For Owls, it's one up, one down Boys win CMC title; girls' reign ends Track and field


The Westminster boys cruised to their sixth consecutive Central Maryland Conference track and field title last night, but the Owls' girls saw their three-year reign end with a second-place finish behind Linganore.

The boys clinched the team title early and finished with a 198-126 win over second-place Linganore at Westminster.

The girls race came down to the second-to-last event, with the Linganore girls winning the 400-meter relay to clinch their third CMC title, 135-120 1/3 . Their first two crowns came in the conference's first two years, 1988 and 1989.

Seniors Wade Shank, Matt Knights and Steve Kahler led the Westminster boys to victory.

Shank swept the -- events with wins in the 100, 200 and 400. Kahler followed with wins in the 800 and 1,600 -- both CMC records.

Knights set Central Maryland Conference records in the long and triple jumps. His 21-6 3/4 effort in the long jump was three inches better than the previous mark set in 1989. He then easily bested his record set last year in the triple (42-5) with a jump of 45-9 1/2 .

Also claiming wins for the Owls were Jason Craig (110 hurdles) and Jay Merker (300 hurdles).

"Six out of six, we like that. Theboys were certainly a championship team," said Westminster coach Bill Hill. "The boys did an excellent job with a lot of personal records and meet records."

South Carroll finished fourth in the team race with 51 points. Liberty was sixth with 35, and North Carroll was seventh with 15 points.

Leading the fourth-place Cavaliers were Haven Barnes, who took second in the 400; and Shawn Collins, a third-place finisher in the 800.

Liberty's Tim Sanders took second in the 300 hurdles. North Carroll's top finisher was Joey Savina, third in the triple jump.

The Westminster girls jumped to a quick lead with a strong effort in the field events.

Senior Kenya Warfield took the 100 hurdles and high jump (setting a CMC record in the latter), Holly Stewart set a meet record in the triple jump and Jessie Farinholt took the discus.

After five events, the Owls had a 56-23 cushion on Linganore.

The Lancers rallied behind Kimmie Kiesgen and Jackie Hayes. Kiesgen took the 100 and 200 --es and Hayes had wins in the 1,600 and 3,200.

"On paper going by seeds, Linganore was 30 points better than us, so to come within 15 or so is very, very impressive. We challenged them," Hill said.

North Carroll finished fifth with 40 points, led by Francine Hewes, who won the high jump.

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