Girls Coach of the Year
Joe Thomas, Long Reach: Under Thomas' guidance, the Lightning captured team titles at both the Howard County and Class 2A state meets. In eight seasons of coaching outdoor track, including six at Howard High, Thomas' teams have won three state titles and been runner-up once. The 33-year-old Glenelg High and Western Maryland College graduate attributed his team's success this season to improved representation in the field events and the presence of All-Metro performers Thema Napier and Teyarnte Carter. "This group knew what they had to do every meet," Thomas said, moments after his team captured the Class 2A state title. "They did what they had to do to get it done."
Performer of the Year
Thema Napier, Long Reach, senior: This repeat All-Metro performer capped a brilliant high school career by winning two gold medals and two silver medals at the Class 2A state championships and posted the best time of any classification in the 800 (2: 16.03), as her team won the state championship by 21 points over runner-up Central. She also won the 300 hurdles (43.58), finished second in the 100 hurdles (14.75) and second on the 400 relay (48.61). At this season's Howard County meet, Napier claimed four gold medals and the Iron Woman Award after winning the 100 high hurdles, 300 intermediate hurdles, 800 run and 400 relay. An honor student with a 3.67 GPA, she ran 14.3 in a preliminary heat of the 110 hurdles, breaking a 12-year-old meet record and the county record. After entertaining offers from many schools, Napier accepted a full track scholarship to the University of Maryland.
The girls team
Tia Burley, Western, junior: Burley took home one gold medal and three silvers from the Class 4A state meet after finishing second in the 400 dash, 300 intermediate hurdles and 3,200 relay and running a leg of the Doves' state champion 1,600 relay. She won the intermediate hurdles and finished second in the high hurdles at the Baltimore City meet, and at regionals won the 400 and was second in the 300 hurdles.
Teyarnte Carter, Long Reach, sophomore: The only local athlete to win three individual gold medals at the state meet, Carter swept the Class 2A 100 (12: 39), 200 (25.06) and 400 (56.88). She won the same three events in Class 1A as a freshman. Unlike last year, when the Lightning won the 400 relay, she had to settle for a silver medal in that event. Carter won four gold medals at the Howard County meet in the 100 (12.2), 200 (25.5) and 400 (57.9) and 400 relay (45.7).
Pun Chittchang, South Carroll, junior: Chittchang, Carroll County's Field Performer of the Year, lost just once this season in the long jump, but won every triple jump competition. She swept both long and triple jumps in the CMC, county, region and state meets. In addition, she set school records in both 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.
Amber Day, Oakland Mills, senior: She capped a celebrated high school career by winning the Class 1A 100 (12.47) and 400 (57.0) and finishing second in the 200 (25.27). At the Howard County Championships, she finished second in the 100 (12.4), 200 (26.1) and 400 (58.7). At the Knights Invite, Day finished first in the 200, breaking her own record set last year, took first in 400 and ran a leg on the Scorpions' winning 1,600 relay team. She'll attend the University of Minnesota on a track scholarship.
Jinelle Edmund, Harford Tech, sophomore: After successfully defending her Harford County titles in the 100 and 200 dashes, this sprinter went on to earn gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400 dashes at the Class 1A North Region meet at Perryville and closed out her season by capturing a state title in the 200 and finishing as state runner-up in the 100.
Jen Geroux, Parkville, senior: Geroux, who is taking her talents south to the University of Miami, closed out an illustrious high school career by winning state championships in both the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs. At the Baltimore County championships, Geroux won the mile and 2-mile and finished second in the 800. "The Hurricanes got a good one," said Knights coach Don Wann. "She's left an incredible void for us to fill." Expected to help fill that void is Jen's younger sister, Kristy, an incoming sophomore.
Catrice Jefferson, Woodlawn, senior: This Morgan State-bound sprinter helped the Warriors sweep team titles at the Baltimore County Championships by winning the 300 hurdles and 800 run and running on the first-place 1,600 relay. She took home four gold medals from regionals after winning the 400, 300 intermediate hurdles, 800 and 1,600 relay. At states, she won the 300 intermediate hurdles and took second in the 400. "I think she can take it to the next level," said coach Mike Sye. "She's a true competitor."
