Girls indoor track athletes to watch in 2017-18

Howard's Chinenye Iloanya tosses the shot put on her way to winning at the state indoor championships at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex on Feb. 21.
Howard's Chinenye Iloanya tosses the shot put on her way to winning at the state indoor championships at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex on Feb. 21. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Anna Coffin

Annapolis, junior


After a great cross country season in which she took second in the state in Class 4A, Coffin should be ready for more. She’s developing into one of the area’s top distance runners.

Samantha Facius


Mount de Sales, junior

She won the IAAM cross country title meet with a great kick at the end to beat out Lacey Eden of Archbishop Spalding. Facius also won the 800 and 1,600 in the 2016-17 indoor title meet.

Cameron Hinton

Franklin, senior


Hinton should be running the 300 and 500 meters and relays this winter. She helped the Indians to the Class 3A state title last year and will be going to Auburn next fall.

Franklin is the No. 1-ranked team in The Baltimore Sun's 2017-18 girls track and field preseason Top 15 poll.

Chinenye Iloanya

Howard, junior

Iloanya pulled off an impressive hat trick in the shot put last winter for the Lions. She won the Howard County, Class 4A East and the state title (36-0.25 in that meet) with solid performances.

Beyonce Kelly

Harford Tech, junior

Kelly can sprint, run relays and do field events; her ability to do so much gives the Cobras a boost. Last winter, she took the Class 2A state title in high jump (5-6).

Nyjari McNeil

Franklin, senior

She truly can do a bit of everything and led the Indians to the Class 3A state title last winter. She’s headed for warmer weather in the fall — to San Diego State — and should be doing some middle distance and relays for the Indians this season.

Using key digits to look at the area's 2017-18 girls track and field season.

Jada Seaman

McDonogh, junior

Last winter, Seaman ran the 55, 300, 500 meters and did the long jump for McDonogh. She won the long jump and 300 at the IAAM title meet, and is one of the growing group who can mix sprints and field events.

Janiya Valentine

New Town, junior

She has developed into strong sprinter and is coming off a big sophomore season. Indoors, Valentine won the state title in the 55-meter dash (Class 2A), then had a strong outdoor season.

Gwen Zeckowski

South River, senior

She won the Class 4A pole vault indoors (11 feet) and outdoors last year (same height). Zeckowski also won the region meet indoors as well as the Anne Arundel County meet outdoors.

Allie Zolkiewicz

South Carroll, senior

Her versatility gives the Cavaliers so many options. She can run anything from the 55 up to the 800 and help on relays; last winter, Zolkiewicz took the 55, 300, 500 and 800 at the Carroll County title meet.

Other notables

Lola Alli, Reservoir

Jen Barranco, Hereford

Rachel Barrows, Poly

Ashley Betz, Patterson Mill

Emily Beyer, Mount Hebron

Catie Cambon, Severna Park

Tylar Colbert, Franklin

Annabel Cortez, Reservoir

Marissa Dailey, Dulaney

Edeline Davies, Mount de Sales

Jenae Dorsey, Franklin

Kamryn Eveleth, Severna Park

Dorrie Gaeng, Dulaney

Makenzie Hopkins, Winters Mill

Olivia Janke, Broadneck

Jasmine Johnson, Western

Emily Knight, Severna Park

Emily Konkus, Hereford

Cathryn Lane, Poly

Maeve Lyons, Liberty

Alex Martinez, Maryvale

Hannah McGlynn, South River

Faith Meininger, River Hill

Julia Merriman, Notre Dame Prep

Tenae Minor, Mervo

Diamond Moore, Old Mill

Payton Patrick, Hereford

Lindsay Perry, C. Milton Wright

Natalie Poulton, Century

Heidi Rinehart, Liberty

Jessica Rogers, C. Milton Wright

Brooke Ruffin, Dulaney

Thalia Summerville, Digital Harbor

Rachel Thomas, Maryvale

Jasmine Tiamfook, River Hill

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