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Outdistancing field, Oakland Mills boys win 4th straight title


LANDOVER -- Izudin Mehmedovic won three individual gold medals to anchor a fourth straight indoor track and field Class 2A-1A state championship for Oakland Mills yesterday at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.

Despite the distracting news that this would be coach Sam Singleton's last indoor meet at Oakland Mills, the Scorpions scored an 88 1/2 -35 win over runner-up Middletown of Frederick County. Singleton is taking a job as football and track coach at Reservoir High, which opens in August

The Scorpions, seven-time state champs and seven-time state runners-up, were so dominant that they beat the combined score of the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers even though a dropped baton cost them a victory and 10 points in the 800-meter relay.

"The kids ran well other than the dropped baton," said Singleton, who was coaching his sixth state indoor champion. "Izzy [Mehmedovic] was hurting, but gutted it out and did an outstanding job. The kids said they were going to give me a big sendoff, and they did."

Mehmedovic, who had a sore foot, won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, and set a state Class 2A-1A record in the 1,600 at 4 minutes, 28.5 seconds.

"I've had a sprained foot since counties and have been taping it and trying to run through it, but it's been hard to concentrate," Mehmedovic said. "Losing the relay by a nose was more disappointing than my foot, because I had promised my teammates a win."

Mehmedovic won the 3,200 in 10:00.9, more than 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Jamison Parker of Middletown.

He scored his 800 victory in 2:03.1, more than a second ahead of Matthew Eaton-Boyd of DuVal.

Teammate Chris Barksdale was the only other individual winner for the Scorpions, capturing the 300 in 34.9 seconds, his fastest time ever. Barksdale was also third in the 55 at 6.64.

Anthony Cole was second in the 55, and Jaovon Wright was second in the 55 hurdles. Ishmael Josiah took fourth in the 500.

The Scorpions won the 1,600 relay in 3:31.3, with Josiah, Cole, Antoine Eleam and Barksdale.

Brandon Ross of Dunbar won the 500 (1:08.3) and Adam Grossman of Pikesville won the 55 (6.5).

On the girls side, Glenelg coach Mike Selmer said his multi-talented Howard County and Central region championship team didn't quite get all it needed in the shot put and 3,200 run to catch defending champion Poolesville, despite holding a one-point lead after nine events.

Poolesville of Montgomery County finished strong with wins in the 800 relay and 800 run and a second place in the 1,600 relay to triumph over runner-up Glenelg, 69-48. The Gladiators were missing star distance runner Carrie Selmer, a potential gold medalist in three individual events who was not eligible for individual events because she was ill and missed the regional qualifying meet.

"I actually thought we had a better chance of winning states than counties," said Mike Selmer, Carrie's father. "

Glenelg's only individual champion was freshman Katie Pencek, who won the 1,600 in 5:25.5 and was third in the 3,200.

Glenelg won the 3,200 relay in 10:03.5, breaking the Class 1A record; Carrie Selmer ran in that event.

Other scorers for Glenelg included: Brandy McReynolds, third in the 55; Elaina Christmas, fourth in the 55 hurdles; Mary Rollyson, third in the 800; Mallory Heinke, fifth in the 3,200; Sabrina Putro, fourth in the shot put.

Michelle Freda of Atholton won the 3,200 in 11:54.8.

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