The Perry Hall boys showed the depth of their depth yesterday.
The No. 2 Gators used their large variety of talent to win the first five events, take nine of 13 overall and capture a second straight Gilman Relays championship.
Coach Jerry Martin's team finished with 112 points, far ahead of runner-up No. 9 Gilman's 89. The Gators won all five field events -- which were conducted first -- and jumped to an early 22-point lead that no one could overcome.
"If you can run well in a relay meet, you can run well in any type of meet," said Martin, who is in his final season as track and field coach. "Relay meets develop team depth for dual meets and eventually kids reach championship caliber."
The Gators got many superb performances on a cold and blustery afternoon not exactly suited to track and field.
In the early field events, Josh List helped when he got to 13 feet, 3 inches in the pole vault, despite the strong gusts of wind. John Foley stood out in the shot put and discus for the Gators.
"That was just insurmountable," said Gilman coach Johnnie Foreman.
The team of Matt Hester, Don Jost, Kirk Bouffard and Omar Knight combined to win a dramatic victory in the distance medley. Knight, one of the area's best track stars, clocked a 4: 25.4 to edge Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association cross country champion David Chalmers from Gilman at the finish line.
This quartet later came back to finish second to Gilman in the 4x1,600 relay. Jon Kappes, Alex Humphries, Mark Coyle and John Bogdan helped in the distance events as their victory in the 4x800 allowed Martin to let some other athletes compete in one less event and be fresher.
Cory and Cody Green turned in strong performances in the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays. Eddie Mackell helped in the long jump and triple jump, plus the sprint medley. He then closed the day by running a blistering 50.4 -- despite going into a strong gust -- in one leg of the 4x400 relay.
James Montgomery also had big performances in the shuttle hurdle, long and triple jumps plus the sprint medley and said this victory sustains the team's confidence.
"If we really try, we think we can beat almost any team," said Montgomery.
Gilman nearly matched the Gators in the running events, being outscored by just one point.
Chalmers, after being nipped by Knight in the distance medley finish, came back with a strong performance to win the 4x1,600 relay. Seamus Whelton helped in that race as well as the distance medley.
Landis Kauffman and Jack Linehan both contributed in the 4x200, 4x400 and the sprint medley, and Donald Bacoat did the same.
Foreman also liked the effort of Brian Lewis, Darryl Jordan, Shena Ekundayo and Ken McNish in winning the shuttle hurdle.
"The kids just came on," said Foreman. "They finally are seeing what hard work can do."
Pub Date: 4/20/97