River Hill junior Beth Santilli has never won a state medal. But she'll have four strong chances of doing so Feb. 19 after her performance yesterday at the Class 2A-1A regional meet at the 5th Regiment Armory.
Santilli anchored the winning two-mile relay team (10: 32.6), then won the mile (5: 24.3), two-mile (12: 30.4) and 800-meters (2: 24.2).
"That young lady is awesome," said Long Reach coach Pete Hughes.
Santilli said she "took it easy" yesterday. "I just went out to qualify for the states," she said.
"She really wasn't pushed," said River Hill coach Norm Belden.
Atholton's boys team also had it easy en route to winning the team title. The Howard County champions finished with 111 points, followed by Glenelg (48) and Oakland Mills (46). The Raiders placed in every event except the 55-meter hurdles.
Glenelg's Howard County champion girls team added the regional title with 81 points. River Hill was second (64) and Hereford and Oakland Mills tied for third (52). The Gladiators scored in every event except the 55 dash.
Atholton's boys team won the mile and two-mile relays and got individual golds from Mike Eshoo (pole vault), Ryan Moore (high jump) and Nick Barresi (two-mile). Barresi's time of 10: 20.1 was a personal best.
Glenelg's girls got wins from Katie Wise (shot put), Christa Vent (high jump) and the 800 and mile relay teams. Vent anchored both victorious relay teams.
Long Reach junior Thema Napier won two events -- 300 and 500 -- and was second in the 800. Her 43.5 in the 300 was a personal best.
Oakland Mills' Amber Day finished first in the 300 with an area-best time of 42.9 but was disqualified because of an illegal hair restraint.
"It's disappointing, but it's the rule," said Day, who went on to qualify in the 55, 500 and 800 relay. "I made a mistake. I'll learn by it and benefit from it in the long run."
Kate Macfarlane of Hereford won the pole vault at 9-0. Macfarlane, an All-Metro soccer goalkeeper, said she will announce Monday whether she will attend the Naval Academy or Rutgers next fall.
Marcus Lynch of Western Tech won the 300 (personal best 37.5) and 55 (6.4) and was the second leg of the winning 800 relay team.
Chris Selmer of Glenelg won the 500 (1: 11) and 800 (2: 07.1).
Pub Date: 2/08/97