Of the many outstanding track and field performances at the various county championships last week, North County's Adrienne McCray had one of the best in the Anne Arundel County meet at Annapolis Saturday. She won the 400-meter -- in 59.2 seconds, third best effort in the area this season. The fourth best effort was her 59.8 clocking.
The Knights junior also had the area's fastest time of the season in the 300-meter hurdles (44.3) and the area's best long jump (17 feet, 10 inches) this spring. She placed second in the high jump (5-0).
Other multiple winners at various county championships included Dulaney's Amanda White, Liberty's Julie Cox, Joppatowne's Thori Staples, Glen Burnie's Tamika Maynard and Chesapeake's Mattie Cymek.
* Roland Park's Megan Palmer showed a flair for the dramatic last week, scoring eight goals in a 10-8 Association of Independent Schools semifinal lacrosse victory over Bryn Mawr. Then she came back in the championship to score three goals, including the game-winner, in a 9-8 victory over Notre Dame Prep.
* Speaking of dramatic, Calvert Hall trailed Mount St. Joe 5-0 in the seventh inning before Ken Konopacki's grand slam -- after fouling off four straight pitches -- culminated a stirring comeback and 6-5 victory. It was his eighth home run this spring.
St. Joe likely will hang on to first place and the top seed for the postseason, despite being tied with Calvert Hall at 11-2 with one game left. A tie-breaker rule counts runs allowed, and St. Joe has a 14-run edge.
* Friends and McDonogh will square off in an MSA BB Conference playoff tomorrow at McDonogh (3:45). The winner advances to Friday's championship at UMBC (3 p.m.) against John Carroll.
* This suggestion comes from Catonsville lacrosse coach Terry Lathroum: "The playoff scoring system penalizes some teams because of the league they play in. Howard, a 3A school, must play smaller schools and gets less points for a victory. That's why they go 10-2 and still don't make the playoffs. A lot of these problems would be straightened out if you earned the same points for beating a 4A or a 3A school, and the same number for beating a 2A or 1A school."
Lathroum's suggestion is a good one. Awarding points based on classification works in other sports, but not in lacrosse where the tournament is divided in two, not four classifications.
Lathroum also indicated Baltimore County teams must choose between playing a 12th game or holding a scrimmage on the road. Other counties are not so restricted.