HAGERSTOWN -- Long Reach's girls team earned 24 points by finishing 1-2-3 in the 55 dash and sprinted its way to a second straight 2A-3A West Regional indoor championship last night at Hagerstown Junior College.
The Lightning scored in six events, and three girls -- juniors Teyarnte Carter and Cynthia Nicholls and sophomore Rolanda Howard -- were responsible for most of their 71 points.
Thomas Johnson of Frederick County finished second in the girls with 57 points, and River Hill and Montgomery County's Walter Johnson tied for third with 44.
Thomas Johnson earned the boys title with 78 points, 30 more than second-place River Hill. North Hagerstown of Washington County was third with 47.
Carter (7.2), Howard (7.4) and Nicholls (7.4) finished 1-2-3 in the 55 dash for the maximum 24 points. The three then combined with sophomore Anya Clarke to take the 800 relay in 1: 48.4, a new Howard County record.
Carter ran a personal best 41.9 to win the 300, and Howard took sixth (43.9) in that event. Nicholls took the 55 high hurdles (8.7) and Howard was fourth (9.8). In the high jump, Nicholls finished second (5-0) to Wilde Lake's Julie Bergin (5-2).
In the next-to-last race in the meet, which ended after 11 p.m., the Long Reach team of Kerica Henlon, Charlesa Plummer, Clarke and Carter took fourth in the 1,600 relay (4: 31.3).
"I'm really proud of them," said Long Reach coach Joe Thomas, whose team won the Howard County title 10 days ago. "The girls always seem to come through, no matter what the circumstances."
Said Carter: "I'm just glad we were able to pull it together as a team. Everyone worked hard."
River Hill's Lee McDuff won two events -- the 1,600 (5: 20.1) and 3,200 (11: 37.4) -- and finished fourth in the 800 (2: 26.8). "My times were OK," McDuff said. "I felt a little sluggish and tired."
River Hill junior shot putter Courtney Savoy finished third with a personal best and Howard County record throw of 38-7 1/4.
"Usually I'm not happy with what I do, but today I'm happy," said Savoy. "This will give me a lot of confidence going into the state meet."
Mount Hebron junior Leigh Langmead tied for first with a personal best in the 500 (1: 12.1).
"I was having a bad night up to the 500," said Langmead.
K.O. Gray of Southern-AA tied for first in the 300 (37.0) and finished second in the 55 dash (6.8) behind Wilde Lake's Andrew Sterling (6.4).
River Hill's Zach Heidepriem won the 800 (2: 04) and anchored the winning 3,200-relay team (8: 24.4). Steve Chu, Mike Styczynski and Mike Prada ran with Heidepriem on the relay team.
Pub Date: 2/13/99