GIRLS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR * Kristen Nicolini, Annapolis, Jr. -- Nicolini captured her first outdoor state title by setting a Class 4A record in the 1,600 (4 minutes, 53.63 seconds). She nearly secured a second state title in the 800, but had to settle for second after finishing less than a second behind Tamika Coombs of Northwestern-PG. Nicolini set records in two events at the county meet where she won gold medals in the 3,200 (10:44.5) and 800 (2:14.9). At regionals, she won the 800 and 1,600. She was named to the Amateur Athletic Union's All-American Track and Field for her performance this year in both indoor and outdoor track. "Kristen is a very determined athlete," said Annapolis coach Brian Funk. "She sets her goals very high and goes after them with a very high
THE FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE * Ulanda Archie, Meade, Sr. -- Archie came away from the county meet with a gold medal and two silvers after winning the high jump (5-2) and finishing second in the long jump and triple jump. She won the long jump at the regional meet with a leap of 17-3 3/4 and was second to Chesapeake's Nikki Spann in the triple jump. "Ulanda lets her actions speak for themselves," said coach Hayse Henderson. "She's one of these utility people who can do anything. She probably would have done the pole vault if I asked her to."
* Raina Domneys, Old Mill, Sr. -- She set metro-area bests in the 100 hurdles (14.4), 300 hurdles (46.0), triple jump (38-10 1/2 ) and long jump (17-4 3/4 ) before suffering a season-ending knee injury while making her landing in the long jump at the county meet. At the county meet, Domneys won the long jump with a meet-record leap of 17-8 3/4 . She will attend the University of Maryland on an academic scholarship.
* Kenda Johnson, North County, Jr. -- Johnson captured county and region titles in the 200, was fourth in the state in 200, and was county and region runner-up in the 100 and 400. "She has great range," said coach Ed Harte.
* Tamiko Mack, North County, Jr. -- Mack led the metro area in the 400 (56.8) and was second in the 800 in 2:16.6. She was county and region champ in the 400 and county and region runner-up in the 800. At states, she competed against a talented field of sprinters in the 400 and brought home third. "She just learned to run the 800 this year and she made dramatic improvements," said Coach Harte.
* Christie McDevitt, Northeast, Sr. -- McDevitt, who experienced back problems throughout the season, won the shot put at the region and Class 2A state meet. Her best shot put throw of the year came at states where she won with a throw of 33-7. She won the discus at the county meet with a personal-best 109-4 1/2 and was third in the county in the shot. "She exceeded my expectations by a long shot," said Northeast coach Roger Stitt.
* Tanieka Middleton, Chesapeake, Sr. -- This four-year athlete was county and region champ in the 100 and anchored the Cougars' 400 and 800 relay teams that won the county and region meets. She finished second in the 400 at states and helped Chesapeake's 800 relay team to a third-place finish. "She ran great legs on relays for the last four years," said coach John Gray.
* Martise Moore, Old Mill, Jr. -- Even before Domneys went down with an injury, Moore stepped up and helped the Patriots girls team win county and region titles. Moore emerged as state champion in the 100 hurdles with a winning time of 14.8. She set a county-meet record in the 100 hurdles (14.6) and won the 300 in 48.7. She won both hurdle events at regions and anchored the Patriots' 800 relay team to the second-fastest time in the metro area (1:45.5).
* Christy Nichols, Arundel, Soph. -- She won the 3,200 at states in only the second time she had run the event all season. "Christy Nichols is Christy Nichols and she is a very gifted runner," said coach Ralph Luce. "She was injured a lot of this spring, which forced her out of some races, but when she ran, she won." Nichols took first in the 3,200 and was second in the 1,600 at both the county and region meets.
* Shadena Pearmon, Chesapeake, Soph. -- This sophomore, who was competing in track for the first time, threw the discus 117 feet to win the Class 4A state championship. "She has great potential," said Coach Gray. "She's following in the footsteps of Mattie Cymek [a former Chesapeake athlete who earned a track scholarship to LSU]. Mattie only threw 115 feet as a sophomore and Shadena has already beaten that."
* Jen Plummer, Arundel, Sr. -- This versatile senior tied for second in the high jump at the county meet where she took second in the 300 intermediate hurdles and fourth in the 100 --. She missed states because of graduation ceremonies, which put a bit of damper on an otherwise splendid season. "She was disappointed because she wanted to compete at states but she had a choice to make and I understand why she made it," said Arundel coach Lee Rogers.
* Cathy Porter, Old Mill, Soph. -- This underclassman recorded the area's best throw in the shot put (35-8 1/2 ). She won the shot put at both the county and region meets and finished second in the event at the state meet.
* Kristin Wimbrow, Old Mill, Jr. -- Wimbrow captured first place in the high jump at the state meet where she cleared the bar at 5-4 1/4 . Her jump of 5-6 earned her first place at the Towson State Relays and gave her the metro area's second-best performance in the high jump. She took third in the high jump and fifth in the triple jump at the county meet and was third in the triple jump and fifth in the high jump at regionals.
BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR * Jason Reckner, Old Mill, Sr. -- Reckner capped his brilliant high school running career by winning the Class 4A state championship in the 1,600 meters with a personal-best time of 4 minutes, 19.7 seconds. He was runner-up in the states in the 3,200 and anchored Old Mill's 3,200 relay team to a second-place finish at the state meet, running his 800-meter leg in a personal-best 1:55.7. Reckner was a double-champion at the county meet where he won the 800 and 1,600 and was region champ in the 1,600. He will attend Clemson.
