Oakland Mills, Hammond win titles


Oakland Mills finished first in seven of the 12 events to win the Howard County Indoor Track and Field Championships yesterday at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

Hammond had the girls title won by the sixth event, defeating second-place Glenelg by 42 points. There were eight individual champions for the Golden Bears.

The Scorpions have won four of the past five championships, including the last three.

"It's our plan to peak in the county and keep up this level for the states," said Oakland Mills coach Caskie Lewis-Clapper. "We have the potential to win the states, but one star could take 10 points from you."

Eric Graham won the 300-meter run and the 55-meter -- for Oakland Mills and Pat Rodrigues of Centennial won three events and set a county record in the 3,200-meter run. Rodrigues was named tournament Most Valuable Runner.

Sophomore Jackie Rieschick won three events for Hammond and anchored its winning 800-meter relay team. Last year, she set the county record for the 500-meter run and took second in the state tournament.

"I didn't have my best times today," Rieschick said. "I'll be running against the same girl I lost to in the states last year [Fields of Central]."

Hammond freshman Kisha Jett was also on the 800-meter relay team and won two individual titles. She finished second to Rieschick in the 500-meter run.

Glenelg set a county record in the 3,200-meter relay. Though several key runners were sick with the flu, the Gladiators broke the record set in 1986 by Mount Hebron by more than three seconds.

"We're very deep in the distance runs," said Glenelg coach Jim DeNobel. "We should finish in the top three in the state. If our team was healthy, this meet would have been real close, four or five points either way."

Glenelg won last year and lost to Centennial by one point the previous year. Before then, the Gladiators ran a string of six consecutive titles. Hammond won, 113-112, in a head-to-head meet last week.

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