Performer of the Year: Theresa Lewis, Western
Last year, there was a photo in The Sun from last spring's Class 3A state championships that appeared to show Lewis - with raised hands - crossing the finish line before Long Reach's Timisha Gomez in the 300 intermediate hurdles. The problem was that Lewis actually finished second to Gomez in that event, spoiling Lewis' hopes of sweeping the 100 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles.
That image seared itself into Lewis' memory, and the junior made amends by taking both events at the state meet last month. She captured the 100 hurdles in 13.76 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 43.75.
In a semifinal heat of the 100 hurdles, Lewis set a state record when she won the heat in 13.64, eclipsing the previous record of 14.12 established by Wilde Lake's Nyjla Littlejohn in 1997.
Surprisingly, that wasn't even her best time of the season. At the North regional championships, Lewis claimed the 100 hurdles in 13.0.
Even when converted from hand-held to automatic time, Lewis' mark of 13.24 is the fastest time in the country registered by a high school athlete, according to dyestat.com. Her time in the 300 hurdles at the state meet is ranked 35th in the nation.
Lewis rewrote the record books at the Baltimore City championships. Her winning time of 14.10 in the 100 hurdles smashed the previous record of 14.44 set by Lewis last spring, while her mark of 44.72 in the 300 hurdles obliterated the previous record of 46.00 established by Western's Ashaley Davis in 2002.
Lewis, the Baltimore City Performer of the Year, is making her second straight appearance on the All-Metro team and has drawn the interest of schools such as Florida, Tennessee and UCLA.
Coach of the Year: Brian Funk, Atholton
All signs pointed to a big season for Atholton. The Raiders were blessed with talented athletes like the sophomore foursome of Alison Smith, Kate Nicholson, Nicole Robinson and Kate Caffrey. Alana Nedd, a junior transfer, showed promise. And Atholton collected its first Howard County crown in indoor track this past winter and placed second at both the Class 2A-1A East regional and state championships.
But then Nicholson, the reigning Class 2A state titlist in the 800 who could compete in the 400 and 1,600, left the team to concentrate on soccer.
Nicholson's departure was significant, but not enough to deter the Raiders, who pressed on. After finishing second to No. 2 Long Reach at the county championships, No. 3 Atholton reached its peak with victories at the Class 2A South regional meet and the state championships - the program's first since 2001.
Funk, a former collegiate track standout who has coached at schools such as Auburn and George Washington University, invigorated his athletes with his humor and energy.
Erin Brooks, Seton Keough
The freshman opened the spring with victories in the triple jump at the Freddie Hendricks Track Festival (36 feet, 10 1/4 inches) and the Mustang Relays (35-9 3/4 ).
Her leap at the Freddie Hendricks Track Festival is the best mark registered by an area athlete this spring.
Brooks' most impressive performance occurred at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships, where she captured three events and set meet records in each one.
She won the 100 in 11.7 seconds, the 200 in 24.5 and the triple jump with a mark of 36-1 1/2 .
Alyssa Evering, Fallston
The senior swept the 100 and triple jump.
Evering took both events at the Class 3A state championships (12.19 seconds in the 100 and 36 feet, 3 inches in the triple jump), the North regional meet (11.7 and 35-9 1/2 ), the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championships (12.27 and 33-4) and the UCBAC Chesapeake Division meet (12.39 and 34- 1/2 ).
Her time in the 100 at the regional meet is tied with Seton Keough's Erin Brooks' mark for the fastest in the area.
The two-time Harford County Performer of the Year and All-Metro choice will run for Connecticut.
Katie Hursey, North Carroll
The sophomore parlayed her first season of track into a sweep of the 1,600 and 3,200 at the championship levels.
Hursey collected Class 3A state crowns in the 1,600 (5 minutes, 00.13 seconds) and the 3,200 (11:10.32). Both times are the second-fastest recorded by an area athlete and capped victories at the West regional meet (5:12.7 in the 1,600 and 11:34.0 in the 3,200), Carroll County championships (5:33.20 and 12:04.85) and Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Chesapeake Division meet (5:21.40 and 11:46.27).
