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2018 girls outdoor track and field athletes to watch

Franklin's Cameron Hinton wins the Class 3A 300-meter dash during the MPSSAA state indoor track and field championships at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.
Franklin's Cameron Hinton wins the Class 3A 300-meter dash during the MPSSAA state indoor track and field championships at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (Brian Krista / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Cameron Hinton

Franklin, senior

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Hinton was the only athlete in the area to break 40 seconds in the 300-meters, finishing in 39.37 seconds to win the Class 3A state title while running the second leg of the 1600 relay. Hinton finished fourth in the state in the 500 and will turn her attention to the 200 and 400, as well as the relays.

Olivia Janke

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Broadneck, senior

Janke ran an area-best 11 minutes, 1.36 seconds to finish second in the state in the 3200 and completed a gutsy anchor leg that appeared to give Broadneck a state title before a disqualification for an earlier exchange. She looks to challenge Abigail Green of Walter Johnson in the 2-mile.

Emily Knight

Severna Park, junior

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Knight won four events at the Anne Arundel County championships, individually in the 300, 500 and 800 and as the anchor of the 1600 relay. Knight won the 4A state title in the 500 in 1:15.74 and the 800 in 2:20.11, both the second best times of the winter behind Nyjari McNeil of Franklin. Knight will look to challenge for state titles in the 400, 800 and 1600 relay.

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Nyjari McNeil

Franklin, senior

There isn’t much McNeil hasn’t done the past two seasons, winning 3A outdoor state titles in the 400 and 800 in 2017 before capturing the indoor state titles in the 500 and 800, as well as a Baltimore County indoor title in the 1600. She will look to lead a deep team to another state championship outdoors after winning indoors.

Sydney Robinson

River Hill, junior

Robinson showed her versatility when she won the 2A state title in the 300, finished second in the 55 dash and third as a member of the 800 relay team and in the 500. Robinson also won the Howard County championship in the long jump.

Jessica Rogers

C. Milton Wright, senior

Rogers took second at the 2A state meet in the 1600, running an area best 5:12.90 before taking second in the state in the 800 behind McNeil. Expect Rogers to compete for titles in the 800 and the mile.

Jada Seaman

McDonogh, junior

Seaman won the IAAM 55 dash championship and ran a personal-best 40.37 to claim the 300 crown while coming in second in the long jump and the 500. Seaman heads into the outdoor season as the defending IAAM champion in four events: the 100, 200, 400 and the long jump.

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Adaobi Tabugbo

Reservoir, sophomore

Tabugbo recorded an 8.43 in the 55 hurdles en route to a 3A state championship, almost two-tenths of a second faster than the runner-up. Tabugbo is expected to run the 100 and 200 and will be looking to add another state title in the 100 hurdles.

Janiya Valentine

New Town, junior

Valentine ran a 7.16 in the 55 dash to defend her 2A state championship after winning the 2A regional meet in the same event. Valentine is the defending Baltimore County champion in the 100 and finished second in the state last season in the 200.

Allison Zolkiewicz

South Carroll, senior

Zolkiewicz put South Carroll on her back at the indoor state meet, scoring 36 of her team’s 60 points with titles in the 500 and 800, recording personal bests. She also took second in the 300 at the state meet with a personal record and helped the 1600 relay team take second.

Other notables

Sarah Adams, Severna Park

Amiya Anoma, Randallstown

Alexandra Banham, Mount Hebron

Chika Chuka, John Carroll

Tylar Colbert , Franklin

Kayode Egbire-Molen, City

Samantha Facius, Mount de Sales

Alayna Gibson, Roland Park

Chinenye Iloanya, Howard

Beyonce Kelly, Harford Tech

Emily Konkus, Hereford

Ashlee Kothenbeutel, John Carroll

Hannah McGlynn, South River

Faith Meininger, River Hill

Tenae Minor, Mergenthaler

Diamond Moore, Old Mill

Jaiden Ritter, Mount Hebron

Aaliyah Robinson, Woodlawn

Monilola Salami, Randallstown

Kara Schmidt, Hereford

Thalia Summerville, Digital Harbor

Jasmine Tiamfook, River Hill

Bess Tiller, Hereford

Ciara Wainwright, Atholton

Haley Wehberg, Maryvale Prep

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