GIRLS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
The versatile junior's talent was on display at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championship meet, as she helped McDonogh cruise to victory. Brown won the 55-meter hurdles and the long jump, and came in second in the shot put.
Her combination of speed, strength and skill is rare among boys or girls.
Brown was undefeated in the regular season in the 55 hurdles and scored victories at the Frostbite Invite, the Howard County and Montgomery invitationals. She also won in a meet at Virginia Tech.
She ran the 2,200 hurdles relay at the Nike Nationals and finished fourth there, earning All-America status.
BOYS PERFORMER OF THE YEAR
At the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship meet, the versatile Gross turned in a dazzling performance, winning the 55-meter dash (7.70 seconds), long jump (21 feet, 11 inches) and the triple jump (46-1). He also ran on the Eagles' third-place 1,600 relay team, playing a major role in McDonogh's second-place finish overall.
The junior did even better at the Nike Nationals in Boston earlier this month. He finished third in the demanding pentathlon (60 hurdles, long jump, shot put, high jump and 1,000) and also took sixth place in the long jump. Gross earned All-America honors at both events.
One of his best efforts came when he set a meet record for the triple jump at the Montgomery Invitational (47-11.75).
GIRLS COACH OF THE YEAR
Williams, who ran at Western under former coach Jerry Molyneaux, stopped by the school before the start of the 2007-08 season offering to help the new coach.
To Williams' surprise, there was no new coach yet, and Western offered her the job. Under Williams, 24, who ran at Howard in college, not only did the longtime city's powerhouse not miss a beat, but the Doves have also gotten better during her two years.
This season indoors, Western won the Baltimore City title, took third in the tough Class 3A Central region and third again at the state meet, nine points behind winner Paint Branch.
BOYS COACH OF THE YEAR
The Falcons became one of the state's elite teams this season under Katzef, a second-year coach who also guides the girls team.
Winters Mill won the county, Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Piedmont Conference and Class 2A West regional championships before taking third in the state meet.
Katzef said that being a woman working with boys was never a problem and that there was mutual respect.
GIRLS FIRST TEAM
The senior helped the Bulls win the Baltimore County title, tie with Meade for the Class 3A Central regional title and take second at the state meet. Cimino came up especially big at the state meet, winning the 800 and 1,600 and running on the second-place 3,200 and fifth-place 1,600 relay teams.
The senior was consistent throughout the season, helping Western win the Baltimore City title and finish a close third at both the Class 3A Central regional and the state meets. At the state meet, Douglas set a Class 3A record in the 500 (1:15.86) despite finishing second to another record-setter, Catonsville's Zoey Whittington.
Harman recovered from the injuries that slowed her at times in cross country. That was bad news for her opponents, as Harman swept the 1,600 and 3,200 at both the Howard County and Class 2A Central regional meets. She then gave the Hawks 18 points to help them finish second at the state meet.
The senior won the 55 and 300 and ran the opening leg of the 800 relay at the IAAM championship meet that McDonogh easily won. Kimbers also took second in the long jump. She was perfect in the regular season in the 55, winning at the Frostbite Invite, Howard County Invitational and Montgomery Invitational.
Notre Dame Prep
Imagine what Laschinger could do if she ran all the time. The one-season-only runner, a senior, won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 at the IAAM championship meet. Laschinger's main sport is lacrosse, and she plays tennis in the fall.
Despite struggling some at the state meet, Linde, a sophomore, remains one of the state's elite distance runners. She turned in a strong performance at the Carroll County championships, taking both the 1,600 and 3,200 and setting records in each. Linde then won the 3,200 at the Class 2A West regional and finished second in the 1,600. She also took second in the 1,600 at the state meet, but Linde set a class record with her time (5:11.05). She finished fourth in the 3,200.
She didn't have a perfect season, but the sophomore high jumper came awfully close. Melville finished third in the Nike Nationals in Boston this month to cap an outstanding indoor season. Melville won the Carroll County, Monocacy Valley Athletic League Chesapeake Conference and Class 4A state crowns.
