Runner of Year
Thea Bayly, Westminster, senior: She has dominated the sprints in Carroll County for the last two years. Bayly again swept the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races at the county meet, despite driving rain. She was second in the 300 hurdles and third in the 100 at regionals. This was the first time Bayly qualified for individual races at the state meet, and she just missed scoring, taking seventh in the 100 but falling in the 300 hurdles. She's headed for Western Maryland College in the fall.
Field Performer of Year
Pun Chittchang, South Carroll, junior: Will she ever lose? She almost had a perfect year, losing just one time this season in the long jump but winning every triple jump competition. Chittchang swept both the long and triple jumps in the CMC, county, region and state meets. In addition, she set school records in both the long and triple jumps. At the state meet, she ran a 1: 02.7 leading off the 1,600 relay, raced over to the long jump and nailed an 18-10 to win the event -- after resting two minutes. "For her, it's a commonplace thing. She can do it all," said coach Rob Pennington.
Coach of Year
Tom Fisher, Westminster: Working with Jim Shank, he did a good job of coming up with a county and region champion. The Owls had lots of young talent, and Fisher helped the team peak late in the season with big efforts in all postseason meets. Westminster will lose some good seniors, but Fisher will get back a number of strong young athletes, among them Mandy Komar and Jessica and Emily Hester, who should make the Owls favorites again next year.
Heather Abel, Francis Scott Key, senior: She has been a solid and versatile performer for the Eagles during her varsity career. Abel did well in the postseason, taking sixth in the state in the Class 2A long jump. She helped out in a lot of different places for Key, taking second also in the pole vault (8-6) in the county meet.
Megan Byers, Liberty, senior: She came up big late in the season, helping Liberty score some key points, and had a strong postseason, winning the county shot put. Byers was third in the discus in Class 3A at the state meet last weekend at UMBC. She was third in the discus at the CMC meet.
Emily Hester, Westminster, sophomore: She and her sister Jessica were a strong twosome in field events. Emily finished third in the discus in the county, got fourth in the region meet and then third in the Class 4A state meet.
Jessica Hester, Westminster, sophomore: She also came up big in the key meets, winning the county and region shot put and taking second at states. She helped Westminster at the CMC meet by winning in the discus competition. Combining with her sister again next year, Hester gives the Owls some field event strength.
Mandy Komar, Westminster, sophomore: She's becoming one of the forces in the county. Komar showed her versatility by taking the 1,600 at the county meet while also finishing second in the 800 and triple jump. She then won the triple jump at the region meet before taking fifth in that event at the state meet. The question for her -- how good can she become over the next two years?
Jill Krebs, South Carroll, senior: One of the county's best distance runners for the past three years, Krebs had another good year. She won the 3,200 at the county meet and took second behind Komar in the 1,600. At the region meet, she took fifth in the 3,200 and sixth in the 1,600. Krebs is headed for Western Maryland next year, and she hopes to run for the Green Terror.
Kelly Knutson, Liberty, senior: Knutson helped a young Liberty team again this year with her strong hurdling and speed. She captured the 100 hurdles at the county meet, edging South Carroll's Jody Sharpe. The 300 hurdles weren't run because of the rain that day. She kept improving and working hard while at Liberty.
Adrienne Lee, North Carroll, senior: A hard-working runner, Lee made her mark during four years on the Panther varsity. This season, she won the 800 in the county meet and then anchored the 3,200 relay. That foursome finished second in the fourth, then fourth in the region plus ninth in the state in Class 3A. She was the top middle distance runner for North Carroll and will be missed by the growing program.
Cindy Reese, Westminster, senior: She nearly won everything in the postseason for the Owls. Reese won the pole vault at the CMC, county and region meets in addition to taking second in the state in Class 4A for the Owls. This was the second straight year that Reese finished second in the state. She has been a consistent performer for Westminster in her career.
Jody Sharpe, South Carroll, junior: She was a consistent hurdler for the Cavaliers this season. The 300 wasn't run at the county meet because of rain and poor conditions, but she took second in the 100 hurdles. Sharpe was fourth in the region at that meet. She just missed qualifying in the state meet in the 300 but did well this season and should be a top hurdler in the county next year.
Tiffany Williams, Liberty, senior: Williams once more showed the blazing speed she wowed everybody with in soccer. She took it back to the track this spring and finished second in both the 100 and 200 at the county meet, falling to Bayly both times. In addition, Williams helped on the Lions' relay teams that found success this season, especially at the county meet.
Beth Wolbert, South Carroll, senior: She put on a strong performance at the county meet, becoming one of just two individual winners for the Lions with her victory in the high jump. She had to edge out two others to take first place with the jump of 4 feet, 8 inches, which helped Liberty get past North Carroll by five points for third place in the that meet. The Lions had 57 overall.
Athlete of year luncheon
The 32nd Annual Baltimore Sun High School Athlete of the Year Awards Luncheon will be held Monday, June 8 at Martin's West starting at 11: 30 a.m. For questions, call Sam Davis at 410-332-6534.
Team selection The Baltimore Sun 1998 All-Carroll County track and field teams were selected by Jeff Seidel after consulting with The Sun staff and area coaches.
Pub Date: 5/29/98