Being a multiple-event performer, Atholton's Lindsay Grigoriev is accustomed to quickly moving from one event to another. She had to improvise yesterday at the Woodlawn Invitational.
Reaching the 100-meter hurdle finale, Grigoriev was in a tight time conflict with the shot-put preliminaries and needed a throw good enough to advance to the finals. Her throw of 39 feet, 5 1/2 inches held up as she won her second straight title.
"I'm really didn't have too good of a day," said Grigoriev, who was fourth in the hurdles at 15.84 seconds. "I think if I could've gotten more practice throws, which I couldn't because of hurdles, I could've thrown better."
Grigoriev also won the discus (124-7), dethroning defending champ and Howard County rival Sabrina Putro of Glenelg (111-8). Along with All-Met Performer of the Year Ashley Wall, Grigoriev helped the Raiders to the Class 2A state championship last spring, winning the discus and accounting for 24 points.
Also the anchor leg on the 1,600 relay team, Grigoriev is coming off a hamstring injury from the indoor season. "I'm slowly getting better," she said. "That will come in time. I'm not worried about that. My 400 [relay split] will come along with conditioning, but I'm pretty happy with where I'm at after three months."
Defending Class 3A state champion Long Reach claimed the 400 relay (50.16 seconds with Jarnae' Carter, Dionne Lambert, Brittney Taylor and DaMara Parrish) and 800 relay (1:47.10 with Carter, Lambert, Erica Tatum and Angie Watkins ).
Sophomore Timisha Gomez won the triple jump for the Lightning. Glenelg captured the 3,200 relay (Katie Pencek, Carrie Selmer, Mallory Heinke and Mary Rollyson) while Milford Mill's Class 3A/2A state indoor 400 champ, Novia Brown, won the 400 (57.11). The junior beat last year's Class 3A state titlist Kelly Ennis of St. Mary's Leonardtown.
In a rematch of last winter's 1,600 indoor 4A/3A state championship final, Broadneck sophomore Lauren Centrowitz held off Dulaney's Temke Zoltani, with Selmer placing second. Centrowitz won the title over Zoltani in the winter.
"I was really excited because of getting the chance to run against them," said Centrowitz. "The last 300 meters, Carrie starting kicking and people started moving, and I didn't want to get boxed in."
Centrowitz was battling Zoltani for second in the 800 but became entangled with Zoltani and fell less than 10 yards from the finish. Zoltani, last year's Class 4A state outdoor runner-up in the 1,600, finished second behind teammate Kelley Fanshaw in the 800; Centrowitz was seventh. C. Milton Wright junior Morgan Little won the 3,200.
Dulaney's distance dominance was displayed in the boys' competition with Emil Bojanov and Billy Duffy taking the 1,600 and 3,200, respectively. Duffy cruised to a 10-second victory over Loyola's Eugene McAuliffe.
Running together for the first time this spring, C. Milton Wright's Patrick Bailey (2:05 split), Aaron Smith (1:59), Will Murdock (1:57) and Jesse Slowikowski (1:58) led the Mustangs to a 3,200 relay victory in 8:01.53.
Pikesville won the 400 relay by edging Prince George's County power Suitland, as senior Adam Grossman handled the anchor leg. One of the area's top sprinters, Grossman said teammate Reggie Dean gives him an edge.
"It makes a huge difference when my friend [Dean] holds my blocks," said Grossman, who won the Class 1A 55 indoor state championship. "I was expecting it to be a dogfight because I had the lead for 50 meters in the prelims and got caught. I was really relaxed coming out."
Loch Raven's Stan Waithe won the 200 while Mark McKenzie of Woodlawn successfully defended his 110 hurdles title.
McDonogh junior Lee Dean bested Waithe in the 400 while Annapolis' Karl Acker won the high jump.