Sure, the hour grew late and everyone wanted to board the buses and return to their homes, but K.C. Allen was having none of it. The Calvert High of Prince Frederick product polished off the Region 4A-3A State Indoor Track Championships last night at the 5th Regiment Armory with a Maryland girls' record 11-foot leap in the pole vault.
It capped an evening of spectacular races, especially in the distance events, while once again schools from Prince George's County proved they are tough to beat.
High Point (79), Northwestern (56) and Eleanor Roosevelt (28) went win-place-show to dominate the boys while Roosevelt won among the girls with 67 points, followed by Dulaney (44) and Western (36).
Until Allen's closing act, the races of the meet were the back-to-back 3200-meter showdowns. Dulaney's Tenke Zoltani won among the girls, belying her seeming lack of experience as a new-to-the-sport freshman.
"I was really upset after the mile," she said, "and I vowed I wouldn't get caught waiting too long again."
Wait? Hardly. She grabbed the lead almost as soon as the gun went off and led virtually every step of the way, although she was threatened until the last 300 meters when she threw in a second, decisive surge.
Seeing was believing. Zoltani's 1-2 finishes and 18 points combined with seconds by Laurie Twardzik in the 800 and Stephanie Kuehne in the high jump, a third in the 3200-meter relay and a fourth by Ida Bernstein in the 500 meant Dulaney finished a solid second behind Roosevelt.
The boys two-mile had fans screaming from beginning to end. Old Mill's Victor Thillet was the favorite after capturing the mile earlier, but a deep and savvy field took a lot of pep out of him by maintaining a steady pace and running three lanes wide.
Suddenly, from a half-dozen runners back in the pack, senior Phil Knowlton of Whitman High in Montgomery County surged to the front. There was a long way to go but he didn't allow his pace to slacken.
By the time Thillet got free and began his furious last-lap kick, Knowlton had a 20-yard lead and wasn't about to fold. Knowlton's 10: 10.1 clocking nipped Thillet by just three-tenths of a second.
After a slow start, which saw leader Tia Burley draw a disqualification in the 300, Western High made a late charge and its victory in the 4X400 relay boosted it into third place behind Dulaney. Toni Jefferson had a second in the 300 in 43.1 and Burley made amends in the 500 with a runner-up finish in 1: 22.0.
Mervo's boys finished eighth with 14.5 points due almost solely to the efforts of Odell Taylor, who had thirds in the 300 and 500 and anchored the mile-relay team into a fifth-place finish.
In addition to Thillet's first and second-place finishes, Old Mill got a third from Dan Liden in the pole vault and a fourth from Brandon White in the 300 to finish fourth among the boys with 27 points.
That was one spot ahead of Westminster, which got a tie for first in the 800 from Jesse O'Connell and a second from Jason Santucci in the mile.
Annapolis High had a pair of victors in Erin Masterson in the 800 (2: 15.0) and Paul Comas in the high jump (6-6).
Pub Date: 2/23/99