3 share top honor in track Liberge, White, Jett make rapid strides


The three Performers of the Year on the ninth All-Metro track and field team selected by The Evening Sun were local unknowns in the sport two years ago.

The top boy is Westminster's Jean-Francois Liberge, better known as Jeff. A native of France, Jeff came to Carroll County when his father was transferred here. He improved the area record in the pole vault to 15 feet, 1 1/2 inches, and won that event and scored in three others at the state 4A championships.

With seasonal bests of 14.6 sec-onds in the 110-meter hurdles, 147-3 in the discus and 46-5 in the shot put, Liberge is the best decathlon prospect ever to pass through the area. He next will attend a university outside Paris, but many U.S. colleges are recruiting him for 1992-93.

Two girls became the first ever named first-team All-Metro in four events, and they share Performer of the Year honors.

Hammond freshman Kisha Jett won state 2A honors in the 100 (12.14), 200 (25.24) and 400 (56.6), and she was top seed in the long jump but missed the start of the event. Her seasonal best was 18-3, and she led area competitors in all four events. Her roots are in West Virginia, and her brother James, who runs for the Mountaineers, is the top collegiate sprinter in the East.

Dulaney sophomore Amanda White made her first season in the sport a memorable one. She set an area record in the 3,200 (10:49.7); ran the area's second-fastest 1,600 ever (5:01.9); and came within one-tenth of a second of the Baltimore County record in the 800 (2:17.86). With White anchoring, Dulaney was the area's fastest in the 4X800 relay.

Six others received first-team All-Metro status in more than one event.

Centennial's Pat Rodrigues was the boys leader in the 1,600 and 3,200, and Catonsville's Kareem Lamb ruled in the 400 and 800. Oakland Mills senior Eric Graham is tops in the 200 and had a hand in two leading relays, and Poly junior Tramont Evans was fastest in the 110 hurdles and keyed the Engineers' relays.

Among the girls, Chesapeake-Anne Arundel junior Mattie Cymek XTC dominated the girls weight events and Frederick junior Nicole Brown was tops in the triple jump and ran on the Cadets' 4X100 relay.

The honorable mention category is for worthy boys and girls whose names do not appear on the first or second team.

The coaches of the Year are Oakland Mills' Caskie Lewis-Clapper and Milford Mill's Jesse Hannon. The Scorpion boys won their second state Class 3A title in three years. The Millers were the only girls team to win a state championship, as the 1A crown was their second in a four-year span. Hannon's boys teams have won two state titles.

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