LANDOVER — Maury Sall's knee is feeling better, and that could be bad news for Pikesville's opponents and other Class 1A schools.
Sall led Pikesville to its first indoor track state title last year and was named All-Metro Performer of the Year that season. After that, however, he started having problems with his right knee, missed much of the outdoor season and eventually underwent surgery on his meniscus in June.
The senior expected to be sidelined through part of the summer, but ran into problems and didn't return to the track until last Saturday. That's when he finished third in the 300-meter dash at the Montgomery Invitational. Sall then won the 300 in Tuesday's Anne Arundel County/Baltimore County Mixer at the Prince George's County Sports and Learning Complex.
He finished the night running the anchor leg in the 1,600-meter relay, taking the baton five yards behind and using a great kick to give Pikesville the win. Sall's not 100 percent yet, but keeps working at it.
"It feels great," Sall said. "It's going to take a little time. Hopefully, it won't take too much. I'm [just] glad to be back."
Pikesville coach Adam Hittner said they're being very cautious with Sall. They want him to be closer to full strength when postseason races come.
"We're very slowly easing him in," Hittner said. "The emphasis for him is … being Maury again."
Dorsey keeps goals
Sharon Dorsey is a senior with things in place. She's going to graduate this spring from Western Tech and is looking forward to running at George Mason.
But Dorsey is still plenty motivated on the track. She's been one of the area's most versatile performers throughout her career, and won't ease up in her final indoor season.
She did plenty in Tuesday's meet. Dorsey won the 300-meter dash (41.08) and was second in the 800-meter dash. She is chasing some personal goals this season.
"I always set my own goals for myself," Dorsey said. "I don't rest until I reach those."
Dorsey wants to run under 41 seconds in the 300 at some point this season. She also has similar goals in the 500 (1:15) and 800 (2:18).
Teammate Rebeka Holt won the 800 and took second in the 300. Holt is also a senior and will run at Memphis this fall.
Out of the shadows
Rhys Burgett was sometimes overshadowed by Severna Park teammate Ryan Forsyth during the cross country season, as Forsyth led the top-ranked Falcons to the Class 4A state title this past fall.
But on a team that routinely crushed opponents, Burgett was an All-Metro first-team pick and is off to a good start indoors. He ran well in this meet, winning the 3,200 in 9:44.47.
Burgett, a senior who's going to run for UMBC in the fall, has lost just one race so far this winter. He can run all the distance races and, in this meet, also ran on the second-place 3,200 relay and 1,600 relay.
Burgett wasn't bothered by the fact that he was in Forsyth's shadow a bit in the fall. The Falcons made it to Nike Cross CountryNationals, which thrilled Burgett.
"That was my dream come true, to go to the nationals," Burgett said. "I loved [the season] so much."
During indoor track, Burgett's working hard at being more aggressive — making his moves at the right time in races. That will help the senior leave others in his shadow.
The Arundel boys won with 89 points, edging out No. 7 Severna Park by five. The No. 5 Falcon girls won that title with 102 points, beating out Western Tech (86.5).
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Team scores (top 5):
1 Arundel, 89; 2. Severna Park, 84; 3. Chesapeake-AA, 75; 4. Pikesville, 75; 5. Milford Mill, 72.
1 Severna Park, 102; 2. Western Tech, 86.5; 3. Milford Mill, 80.5; 4. Arundel, 65; 5. (tie) Chesapeake-AA, Pikesville, 40.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun