Pikesville, Edmondson claim regional crowns


The seal was broken for a pair of area indoor track and field teams.

The Pikesville boys and Edmondson girls teams opened new trails last night by corralling their first regional titles at the Class 2A-1A Central regional championships at the 5th Regiment Armory.

The Panthers captured four events to rack up 95 points and rout a field that included Baltimore City and County squads.

"This was a huge team effort," said junior Justin Thaler. "Our sprints have been affected by injuries all season. Our middle- and long-distance teams came together."

The 2A-1A East regional championships were postponed after five events because of hazardous road conditions caused by last night's storms.

"Our county supervisor called and said that due to inclement weather, we need to get the kids home as soon as possible," Reservoir coach Sam Singleton said. "That's the bottom line."

The East regional meet will resume Wednesday at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

Thaler played a big role in Pikesville's surge as he collected three first-place medals. He took the 800 (2 minutes, 12.8 seconds) and the 1,600 (5:15.1) and teamed with Ben Sager, Tony Chiarito and Kyle Washington to win the 3,200 relay (9:21.6).

Zachary Friedman chipped in with a victory in the 3,200 (11:30).

Loch Raven, paced by junior Mike McKay's win in the 500 (1:11.8), placed second with 63 points.

Several other male athletes took home multiple first-place honors.

Havre de Grace senior Kevin Walsh, the two-time 1A outdoor track state champion in the pole vault, continued to excel in the event as he cleared 13 feet to win last night's competition. He also took the high jump (6-2).

Reginald F. Lewis senior Mike Johnson was first in the 300 (39.0 seconds) and joined Travis Alston, Davon Bowman and Dominic Weaver to win the 800 relay (1:38.7).

Bowman and Alston teamed with Rob Holmes and Charles Lee to win the 1,600 relay (3:51.3).

On the girls side, the Red Storm used wins in three events and depth in the other nine to pull off a comeback victory over Southern-B, 94-88.

Cierra Layne and Diane Hunter paced Edmondson with two victories each. Layne won the 55 (7.2 seconds) and Hunter the 300 (43.4 seconds), and then they teamed with Sherie Brown and Keona Savage to take the 800 relay (1:50.7).

"I'm shocked," Layne said. "I knew we could do it, but I had a little doubt because we didn't have anyone in the field events. ... We're going to try our best to do it again at states."

Southern-Baltimore's Brittney Griffin accounted for 20 points as she won the 1,600 (5:54.6) and joined Monique Bradley, Josetta McDonald and Demia Franklin to pick up the 3,200 relay (11:15.6).

Other winners included Pikesville sophomore Cara Blumenthal in the 800 (2:41.8); Loch Raven senior Amy Blair in the 3,200 (12:48.0); and Pikesville senior Jen Gabriel in the high jump (4-6).

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