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The Times' All-star Team

June 19, 2002

*--* ATHLETE OF THE YEAR Allyson Felix, L.A. Baptist Jr 100, 200 meters FIRST TEAM Ashley Freeman, Long Beach Wilson Jr 400 Freeman placed third in the state championships after winning the Southern Section Masters Meet--in a state-leading 53.71--and Southern Section Division I final Alysia Johnson, CC Canyon So 800 Johnson won the Southern Section Division I and Masters Meet titles before finishing seventh in the state championships after being inadvertently tripped during the race Shalice Pugmire, Esperanza Sr 1,600 Pugmire placed fifth in the state championships after winning the Masters Meet and Southern Section Division I titles Christine Bolf, Notre Dame Academy Sr 3,200 Bolf placed third in the state championships after winning the Masters Meet and finishing second to Julie Allen of Corona del Mar in the Southern Section Division III final Dominique Manning, J.W. North So 100 high hurdles Manning was third in the state meet after winning the Masters Meet and finishing third in the Southern Section Division I final Tunisia Johnson, Long Beach Poly Sr 300 low hurdles Johnson won the Southern Section Division I title before finishing second in the Masters Meet and third in the state championships Long Beach Poly 400 relay (Shana Solomon, Fr.; Jasmine Lee, So.; Chanda Picott, So.; Shalonda Solomon, So.) Ran a nation-leading 45.32 to win the Southern Section Division I title before winning the Masters Meet and state championships by more than a second Long Beach Poly 1,600 relay (Shantae McKinney, Jr.; Tunisia Johnson, Sr.; Jasmine Lee, So.; Shalonda Solomon, So.) Wasn't as dominant in this race as in the 400 relay but won the state title with a 3:35.99 clocking that just missed the national record of 3:35.72 set by Long Beach Wilson last year Chaunte Howard, J.W. North Sr High jump, long jump Howard cleared a nation-leading 6-1 1/2 feet to win the high jump in the National Scholastic Outdoor championships in Durham, N.C., last week and is the state leader in the long jump at 20 feet 1/2 inches. She placed second in the long jump and tied for second in the high jump in the state championships Chelsea Johnson, Atascadero Sr Pole vault Johnson cleared a nation-leading 13-6 to win the Southern Section Division III title before winning the Masters Meet and state championships at 13-3. She tied her all-time best to win the Golden West Invitational on June 8 Michelle Sanford, Woodbridge Jr Triple jump Sanford bounded a then nation-leading 42-6 1/2 to win the Southern Section Division II title before winning the Masters Meet by more than two feet and the state championships by more than a foot Megan Howard, Arroyo Grande So Shotput Howard placed second in the state championships--a half-inch behind winner Rachel Varner of Bakersfield--after winning the Masters Meet and Southern Section Division I title Billie Jo Grant, Arroyo Grande Jr Discus Grant had the four longest throws in the state championships after winning the Masters Meet by more than 24 feet and the Southern Section Division I title by more than 19 Coaching Staff of the Year: J.W. North (Head coach: Charles Leathers. Assistants: Robert Attical, Robert Britt, Eduardo Cesena, Angela Washington). North sustained injuries to key athletes during the season but won its third state title in four years with a 57-53 upset of defending champion Long Beach Poly

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*--* SECOND TEAM Shalonda Solomon, Long Beach Poly So 100, 200 Angel Perkins, Gahr Sr 400 Ashley Freeman, Long Beach Wilson Jr 800 Liza Pasciuto, Murrieta Valley So 1,600 Julie Allen, Corona del Mar Sr 3,200 Tunisia Johnson, Long Beach Poly Sr 100 high hurdles Ashlee Brown, J.W. North Jr 300 low hurdles Long Beach Wilson 400 relay (Victoria Tolliver, Sr.; Ashley Freeman, Jr.; Tiana Hood, Fr.; Mackenzie Hill, Jr.) Long Beach Wilson 1,600 relay (Mackenzie Hill, Jr.; Tiffany Wright, Jr.; Diana Gooden, Jr.; Ashley Freeman, Jr.) Sharon Day, Costa Mesa Jr High jump Kacey Lundgren, Atascadero So Pole vault Lena Bettis, J.W. North Jr Long jump Chaunte Howard, J.W. North Sr Triple jump Erin Streater, Villa Park Sr Shotput Vao Faoa, Magnolia Sr Discus

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