Athlete of the Year

TIFFANI LONG, Long Reach, Jr.

All-Met won the long jump with a leap of 19 feet and added a seventh-place showing in the 100-meter dash (12.94 seconds) at the 3A state meet to lead the Lightning to a second-place team finish, the best showing by a county team. Long also played a major role in her team's eighth straight county title by winning the 100-meter dash (12.79), 200-meter dash (25.74) and long jump (18 feet 8 inches) and finishing second in the triple jump (33 feet).

Coach of the Year


The All-Met Coach of the Year guided the Lightning to an eighth consecutive county title, the 3A East Region championship and a second-place finish at the state meet. Under his guidance, Ja'Nay Woolridge and Long, who entered high school with little fanfare, blossomed into two of the state's premier sprinters and jumpers. "This year has been a wonderful experience for me because I got to be a part of a very special team," said Johnson of his second year as coach. "A lot of our girls have come a very long way, and it's nice to see that their hard work has paid off."

First Team

TISH CARTER, River Hill, Jr.: Placed third in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet 93/4 inches at the county championships.

JAMESE COBB, Long Reach, Sr.: Third at the county championships in the 400-meters (1 minute 0.38 seconds) and fifth in the triple jump (32 feet 1/2 inch).

COLLEEN CONLEY, Mount Hebron, Sr.: Took second in the triple jump (35 feet 71/4 inches) and sixth in the long jump (16 feet 2 inches) at the 3A meet. At the county championships, she won the triple jump (35 feet 61/4 inches) and took sixth in the long jump (15 feet 81/2 inches).

JESSICA HIBBERT, Glenelg, Sr.: Finished second in the 1,600-meter run (5:14.28) and 3,200-meter run (11:45.72) at the 2A meet; placed second in both events at the county championships.

LA'KESHA MANNING, Reservoir, Soph.: Took second in the 100-meter dash (12.94) and third in the 200-meter dash (26.89) at the county championships.

LAUREN McCLENNEY, Mount Hebron, Sr.: County champion in the 400-meter dash (57.59), placed sixth in the event at the 3A meet (57.96).

ANIKA MEISTER, Centennial, Sr.: Took third in the triple jump (32 feet 101/4 inches), fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (16.96), sixth in the 300-meter hurdles (50.66) and eighth in the long jump (15 feet 1/4 inch) at the county championships. At the 3A meet, took seventh in the 100-meter hurdles (16.23).

ALLISON MERCER, Wilde Lake, Sr.: County champion in the shot put (34 feet 11 1/4 inches), placed sixth in the event at the 3A meet (32 feet 21/2 inches).

KATIE PENCEK, Glenelg, Sr.: Took second in the 800-meter run (2:26.45) and sixth in the 1,600-meter run (5:36.24) at the county championships; finished seventh in the 800-meter run (2:24.29) at the 2A meet.

LINDSAY RAU, Reservoir, Soph.: Won the pole vault with a mark of 8 feet at the county championships; placed 10th at the 2A meet with a leap of 7 feet 6 inches.

NICOLE ROBINSON, Atholton, Soph.: Won the 2A title in the 100-meter hurdles (14.99). At the county championships, she came in second in the 100-meter hurdles (15.88) and 300-meter hurdles (47.50) and fifth in the long jump (16 feet 3/4 inch).

ALISON SMITH, Atholton, Soph.: Won state 2A titles in the 800-meter run (2:15.58), 1,600-meter run (4:56.92), 3,200-meter run (11:19.80) and 3,200-meter relay (9:36.54) to lead her team to its second state title in four years.

CHRISTINE VIDMAR, Reservoir, Jr.: Won the 2A discus title (125 feet 5 inches) and added an eighth-place finish in the shot put (34 feet 63/4 inches). At the county championships, she won the discus (120 feet 3 inches) and placed third in the shot put (33 feet 91/2 inches).

JA'NAY WOOLRDIGE, Long Reach, Sr.: Placed second in the 100-meter hurdles (14.40), the 300-meter dash (43.95) and the long jump (17 feet 91/4 inches) at the state 3A meet. Will compete for Missouri.

Honorable Mention

Sprints: Gabrielle Barnes, Oakland Mills, Fr.; Melissa Gardner, Reservoir, Sr.; Devan Miles, Long Reach, Jr.; Alana Nedd, Atholton, Jr.; Erica Wright, Hammond, Sr.

Distance: Marquel Bowler, Atholton, Jr.; Kate Caffrey, Atholton, Soph.; Amanda Hill, Centennial, Sr.; Erin Kilic, Reservoir, Fr.; Sarah Lancos, Centennial, Sr.; Liz McCarter, Mount Hebron, Soph.; Valerie Sloboda, Atholton, Sr.; Jocelyn Sprague, Reservoir, Sr.; Samantha Stehle, Atholton, Fr.; Mollie Vorel, Centennial, Fr.; Keri Wilson, Long Reach, Fr.

Field: Rachel Eads, Howard, Sr.; Kristen Haley, Mount Hebron, Soph.; Alyce Harrell, Long Reach, Soph.; Brianne Hoe, Reservoir, Sr.; Alanna Olive-Smith, Hammond, Soph.; Lexy Parsons, Glenelg, Soph.; Jen Starr, Glenelg, Jr.

Front row, from left: Katie Pencek, Glenelg; Lindsay Rau, Reservoir; Tiffani Long, Long Reach; La'Kesha Manning, Reservoir; Alison Smith, Atholton; Jessica Hibbert, Glenelg. Second row, from left: Allison Mercer, Wilde Lake; Jamese Cobb, Long Reach; Lauren McClenney, Mount Hebron; Christine Vidmar, Reservoir; Ja'Nay Woolridge, Long Reach; Nicole Robinson, Atholton; Tish Carter, River Hill; Colleen Conley, Mount Hebron; Anika Meister, Centennial; Coach Greg Johnson, Long Reach.Athlete of the Year Tiffani Long.Coach of the Year Greg Johnson.