Kyle Farmer wasn't himself at Monday's indoor county track meet at the 5th Regiment Armory.
"He wasn't feeling well," said Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton about his prized sophomore runner. "He told me he was having trouble breathing."
Still, Farmer competed like the exceptional athlete that he is. His winning time of 6.3 in the 55 dash was one-tenth faster than the Class 1A-2A state mark, and his first-place time of 38.6 in the 300 tied the state record. He also anchored the Scorpions' first-place 1,600-meter relay team.
"It was very good for a kid basically suffering from pneumonia," said Singleton.
"I found out the next day that he had pneumonia," Singleton said. "He'll be out until Monday."
Farmer, Oakland Mills teammate Brandon Hammond and River Hill's Steven Chu were the only multiple winners on the boys side. Chu won the 1,600 (4: 45) and 800 (2: 12.2). Hammond took the 55 hurdles (8.1) and combined with Farmer, Jeff Johnson and Paul Phillips to win the 1,600 relay (3: 45.2).
Hammond's time in the 55 hurdles was a big improvement from && the Pangaea meet, where he had an 8.9. "That was very surprising and pleasing," said Singleton.
The Scorpions edged River Hill, 86-83, to win the boys competition. Defending county champion Wilde Lake was third with 73.
"I was kind of playing around with points. We didn't load up," said Singleton. "I was surprised when they told me we had won it."
Other individual winners on the boys side were Wilde Lake's Nkem Ohia in the 500 (1: 11.4), River Hill's Mike Prada in the 3,200 (10: 29), River Hill's Evan Prucha in the high jump (5-8) and Oakland Mills' Aharon McKoy in the shot put (46-3).
River Hill's Mike Styczynski, Zach Heidepriem, Michael Fleg and DeForest McDuff combined to win the 2-mile relay (8: 52.2) and Wilde Lake's Todd Fleming, Danny Mongello, Andrew Sterling and Louis Echevarria combined to take the 800 relay (1: 41.8).
Teyarnte Carter won the 300 (42.9) and 55 (7.00) and anchored the first-place 800 relay team as defending county champion Long Reach took the girls competition. The Lightning finished with 67 points, followed by Glenelg with 60 1/3 and River Hill with 56.
"Our times were where I expected them to be this early in the season," said Long Reach coach Joe Thomas. "We still have improvements to make, but I'm happy with where we're at right now."
River Hill's Lee McDuff won the 1,600 (5: 42.4) and 3,200 (11: 46) and anchored the winning 2-mile relay team. Oakland Mills' Danielle Stoddart took the 500 (1: 21.3) and 800 (2: 32.46).
Long Reach's Cynthia Nicholls won the 55 hurdles (9.1), Wilde Lake's Julie Bergin took the high jump (5-1) and River Hill's Courtney Savoy won the shot put (35-5).
River Hill's Kelli Bloch, Susan Wilson, Anna Lucas and McDuff combined to win the 3,200 relay (10: 34). Long Reach took the 800 relay (1.50.74) behind Rolanda Howard, Cynthia Nicholls, Anya Clarke and Carter. Glenelg's Melissa Wilder, Ashley Hall, Christa Vent and Kristin Smith combined to win the mile-relay (4: 24.13). Their time was two seconds off the school record.
The pole vault was conducted as a clinic and will be done so again at today's county meet at the Armory.
Scurachio, Carr commit
Mount Hebron lacrosse players Julie Scurachio and Jill Carr have orally committed to universities.
Scurachio, a second-team All-County midfielder last season who scored 22 goals and had five assists, will attend William & Mary on a partial scholarship.
Carr, a defender, will attend Dartmouth, which doesn't award RTC athletic scholarships. Carr was credited last season with nine take-aways, 14 deflections/interceptions, and she took five charges. She also scored four goals and added an assist.
Four county teams remain unbeaten, and two of them meet at 7 tonight. Mount Hebron (4-0 overall, 2-0 county) travels to Wilde Lake (3-0, 1-0). The Vikings are averaging 69 points and allowing only 28. Wilde Lake will be Mount Hebron's toughest opponent )) so far.
Centennial (4-0, 2-0) plays at Long Reach (2-2, 1-1) and Glenelg (3-0, 2-0) plays at Howard (1-3, 1-1) in other games involving undefeated teams this season.
No. 12 Glenelg is coming off its closest game of the season. The Gladiators trailed River Hill by four at halftime, led by one going into the final quarter and won by 59-53.
What's impressive about Glenelg's win is that the Gladiators did it while getting only five points from Lauren Martin, the county's leading scorer the last two seasons.
"If she had scored five points last season, we would have lost," said Glenelg coach Ciaran Lesikar. "This season, we have other scorers. That we were still able to win the game is big."
Kris Brust scored 24 points, her season average. Heather Young and Stephanie Howell each had 12. Young made eight of 10 from the line, including six of eight in the fourth quarter.
River Hill's Keiko Miller, in her second game of the season after suffering an ankle sprain, finished with 25 points. She scored 13 of her team's 18 fourth-quarter points.
River Hill has not won in four games.
Pub Date: 12/18/98