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 end.
No. 1-ranked Woodlawn was disappointed because it had a chance to defend its 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 use it as a learning experience. We'll come back and train hard for the outdoors."
River Hill's No. 10 girls finished second to Central, the same fate the Hawks experienced two seasons ago in this meet. Central took the team lead in the 10th event (800 relay) and finished with 51 points, 10 better than River Hill and 11 more than North Hagerstown.
"I'm really happy," said River Hill's Lee McDuff, who had a foot in 36 of the Hawks' 40 points and was the only double winner in boys and girls individual events. "We knew it would be a tight race. We wanted it very bad."
McDuff won the 1,600 (5: 25.7) and the 3,200 (11: 51.3) but it was her second-place finish in the 800 (2: 28.2) that lifted her team into second place.
"I'm really 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 year in the 1,600 relay, placed in eight events. Brown led the Baltimore County and Central region champions, winning the 55 high hurdles (7.4), finishing 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 went on top in the second leg and held off the charge of Anthony Jenkins. Kehinde Adeloye and Clevon Johnson ran the Warriors' second and third legs.
Woodlawn coach Michael Sye knew his team had tried 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.
"I'm extremely proud of my kids. They met the challenge. They fell a little short, but there is nothing to be ashamed of."
Johnson was second in the 800 (2: 04.3) and fourth in the 1,600 (4: 36.7), 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.
Woodlawn's 3,200 relay team (Michael Clites, Aaron Noreiga, Adeloye, Jenkins) took second (8: 36.3).
Broadneck finished fifth in the boys competition, led by Michael Rolland's first place 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).
Long Reach's No. 5 girls, Howard County and West region champion, took sixth.
The Lightning, with only five competitors, was hindered because two of its top performers -- Teyarnte Carter and Cynthia Nicholls -- were battling the flu.
Carter, who won the 300 last year, was sixth this time (43.9). She battled back to win the 55 (7.0).
Carter missed school Tuesday and got medication that night.
"It feels like I don't have any kick," Carter said. "I just feel weak."
Pub Date: 2/25/99