The senior helped the Bulls win the Baltimore County title, tie with Meade for the Class 3A Central regional title and take second at the state meet. Cimino came up especially big at the state meet, winning the 800 and 1,600 and running on the second-place 3,200 and fifth-place 1,600 relay teams.
The senior was consistent throughout the season, helping Western win the Baltimore City title and finish a close third at both the Class 3A Central regional and the state meets. At the state meet, Douglas set a Class 3A record in the 500 (1:15.86) despite finishing second to another record-setter, Catonsville's Zoey Whittington.
Katie HarmanRiver Hill
Harman recovered from the injuries that slowed her at times in cross country. That was bad news for her opponents, as Harman swept the 1,600 and 3,200 at both the Howard County and Class 2A Central regional meets. She then gave the Hawks 18 points to help them finish second at the state meet.
The senior won the 55 and 300 and ran the opening leg of the 800relay at the IAAM championship meet that McDonogh easily won. Kimbers also took second in the long jump. She was perfect in the regular season in the 55, winning at the Frostbite Invite, Howard County Invitational and Montgomery Invitational.
Erin LaschingerNotre Dame Prep
Imagine what Laschinger could do if she ran all the time. The one-season-only runner, a senior, won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at the IAAM championship meet. Laschinger's main sport is lacrosse, and she plays tennis in the fall.
Despite struggling some at the state meet, Linde, a sophomore, remains one of the state's elite distance runners. She turned in a strong performance at the Carroll County championships, taking both the 1,600 and 3,200 and setting records in each. Linde then won the 3,200 at the Class 2A West regional and finished second in the 1,600. She also took second in the 1,600 at the state meet, but Linde set a class record with her time (5:11.05). She finished fourth in the 3,200.
Amber MelvilleNorth Carroll
She didn't have a perfect season, but the sophomore high jumper came awfully close. Melville finished third in the Nike Nationals in Boston this month to cap an outstanding indoor season. Melville won the Carroll County, Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Conference and Class 4A state crowns.
Despite having been a pole vaulter for just a little more than a year, the sophomore captured the Baltimore County, Class1A Central regional and state titles. She saved the best for last, as her vault of 11feet, 1 inch won the state meet, the best in all four classifications. Coach Gerard Filosa thinks the sky could be the limit for Smallwood, who is beginning to grasp a very complex sport.
Rachel SykesSouth Carroll
She has developed into one of the more consistent distance runners. The senior swept the 1,600 and 3,200 in the East regional, MVAL Antietam Conference and state meets.
Chelsea TavikSeton Keough
Tavik had some of the area's longest shot puts throughout the winter. Her best mark was 39-8.75 in a league meet. Tavik won the shot put at the IAAM title meet with a throw of 38-3, easily beating McDonogh's Kristen Brown (34-3).
The sophomore gave area runners a glimpse of what might be coming once she gets more experience. In just her first season indoors, Whittington took second in the 200 and 400 at the Hispanic Games in New York, posting times that were among the nation's best. Whittington swept the 300 and 500 meters at the Class 3A Central and state meets, setting a class record in the 500 (1:15.24) at the state meet.
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