THE FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE * Paul Day, Chesapeake, Sr. -- In only his first year competing in the pole vault, Day emerged as county, East Region and Class 4A state champion. He won the states with a jump of 13 feet and earlier won the Diamond State Relays in Wilmington, Del. "He's been a real success story," said Chesapeake coach John Gray. "He didn't start bending the pole until this spring and he had a lot of success." He will attend UMBC.
* Tony Fowlkes, North County, Soph. -- In his first year competing in the event, this talented underclassman led the metro area in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 39.52. He was county and region champ in the 300 hurdles and finished second in the event at states. He also ran the second leg on the Knights' county and region champion 1,600 relay team. "Tony has outstanding speed and he's still working on his technique, so look out," said North County coach Ed Harte.
Tyriq Galloway, Annapolis, Sr. -- This county long-jump champion took second in the 400 at the county meet and won the 400 at regionals. At the state meet, Galloway took eighth in the long jump. "He's a tremendous talent with great athletic ability," said Panthers coach Brian Funk. "He got by on his raw abilities."
* Ryan Krulis, Severna Park, Sr. -- Krulis emerged as county and region champion in the shot put with throws of 51-10 and 48-11, respectively. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior was runner-up to Nate Oliver in the discus at both the county and region meets. His personal-best throw of 52-5 earned him third place at the state meet. He will attend UMBC on an athletic grant.
* Kevin McKinney, Old Mill, Sr. -- This sprinter suffered a hamstring injury at the Battle Ground Invitational at Mary Washington College in April but he recovered in time to win the 100 -- (10.5) and take second in the 200 at the county meet. At regions, McKinney was runner-up to Meade's Andre Wise in the 100 and 200. He capped his senior campaign by anchoring Old Mill's state champion 800 relay team, and he was fifth in the 200, exactly .10 seconds out of second place. McKinney also ran the anchor leg of the Patriots' 400 relay team that took third at states.
* Damion Moss, Meade, Soph. -- Moss showed he could run with some of Anne Arundel's more-seasoned hurdlers. He won the county championship in the 110 high hurdles but a death in his family forced him to miss regionals, where he would have easily qualified for states. "He can do anything we ask him
to do and he can do it well," said Meade coach Hayse Henderson. "He's a great athlete."
* Nate Oliver, Old Mill, Sr. -- Oliver recorded the longest discus throw of the season in the metropolitan area at the Towson State Relays with a toss of 160-11. He was county and region champion in the discus and was runner-up to Krulis in the shot put at the regional meet. At the state meet, he took second in the discus and was fifth in the shot put.
* Todd Singleton, Old Mill, Sr. -- This multi-talented student-athlete set an area-best mark and an Old Mill record in the high jump when he soared 6-9 1/2 at the Penn Relays. He was county and region champ in both the high jump and triple jump. In the rain at the state meet, he took second in the high jump by clearing 6-4. Singleton, a 4.0 student who also starred on Old Mill's basketball team, will attend Duke University on an academic scholarship.
* Shawn Stallings, Chesapeake, Sr. -- Stallings, a "pure half-miler," won the 800 at the East Region meet, but lost to Reckner in the 800 at the county meet. He anchored the Cougars' 3,200 relay team that won county and region championships and took fourth in the 800 at states. "He's led the team to a lot of championships over the last four years and we're going to have a real difficult time replacing him," said Coach Gray.
* Geoff Warren, Arundel, Sr. -- This harrier emerged as state champion in the 3,200 with a winning time of 9:47.4. He had the 1,600 race of his career but his time of 4:24.9 earned him second place behind Reckner. He was region champ in both the 3,200 and 1,600 and was first in the 3,200 and third in the 1,600 at the county meet. He is considering attending Columbia, Brown, UMBC or the Naval Academy.
* Andre Wise, Meade, Sr. -- This Mustang ran like one throughout the spring. Wise was a double-champion at both the county and region meets. He won the 200 and 400 at the county meet and took first in the 100 and 200 at regionals. At states, Wise took fourth in the 200 and 400 and was sixth in the 100. "He always came through when we needed it," said Coach Henderson. Wise, who also plays soccer, is considering attending Towson State.
* Danny Zamarripa, South River, Sr. -- Zamarripa was a triple-champion at the 2A East Regionals where he took first in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200. He was runner-up to Reckner in the 1,600 at the county meet where he also took third in the 800. "He can run well at just about any distance," said Seahawks coach Scott Baker. "He's very focused and very competitive." He will attend UMBC on a scholarship.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Ron Evans, Old Mill -- "Winning is hard," said Evans, "but repeating is even harder." That may be true, but it didn't stop Old Mill's girls team from claiming its 14th straight county title and ninth consecutive region crown. Nor did it deter the Patriots' boys team from nailing down its sixth straight county and region championships. "Teams that win a lot have a tendency to start taking things for granted, but the amazing thing about this team is how they managed to keep focused and pointed in the right direction," said Evans, whose boys and girls teams have combined to win 12 state championships and 26 region titles since the school opened in 1976. "This team was one of the easier teams to work with. We had 18 National Honor Society students."