GIRLS FIRST TEAM AT A GLANCE
PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
* Mona Jackson, Howard, Sr. -- The senior leader on the Lions' Class 3A state championship team, Jackson walked away with state titles in the triple jump (37 feet, 9 1/2 inches) and long jump (18-5), took second in the high jump (5-7) and ran a leg on the
third-place 4 x 400 relay squad. She won county and region crowns all four years in the triple jump, and captured 24 medals during her high school career in jumping events alone. She also helped Howard to a state title during her freshman year.
COACH OF THE YEAR
* Joe Thomas, Howard -- After guiding the Lions to a fifth-place finish at last year's state meet, Thomas' squad could do no wrong this spring, winning county, region and Class 3A state titles in dominating fashion. His athletes scored in nine events at the state meet, and defeated defending champion Linganore by 40 points. The fifth-year coach credited this year's success with his team's serious approach to the sport, as well as its overall quality and depth. He and his coaching staff were able to assemble one of the strongest all-around teams in county history. What's more, his runners lived up to those high expectations. "Things just fell into place," Thomas said.
* Adelle Chenier, Wilde Lake, Sr. -- After winning a county title in the 400, Chenier finished her season with gold medals in the 200 (25.57) and 400 (58.23), and silvers in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relays at the Class 1A state meet. Her effort helped Wilde Lake to a second-place finish -- the best in school history.
* Kare Fisher, Centennial, Sr. -- She made the hurdles look easy, winning regional championships in both the 100 hurdles (15.01) and 300 hurdles (48.8). Fisher then went on to take third at the Class 3A state meet in the 300 hurdles and fourth in the 100 hurdles.
* Nyjla Littlejohn, Wilde Lake, Soph. -- After not losing in the high hurdles all season, a stumble in the state qualifier cost her a chance at a perfect spring. Still, she won county titles in the 100 hurdles (15.61) and 300 hurdles (46.8), and went on to take second in the state in the latter.
* Lauren McHargue, Oakland Mills, Sr. -- She excelled in the discus, winning a county championship (105 feet) before taking second in the region and fifth at the Class 2A state meet. She proved doubly valuable for her shot putting ability -- another event in which she medaled at both the county and region meets.
* Kym Morehouse, Howard, Sr. -- This sprinter ended a stellar high school career by winning nine postseason medals, including state championships in the 4 x 200 relay (24.8 split) and 4 x 100 relay (11.7). She also took third in the state in the 100, and ran on the Lions' 4 x 100 squad that took seventh at the Penn Relays.
* Donna Mullings, Howard, Jr. -- This multi-talented performer excelled in numerous events, including the 100 (season-best 12.2), 200 (county champion, fourth in the state), long jump (county champion, second in the state), triple jump (second in the county, region and state) and the 4 x 100 relay, where she ran an 11.9 split to help the Lions to a state title.
* Suzette Mullings, Howard, Sr. -- One of the main reasons the Lions won a state title, Mullings won silvers in the 100 (12.26) and 200 (25.17) after winning county and region championships in both. She also took fifth in the state in the 400 and ran a leg on the championship 4 x 100 team, which ran the second fastest time (47.49) in state meet history.
* Thema Napier, Hammond, Fresh.-- In becoming the county's top middle-distance runner, Napier won the county 800, took second in the region in the 400 and 800, and won medals in both events at the state class 2A meet. She also competed on the Bears' 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay squads, which both finished in the top four in the state.
* Coleen Parker, Howard, Soph. -- Parker took third in the Class 3A state 400 (58.7) and sixth in the 200. She also played key roles on two championship relay teams, running a 25.6 split for the state champion 4 x 200 squad and a 60.2 split for the county champion 4 x 400 squad.
* Beth Santilli, Glenelg, Fresh. -- After taking two silver medals at the county meet, Santilli placed third in the state in the 1,600 (5:20.6) and sixth in the 800 (2:27.4). She also ran legs for the state runner-up 4 x 800 relay team and the third-place 4 x 400 relay team.
* Monica Stevens, Hammond, Sr. -- One of the county's premier hurdlers, Stevens won the 100 hurdles and took second in the 300 hurdles at the regional competition before taking third and fourth in those events, respectively, at the Class 2A state meet. She also ran on two relay teams that finished among the top four in the state.
* Dana Strickland, Atholton, Jr. -- She is undeniably the top distance runner in the county, having won county titles in the 1,600 (5:19.8) and 3,200 (11:44.7). She won silver medals in each of those events at the Class 2A state meet, and also excelled in the 800.
* Katie Wise, Glenelg, Soph. -- Wise was consistently the best shot putter in the county, winning a county title (35- 1/4 ) before taking second in the region and third in the state. In only her first year in track, she has already come within four inches of the school record.
PICKING THE TEAMS
The Baltimore Sun 1995 All-Howard County Track and Field Teams were chosen by Rich Scherr after consultation with staff writers and area coaches.