Theresa Lewis

All-Metro girls track athlete of the year Theresa Lewis (Western). (Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / March 17, 2006)

PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
Theresa Lewis, Western

For the second straight winter, Lewis demonstrated why she is the country's preeminent hurdler. A year removed from leading the nation with the fastest time in the 55-meter hurdles, the senior did it again this season when she won the event at the Baltimore City championships in 7.82 seconds - a time that is .06 of a second faster than the closest competitor, according to dyestat.com, a Web site devoted to track and field and cross country.

Lewis pulled off another repeat when she collected Class 4A-3A state crowns in the 55 and hurdles in 7.16 and 8.01, respectively. Not only were the times the fastest in all three classifications of the state championships, but the victories vaulted Lewis into a rare group. She joined Hammond's Kisha Jett and Northwestern of Prince George's County's Twanna Shields as the only female athletes to win the 55 and hurdles in back-to-back years, according to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

Lewis, the Baltimore City Performer of the Year, also won both events at the Central regional (7.41 in the 55, 8.29 in the hurdles) and city (7.1, 7.82) meets. Her time in the 55 at the state meet is a metro-area best and ranked 40th in the country, according to dyestat.com. Lewis, who will run at Louisville, placed third in the 60 hurdles (8.42) at the Nike Indoor Nationals.


COACHES OF THE YEAR
Jeff Sanborn And Alrick Munroe, McDonogh

How many coaches can actually count the number of athletes they have had an impact on? For Sanborn and Munroe, the number begins at 17.

That's how many Eagles seniors signed off an e-mail to a Sun reporter lauding the efforts of the two mentors who have turned McDonogh into a track and field powerhouse. While the boys team has claimed three Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association crowns -- indoor and outdoor -- in the past five seasons, the girls squad has been especially consistent in winning four Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships over the same span.

Both coaches are track and field veterans, as Sanborn was a 4:11-miler at Bowdoin College who completed the 1983 New York City Marathon in 2 hours, 29 minutes, 13 seconds, and Munroe was a two-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics champion in the 55 who owns the long-jump record of 26- 3/4 at Wayland Baptist University.

This winter, the duo guided the Eagles to three IAAM regular-season wins in four meets, the team trophy at the Frostbite Invite and the IAAM title for the second time in three years.


FIRST TEAM
Katie Hertsch, Winters Mill

The junior captured her first state crown by winning the 1,600 at the Class 2A-1A state championships in 5 minutes, 29.08 seconds. That victory capped a sweep of the 1,600 at the West regional (5:32.5), Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Piedmont Division (5:28.2) and Carroll County (5:30.66) levels. The county's Performer of the Year, Hertsch also scored triumphs in the 500 and 800 at the county championships.

Elan Hilaire, Park

The repeat All-metro pick continued to make waves nationally. A year removed from setting a national freshman record in the 400, she established a new sophomore mark in the 300 at the Bishop Loughlin Games when she crossed the finish line in 39.9 - a time that is tied for 17th in the country, according to dyestat.com. The Baltimore County Performer of the Year's time of 55.98 in the 400 at the Metropolitan Athletics Congress Holiday Classic also ranked 17th, according to the site.

Tiffani Long, Long Reach

The senior posted the metro area's best mark in the long jump when she leaped 17 feet, 11 1/2 inches at the Nike Indoor Nationals. At the Howard County championships, Long's mark of 17-8 1/2 shattered the previous meet record of 17-3 3/4 . Long's leap of 34-3 3/4 in the triple jump nipped the previous county mark of 34-3 1/4 set by Centennial's Anika Meister last year. Long also won the 55 (7.44) at the county championships.

Kristen Malloy, Hereford

The freshman not only collected her first state crown with a victory in the 3,200 at the Class 3A-2A state championships, but she also recorded the metro area's fastest time in the event with a mark of 11 minutes, 18.65 seconds. That time eclipsed the previous Class 2A state record of 11:24.9 set by Towson's Cori Koch in 2001. Malloy was a double winner at the Baltimore County championships, claiming the 1,600 in 5:17.4 and the 3,200 in 11:33.7.

Liz McCarter, Mount Hebron

The junior dominated the 800 locally, sweeping the event at the Class 3A-2A state (2:21.31), West regional (2:21.0) and Howard County (2:22.36) meets. The county's Performer of the Year, McCarter posted the metro area's fastest time in the 800 at the Montgomery Invitational, where she finished fifth in 2:20.76. McCarter captured the 1,600 at the regional (5:18.6) and county (5:17.70) championships, with the latter a meet record.

Jessica O'Brien, John Carroll

The senior completed a perfect season in the high jump when she took the event with a height of 5-4 at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships. The mark is the best posted by a metro-area athlete this winter. O'Brien, who also dabbled in the 55 hurdles, cleared 5-2 in her first two IAAM meets and reached 5-4 in the Patriots' regular-season finale.

Lindsay Rau, Reservoir

The senior registered the metro area's best mark in the pole vault when she cleared 10-6 at the Class 3A-2A West regional championships. Although she faltered and finished second at the state meet, Rau was also the area's most consistent pole vaulter, clearing heights of 9-0 at four out of five competitions. Rau won her second Howard County title in the pole vault when she finished with a height of 9-6.

Devin Robinson, McDonogh

The senior paced the No. 1 Eagles with a victory in the 55 (7.21) at the IAAM championships, and also ran a leg of the winning 800 relay squad. Robinson is the only area athlete to best Western's Theresa Lewis twice this season. Robinson nipped Lewis by .03 seconds in the 55 at the Montgomery Invitational and triumphed again by .37 of a second in the 60 at the Virginia Tech Invitational. Her time of 7.77 in the 60 is a school record.

Nicole Sohn, Northeast

The senior demonstrated why she was the metro-area's best thrower when she placed first in the shot put at an Anne Arundel-Baltimore County Challenge with a heave of 39-8 1/2 . In fact, Sohn went undefeated in the shot put until the Class 3A-2A East regional championships, where she finished second. Unfazed, the Anne Arundel County Performer of the Year threw the shot put 38-10 1/2 to capture the state crown.

Shalaiyah Sommerville, Western

Like teammate Theresa Lewis, Sommerville is making her third consecutive appearance on the All-Metro team. The UNLV-bound senior's time of 39.75 in the 300 at the Virginia Tech Invitational stood as the metro-area's best this winter and 13th in the nation, according to dyestat.com. At both the Class 4A-3A Central regional and Baltimore City championships, Sommerville won the 300 (41.6 in the region, 40.85 in the city) and 500 (1:21.7, 1:19.18).

Paris Williams, Aberdeen

Because Harford County does not recognize and fund indoor track and field as a varsity sport, Williams trained on her own and trudged on. The junior's perseverance paid off when she collected her first gold medal by taking the 500 at the Class 3A-2A state championships in 1:18.03. Williams also boasted a victory in the 300 at the Central regional meet, winning in 42.54.


SECOND TEAM

Erin Brooks, Seton Keough, sophomore

Jameic DeCoster, McDonogh, freshman

Michelle Donadio, Franklin, senior

Jessica Huber, North Carroll, freshman

Liya Kasimova, Severna Park, sophomore

Christina Maison, Meade, junior

Laura Paulsen, Bryn Mawr, senior

Nicole Robinson, Atholton, junior

Chante Sandiford, McDonogh, junior

Brooke Staton, McDonogh, junior

Quantikia Stepney, Mervo, junior

Cynthia Windesheim, North County, junior

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