Hursey, who took the 800 at the county championships (2:26.07) and Knights Invite (2:2:24.6), is the Carroll County Performer of the Year.
Tiffani Long, Long Reach
The junior was a prolific sprinter, but the long jump was her true calling. Long went undefeated in the long jump, opening the regular season with victories at the Woodlawn Warrior Invitational (17 feet, 1 1/4 inches), Freddie Hendricks Track Festival (18-3 3/4 ) and Jaguar Invitational (18-5 3/4 ).
A repeat All-Metro pick, she continued her dominance at the Howard County (18-8), Class 3A East regional (18-8 1/4 ) and state (19-0) levels. A region and county titlist in the 100 (12.47 and 12.79 seconds, respectively), Long's mark in the long jump at the state championships is the best posted by an area athlete.
Jessica O'Brien, John Carroll
The junior dabbled in the 100 high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles, but was a presence in the high jump.
At the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships, O'Brien captured the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 5 inches. That mark broke the previous record of 5-2 established by Towson Catholic's Rokesha Williams last year.
At the first IAAM-organized heptathlon, O'Brien placed second with 2,934 points behind Mercy's Melanie Mitchell. In the heptathlon's high jump event, O'Brien reached 5-6. That height stands as the best registered by an area athlete.
Bethaney Perna, Winters Mill
The junior went undefeated in the pole vault, capping her season by clearing 10 feet at the Class 2A state championships. That height stands as the best recorded by an area athlete.
Perna went 10 feet at the West regional meet and at the Carroll County championships. Her mark at the county championships eclipsed the previous record of 9-6 established by Westminster's Cindy Reese in 1998.
Perna claimed the discus at the regional meet with a throw of 111-0 and collected titles at the county championships in the long (16-2 1/2 ) and triple (33-10 inches) jumps.
Dana Reeser, Century
Just like last year, the junior nearly went undefeated in the shot put this spring. Reeser took the event at the Seahawk (38 feet, 5 inches) and Talley-Zimmerman (38-3) invitationals before placing second at the Hawk Invitational.
But she surged back to the top with victories at the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Piedmont Division meet (39-9), Carroll County championships (38-5) and Class 2A West regional meet (39-8 1/2 ). Reeser's mark at the MVAL's Piedmont Division meet is the best posted by an area athlete.
The repeat All-Metro selection completed her run by claiming her second straight state crown in the shot put with a throw of 39-6.
Alison Smith, Atholton
Longing to break the five-minute ceiling in the 1,600, the sophomore got her wish when she claimed the event at the Class 2A state championships in 4 minutes, 56.92 seconds - the fastest time registered by an area athlete.
Smith also earned the area's top honor in the 3,200 when she won the event at the Bob Golliday Invitational in 11:02.5, smashing the previous meet record of 11:19.1.
The Howard County Performer of the Year won two more gold medals at the state meet (2:15.58 in the 800 and 11:19.80 in the 3,200) and three at the South regional meet (2:19.89 in the 800, 5:09.39 in the 1,600 and 11:06.02 in the 3,200) and county championships (2:22.22, 5:14.31 and 11:48.21).
Shalaiyah Sommerville, Western
The junior saved her best for last. At the Class 3A state championships, Sommerville captured the 200 in 24.32 seconds and the 400 in 55.54. Both times are the second fastest in their respective events in the area.
Although Sommerville took only the 400 in 55.5 at the North regional meet, she swept the 100 in 12.48, the 200 in 25.21 and the 400 in 56.37 at the Baltimore City meet.
Sommerville, who was first in the 200 (24.74) at the Freddie Hendricks Track Festival, ran legs of the 400- and 1,600-relay squads that won their heats at the Penn Relays. She was a member of the 800-relay team that scored a victory in 1:41.28 at the state meet.
