L. Reach track star Napier plans to run for Maryland


Thema Napier of Long Reach signed a letter of intent for a full track scholarship to the University of Maryland Monday.

Napier, who recently finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles at the Penn Relays, will be one of the featured athletes when the Howard County track championships are held today and tomorrow at River Hill High.

Field events start at 2: 30 p.m. and running events at 3 p.m. Admission is $4 per day.

She will be trying to break Nyjila Littlejohn's county record of 43.2 seconds in the 300 hurdles.

Napier was first-team All-Metro last season when she won four Class 1A state gold medals in the 100 and 300 hurdles, the 800 run and the 1,600 relay.

She also finished third in the 400 hurdles at an international meet in Moscow last summer.

Andrew Long of Oakland Mills, the county record holder in both the shot put and the discus, also has decided to attend Maryland.

Long, who placed eighth in the shot at the Penn Relays, had narrowed his choices to Maryland or the University of Pennsylvania.

Lauer keeps winning

River Hill wrestler Brandon Lauer, who went 34-0 in winning the Class 1A-2A state championship and The Sun's Howard County Wrestler of the Year, won the Amateur Athletic Union national championship at 112 pounds in folk-style wrestling last month.

About 2,500 wrestlers from 34 states competed in the event at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich.

A week after the AAU event, the sophomore won the Eastern Nationals at Cornell at 110 pounds to finish his folk-style season undefeated.

Iannarino to Drexel

Joe Iannarino, who scored six goals in Centennial's victory over Glenelg Monday, is headed to Drexel next fall.

His brother, Jeff, was Drexel's second-leading scorer this season, as the team finished with its best record ever, 12-2.

Jeff Iannarino scored 30 goals and had 14 assists, took 69 shots and scooped 28 ground balls. The junior started all 14 games.

Glenelg wins baseball title

The combination of Centennial's 13-4 loss to Mount Hebron and Glenelg's 18-1 victory over Long Reach clinched the county baseball championship for Glenelg Monday.

Glenelg's last title was in 1995. The Gladiators missed winning a county title last season by one game. The No. 4-ranked Gladiators improved their league record to 15-2 and overall mark to 17-2 with one game left to play.

River Hill swimmers win

River Hill captured its first team title at the 18th annual Howard County High School Championships meet at Howard Community College April 26, compiling 131 points.

Hammond finished second with 118. Glenelg (87) placed third and Wilde Lake (80) was fourth.

Wilde Lake senior Megan Roesch finished among the top girls swimmers by winning the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle. Mount Hebron junior Nicole Brannock won the 50 breaststroke, the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.

Glenelg sophomore Kate Walker won the 100 individual medley, 50 butterfly and 50 backstroke.

The top boys swimmers included Hammond senior Michael Malchak, who won the 100 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 200 freestyle, and Glenelg sophomore Joey Piekarski who won the 100 butterfly, 50 butterfly and 100 individual medley.

The meet was sponsored by the Columbia Clippers swim team and the Columbia Association. Howard Community College donated the use of the pool.

Dragons advance

Glenelg Country School meets Sts. Peter and Paul today in a Maryland Independent Athletic Association C Division semifinal playoff game.

The Dragons are 12-5 and are coached by Tom Marechek of the National Lacrosse League champion Philadelphia Wings.

Pub Date: 5/06/98

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