Girls athlete of the year
London Enos, Sr., Wharton
The daughter of a former professional wrestler, Enos capped a sparkling high school career with her second straight state pole vault title at the Class 4A meet. Her winning effort of 11 feet, 6 inches was a lifetime best, and 6 inches higher than her previous personal record. Mostly unchallenged at the district and region levels, Enos, a cheerleader for 13 years and gymnast for three, won the Bill Shields Award as Hillsborough County's top track athlete.
Most impressive accomplishment: With her victory at the 4A meet, Enos joins Chelo Canino (Bloomingdale), Dara Altman (Gaither) and Mike Bush (Tampa Catholic) as the only Hillsborough County athletes to win consecutive state pole vault titles. Enos was runnerup at the 3A meet as a sophomore.
Did you know? Enos recently won the Golden Wildcat Award as Wharton's top female athlete for the 2009-10 school year. … Enos' grandfather and two of her aunts traveled from Minnesota to watch her compete at the state meet in Winter Park. … Her father, Mike, is a former pro wrestler who formed one-half of the notorious "Beverly Brothers" tag team that performed in the World Wrestling Federation in the early 1990s. Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom performed under at least two other names in various other organizations.
College plans: Enos will attend UCF, but she remains unsure if she'll join the track team.
High jump, Faith Woodard, Fr., Riverview: District champ and region runnerup medaled at state with 5-foot, 4-inch effort
Long jump, Nakia Love, Jr., East Bay: County champ eclipsed 17 feet for seventh at 3A state meet
Triple jump, Nakia Love, Jr., East Bay: Nearly doubled her state medal total with 35-10 effort at 3A meet
Pole vault, Mari Ostrenko, Jr., Tampa Catholic: Third at region, seventh at 2A meet (9-6)
Shot put, LeRia Jenrette, Sr., Tampa Bay Tech: District and region runnerup finished 11th at 4A meet
Discus, LeRia Jenrette, Sr., Tampa Bay Tech: Fifth at Class 4A meet (127-4)
100 hurdles, Maddi Schmidt, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Sixth at 2A state meet after eclipsing 15 seconds in preliminaries
300 hurdles, Narricka Williams, Jr., Hillsborough: County and region champ placed fourth at 3A meet
100, Ashley McBride, Jr., King: Third at region, eighth at 3A meet
200, Stevondria Hardy, Fr., Wharton: Rookie won a 4A district title and finished third in the region meet
400, Jasmyn Perry, Fr., Tampa Bay Tech: Newcomer won a 4A region title with a sub-58-second time
800, Erika Kolakowski, Sr., Plant City: Auburn signee won county, district, region titles, placed third at 4A meet
1,600, Grace VanDeGrift, Sr., Durant: Fought through nagging hip injuries to finish fifth at 3A state meet
3,200, Caroline Gibson, Fr., Plant: Sensational rookie season highlighted by winning 4A district and region titles
4x800 relay, Academy of the Holy Names (Gina Barbato, Katie Martin, Colleen Doherty, Amanda McWilliams): With a seventh-grader running the third leg, the Jags medaled at 2A state meet in 9 minutes, 44.70 seconds
4x400 relay, Wharton (Erin Kocher, Shannon Meggs, Tyler Watson, Stevondria Hardy): County and region champions were eclipsing four minutes by season's end
4x100 relay, Sickles (Chelsey Perkins, Celine Innocent, Stephanie Valles, Desire Clark): County champs placed 10th at 3A meet
High jump: Sandra Akachukwu, Fr. King; long jump: Ashley McBride, Jr., King; triple jump: Alexis Wright, So., Steinbrenner; pole vault: Melissa Adams, Sr., Wharton; shot put: Aliscia Buford, Jr., Jefferson; discus: Rachel Lassiter, Fr., Bloomingdale; 100 hurdles: Alexis Wright, So., Steinbrenner; 300 hurdles: Ashley Favors, Jr., Riverview; 100: Jasmine Wright, So., Tampa Bay Tech; 200: Jasmine Wright, So., Tampa Bay Tech; 400: Faith Woodard, Fr., Riverview; 800: Amber Brooks, Jr., Middleton; 1,600: Colleen Doherty, 7th, Academy of the Holy Names; 3,200: Abby Ritter, Jr., Wharton; 4x800 relay: Wharton (Erin Kocher, Leah Chisolm, Brooke Foley, Shannon Meggs); 4x400 relay: Hillsborough (Ciarra Hawkins, Anquinette Calhoun, Jorian Ordway, Narricka Williams); 4x100 relay: King (Jamila Holloway, Ashley McBride, Sandra Akachukwu, Carol Hardy)
Academy of the Holy Names: Ryann McEnany; Alonso: Alexandra Biver, Quatasia Fantroy; Berkeley Prep: Samantha Newhaller; Bloomingdale: Johneisha Toppin; Brandon: Misha Bolden, Tiffani Pate; Freedom: Quendreka Davis, Emily Harvey, Katie Luker, Kaitlynn Pacholke, Ashley Smith; Hillsborough: Ebone Aikens, Laqueisha Henderson, Derricka Johnson; Lennard: Louan Benton; Riverview: Briana Bell, Ravyn Thomas; Tampa Bay Tech: Alexia Garcia, Tanesha Maxwell, Angelina Mills, Lashae White; Tampa Prep: Carly Reiner
Coach of the year | Wes Newton, Wharton
Despite the jump from Class 3A to 4A, Newton still led the Wildcats to district and region titles, and a top-20 finish at state. At the region meet, Wharton scored points in 11 of 17 events.
Joey Knight, Times staff writer