Woodlawn's boys and River Hill's girls each finished second behind Prince George's County teams last night in the Class 2A-3A state indoor track meet at the 5th Regiment Armory.
That's where the similarities ended.
No. 1-ranked Woodlawn was disappointed, because it had a chance to defend its state title with a victory in the 1,600-meter relay, the meet's final event. But the Warriors finished second to DuVal in the race (3: 34.6 to 3: 35.5) and in the final standings (60-58 1/4).
"I'm very disappointed," said Woodlawn senior Joel Brown. "We'll just have to suck it up and use it as a learning experience. We'll come back and train hard for the outdoors."
River Hill's No. 10 girls were second to Central, same as two years ago in this meet. Central took the lead in the 10th event (800 relay) and finished with 51 points, 10 better than River Hill.
"I'm really happy," said River Hill's Lee McDuff, the meet's only double individual-event winner and who had a foot in 36 of the Hawks'40 points. "We knew it would be a tight race with a lot of teams. We wanted it very bad."
McDuff won the 1,600 (5: 25.7) and the 3,200 (11: 51.3), but her second-place finish in the 800 (2: 28.2) was the finish that put the Hawks in second place.
"I'm really most happy with the 800," said McDuff, a sophomore who earned her first golds in state indoor competition. "We needed a lot of points, so I guess I came through when we needed it."
Said River Hill coach Norm Belden: "The 800 was the key for this team, and she ran big. That's what put us over the top."
River Hill also earned eight points for its second-place finish in the 3,200 relay (Kelli Bloch, Susan Wilson, Anna Lucas, McDuff), four points for Courtney Savoy's fourth-place showing in the shot put (35-10) and one point for Bloch's sixth-place finish in the 3,200 (12: 23.2).
Woodlawn's boys, who won this meet last season on the final event, placed in eight events. Brown led the Baltimore County and Central region champions, finishing first in the 55 high hurdles (7.4), fourth in the 300 (38.2) and fifth in the 55 dash (6.7).
Brown ran the first leg in the 1,600 relay and gave Woodlawn the lead. But DuVal took the lead for good in the second leg and held off the charge of Anthony Jenkins. Kehinde Adeloye and Clevon Johnson ran the second and third legs for the Warriors.
Woodlawn coach Michael Sye didn't hide his disappointment, but knew his team did its best.
"We fought to the end. That's all you can do," Sye said. "We were picked to finish fourth in this meet, and we came in second. That just gives them reason to focus on the outdoor season."
Johnson was second in the 800 (2: 04.3) and fourth in the 1,600 (4: 36.7) for the Warriors. Jenkins took second in the 500 (1: 10.2), Will McCray was third in the 55 high hurdles (8.1) and Darrell Walker tied for sixth (10-0) in the pole vault.
Broadneck finished fifth in the boys competition, led by Michael Rolland's win in the 500 (1: 09.4), Dooley Patrick's third in the pole vault (11-0) and Dorion Watkins' third in the high jump (6-0).
No. 5 Long Reach, Howard County and West region champion, took sixth in the girls. The Lightning, which brought only five competitors, was hindered because two of its top performers -- Teyarnte Carter and Cynthia Nicholls -- were battling the flu.
Pub Date: 2/25/99