Despite having been a pole vaulter for just a little more than a year, the sophomore captured the Baltimore County, Class 1A Central regional and state titles. She saved the best for last, as her vault of 11 feet, 1 inch won the state meet, the best in all four classifications. Coach Gerard Filosa thinks the sky could be the limit for Smallwood, who is beginning to grasp a very complex sport.
She has developed into one of the more consistent distance runners. The senior swept the 1,600 and 3,200 in the East regional, MVAL Antietam Conference and state meets.
Tavik had some of the area's longest shot puts throughout the winter. Her best mark was 39-8.75 in a league meet. Tavik won the shot put at the IAAM title meet with a throw of 38-3, easily beating McDonogh's Kristen Brown (34-3).
The sophomore gave area runners a glimpse of what might be coming once she gets more experience. In just her first season indoors, Whittington took second in the 200 and 400 at the Hispanic Games in New York, posting times that were among the nation's best. Whittington swept the 300 and 500 meters at the Class 3A Central and state meets, setting a class record in the 500 (1:15.24) at the state meet.
BOYS FIRST TEAM
The senior won the Class 3A state title in cross country in the fall, then capped his winter season with strong performances in the big meets. Bazell swept the 1,600 and 3,200 meters at the Howard County championships and the Class 3A East regional meet. He nipped teammate Michael Lynch by less than a second in the 3,200 both times before finishing second to him at the state meet.
The junior won the 300 at the MIAA championship meet in a record time of 34.83 seconds. Chambers also won the 55 and 300 at the Dartmouth Relays and took the 400 at the Dickinson Invitational. He won the 300 at the Frostbite Invite. Chambers helps out on various relay teams, as well.
Davenport excelled in various races for Loyola. The senior ran well in the 55, 300, 400 and 500 meters and proved to be one of the metro area's top long jumpers. His versatility was a huge help to the Dons.
The senior high jumper came through for the Wildcats in the big meets. Davis won the Anne Arundel County championship with a jump of 6 feet, 2 inches. He did the same thing in the Class 4A Central regional meet. Davis turned in another strong performance at the state meet, but he didn't get the same result. His jump of 6-0 landed him in third place, behind Owen Cain of Gaithersburg and Linganore's Richard Graham, both of whom went 6-2.
He played a big role in helping the Engineers take the Baltimore City and Class 2A Central regional titles and finish second at the state meet. Houston runs sprints and relays as well as giving the Engineers points in the high jump if needed. The senior won the 500 at the state championship and took third in the 300 there.
He was consistent throughout the season and performed especially well in the big meets. Kshimetski easily won the Class 4A Central region with a vault of 13-3 after taking second to Ryan Sullivan of Southern in the Anne Arundel County meet (13-0). The senior posted a strong third-place finish, going 13-0 at the state meet. Kshimetski reached 13 feet or higher at least four times, the best in the metro area this winter.
The sophomore always hung right with teammate Graham Bazell and gave Atholton a formidable 1-2 duo in cross country and again indoors. Lynch took it to another level at the Class 3A state meet, in which he avenged two close losses to Bazell in the 3,200 at the Howard County and Class 3A East regional meets. Lynch won the title by beating Bazell and setting a class and state record (9:25.53).
The senior picked the right time to run his best race. He pulled off the impressive feat of beating George Chambers from Archbishop Curley and John Davenport of Loyola at the MIAA championship meet. Mitchell's winning time was 6.48 seconds. He had won in the preliminaries that night also and was one of the MIAA's best sprinters all season.
He was again the metro area's best in the shot put this winter. The senior won at the Carroll County, MVAL Chesapeake Conference and Class 4A East meets. Morales capped his season by taking third at the state meet.
Coming off an outstanding cross country season in which he won the Class 2A state title, Morgan continued his winning ways indoors. Morgan pulled off the impressive double of winning the 1,600 (setting a class record with a time of 4:21.96) and 3,200 at the state meet. The senior escaped the shadow of other big-name runners in Howard County and developed into one of the state's top distance runners.
The senior played a huge role in helping the Wolverines win the Baltimore County, Class 1A Central regional and state titles - just as they did outdoors last spring. Wilkes had to step up as Western Tech lost some key performers from last spring's title team. At the title meet this winter, Wilkes had a hand in 36 of the team's 69 points.