Glenelg's boys prevented an all-Prince George's County sweep of the state track and field championships by successfully defending their Class 1A-2A title last night at the Fifth Regiment Armory.
Central's girls won another 1A-2A title, one night after Eleanor Roosevelt of Greenbelt swept the 4A boys meet. Central's girls won for the fifth straight year and 11th in the past 12 (they were second in 1986).
Central has won a national-record 10 straight girls state championships outdoors.
Glenelg had one-two sweeps by Jason Botterill and Aaron Browning (pole vault) and Eric Widmaier and Mark Coleman (500-meter run), victories by Gerard Hogan (1,600, and a 3,200 in which an extra lap was run due to official error), Mark Coleman (800) and its 3,200-meter relay team.
"We've been pretty competitive over the years, and interest has grown because of that," said Glenelg coach Roger Volrath, who won his first state championship last season and ran past Fairmont Heights, 87-52, last night. Milford Mill, which had Dave Royal's victory in the hurdles, was third at 30.5.
"A big plus this year was that Steve Ruckert [cross-country assistant] helped me with our big numbers [a turnout of 40-plus]," Volrath said. "He handled the runners, while I concentrated on events like the pole vault. That paid off for us today."
Central's romp to a 95.33-48 edge over runner-up Hammond began in the first event, the 3,200-meter relay, when Desiree McDaniel, Alicia McBride, Michele Edwards and Trina Medley ran to victory by more than 11 seconds. Charmaine Fields added victories in the 300---, 55--- and hurdles, and Medley took the 500 and 800 runs.
L Central earned outright victories in eight of the 12 events.
Besides Fields, Medley and Hogan, two sophomores were the only multiple individual winners. Brunswick's Laura Price took the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs, and Owings Mills' Lonnie Humphrey captured the 55- and 300-meter --es.
Hogan's victory in the 3,200-meter run was allowed to stand "because the rule book recommends that any event over 400 meters not be rerun," said state indoor track chairman Ed Walker of Lansdowne. Hogan can at least claim a state record for the 3,400 meters (10:43.3).