Perry Hall dominates relay meet


The Baltimore County Relays can be summed up in two words -- Perry Hall.

Perry Hall showed county opponents the talent and depth of both its boys and girls teams as it easily swept the annual relay meet yesterday at Lansdowne.

For the boys, the Gators finished with 134 points, far ahead of Dulaney (60.5). For the girls, Perry Hall's 120 points gave it an easy victory over Dulaney (94).

The boys dominated from start to finish. In 15 events, Perry Hall came up with 11 first-place finishes in addition to two seconds and a third.

"This team is more awesome than any team I can recall in the last five years -- at least," said Parkville coach Don Wann, whose team finished fourth with 53, just behind Woodlawn (56).

Perry Hall coach Jerry Martin said he enjoyed the meet because he could use many members of his team in different spots and give some a chance to work against tough competition -- which could help later in the season.

"That's what I like about this meet," said Martin. "It gave a lot of kids a chance to contribute and feel part of the team."

Three sophomores definitely contributed for Perry Hall. Jerry Meriwether (long jump and triple jump, 4x200, 4x100), Jason Harle (4x1 mile) and James Montgomery (shuttle hurdle, high jump and triple jump) all showed how tough the Gators will be in the future.

Seniors Joe Leilich (4x1 mile, distance medley), Shawn Kelly (sprint medley, 4x400) and Dave Russell (high jump, pole vault and 4x100) all chipped in.

"It's not just one area," said Meriwether. "We've got it all over the place."

Dulaney, the defending champion, got good efforts from sophomore Hanibal Gnahoui (sprint medley, distance medley, 4x400, long jump), junior Vince Field (same four events) and freshman Shawn Sullivan (4x1 mile, 4x800, distance medley).

The Perry Hall girls won six events and finished second in seven others as they rolled to victory.

Coach Marilyn Bevans' team got big efforts from sophomore Alisha McClinton, senior Megan Makowski and juniors Joanna Helm and Jill Heckendorf.

McClinton anchored the 4x200, 8x200 and 4x100 in addition to participating in the long jump. Makowski anchored the 4x1 mile and the distance medley.

Helm anchored the 4x400 and ran legs of the 4x200 and the distance medley. Heckendorf led off the 4x400 and anchored the sprint medley.

For Dulaney, the Chillemi sisters -- freshman Caren (sprint medley and 4x100) and senior Christina (discus, high jump, long jump and triple jump) -- and sophomore Meredith Fellman (4x1 mile, 4x800 and distance medley) all contributed points.

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