis finished second in the 55 hurdles (8.19) at the state meet.

Jen May

South River, senior

After placing third in the pole vault at the Anne Arundel County championships, May turned in eye-opening outings at the Class 4A-3A East regional and state meets. She cleared 9 feet, 6 inches at both levels to claim the events. May, who tied the Class 4A state record of 9-6, has committed to playing lacrosse at Oregon next year.

Ashley Riggs

Southern-AA, junior

Riggs won the shot put at the Anne Arundel County championships with a toss of 34 feet, 8 3/4 inches and at the Class 3A-2A Central regional meet with a throw of 35-10. Her personal-best mark of 38-7 1/2 at the state championships earned her second place.

Shalaiyah Sommerville

Western, sophomore

She could run the 55 or the 500, but Sommerville made her mark in the 300. She garnered victories in the 300 at the Baltimore City (41.4) and Class 4A-3A Central regional (42.4) championships. Although Sommerville finished second at the state meet, her time of 40.61 is second only to Towson Catholic's Devon Williams this winter.

Quantikia Stepney

Mervo, freshman

Not only did she become the school's first female state champion, but Stepney also became the school's first female double state titlist. Her winning time of 1:17.82 in the 500 at the Class 3A-2A state meet is a school record, and she won the 800 in 2:24.56. Stepney took both events at the Baltimore City (1:19.1 in the 500; 2:35.0 in the 800) and Central regional (1:20.6; 2:32.6) levels.

Cassandre Tanner

Bryn Mawr, senior

Tanner, who won the triple jump last year with an IAAM meet record leap of 33 feet, 3 1/2 inches, turned aside that mark by jumping 35-3 1/2 at this season's IAAM championships. Tanner, who also finished second in the long jump and third in the high jump, accounted for 24 of the 79 points accumulated by the Mawrtians, who finished second at the meet.

Rokesha Williams

Towson Catholic, junior

Williams took the 500 at the IAAM championships in 1:21.1 - a meet record. Williams also won the high jump crown by clearing 5 feet, 1 inch, also a meet record She was second in the 55 and 300.


SECOND TEAM

Samantha Beltz, C. Milton Wright, Junior

Erin Dean, Westminster, Senior

Ashley Duckett, Mount de Sales, Junior

Katie Hertsch, Winters Mill, Soph.

Diane Hunter, Edmondson, Fresh.

Heather Millford, Chesapeake-AA, Junior

Emily Nagle, Broadneck, Junior

Megan Ravenscraft, C. Milton Wright, Soph.

Trisha Repsher, Westminster, Soph.

Devin Robinson, McDonogh, Soph.

Phoenix Ruff, Reginald Lewis, Senior

Susan St. Cyr, Broadneck, Senior

Note: Teams selected by Edward Lee after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.


FINAL POLL

1. Western
2. Broadneck
3. McDonogh
4. Bryn Mawr
5. C. Milton Wright
6. Towson Catholic
7. Mount de Sales
8. Mount Hebron
9. Mervo
10. Glenelg
Other teams considered: Atholton, Century, Edmondson, Towson, Winters Mill.

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