Westminster's boys and girls teams showed the rest of Carroll County the importance of depth yesterday.
The Owls got a number of strong performances from several different athletes, led by Thea Bayly, Ifeyani Ani, Novell Washington, James Joyce and others on both teams once again to sweep the county championship meet held in the rain at Western Maryland College.
This was the 17th consecutive county championship for the Westminster boys, and at least 10 in a row for the girls, who have won every title since at least the late 1980s. Westminster's boys won the Central Maryland Conference crown last week, edging Frederick by one point.
In that meet, depth carried the Owls' boys, just like it did here. Westminster won seven of the 17 events -- the 300 hurdles were canceled because of poor weather -- but took a place in the top three in 15 different events, racking up 133 points. Francis Scott Key came in second with 106.
"Sometimes we have a letdown after our conference championship meet," said Westminster boys coach Jim Shank. "I think it was sort of business as usual for the most part."
Washington and Joyce were two of the Owls' key performers. Washington won in the 100 meters (11.5) and the 200 (23.2), edging Francis Scott Key's Aaron Howard in the latter race.
Joyce won the 110 hurdles in 15.4, edging teammate Jared Craig (15.8). He scored another first-place finish in the high jump with an effort of 5 feet, 8 inches.
Ani continued his post-season streak. He had a big meet last week at the CMC, winning the triple jump there. He did the same yesterday, taking the top spot with a jump of 42-9.
Ani then added a first-place finish in the long jump, his leap of 20-0.5 beating out teammate Brian Costley (19-4).
Sean Valis was the other Westminster winner, capturing first place in the pole vault with a 12-foot effort. He got past Clint Day of Francis Scott Key (11-6).
"The Westminster boys have a lot of depth," said Francis Scott Key boys coach Rich Salkin. "Westminster does a nice job of getting kids to come out each year."
Key's Howard, in addition to the second-place finish in the 200, won the 400 (50.7), and Scott Glover captured the 800 (2: 02.1). Teammate Charles Poole was the lone winner of multiple events, as he took both the shot put (50-1) and the discus (149-1) for Key, which won all four relays.
South Carroll finished third with 76 points, doing well in distance races. For example, the Cavaliers took the top three spots in the 3,200. Steve Hammel won the race in 10: 09.4, followed by teammates Steve McClearn and Matt Adami.
The Cavaliers also took three of the top four places in the 1,600. McClearn won that race in a time of 4: 32.6, edging Josh Davis of Westminster (4: 36.8). Dan Ely finished third with freshman Bobby Mead taking fourth place for the Cavaliers.
Bayly sparked the Owls on the girls' side. She won the 100 (12.6), 200 (26.3) and 400 (1: 00.3) for the second straight year as Westminster finished with 110 points, easily topping second-place South Carroll (89).
Teammate Mandy Komar also had a big performance, winning the 1,600 (5: 27.0) while taking second in the 800 behind Adrienne Lee of North Carroll (2: 30.1). Cindy Reese set a county record in the pole vault with an effort of 9-6, and Jessica Hester won the discus (99-1).
The Owls' seventh and final first-place finish was their victory in the 3,200 relay in 10: 16.4. Westminster had a top-three finish in 13 of the 17 events.
"A lot of people on our team stepped up and did what we needed," said Bayly. "They got us some points."
Pun Chittchang of South Carroll was the other multiple winner, as she took first in the long jump with a county record effort of 17-8 1/2 . She also won the triple jump in 36-6.
Teammate Jill Krebs won the 3,200 in 11: 56.8 while finishing second to Komar in the 1,600 meters. Beth Wolbert took first in the high jump for South Carroll in 4-8, edging Adria Stonesifer of Key and Westminster's Becky Kuchera.
Pub Date: 5/08/98