Howard County competitors fail to earn 1st-place finishes


It was a day of almosts for Howard County indoor track teams.

Six competitors from Howard County finished second and two )) relay teams took third, but nobody could capture the top prize at the Class 3A state indoor track championships yesterday at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

DuVal of Prince George's County won the boys meet with 47 points, and Linganore of Frederick County routed with field on the girls side with 86 points. The Centennial girls finished fourth with 25 points, and the boys took fifth with 33.

Most of Howard County's big efforts came from Centennial. Four of the individual second-place finishers -- and both of the relay teams -- were Eagles.

For the girls, Emily Ward finished second in the 500 meters. Ward started in third, moved to second at about 150 meters and moved close to Cecily Gallup from Walt Whitman. Gallup (1 minute, 23.5 seconds) held off Ward (1:24.3) for the state title.

"I was happy," said Ward, whose time was a personal record. "This is the first year I've ever run the 500."

The Centennial girls also took second place in the 800 and 1,600 relays. Karyn Leinweber, Lauren Perkins, Alexis Doyle and Kare Fisher made up the 800 team, which posted a time of 1:58.3.

In the 1,600, Alie Hoover, Stacey Cabanilla, Kelly Garrity and Ward turned in a time of 4:34.1 for second place.

Melissa Williamson of Howard was the other girls second-place finisher. The defending state high jump champion took second to Nana Jeffrey-Idun of Wheaton.

The second-place finish was bittersweet for Williamson. Her jump of 5-2 marked a tie for her personal best -- but Jeffrey-Idun leaped 5-4 to take the title.

"I was happy and disappointed," said Williamson. "I was disappointed that I didn't get first place, but happy I got 5-2."

The best times of the day came from Sally Glynn of Walter Johnson in Montgomery County. The 15-year-old, who holds the nation's fastest time in the mile (4:50.47), set state records in the 800 (2:20.4), 1,600 (5:12.5) and 3,200 (11:23.9).

Howard's Jim McClellan took the runner-up spot in the pole vault at 12 feet. But the rest of the top performances on the boys side were from Centennial.

Bobby Van Allen finished second in the 1,600 in 4:41.1, and teammate Kevin Hill took the runner-up spot in the 3,200 in 10:04.4. James Koehler ended up second in the high jump with a leap of 6-2.

Van Allen and Hill suffered tough losses. Van Allen fell to Josh Orenstein (4:37.0) of Walter Johnson, who came from behind to overtake Van Allen late in the race and defeat the Centennial runner (4:41.1).

Hill also fell victim to a strong kick from Aaron Price of Linganore. Hill led for part of the race, but Price took over with a few laps to go. The Linganore runner led by about three feet at the start of the final lap, but turned on the jets to win by 3.9 seconds (10:00.5 to 10:04.4).

Also for Centennial, James Koehler finished second in the high jump at 6-2.

"I'm a little disappointed, and I think the guys are, too," said Centennial coach Al Dodds.

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