Athlete of the Year
ROBIN YERKES, Broadneck, Jr.
Already an accomplished sprinter, Yerkes added hurdles to her repertoire this spring. She won the 100 and 200 dash along with the 100 and 300 hurdles at the county championships; the following week she won all three of her events (100, 200, 300 hurdles) at the 4A East Region meet. Yerkes placed fifth in the 100 and sixth in the 200 at the 4A state championships.
BRITNEY FOREMAN, Chesapeake, Jr.
She placed second in the 100 meters at the county championships, third at the 4A East Region meet and seventh at the 4A state meet. She won the 100 at the Golliday Invitational in May.
LIYA KASIMOVA, Severna Park, Fr.
The speedy rookie recorded county championship victories in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. She also ran on the winning 4x800-meter relay team. She won the 3,200-meter run at the 3A South Regionals and finished sixth at the state championships.
MON'TWAYNISE McLAUCHLIN, Meade, Soph.
She finished third in the 100 at the county championships and anchored the Mustangs' winning 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams. The 4x200 team set a county record, winning in 1 minute 43.5 seconds.
MARISSA McPHAIL, Arundel, Jr.
At the 4A East Region meet, she won the 3,200-meter race and finished second in the 1,600 meters. At the state meet, she placed ninth in the 1,600. She also ran a leg on Arundel's 4x800-meter relay team that won at regionals.
HEATHER MILLFORD, Chesapeake, Sr.
Anne Arundel's most prolific pole vaulter, Millford won county, 4A East Region and 4A state championship crowns this spring. She vaulted 9 feet 6 inches at the state meet to win her second straight outdoor title. Only Bethaney Perna of Winters Mill (Class 2A) had a better jump (10) statewide.
ELANI ODEYALE, Meade, Sr.
She placed second in the 400 meters at the county championships and fourth in that event at regionals. Odeyale also placed second in the 200 at regionals and sixth at the state meet.
EMILY OLIVER, Severn, Jr.
Oliver owned the long distances at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland championships, winning the 1,600-meter run in 5:20.8 and the 3,200-meter run in 11:50. She also placed third in the 800. She won the 5,000-meter run at the Meade Stampede in April.
ELLIE PEDELTY, South River, Sr.
The county triple jump champion (34-3) also finished second in the long jump. At the 4A East Regionals, she placed third in the long jump; she took second in that event at the state championships with a jump of 15-31/4.
LAKESHA POINTER-ALLEN, Meade, Sr.
She ran a leg on Meade's winning 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams at county championships, triple jumped 34-1/2 to win the 4A East Region title, and finished second in 400 meters at same meet. She finished third at states in the 400.
ASHLEY RUCKER, Old Mill, Jr.
The county champion in the discus and second-place finisher in the shot put, Rucker took third in both events at the 4A East Regional meet. She placed fifth at states in the discus.
TORRIE SAUNDERS, Annapolis, Fr.
Saunders took second in the 100 and 300 hurdles at the county championships and third in both events at the regional meet. She placed ninth at states in the 300 hurdles, the only freshman to finish in the top 15.
JENNINE STRANGE, Severna Park, Jr.
She was a key contributor to the Falcons' first girls' county title in 25 years by winning the 400- and 800-meter races. Strange also ran in Severna Park's winning 4x400 relay. She finished second in both events at regionals.
CYNTHIA WINDESHEIM, North County, Soph.
The versatile field athlete captured the long jump (16-81/2) and high jump (5-2) at the county championships. The following week she suffered a concussion at regionals and still won the long jump and high jump. She placed fourth at states in the high jump and sixth in the long and triple jumps.