Performer of the Year
Katie Sloan, Glen Burnie, junior: Last November's Anne Arundel County cross country Runner of the Year continued to dominate the distance events this spring. The talented junior went undefeated in the 3,200, capturing county, region and state titles. At the county meet, Sloan also won the 1,600 and and finished third in the 800. The newly-inducted National Honor Society member ran the 800-meter leg of Glen Burnie's sprint medley relay which qualified to compete in this month's national meet in North Carolina. "She works hard at what she does and she always manages to keep a fresh approach toward her training," said Gophers coach Aaron Walker. "She always seems to be in a good mood and the hard work doesn't appear to affect her."
The girls team
Keli Acker, Annapolis, junior: Acker was a key member of the Panthers' county champion 800 relay team. Individually, she emerged as county and region champion in 100 high hurdles, an event in which she finished fifth at states.
Jackie Allen, Old Mill, junior: Allen was runner-up in the 100 dash at counties, region champ in the 100 and took fifth in the dash at the state meet. The junior anchored the Patriots' 400 relay that took sixth in the state meet. One of the best long jumpers in the county, Allen, who carries a weighted 4.08 grade-point average, finished third in the long jump at the Golliday Meet and was runner-up in both the long jump and 200 dash at the county championships.
Markisha Bennett, Arundel, junior: Bennett left the Anne Arundel County Championships at Annapolis with three gold medals. She won the county 100 dash in 12.7 seconds, the county 400 dash title in 1: 00.1 and was a member of the Wildcats' winning 400 relay. At regions, Bennett was second to Jackie Allen of Old Mill in the 100 dash.
Stacy Bierman, Old Mill, senior: This scholar-athlete showed her versatility by winning the high jump and finishing second in the discus and high jump at the county championships. She won the discus at the Bob Golliday meet at Old Mill with a best throw of 87 feet and she high-jumped 5-1 to take fourth at states. She will attend Navy Prep School next fall.
Maureen Carr, Southern, junior: Carr closed out a strong year by winning a county title in the 800 and a region title in the 1,600. She was region runner-up in the 800, county runner-up in the 1,600 and finished fifth in both events at the state meet. "She's a very hard-working young lady," said coach Brian Brown.
DelRhea Godwin, Glen Burnie, junior: Godwin returned from an ankle injury she sustained at the Towson Relays and captured a county title in the long jump. She went on to finish first in her region in the long and high jumps and was fourth in the long and triple jumps at states.
Nayvette Fowlkes, North County, senior: This UMES-bound sprinter won the 200 dash at the region meet, was third in the 200 at counties and claimed sixth in the event at states. She also ran a leg of the Knights' 400 relay team that took second in the county and region and sixth at the state meet. "She is the last of the Fowlkes," said coach Ed Harte, who had the pleasure of coaching her older brothers, Troy and Tony. "She's the last and believe me, I'm going to miss them."
Kim Friday, Severna Park, sophomore: In just her first season of track, Friday went on to become county champion in the 200 dash. At regions, she was second in the 200 and 400 and she missed placing in both events at states. "She made amazing improvements over the season," said coach Ed Purpura. "She was a pleasant surprise."
Angela Groves, South River, senior: Groves, a repeat All-County performer, repeated as the girls county pole vault champion by clearing 8 feet earlier this month at Annapolis High. Groves became the first female county pole vault champion last winter and won the first county outdoor pole vaulting title last spring with a vault of 8-6.
Nakia Johnson, Old Mill, senior: Johnson was county champ in the triple jump, an event in which she later claimed second in the regionals and third at states. At counties, she also placed second in the long jump, third in the 200. Her triple jump put her in third place on Old Mill's all-time list. A Minds in Motion winner, Johnson is heading to North Carolina A&T.;
Heather Segraves, Old Mill, sophomore: Segraves finished second in the region, third in the county and sixth in the states in the 1,600 run and her time of 5: 24.7 at states put her in fifth on her school's all-time record list. She was region champ in the 800 and county runner-up in the high jump. She earned a team-high (( 18 points at the county meet, which enabled Old Mill to capture its 18th consecutive title.
Kienda Simmons, Annapolis, senior: Simmons helped the FTC Panthers finish second in the county championships by finishing second in the 300 intermediate hurdles, fourth in high hurdles and running a leg of Annapolis' winning 800 relay. She later picked up her own personal medal by winning the intermediate hurdles at her regional meet.
Susan Sperduto, Glen Burnie, junior: Sperduto, a mainstay on the Gophers' indoor and outdoor track teams, was crowned county and region champ in shot put this spring. She also threw the discus and finished second in both counties and regionals. At states, she took fifth in the shot put and sixth in the discus.
Eva Tukarski, Arundel, freshman: This tall, powerful ninth-grader won the 300 hurdles and was second in the high hurdles at the Anne Arundel County Championships. At regionals, Tukarski took third in both hurdle events.
Sarah Zaruba, North County, senior: Zaruba, who is headed for Shippensburg, emerged as region champ in 400, took third in the 400 at counties and was fifth in the event at states. She also ran on the Knights' mile relay team that took first in the region, second in the county and fifth at states. "She is one of the pillars of our girls program," said coach Ed Harte.
Kelly Zuknick, Archbishop Spalding, sophomore: omore: Zuknick took second in the 800, mile and two-mile runs at Catholic League Championships and finished the mile in a personal best time of 5: 15.0. At the same meet, Zuknick ran an "incredible" anchor leg in the 1,600 relay as she came from behind to lead the Cavaliers to a gold medal. Earlier in the year, she won the 3,000 meters at Knights Invite, setting a course record.
Anne Arundel County Banquet
The 16th annual All-Anne Arundel County Academic-Athletic Team banquet will be held June 10 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Ten boys and 10 girls who excel both academically and athletically will be honored with plaques that evening and two overall winners (one boy, one girl) will receive $5,000 scholarships from The Sun.
Those named to the team will be advised the first week in June and will be featured in The Sun June 5. Jones Communications, Cable TV 22 in Anne Arundel County, will tape the banquet and air it at a later date. Information: Pat O'Malley, 410-647-2499.
The Baltimore Sun 1998 All-Anne Arundel County track and field teams were selected by Steven Kivinski after consulting with The Sun staff and area coaches.
Pub Date: 5/29/98