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Girls track: Athletes to watch

Shawnta Bradford

Aberdeen, senior

Bradford had a strong season in the shot put last year, finishing third in Class 3A with a throw of 34 feet, 9.5 inches.

Jessica Caldwell

McDonogh, senior

Caldwell can help a deep McDonogh team in several ways and, like teammate Autumne Franklin, she is nationally ranked. Caldwell's points will come in the triple jump, long jumps and hurdles.

Alexis Franklin

Old Mill, senior

Franklin can do just about anything Old Mill's coaches want. She can run sprints and relays, and she can also excel in field events to score points for the Patriots.

Autumne Franklin

McDonogh, senior

Franklin is one of the area's most versatile track athletes. She will score points for the Eagles in the hurdles plus the 300 and could also help in the long jump.

Ellie Gonzales

Catholic, sophomore

She might be a sophomore, but Gonzales is already one of the area's top distance runners. She had a big season last winter and won the IAAM cross country championship race this fall.

Sidney Hayes

McDonogh, sopohomore

The Eagles, as usual, are a deep team, but Hayes is going to make them better. She won the IAAM 800 last spring and ran well in the 500 indoors.

Erika Hurd

Manchester Valley, senior

Another athlete who can excel in many areas, Hurd can run sprints and relays, but the high jump is her thing. She won it indoors last winter and has five state titles in her high school career.

Michelle Keller

Liberty, senior

Keller really can do it all. Last year, she took second in Class 2A in the shot put and third in the high jump, an unusual combination. She also runs very well, helping the Lions win the Carroll County 800-meter relay last year and also competing in the hurdles.

Kara Lingenfelter

Chesapeake-AA, senior

Lingenfelter tied the previous Class 4A record with a pole vault of 10 feet at the state meet. But she could get third only in that tough class. This year, she should be even better.

Hannah Oneda

Winters Mill, senior

Oneda is coming off a cross country season in which no one came close to her. She scored impressive victories in the Carroll County, regional and Class 2A state championships, and should also be a force indoors.

OTHER NOTABLES

Sara Carter, Hereford

Erin Causey, Hereford

Paige Chapman, Harford Tech

Haley Cianfarini, North Carroll

Lahni Clifton, Western

Holly Cook, John Carroll

Nicole Dawson, Hammond

Imani Day, Northwestern

Sharon Dorsey, Western Tech

Isabel Griffith, Dulaney

Ashley Hayes, Severna Park

Chartia Hurt, Digital Harbor

Tiffany Lang, Oakland Mills

Ashley Linton, Western Tech

Kacie Longo, South River

Racquel Moses, Milford Mill

Tabitha Pyatt, Poly

Maggie Rampola, Maryvale

Emily Ruppel, Loch Raven

Jamie Russell, Liberty

Ashleigh Stallings, Maryvale

Emily VandeWater, Hereford

Michaela Wilkins, Mt. Hebron

Rachel Yep, Mt. Hebron

Leanne Young, River Hill

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