Two Howard teams outdistance the field for region crowns; Boys from Oakland Mills, girls from Glenelg shine; Class 1A-2A Central track


Oakland Mills' boys breezed to victory in the Class 1A-2A Central region meet yesterday and probably established themselves as the team to beat in the state championships two weeks hence.

On the girls' side of the competition at Baltimore's 5th Regiment Armory involving six schools from Howard and Baltimore counties, two from Baltimore and one from Harford County, another Howard County entry was just as impressive.

Glenelg's girls came a half-point from matching Oakland Mills' boys total of 105.5 points.

Oakland Mills prevailed with leadership by sophomore Kyle Farmer, an All-State soccer player who won the 300-meter dash early in meet-record time (36.4) and added the 55-dash and a couple of sparkling anchors on relays.

"It's really only Kyle's second year of running, and some of the things he accomplished already are spectacular," said coach Sam Singleton. "His 300 time is down three seconds, and he's gone from 6.5 to 6.2 in the dash. I can't wait to get outdoors and move him into some different distances."

Other point producers for the victors were Nick Fambro, who won in the hurdles and was second in the shot put; Brandon Hammond with a second in the the 500 and legs on two winning relay teams; and Aharon McCoy, who dominated the shot with a put of 43 feet, 9 inches.

The boys meet did not want for multiple winners. Towson's Jason Mitchell hit a double with wins in the mile (4: 43.9) and 2-mile (10: 33.2) and also was second in the 800 (2: 11.1).

Considering Towson scored 42 points in the competition, you could say Mitchell gave a pretty good imitation of being a one-man team with his 28 points.

As expected, Atholton's Tony Pesce took the pole vault by his usual margin of feet, not inches, with a 13-6 effort.

Another one-man team was Centennial's Randy Vanallen, who took the high jump (5-10), the 500 (1: 10.5) and 800 (2: 08.5). His efforts assured that Centennial would finish second to Oakland Mills with 64 points.

Poly finished fifth among 14 boys' teams, getting solid efforts from Alex Scally in the mile (third) and two-mile (sixth), Steve Harris and Dean Adkins in the hurdles (second and fourth, respectively), and the 800-meter relay team's second (1: 40.7).

The individual star on the girls side was Danielle Stoddard, also of Oakland Mills, which finished a close third to Atholton in the team scoring.

Stoddard anchored a victorious relay team, took the 500 (1: 21.0), the mile (5: 26.8) and 800 (2: 28.7).

Imagine Singleton's pleasure last year when Stoddard transferred from Birmingham, Ala.

"She hadn't run much there," he recalled, "so her progress has been all you could ask for. She loves to train and work hard, she's a good example for her teammates and, in her first year in track, she made the All-Metro teams of both The Sun and Washington Post."

Another heavy scorer was Glenelg's Lori Tvarkunas, who took her specialty, the pole vault, by a couple of feet (10-7) and was second in the 55 hurdles.

Teammate Melissa Wilder won the 300 in 44.7. Glenelg was nearly unbeatable in the relays, winning the 800 and 1,600 and finishing second in the 3,200.

Hereford was the top Baltimore County scorer among girls teams, Lindsay Clarke leading the way with a victory in the 55 high hurdles. Havre de Grace, with just its second indoor team, was fourth among the 12 girls teams scoring points.

Pub Date: 2/12/99

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