The best team chase at the state track and field championships at Western Maryland College could be for second place among the Class 4A girls.
With star sprinter Ebony Robinson showing the way, Eleanor Roosevelt is expected to defend its team title, but Dulaney, Largo, Meade, Walt Whitman and Westminster all have quality performers. One has already set an area record: Dulaney sophomore Amanda White turned in the area's fastest times ever in the 3,200 the last two weeks.
White broke the 9-year-old area standard with a 10:56.0 at the Baltimore County championships, then dipped to 10:55.2 in the Region I qualifying meet. In that race, she easily beat Westminster's Stephanie Morningstar, the defending state champion. They'll meet again today (5:50 p.m.) as Class 3A and 4A schools open the three-day meet at Westminster.
Competition begins at 3 p.m.
That area record could also get a challenge from Fallston senior Jenny Howard, who'll seek her third title in Class 2A tomorrow. Central of Prince George's County is favored to win its 11th straight championship, but Hammond has some top talent in sprinters Kisha Jett and Mekka Richardson and distance runner Samantha Andersch.
The Francis Scott Key boys were the only area team to win a title (1A) last year, sending 1988 and '89 champion Milford Mill to second place. Key won the Region II qualifier, but the Millers should get big points from sophomore distance runner Mike Mamo and jumper Brian Young. The Oakland Mills boys are strong in 3A, and Old Mill has a chance at its fifth 4A title.
* Archbishop Curley eliminated Mount St. Joseph in the double-elimination MSA A Conference baseball tournament yesterday, 5-3.
The victory sent the Friars (18-5) into today's 3:45 showdown with Calvert Hall (24-8) at Towson State University.
Calvert Hall, three-time defending MSA A Conference tournament champ, has yet to lose in tourney play. A Cardinals victory today would clinch an unprecedented fourth straight title for coach Joe Binder's team. A Curley win today would force a final game tomorrow (3:45) at Calvert Hall.
4A race appears to be for 2nd