Mike Sye was standing on the wet track at Hereford High explaining how his top-ranked Woodlawn boys team destroyed the rest of the field in yesterday's Baltimore County Championships when the public address announcer gave him some unexpected news.
"And the new varsity girls champion, with 104 points, Woodlawn."
Sye's eyes widened and his lower jaw dropped when he heard the announcement. He excused himself from the interview for a moment to join his girls team in an impromptu celebration.
He returned seconds later, still looking perplexed. "That just made my day," said Sye, whose girls team began yesterday's final day trailing Parkville by 37 points. "I'm shocked."
The Warriors boys contingent, which captured county, region and state titles indoors last winter, scored in every event but the shot put and discus. Woodlawn's boys accrued 161 points, more than enough to hold off runner-up Randallstown (83) and third-place Milford Mill (76) combined.
The girls team competition produced a tight, three-way battle between Woodlawn and co-runners-up Parkville and Dulaney, who finished with 98 points apiece.
The boys events
Woodlawn junior Joel Brown shrugged off a cold and went on to win four gold medals. Brown began the day by winning the 300 intermediate hurdles in 37.3 seconds -- believed to be a county record -- and later defeated Randallstown senior Jeff McKelvin in the 110 high hurdles.
"This morning, when I woke up I felt terrible," said Brown, who also ran a leg of the Warriors' winning 800 and 1,600 relays. "But after I won the 300 [hurdles] I started feeling a lot better."
Tavon Mason helped the Warriors' cause by winning the 100 and 200 dashes. Jonathan Streat chipped in by capturing first in the 800 and teammate Artis Stokes contributed with a runner-up effort in the long and triple jumps.
Woodlawn's Marlon Lawrence picked up a gold medal in the triple jump and a silver in the pole vault. Milford Mill juniors Derrick Stanfield and Kevin Smith each were crowned county champs, Stanfield in the 400 and Smith in high jump.
Towson's Jason Mitchell outlasted Dulaney's Shawn Sullivan in the 3,200 but Sullivan reversed the order in the 1,600.
Jason Walker of Randallstown won the shot put (45-4) and Parkville's Joe-Paul Swinski claimed first in the discus (128-10).
The girls events
Catrice Jefferson led Woodlawn's girls, winning the 800 run and intermediate hurdles.
Jefferson's teammate, Eboni Henderson, won the 100 high hurdles, nipping Milford Mill's Dana Golloway by one-tenth of a second. Golloway picked up a second silver medal in the long jump, where she bowed to Sarah White of Parkville.
Jen Geroux (both distance events) and Alisa Jones (both throws) picked up two individual gold medals for Parkville.
Pub Date: 5/10/98