Oakland Mills senior Tony Cole felt he had to make a statement yesterday at the Woodlawn Invitational.
"I went into it thinking I had more to prove since it's outdoor," said Cole, who was The Sun's All-Metro boys indoor track and field Athlete of the Year this past winter. "I'm still being compared to the other runners from around the state."
The sprinter's message was loud and clear, gaining four first-place medals, including meet bests in the 100- and 200-meter events. It was the first major event of the spring season for Cole, who guided the Howard County school to triumphs in the 400 and 800 relays.
The two-time reigning Class 1A state champion in the 100, Cole opened the season in that event in 10.87 seconds yesterday, two-tenths of a second off his state-championship time last spring. Even after surpassing former teammate Kyle Farmer's 1A state record in the 55 indoor event (6.35) and claiming postseason sweeps in the 55 and 300 in the winter, Cole said he isn't respected by coaches and opponents.
"Doubts, endless doubts," said Cole, who also said he is being recruited by Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Mississippi, Syracuse and Tennessee. "You have to keep cutting them down."
Cole joined Michael Sweatt, Collin Barner and Karlton McCullough on the winning 400 (44.57) and 800 (1:31.52) relays. The No. 5 Scorpions bested Annapolis and Riverdale Baptist from Prince George's County in both relays.
Still nursing a sore ankle from the National Scholastic Indoor Championships last month in New York, Ronald Bias gave host Woodlawn triumphs in the long (21 feet, 1 1/2 inches) and triple jumps. An indoor All-Metro pick last winter, Bias set the meet record in the triple jump (43-7 1/4 ), one of 13 established.
Bryn Mawr senior Cassandre Tanner was the outstanding local female performer, equaling her meet mark of 5-4 to claim her second consecutive high jump crown, in addition to victories in the long jump (16-1 1/2 ) and triple jump (34-7 1/2 ). Towson sophomore Lauren Capone broke former Annapolis standout Erin Masterson's record in the 3,200 (11:31.31). An indoor All-Metro first-team performer, Capone was runner-up in her first foray in the 1,600 event.
"I can the run the mile and two miles on separate days at the county and state meet," said Capone, who won the 2A-1A state indoor 3,200. "The regionals are in one day, so I was testing myself to see what to expect."
Bryn Mawr senior Laura Drosner claimed top honors in the 1,600 (5:18.67) over Capone. Nneka Madu and Lindsay Morrell had field wins for Parkville with Morrell, a senior, taking the pole vault (8-3) while Madu placed first in the shot put (32-8).
Victoria Lawson from Prince George's County Laurel picked up triumphs in the 200 (25.94) and 400 (58.15). Jessica Retelny from New York's Scarsdale established a record in the 100 dash (12.37), New Jersey's Winslow Township (1:43.06) removed Western (1:43.76 last year) from atop the 800 relay record book and Winslow's Krystal Cantey got the mark in the 400 hurdles (1:05.85).