Masai Russell, Sr., Bullis
The Tennessee signee leads the nation in the 300-meter hurdles (40.16 seconds at the ISL championship meet) and the 400 hurdles (58.49 seconds at the Penn Relays). She also ran the first leg for the third-place 4×400 relay (3:41.51) and the ninth-place 4×100 relay (45.72) at the storied Philadelphia meet. Both of those teams rank first in the area and among the best in the U.S. Russell also excels in the 100 hurdles, with a personal- and area-best time of 13.80 set at the Dogwood Track Classic.
Destiny Ball, Sr., Battlefield
She already held the area-best mark in the discus throw heading into the Virginia Class 6 championship meet, but while there she bettered her mark with a throw of 130 feet, 2 inches — nearly two feet longer than her previous season-best and enough for a second-place finish.
Sydney Banks, Jr., Osbourn Park
She was best in the area and second-best in Virginia at the high jump (5-10 at the Dogwood Track Classic), and she also was the top American finisher and fourth overall in the high jump at the Penn Relays (5-7.25).
Natalie Barnes, Jr., Stone Bridge
She set the high-water mark for the area and the state of Virginia with her 20-1.5 long jump at the Potomac District championships then went on to win the Class 5 state title and set the state meet record (19-1.75).
Khalilah Conway, Sr., Forest Park
She placed first in the 300 hurdles and set a personal-best of 43.31 at the Virginia Region 6A championship meet.
Sarah George, Jr., Oxon Hill
With a Maryland 3A title-winning heave of 43-9.5, she beat out her closest competition in the shot put, both in the area and across the state of Maryland, by several feet.
Abigail Green, Sr., Walter Johnson
The Virginia signee claimed the best times in the area and in Maryland in the 1,600 (4:51.43 at the MPSSAA championships) and the 3,200 (10:21.97 at the 4A West championships). In the 1,600, no one finished within six seconds of her top time; in the 3,200, she finished 19 seconds ahead of the pack.
Ziyah Holman, So., Georgetown Day
She raced to the top time in the area in the 400 with her 53.92 finish at the Great Southwest Classic. At both the ISL and DCSAA championship meets, she won titles and set meet records in the 200 and 400.
Chase Kappeler, Jr., West Springfield
If not for Green’s transcendence in distance races this season, Kappeler would hold the best time in the area in the 1,600 (4:57.90 at the Virginia Region 6A championship meet). She won the Class 6 state title in that event.
Cierra Pyles, Sr., Bullis
The Ohio State signee not only set the standard in Maryland in the triple jump (40-5.5 at the Penn Relays), she also finished second only to teammate Russell in the 100 hurdles (14.13 at the Arcadia Invitational).
She earned the top times among athletes from D.C. high schools in the 100 hurdles (14.59 at the Jim Vollmer Invitational), 300 hurdles (43.61 at the DCSAA championship meet) and high jump (5-8 at the Gator Invitational).
Hannah Waller, So., South Lakes
The reigning All-Met Athlete of the Year for indoor track, Waller paced the area with her personal-best 11.76 in the 100 dash at the Arcadia Invitational.
Emma Wolcott, Sr., Tuscarora
The Virginia commit finished second in the area and in Virginia in the 3,200 with her second-place finish of 10:41.63 at the Class 5 state meet.
Taylor Wright, Jr., Northwest
She won three state titles at the Maryland 4A championships — in the high jump (5-8.25), triple jump (39-7.25) and 200 dash (24.97).
Lindsay Yentz, Sr., Patriot
The East Carolina signee won the Virginia Class 6 state title in the 3,200 (10:51.64) and also had the best time in the area and in Virginia in the 1,500 (4:46.06).
In her first year as head coach, Hawkins led the Pioneers to both the girls’ and boys’ team titles at the Cedar Run District meet, and then she led the girls’ team to the Region 6D championship.
4×800: West Springfield (Sarah Coleman, Hope Stephens, Chase Kappeler, Anna Marcucci), 9:11.84
4×400: Bullis (Masai Russell, Sierra Leonard, Lauryn Harris, Ayanna Johnson), 3:41.51
4×100: Bullis (Masai Russell, Ashley Seymour, Sierra Leonard, Leah Phillips), 45.72
Rhoda Alaban-Tafon, Jr., Glen Burnie
Olivia Andrews, Sr., Wise
Denise Brookman-Amissah, Jr., Patriot
Kelisa Cain, Sr., St. Mary’s Ryken
Aly Conyers, Fr., South County
Kayla Copeland, Sr., Stone Bridge
Alicia Dawson, Jr., St. John’s
Olivia Duston, Sr., Herndon
Julia Ghiselli, Fr., Annandale
Dejah Grant, Jr., C.H. Flowers
Taylor Grimes, Sr., Bishop McNamara
Hadassah Hampton, Jr., Wise
Courtney Hawkins, Sr., Lackey
Carmen Henderson, Jr., North Point
Erin Higgins, Sr., Stone Bridge
Ashley Holt, Sr., Marshall
Kayla Hugg, Jr., Broad Run
Dominique Jeffery, Sr., Lackey
Ja’Tae Joyner, Sr., Bowie
Emily Knight, Jr., Severna Park
Alexandra Lawson, Jr., Fairfax
Sierra Leonard, Jr., Bullis
Khaila Lyons, Jr., Potomac (Va.)
Ahmya McKeithan, So., McKinley Tech
Jasmine Morgan, Sr., Edison
Joyce Omozee, Sr., Woodbridge
Victoria Perrow, Fr., Archbishop Carroll
Editta Pessima, Sr., Northwest
Leah Phillips, So., Bullis
Tiffani Pittman, Fr., Archbishop Carroll
Zoe Rice, Sr., Stone Bridge
Nicole Re, Jr., Chantilly
Hannah Richardson, So., Langley
Hannah Robertson, Sr., West Springfield
Sydney Robinson, Jr., River Hill
Alahna Sabbakhan, Jr., St. John’s
Emma Seetoo, Fr., Westfield
Ashley Seymour, Sr., Bullis
Samantha Schwers, Sr., Lake Braddock
Lillian Stephens, Jr., West Springfield
Adaobi Tabugbo, So., Reservoir
Rebecca Thompson, Sr., Hylton
Maya Valmon, So., Holton-Arms
Nyla Ward, Jr., T.C. Williams
Taylor Williams, Jr., Lackey
Angelique Wong, Sr., Rockville
Grace Yeboah-Kodie, Sr., Colgan
Gwendolyn Zeckowski, Sr., South River
Text written by Kate Yanchulis.