Rams make their mark at states Edgewood boys place third, girls perform well in Class 2A finals


A story in last week's Harford County Sun reported an incorrect lineup for Fallston's state champion girls 1,600-meter relay team.

Pam Toth, Carrie Leonard, Laura Snyder and Holly King comprised the foursome.

Senior boys and freshman girls led Edgewood to impressive finishes in the sprints and field events at the state track and field championships last week at Westminster High School.

Chris Gibbons and Cornelius Carey led the boys team with multiple medals.

Meanwhile, Sharon Wesson and Rebecca Lesesne paced the girls team in the Class 2A finals on May 22 and 23.

The Rams' accomplishments were overshadowed only by the four-gold medal performance of Joppatowne's Thori Staples, who finished her high school career by winning every postseason event she entered.

Staples, who won the Class 1A 100-meter hurdles, the 400 and 800 meters and the long jump, scored more points alone than any Harford team except the Edgewood boys.

The Rams compiled 45 points. Staples earned 40.

The Rams' point total was enough to secure third place among the Class 2A boys teams.

Surrattsville won with 57 points, while Glenelg was second with 55 1/2 .

Gibbons joined Chuck Reich, Jermaine Brice and Lawrence Worthington to win the 400 relay in 43.8 seconds. Gibbons, Reich, Brice and Kenton Worthington narrowly missed winning the 800 relay, as Middletown edged the Rams (1:31.8) by three-tenths of a second.

Gibbons also won a bronze in the 100 and finished fourth in the 200.

The Harford champ in both sprints, Gibbons had run the 100 in 10.7 seconds earlier in the season, but he was slow out of the blocks in the final. He couldn't make up the time and took third in 11.1.

The Rams also got a gold-medal performance from Cornelius Carey, who jumped a personal-best 6-5 to win the high jump. The senior also placed second in the triple jump. His 45-5 leap was a 2-foot improvement over his previous best.

"Cornelius just learned how to become a good competitor this year," said Edgewood coach Roy Norris.

"He's always been a good athlete, but this year he just went out and did what he had to to win. He wanted to go out and prove something and I think he did."

Carey narrowly missed the finals of the 110 hurdles. He lost the final qualifying spot in the preliminaries in a photo finish.

For the girls, county triple jump champ Wesson won a silver medal in the same event. Her leap of 35-5 surpassed her personal best by nearly 2 feet.

Lesesne, the county sprint champ, was third in the 200 and fourth in the 100. Lesesne ran 26.0 in the 200, but Hammond's Kisha Jett won in 24.4. Jett, the area's fastest sprinter all season, also won the 100 in 11.8, with Lesesne finishing in 12.9.

Norris said Lesesne was disappointed with her performance in the 100, because she thought she could win the silver. "I've been working with her on her starts," said Norris. "Until this point that didn't matter -- she'd still beat everybody. But third and fourth wasn't bad considering a girl like Jett is in a class by herself. Maybe by the time Rebecca gets to be a senior, she'll be in a class by herself."

Lesesne joined with teammates Givan Collins, Crystal Davis and Louise Bradshaw to finish fifth in both the 400 and 800 relays.

Also in Class 2A, North Harford's Heather Ledebur was third in the 100 hurdles.

In Class 1A, Fallston's Monica Beall, Carrie Leonard, Laura Snyder and Holly King won the 1,600 relay. In the 3,200 relay, Beall, Amy Havener, Candy Credito and Pam Toth finished second. Havener was fourth in the 400.

Joppatowne's Todd Eckley, Dan Brewer, Bobby Simmons and Mike Wells were fourth in the 3,200 relay.

In Class 3A, C. Milton Wright's boys team finished fifth with 29 points. Potomac won with 77.

Brian Brewer had the best finish for the Mustangs -- a second in the long jump (22- 1/4 ). Brian Harris was fourth in the 1,600. Brewer, Gary Sprucebank, Rodney Bralich and Chris Gill finished fourth in the 400 relay.

Bel Air's Terry Vail was third in the 110 hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdles. Aberdeen's Demetrius Harris was third (21-10 1/4 ) in the long jump.

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