The confidence of the Woodlawn boys track team was apparent in the large box it brought to the state track and field championships at UMBC yesterday.
As the final race concluded -- even before the official results were announced -- coaches Mike Sye and Gerald Russell opened the box and passed out 60 new T-shirts imprinted with: "State Champions, 1997-98."
There was little worry that the shirts' message might have proved to be incorrect. The Warrior boys won the Class 3A title going away, just as their coaches predicted.
The team rolled up 96 points, six more than Sye figured it would, and outscored runner-up Richard Montgomery High School by 34 points.
"Everybody did their job," said Russell, who turned over the head coaching duties to Sye this season and remained as an assistant.
Hurdler Joel Brown led the Woodlawn charge, winning two events in record time. He set a Class 3A mark of 14.07 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles, then established a state record of 37.33 in the 300 intermediate hurdles.
Jonathan Streat also won. He prevailed in a stirring stretch duel with 1,600 champ Erik Necciai of Linganore to win the 800. Streat fought off a challenge from Necciai and C.M. Wright's Jeff Tolson to win by a half-second in 1: 57.83.
Woodlawn's Tavon Mason finished second in both the 100 (11.07) and the 200 (22.04). Marlon Lawrence was third in the 110 hurdles in 15.09, third in the triple jump at 44 feet, 7 1/4 inches and fifth in the pole vault at 11-6.
Relays contributed 30 points to the Warriors' total.
Brown's hurdle marks were among several records set in the day as the competitors enjoyed favorable weather and a fast track.
Derrick Stanfield broke the Class 3A record in winning the 400. The Milford Mill junior ran 47.86 to finish the year unbeaten in the event. He also won the 200 in 21.79, and he ran 48.0 on the last lap of the 1,600 relay to bring the team of William Burkhead, J.W. Sanders, and David Boyd from third to first.
Jen Geroux collected her second victory of the meet in winning the 3A 1,600. The Parkville senior stormed out of fifth place in the last half-lap to win by less than a meter in 5: 06.73. It was her personal best by nine seconds.
"She ran an incredible last turn. She just flew in that last lap," said Parkville girls coach Don Wann. "I timed her last 400 at 70 seconds."
Geroux, who won the 3,200 on Thursday, was joined in victory by teammates Elisa Jones and Sarah White. Jones, a senior, threw 38-4 1/4 on her final toss to win the shot put by a quarter-inch. Sarah White, a junior, won the high jump with a personal best of 5-5.
White's victory was the fourth of the meet for the Knights, the most ever by Parkville girls in the state meet. "What a way to go out," said Wann, who is retiring this season after 32 years as a coach.
Randallstown had two winners. Jeff McKelvin won the 110 hurdles in 14.33, and Jon Shields won the 300 hurdles in 38.1.
For the Woodlawn girls, Catrice Jefferson won the 300 hurdles in 45.14 and was second in the 400 at 57.76 as the Warriors placed sixth with 37 points.
Western's girls won the 4A 1,600 relay in 3: 53.41, and Toni Jefferson finished second in the 200 in 24.53. Western placed jTC second among 4A girls with 68 points behind Eleanor Roosevelt (103).
The Dulaney girls were fourth in 4A. Stephanie Kuehne won the high jump for the Lions with a leap of 5-3. Marjorie Bollinger placed second in the 1,600 at 5: 16.08 after placing second in the 3,200 Thursday.
In Class 1A, Jinelle Edmund gave Harford Tech its first girls state title. The sophomore sprinter finished second behind Amber Day of Oakland Mills in the 100 and fifth behind Day in the 400. But she powered past Day on the home stretch of the 200 to win in 25.18.
In 1A Boys competition, Mike Grimsley claimed a state title for Havre de Grace. The senior triple-jumped 42-3 3/4 to lead the Warriors to fifth place.
Pub Date: 5/24/98