River Hill, L. Reach win titles; 3 county, 11 meet records are demolished in event


Three county records and 11 Ivan Walker championship meet records were broken in an extraordinary display of athleticism last night at the Howard County indoor track meet at the 5th Regiment Armory.

River Hill won its first indoor county title, capturing the boys division with 105 points. Oakland Mills took second (80) and Wilde Lake third (70).

Long Reach captured its second straight girls championship, finishing with 81 points. Glenelg had 74 points, one ahead of third-place River Hill.

Oakland Mills sophomore Kyle Farmer took the Iron Man award for the second consecutive year. He set meet records in winning the 300 (35.9) and 55 dash (6.2) and anchored the winning 1,600 relay that also set a meet record (3: 37.2).

"It's my sister's birthday and I told her I was going to win some races for her," said Farmer, whose sister, Keri, a junior at Rice University, turned 21. "I just wanted to win. I didn't expect to break any records."

Oakland Mills junior Danielle Stoddart earned the Iron Woman award, winning the 500 (1: 21.1) and 800 (2: 22.4) in meet-record times.

"It surprised me," said Stoddart about her performance. "I expected to do good, but not as good as I did."

Pole vaulters Tony Pesce of Atholton and Lori Tvarkunas of Glenelg set indoor county and meet records. Long Reach's girls 800 relay team (Rolanda Howard, Cynthia Nicholls, Anya Clark, Teyarnte Carter) also broke a county and meet record, finishing in 1: 48.5. The old mark was 1: 49.4 set by Howard in the 1994-95 season.

Pesce cleared 14-7 1/2, breaking Pat Tvarkunas' mark of 14-7 set in the 1995-96 season. The meet record was 13-0 by Omar El Sawi (Atholton, 1993-94) and Mike Eshoo (Atholton, 1996-97).

"I went out there and did my thing and had a good time," said Pesce, a senior who had the crowd glued to his record-setting effort. "It's about guts. You just have to go out there and do it."

Pesce, who used a 15-foot pole, won this event last year with a jump of 11-6.

Lori Tvarkunas, a senior, cleared 10-10, breaking the county and meet record of 9-0 set by Tenisha Chester of Atholton last season.

Tvarkunas ran three heats (trials, semifinals, finals) of the 55 hurdles prior to pole vault, but it didn't slow her down.

"I still felt good," she said. "I was fast on the runway, and I was hitting my plant well."

Other meet records were turned in by River Hill's Courtney Savoy in the shot put (35-7 1/2), Lee McDuff in the 3,200 (11: 43.8) and River Hill's girls 3,200 relay team (10: 13.6).

Carter, who won the 55 hurdles and anchored the winning 800 relay, tied the meet record in the 55 dash (7.1), and Nkem Ohia of Wilde Lake tied the meet record in the 500 (1: 09.2).

Long Reach clinched the girls title when, in a 10-minute span, it won 38 points in the 55 hurdles and 55 dash. River Hill's boys finished 1-2-3 in the 3,200 for 24 points.

Pub Date: 2/03/99

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