Perna, of Winters Mill, stands out; Middletown wins Monocacy title


Bethaney Perna doesn't mind stretching herself thin.

The Winters Mill junior competes in the long and triple jumps, the discus and the pole vault and would participate in more if not for the four-event limit imposed by high school regulations.

"I feel like I'm helping the team more," said Perna, who has been drawing plenty of attention this spring. "When you're well-rounded, people notice you more."

Last night, Perna did more of the same at the Monocacy Valley Athletic League's Piedmont Division championships, where she captured the pole vault by clearing 9 feet, 6 inches, placed second in both the long and triple jumps and finished third in the discus.

Perna accounted for 34 of Winters Mill's 117 team points, good enough to give the Falcons second place at the championships. Middletown's 169 points took the title.

Perna had mixed emotions: "Good in the jumps, bad in the throws. It can be improved upon."

The throws belonged to Century junior Dana Reeser, who claimed the shot put with a heave of 39-9 and the discus with a mark of 105-10 1/2 .

Reeser, the defending Class 2A state champion in the shot put, has been more committed to track this spring, lifting weights after practice and showing up at the school on weekends to hone her technique. She made Knights coach Jay Umholtz pay up on a promise to buy her a new discus when she tossed the discus 119 feet during practice Tuesday.

"I think I'm taking it a little more seriously," she said. "I know it's in my best interest to work hard and maybe get some scholarship offers."

South Carroll junior Lindsay Warfield was the only other Carroll County champion in girls competition, taking the 3,200-meter run in 12 minutes, 0.8 of a second.

In boys events, Winters Mill senior Dave Robertson won the 3,200 (10:12.7), junior Patrick Stem took the 110 high hurdles (15.05 seconds), junior Jordan Wike won the pole vault (11 feet) and Robertson, senior Chris Stinnette, junior Mike Sykes and sophomore Tom Martz took the 3,200 relay (8:44.8).

Francis Scott Key, third with 84 team points, boasted a double champion in senior Brian Leiter, who defended his meet titles in the 800 (2:02.00) and the 1,600 (4:35.8). The Eagles also took the 800 relay, with junior Ben Fogle, sophomore Drew Seeley and freshmen Brad Martz and David Thomas finishing in 1:36.02.

Century finished fourth with 81 points, powered by senior Chris Jones' victory in the 300 intermediate hurdles (40.32) and senior Justin Mudgett's win in the shot put (45-5).

Jones' performance was startling; it was the first time in his career that he had competed in the 300 intermediate hurdles, and his time smashed the meet record of 41.5 seconds set last spring by Century's Zach Reeser.

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