Key follows hurdler Lindsay's lead, grabs second straight championship

May 26, 1991|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

WESTMINSTER -- Hurdler Kirk Lindsay of Francis Scott Key repeated as a state champion yesterday. His teammates then followed his example.

Lindsay won the 110-meter high hurdles for the second straighyear and also won the 300 intermediate hurdles, as the Eagles won the Class 1A boys state championship for the second straight year at Western Maryland College.

Lindsay stayed in the shadow of teammate and sprinter StevForman last year, who won two races and was part of two winning relays. This year, Lindsay basked in the spotlight, winning his two races.

His 110 hurdle time of 15.02 seconds was nearly a second better than last year while his time in the 300 -- 39.63 -- was almost a half-second better than his second-place effort of a year ago. He also ran the lead lap for the 800 relay (second place) and the 400 relay (third) units.

"I felt really good this time in both races," said Lindsay, who had personal records in both events. "I was ready to go."

The Eagles had to fight off a challenge from Boonsboro, edging the Washington County school, 83-79. Francis Scott Key won three events, but coach John Seaman said it was the lower finishes that were just as important.

"We were a team without a superstar, the closest we had to a superstar is Lindsay," said Seaman. "It's very [nice] to win with second-, third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place [finishes]."

James Johnson won the discus for Key, the team's only other first-place finisher. In other competitions, Oakland Mills took the Class 3A title and Old Mill tied Eleanor Roosevelt for first in the Class 4A meet.

Oakland Mills used strong performances by its relay teams ttake the title. The Scorpions won the 800 and 1,600 relays. Eric Graham was the lone individual winner for the Scorpions, taking the 200 -- in 22.01.

Old Mill deadlocked with Eleanor Roosevelt in the Class 4meet. Both teams scored 63 points. Eleanor Roosevelt won the final race of the day, the 1,600 relay to pull into the tie, while Old Mill finished fourth. Eleanor Roosevelt of Prince George's County won last year.

Brian Evans was the only first-place finisher for Old Mill. He won the discus with a 151-foot toss.

Pat Rodrigues of Centennial and Kareem Lamb of Catonsville were two other local athletes who won two events.

Rodrigues won the 3,200 run on Thursday and yesterday toothe 1,600. He had to fight off a tough challenge from Mark Whidden of McDonough. Rodrigues put on a strong finishing kick in the final 25 meters to edge Whidden, 4 minutes, 23.12 seconds to 4:23.21.

"I think [the heat] got to me in the last lap," said Rodrigues, whhad to break out of a crowd during the first lap. He ran in the 800 also, but took fifth.

Lamb won the 400 and 800 races. He took the 400 in a time of 49.16 while edging Whidden in the 800 in 1:57.96. Whidden was just behind with 1:58.74. Lamb was also fourth in the 100 --.

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