Christine Vidmar, Reservoir
The junior dominated the discus this spring, losing just once in six major invitationals and championships.
Vidmar lodged wins in the discus at the Meade Stampede (111 feet) and Jaguar Invitational (118-6 1/2 ) before finishing second at the Howard County Spring Track Classic. She returned to form at the Howard County championships, where she claimed the discus with a mark of 120-3.
Vidmar put an exclamation point on her season by winning the discus at the Class 2A South regional (122-9) and the state (125-5) meets. Her throw at the state championships stands as the best recorded by an area athlete.
Devon Williams, Towson Catholic
The sophomore opened her campaign by taking the 400 at the MRW Northern Virginia Invitational in a record 55.9 seconds. Williams scored victories in the 400 at the Scudieri Team Challenge (56.93) and 800 at the Widener Invitational (2 minutes, 10.24 seconds).
The two-time Baltimore County Performer of the Year and All-Metro pick set two records at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships. Her time of 55.3 in the 400 eclipsed the previous mark of 56.8, while Williams' time of 2:13.1 obliterated the previous record of 2:20.07 set by Williams last year.
Cynthia Windesheim, North County
The sophomore joined John Carroll's Jessica O'Brien as the two most prolific high jumpers in the area.
Windesheim began the season by clearing 5 feet, 6 inches, tying O'Brien's mark at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland heptathlon. Windesheim consistently cleared 5 feet or better, going 5 feet at the Bob Golliday Invitational, 5-2 at the Anne Arundel County championships and 5-0 at the Class 4A East regional meet.
Although she finished fourth (5-0) at the state championships, Windesheim also lodged victories in the long jump at the county (16-8 1/2 ) and regional (16-4 3/4 ) levels.
JaNay Woolridge, Long Reach
The senior challenged Western's Theresa Lewis for hurdles supremacy. Although she finished second to Lewis in both the 100 high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles at the Class 3A state championships, Woolridge registered the area's fastest time in the 300 hurdles when she won the event at the East regional meet in 43.40 seconds.
That time is the 25th-fastest in the nation, according to dyestat.com. Woolridge added a regional title in the 100 hurdles (14.92) and swept both hurdles at the Howard County championships (15.15 in the 100 hurdles and 45.56 in the 300 hurdles).
Woolridge will run for Missouri.
Robin Yerkes, Broadneck
The junior began her season by claiming the 200 at the Bob Golliday Invitational in 25.6 seconds, eclipsing the previous record of 25.7 set by Central's Robin Benjamin in 1984.
Yerkes, however, made her biggest statement at the Anne Arundel County championships, where she lodged victories in the 100 (12.1), 200 (25.1), 100 high hurdles (16.1) and 300 intermediate hurdles (47.0).
It is believed that Yerkes became the first female athlete to capture four individual county titles since Severna Park's Karen Taylor won the 100, 200, 400 and long jump in the early 1980s. Yerkes took three more events at the Class 4A East regional meet, winning the 100 in 12.2, 200 in 26.0 and 300 hurdles in 47.0.
Lauren Capone, Towson, junior
Colleen Conley, Mount Hebron, senior
Ashley Duckett, Mount de Sales, senior
Alyce Harrell, Long Reach, sophomore
Monique Hawkins, New Town, freshman
Cierra Layne, Edmondson, senior
Heather Millford, Chesapeake-AA, senior
Ellie Pedelty, South River, senior
Megan Ravenscraft, C. Milton Wright, junior
Devin Robinson, McDonogh, junior
Quantikia Stepney, Mervo, sophomore
Tinsley Stokes, North Carroll, junior
Carolyn Sunderlin, South Carroll, senior
Linsey Vollmer, Fallston, junior
Rokesha Williams, Towson Catholic, senior
Note: Teams selected by Edward Lee after consultation with The Sun staff and area coaches.Copyright © 2015, CT Now