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.
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.
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