The Meade boys showed yesterday the importance of having talent in different areas. The Mustangs used strong performances from several athletes, including Malcolm Vaughan and Ed Carazo, to take second place in the 16th annual xTC Baltimore Metro Winter Invitational at Catonsville Community College.
Glenelg and Centennial were the only Howard County schools among the 21 with teams in the meet. Glenelg finished eighth in team points, and Centennial 10th.
Dulaney was in first with 56 points, edging the Mustangs, who had 55. The pole vault is the final event, but it did not take place yesterday and instead will be conducted on Jan. 13 at Dulaney because not all of the necessary equipment was available.
The Lions, however, have first place locked up among boys because Meade has no pole vaulters.
The Mustangs took advantage of their strengths in the sprints and field events.
"We don't have a lot of depth," said Vaughan. "But the people we do have are talented in a lot of areas."
Vaughan led the way for Meade. He won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 2 inches and finished fourth in the 45-yard hurdles. Carazo took second in the high jump at 5-10.
Both helped Meade win the 880 relay, with Malwan Johnson and Anthony Wise. Ryan Hopkins combined with Carazo, Johnson and Wise to take the mile relay.
The Mustangs also took second in the 2-mile relay, led by John Thomas, Hopkins, Scott Altizer and Joe Kalinowski.
Jeff Olenick from Glenelg also did well at that distance, finishing second in the 2-mile run.
Frederick won the girls competition, scoring 54 points. Dulaney was second with 42, and with only one person in the pole vault, the Lions cannot catch the Cadets.
Howard County's River Hill made its first appearance at the meet a good one, finishing seventh (28 points) out of 21 teams. Beth Santilli led the Hawks, finishing second in the 880 and 1-mile runs and working with Kelli Bloch, Stephanie Willet and Jennifer Pla to take second in the 3,200 relay.
Santilli nearly captured the 880, but Dulaney's Meghan White passed the River Hill junior on the final lap. "It's nice to run against people who are of this caliber," said Santilli.
Christa Vent from Glenelg took second in high jump.
White led Dulaney, coming in first in the 880-yard, one-mile and two-mile runs.
Michelle June of Meade -- the defending state champion -- won the high jump for the Mustangs. She also finished third in the 45 dash as Meade tied Glenelg for eighth place with 22 points.
Pub Date: 12/15/96