Toni Jefferson, Western, junior: This Jefferson won the 100 dash in 11.8 and the 200 in 25.1 at the Baltimore City meet, establishing records in both events. That same day, she won the long jump and ran on the Doves' winning 800 relay. She did the same at regionals before winning the long jump, placing second in the 200 and fourth in the 100 at states. Her mark of 19-3 in the long jump at the state meet was the fourth-best jump in state history.
Elisa Jones, Parkville, senior: Jones saved her best for last as she won the state shot put title by a quarter-inch on her final throw at the Class 3A championships. Before that dramatic finish, she captured Baltimore County and region titles in shot put and discus. "She's blossomed into a fantastic talent and the scary thing is she's only scratching the surface," said coach Wann.
Stephanie Kuehne, Dulaney, sophomore: This talented underclassman soared to new heights this season. After finishing third in the high jump at the Baltimore County Championships at Hereford, Kuehne went on to win region and state championships. Her best jump came at the Class 4A state meet at UMBC, where she cleared 5 feet, 3 inches.
Chanel Lattimer, McDonogh, freshman: In her final two meets of the season, the Private School and AIS-Catholic League championships, Lattimer collected eight gold medals. In both meets, the freshman phenom swept the 100, 200, 400 dashes and ran the lead-off leg of the Eagles winning 400 relay. She recorded a personal best, 12.1, in the 100 dash at the Draper Invitational in Alexandria, Va.
Lee McDuff, River Hill, freshman: McDuff, a soccer player who had never run track before the indoor season, looked like a veteran of the sport as she won the Class 2A state 3,200 (10: 59.48) and finished second in the 1,600 (5: 09.35). At the Howard County meet, the ninth-grader won the 3,200 (11: 19.8) and the 1,600 (5: 17.7).
Shani Moore, McDonogh, senior: Moore began her final outdoor track campaign by clearing an area-best 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump at the Knights Invite and set another meet record, clearing 5-8 1/2 at the Colonial Relays in Williamsburg, Va. After a mid-season knee injury, Moore came back and won the high jump and high hurdles at the Private School Championships. An honor student and consummate student-athlete, Moore missed the Catholic League Championships to attend a prestigious leadership conference in Colorado. She is headed to Princeton, planning to play basketball.
Erin Nett, Bel Air, senior: Nett, Bel Air's record-setting pole vaulter, set a Class 3A meet mark by clearing 10-6 in the pole vault but bowed to Karen Allen of Calvert County's Calvert. At the Harford County championship meet, the former gymnast pole vaulted 11 feet, 6 inches, the best mark in the state this season. Earlier this season, the Clemson-bound senior became the first Harford County performer to win the Penn Relays. "She's not afraid of going into the air," said coach Don Mickey. "That's usually their biggest fear, but she's been doing that all her life."
Kacie Remeto, McDonogh, freshman: Remeto was a triple champion at the Private School Championships after capturing gold medals in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 runs. She won the 1,600 and 3,200 runs and anchored the Eagles' winning 3,200 relay at the Catholic League meet. "She's gotten stronger," said coach Andy Gill. "She loves to train, and she loves to run."
Katie Sloan, Glen Burnie, junior: Sloan, er's Anne Arundel County's cross country and track and field Performer of the Year, continued to dominate 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 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 coach Aaron Walker.
Lori Tvarkunas, Glenelg, junior: Tvarkunas won the state Class 1A pole vault title by clearing 9 feet, 3 inches at UMBC and finished sixth in the 300 hurdles in 51.25. At the Howard County Championships, she took second in the pole vault (9-0), bowing to Tenisha Chester of Atholton.
Sarah White, Parkville, junior: After finishing second in the high jump at the Baltimore County meet, White clawed her way to region and state titles. She became region champ with a 5-3 and state champion with a school record and personal best 5-5. The multi-talented junior was county champ in the long jump and finished fifth in the 100 high hurdles.
Final track polls
Boys Top 10
2. Calvert Hall
3. North County
5. Mount St. Joseph
8. Oakland Mills
10. Milford Mill
Girls Top 10
2. Old Mill
4. Long Reach
7. Glen Burnie
10. Oakland Mills
The Baltimore Sun 1998 All-Metro track and field teams were were selected by the staff after consulting with area coaches.
Pub Date: 6/04/98