A year ago at the Ivan Walker Indoor Track championships, Long Reach's girls and Wilde Lake's boys earned their first county indoor titles. Long Reach won by 37 points and Wilde Lake by 41.
Don't expect those types of winning margins at this season's championship next Tuesday at the 5th Regiment Armory.
River Hill's boys team won Tuesday's fifth and final regular-season meet by 40 1/2 points over second-place Oakland Mills. But Hawks coach Norm Belden expects a closer score when the county title is on the line.
"It's going to be a horse race between Oakland Mills and us," Belden said. "It might come down to the [final event]."
Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton said his team will be ready, but he feels River Hill is "the team to beat because of [its] strength in the distance events."
In Tuesday's girls competition, the first six teams were within 11 points of each other. That's unlikely to happen next week. Long Reach and Glenelg have the top two teams, and River Hill also should be competitive.
"It's going to be a real close meet," said Long Reach coach Joe Thomas.
Thomas said that junior Teyarnte Carter, who won last season's Iron Woman award at the county championship, definitely will run in three events -- the 55-meter dash and 300 and 800 relays. She might not run the 500. Carter, still is battling a swollen right ankle, has not run the 500 this season and would have to run in a slow heat. Another factor is that the 500 and 55 dash are next to each other.
"We'll just play it by ear," Thomas said about Carter's chances of running the 500.
Here are the team results and winners of Tuesday's meet:
River Hill won the boys competition with 131 points, followed by Oakland Mills 90 1/2, Centennial 36 1/3, Wilde Lake 29, Mount Hebron 26, Hammond 23 1/3, Howard 22 1/3, Atholton 17 1/2, Long Reach 16, Glenelg 12.
River Hill (Steve Chu, Mike Prada, Shane Stroup, Nathan Zahm) took the 3,200 relay in 9: 15, and Oakland Mills (Nehemiah Spence, Jeff Johnson, Jean Brunache, Kyle Farmer) won the 800 relay in 1: 39.8 and the 1,600 relay (Spence, Nick Fambro, Brunache, Farmer) in 3: 43.4.
Farmer also won the 300 (36.9) and 55 dash (5.3) and River Hill's Steve Chu took the 1,600 (4: 44.1) and 800 (2: 14.6). Other winners were Oakland Mill's Brandon Hammond in the 55 hurdles (7.7), River Hill's Zach Heidepriem in the 500 (1: 11.5), River Hill's Mike Prada in the 3,200 (10: 28.2), Oakland Mill's Aharon McKoy on the shot put (42-4 3/4), Atholton's Tony Pesce in the pole vault (13-0) and Centennial's Randy Van Allen in the high jump (6-0).
Long Reach won the girls division with 62 points, followed by Mount Hebron 58, River Hill 56, Glenelg 54, Oakland Mills 53, Wilde Lake 51, Howard 25, Atholton 19, Hammond 19, Centennial 7.
Oakland Mills (Molly Sunderdick, Lan Gardner, Carleen Sanders, Danielle Stoddart) took the 3,200 relay in 10: 34, Long Reach (Rolanda Howard, Carter, Anya Clarke, Cynthia Nicholls) won the 800 relay in 1: 50.8 and Howard (Tia Jeffrey, Treva King, Sheena Burton, Sabrina Oursler) captured the 1,600 relay in 4: 34.7.
Carter also won the 300 in 44.2, River Hill's Lee McDuff took the 1,600 (5: 26.8) and 3,200 (11: 50.5), Nicholls took the 55 hurdles (8.7) and high jump (4-10), Stoddart won the 500 (1: 21.8) and 800 (2: 28), Atholton's Michelle Nelson took the 55 dash (7.3), River Hill's Courtney Savoy won the shot put (34-1) and Glenelg's Lori Tvarkunas took the pole vault (10-4).
Sue Smith, mother of Glenelg runner Kristin Smith and a key parent representative to the team, missed her first meet in four years Tuesday because of a back injury. Glenelg coach Mike Selmer said Mrs. Smith hopes to be at the county championship.
Mount Hebron's 800 and 1,600 relay teams set schools in the last Saturday's Princeton Relays. Chris James, Rob Hempel, Dave Maskeroni and Tommy Tittsworth ran both events and finished in 1: 38.1 in the 800 and 3: 37.1 in the 1,600. The 1,600 time was 10 seconds faster than they had run in the National Guard meet.
River Hill sophomore guard Greeba Outen sprained her right ankle midway through the fourth-quarter of Wednesday's game at Long Reach and doesn't expect to play when the Hawks play host to No. 8-ranked Glenelg tonight.
"It's pretty bad," said Outen, who stayed home from school yesterday. "I don't think I'll be playing tomorrow, because right now I can't walk on it."
Outen, who has back pain and plays with a heating pad and back brace, said she was going up to block a shot and came down on another player's foot.
Wilde Lake guard Sarah Hobert reinjured her right knee against Hammond Monday and is out indefinitely.
It's been a big week for three-point shooters. Centennial sophomore Ashley Evans had seven of them in Wednesday's win over Howard. She finished with a career-high 30 points. Hammond freshman Tara Zammichieli had six in a loss to Wilde Lake. She had three Wednesday night against Glenelg. And in that Glenelg-Hammond game, the Gladiators' Lauren Martin, the county's leading three-point shooter, had five and finished with 28 points.
Pub Date: 1/29/99