Novia Brown

Novia Brown, Winter Track Perfomer of the Year (Sun photo by Doug Kapustin / March 24, 2002)

GIRLS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR

Novia Brown

Milford Mill, junior


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In her first indoor season, Novia Brown produced three gold-medal performances at the state Class 3A-2A championships, leading her team to a surprising title by 5 1/2 points over runner-up Mount Hebron.

She broke a state 3A-2A meet record in the 300 meters with a time of 40.8 seconds, the Baltimore metro area's best time this winter. She also won the 500 meters with an excellent time of 1:17.9. Brown ran on the state championship 1,600-meter relay.

She won four gold medals at the regional meet and three golds and a silver at the county championships. "A lot of colleges are already looking at her," said her coach, Michael Jones. "She never ran until last spring."

Brown ran only one invitational, at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, and she finished first in the 300. "She's a raw talent and a joy to work with. She laughs all the time. She makes coaching fun," Jones said.

Brown is an honor-roll student, who participates in Milford Mill's health magnet program in hopes of becoming a doctor.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Michael Jones

Milford Mill

The Millers won a state 3A-2A track and field championship with just five athletes. Amazing as that sounds, it didn't amaze Jones, who predicted his team would win states even after it finished second at the Baltimore County championships and third at the regional meet.

The team was led by All-County selections Novia Brown, Mercedes Rogers and Domonique Washington, in addition to Camara Ashe and Lauren Henderson. In addition to Brown's two golds, the Millers won the 1,600 relay and Rogers won the shot put. Those four events added up to 40 points.

Jones, a third-year coach, worked with the sprinters, while Joe Sargeant directed the field athletes and Sharon Johnson coached the distance runners. Four of the five team members are juniors.

FIRST TEAM

Lauren Centrowitz

Broadneck, sophomore

Centrowitz sliced 10 seconds off her previous best time to upset the Baltimore metro area's premier 1,600-meter runner, Tenke Zoltani from Dulaney, during the state Class 4A-3A championships at the Prince George's Sports Complex in Landover. The winning time was 5:03.2. Zoltani ran 5:03.8. Both were personal bests and just missed the state record of 5:01.9.

Centrowitz, the All-Arundel Performer of the Year in cross country and indoor track, also ran third in the state 800 meters at 2:20.