Owls boys go to wire for 3rd straight title Meet decided in final event; Westminster girls finish 2nd


WESTMINSTER -- The highly touted Amanda White-Stephanie Morningstar matchup played second fiddle to the boys team title chase Friday night.

The boys contest came down to the last race as host Westminster claimed its third consecutive Class 4A Region II track and field title, 141-131, over runner-up Perry Hall.

Westminster led Perry Hall by one point going into the 3,200-meter relay. The foursome of Gunter Kroe, Wade Shank, Brandon Duval and Jay Merker made it stick.

"It's exciting for the kids but sure does make the coaches old fast," Westminster coach Bill Hill said.

"Our relays did their job. Our [100 relay] team did what we expected and the [400 relay team] stepped right up to it and did a great job."

Duval and Shank were factors long before the final race, along with Steve Kahler. Kahler won the 800 with Duval and Shank second and third, respectively.

"The turning point was definitely the 800-meter run where we took 1-2-3. The kids knew they had to do it and went out and got the job done," Hill said.

"We won it with our depth. That's how we've done it the last 11 years here. It's exciting and very rewarding for the kids and coaches."

Kahler also captured the 1,600, while Matt Knights' win in the triple jump was the only other individual title for the Owls. It was the steady flow of second-, third- and fourth-place finishes that proved vital for Westminster.

Roosevelt made it clear early that the Westminster girls wouldn't come away with a third consecutive title, winning the regional by a 181-90 margin over the Owls.

Westminster nipped Dulaney by 1 1/2 points for that second-place spot.

The White-Morningstar marquee matchup never truly materialized -- White wouldn't let it, by comfortably winning the 1,600 and 3,200.

Suziann Reid of Roosevelt surprised them both by winning the 800, with White taking second and Morningstar settling for third.

White, a junior from Dulaney, set the tone in the 1,600, pulling away from Westminster's Morningstar in the first race between the two.

White led from start to finish with Morningstar close behind through the first 1,200 meters. But as the bell for the final lap rang, White extended her lead and eventually pulled away for a comfortable win.

She finished with a time of 4:58.70 -- seven and a half seconds in front of Morningstar.

That would set the stage for the rest of the night between the two.

White dominated the 3,200, with Morningstar fighting for second with Frederick's Jennifer Novak throughout.

"Stephanie gave us all she had but did not run her race," Hill said.

"Amanda controlled the races. This was her [Morningstar's] first real competition of the year and it will help her mature for the state meet. She'll be ready."

The 800 was the most exciting race of the night.

Morningstar took the early lead and battled with Reid in the first 400 meters. White appeared comfortable in third.

Reid took the lead from Morningstar at the 600-meter mark while White prepared to make her charge.

White rallied down the stretch, passing Morningstar, but was unable to catch Reid in a tight finish.

While White may have won the personal battle with Morningstar, Westminster won the war.

"We didn't expect to beat Roosevelt and knew it [the battle for second with Dulaney] was going to be close," Hill said.

"Our girls knew we had to come out aggressive to take second and we did that. Dulaney had some individual wins but we took second as a team -- and that's what we're here for. I'm very pleased."

Westminster's Kenya Warfield came home with two individual titles for the Owls, winning the high jump and high hurdles.

WESTMINSTER QUALIFIERS (Top 4 advance to states) Class 4A Region II (Friday at Westminster) BOYS

Team scores: 1. Westminster, 141; 2. Perry Hall, 131; 3. Roosevelt, 119.

Individual results: 3200 relay -- 1. Westminster, 8:21.7; 800 relay -- 4. Westminster, 1:34.3; Shot put -- 2. Brent Black, 45-11; triple jump -- 1. Matt Knights, 43-1; long jump -- 4. Knights, 20-1; 1600 -- 1. Steve Kahler, 4:30.3; 3. Brandon Duval, 4:40.3; 4. Dion Stanton, 4:42.0; high hurdles -- 3. Jason Craig, 15.6; 400 -- 2. Gunter Kroe, 51.5; discus -- 2. Brent Black, 125-3; 3200 -- 2. Jim Holford, 10:13.5; 3. Stanton, 10:22; intermediate hurdles -- 4. Jay Merker, 42.6; high jump -- 4. Chris Freyman, 6-0; 800 -- 1. Kahler, 2:02.2; 2. Duval, 2:02.2; 3. Wade Shank, 2:02.6; 1600 relay -- 3:29.2


Team scores: 1. Roosevelt, 181; 2. Westminster, 90; 3. Dulaney, 83.5

Individual results: 3200 relay -- 2. Westminster, 10:53.5; high jump -- 1. Kenya Warfield, 5-2; discus -- 2. Jessie Farinholt, 98-6; 4. Katie Brandorick, 89-4; shot put -- 2. Farinholt, 34-11 1/2 ; 3. Jolynn Taylor, 32-1; 1,600 -- 2. Stephanie Morningstar, 5:06.20; high hurdles -- 1. Warfield, 15.8; 3,200 -- 2. Morningstar, 11:30.4; 800 -- 3. Morningstar, 2:17.2; 400 relay -- 3. Westminster, 54.8; 1,600 -- 4. Westminster, 4:18.4.

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