Ashley Hayden, Westborough, Mass.
Ashley, 16, who is in only her second year of international competition, won the overall World Cup championship in the girls' 13-16 age group. She came in first in four of six events and finished second twice en route to becoming the first American girl to win that title.
David Krummenacker, Las Cruces, N.Mex.
Track and Field
Krummenacker, a senior at Georgia Tech, won the men's 800 meters at the NCAA indoor championships for the second straight year. An eight-time All-America, he's also the ACC titlist in the 800 and the mile and is a member of the conference-champion 4 x 400 relay.
Chris Larson, Annapolis, Md.
Larson, 31, a sail salesman, skippered New Yorker, a 36-foot racing sailboat, to victory in the Mumm 36 World Championships. He won eight major regattas in 1997, including the prestigious Admiral's Cup, to earn the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award.
Sean-Paul Crawford, Buena Park, Calif.
Sean-Paul, 17, won the all-around competition in the southern division of the state championships in the boys' 16-18 age group. He was first or second on each of the six apparatuses, earning victories in the floor exercise, vault and high bar and scoring 49.925 out of a possible 60 points.
Kate Slonaker, Summit, N.J.
Kate, a senior at Oak Knoll School, finished her high school career unbeaten in dual meets. In four years she raced in every possible event, won five state crowns—three in the 50-yard freestyle, two in the 100 free—and was the 1998 New Jersey female swimmer of the year.
Mariem Lo, Dakar, Senegal
Lo, a senior computer science major at Central State in Wilber-force, Ohio, averaged 24.8 points and 10.3 rebounds and was the NAIA women's player of the year. A three-time All-America, she also earned her second selection as an All-America scholar-athlete.