Jeff McDaniel admitted that there were some individuals at yesterday's Class 2A-3A Central Regional Championships that had him concerned, but he didn't expect to see any teams that could stop his Catonsville Comets from leaving the 5th Regiment Armory with their eighth straight region crown.
He was right.
Catonsville easily won the girls title with 112 points. Parkville's girls finished second with 72.5, followed by Franklin in third with 48.
"We had almost a perfect performance today," said McDaniel, staring down at the final results. "That's a pretty impressive total we have there."
The bigger blowout came in the boys team competition, where Parkville racked up 120 points to runner-up Randallstown's 52.
"We didn't have any disappointments today," said Parkville coach Don Wann. "Everything went the way we thought it would."
Leading the way for the Comets, as they have the past few seasons, were Brigid O'Connell, Renee Tirocchi and Eden Rellihan. After bowing to Parkville's Jen Geroux, The Sun's All-Metro cross country Runner of the Year, in the 1,600 meters, O'Connell came back and defeated Geroux in the 3,200 and the 800, where she finished behind Rellihan and Tirocchi for the 1-2-3 sweep.
Rellihan took second in the 1,600 -- four-tenths of a second behind Geroux and was third in the 3,200. Tirocchi picked up her gold medal in the 500 dash by holding off teammate Lauren Nopulus.
Catonsville's 3,200 relay team maintained its unbeaten status with Nopulus, O'Connell, Rachel Hayes and Sarah Giardina.
Parkville picked up 24 points in the boys pole vault with Kevin Christopher winning the event with a modest leap of 9 feet, 6 inches. Jon Francis and Jim Roeder finished second and third, respectively, after clearing 8-0.
Jeff McKelvin led Randallstown's boys to a runner-up finish by winning the high jump (6-0) and the 55 hurdles (7.6 seconds).
Milford Mill's Sean Galloway captured a region title in the boys shot put, but Parkville came away with 14 points in the event, thanks to a 2-3 finish by Remy Eagan and Jeff Cramer.
Kim Saab, a welcome transfer at Patapsco, won the girls 55 dash in 7.4 seconds, finished second to Franklin's Geliza Deltora in the 300 and was third in the 55 hurdles.
Veuril David helped the Parkville's cause by winning the 500 dash in 1: 11.1 and narrowly qualified for the states in the 300, finishing sixth in 38.5.
Carver's Bernard Williams on the boys 55 dash in 6.3 seconds and took first in the 300 in 36.7 and Eric Benjamin earned all 20 of C.M. Wright's points by winning the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.
Pub Date: 2/11/97