Oakland Mills, Linganore win crowns Track and field


Depth carried Oakland Mills' boys and Linganore's girls to team titles, as the state indoor track championships concluded with the Class 3A division at the Fifth Regiment Armory last night.

Oakland Mills won three events and Linganore only two -- both far from the eight taken by Central's girls in Wednesday's 1A-2A meet -- but each scored well throughout.

"When a team wins the state meet, that is almost always the case," said Oakland Mills coach Caskie Lewis-Clapper, whose team ran past runner-up Leonardtown, 86-58. "Schools may have stars in certain events, but if you also have depth, you have a good shot."

Oakland Mills had that blend in winning its first indoor crown. Eric Graham took the 300-meter -- to complement the winning 3,200-meter team (Brandon Hart, Tim Brenza, Michael Vanghel, Bill Dye) and 1,600-meter tandem (Joe Drissel, Phil Cassel, Eric Graham, Ricky Gray). The rest of the Scorpions' scoring came from places.

Most important were Drissel, second in the 800 and 1,600-meter runs; Gray, second in the 500, and Ken Plasse, Paul Schoeny and Dye, third-through-fifth in the 3,200. Blaine Hart and Todd Colby were second and fourth in the pole vault.

Linganore's girls won their fourth straight state crown when the 1,600-meter relay team of Joanna Boetting, Carrie Kiesgen, Liz Moreno and Jen Smola finished fifth in the meet's final event. Those two points enabled the Lancers to edge Catonsville, 48-47, with Laurel third at 46 points and Parkville fourth with 42.

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