Photo by Mary Ann Magnant
Last winter, Naiyae Evans led the entire state in the long jump as just a sophomore on the strength of an 18'8 performance at the Marine Corps Holiday Invitational. It doesn't look as if she will be moved off of that top spot this year, either; her 18'2.50 jump at last weekend's meet makes her the only girl in Maryland to have cleared 18 feet so far this winter.
Noelle Foss helped kick off the 2021 Virginia Showcase with a bang on the Maryland side. She won the local section of the 55 meter dash on the first day of events on Thursday, her 7.28 time besting all others in the event by nearly a full tenth of a second. It was also just one hundredth of a second behind her 7.27 personal best she ran three separate times last year, including in runner-up performances at the 1A East regional and 1A state meets.
Foss' time wasn't the top Maryland time in the event throughout the entirety of the weekend, however. That's because Bullis senior Victoria Perrow is continuing to make her case for the title of Fastest Girl in state history. Last year, Perrow clocked season bests of 6.96 (55) and 7.50 (60), including a runner-up performance at the Virginia Showcase and Kentucky High School Invitational. This year? After having already run a 7.39 60-meter dash, she dropped a blazing 6.84 in the finals of the 55 meter dash this past weekend.
About one calendar year ago, Katherine Strong was starting to rapidly ascend the Maryland distance leaderboards. Her 5:11 and 11:18 personal bests late during the 2020 indoor season hinted at what is now a true junior season breakout. Strong turned in not one but two spectacular performances over the weekend, a 5:00 1600 and a 10:46 3200, that put her in the conversation of Maryland's top distance runner (non-Juliette Whittaker division).
|Name||Performance||US 2021 Rank||MD 2020 Comp|
|Naiyae Evans||18'2.50 LJ||US #27||MD #3|
|Noelle Foss||7.28 55||US #80||MD #19|
|Victoria Perrow||6.84 55||US #2||MD #1|
|Katherine Strong||10:46.27 3200||US #17||MD #2|