In May, in spikes, in the great outdoors, it would have been a memorable performance.
It was indoors, however, on the cramped turns at the Fifth Regiment Armory yesterday, where Dulaney junior Amanda White again made the spectacular seem routine at the Baltimore County championships.
A rookie on the indoor circuit, White set two area records and came less than a second from a third.
White's times in the 1,600 meters (5 minutes, 4 seconds) and the 3,200 (11:01.4) are the fastest by an area girl indoors and are believed to the best under cover by a Marylander. She ran a 2:21 split in the 3,200 relay, and, in her fourth race of the day, the open 800, her time of 2:25.2 was .8 of a second off the area record.
"It was just too hot in here today," said White, a national Kinney cross country runner-up and a national-class swimmer who sets high standards for herself.
White had nearly half of Dulaney's 64 points, but that wasn't enough to catch Catonsville's 87 1/3 and Perry Hall's 76 1/3 . Coach Jeff McDaniel's Comets repeated as county champions with much of the same crew that finished second in last year's state 3A meet, with one big exception, freshman Ann Giardina.
Giardina, an all-county soccer player, won the 500 in 1:22.3, was second to White in the 800 and anchored the winning 3,200 relay, run in 10:20.6. Megan Blank and the Benzing twins, Meredith and Joanna, also were on that foursome, with Meredith Benzing placing second in the 500 and third in the 800 and high jump.
On the boys side, Perry Hall outpointed Woodlawn, 109 1/2 -81, to claim its third straight title. Coach Gerry Martin's Gators thus established themselves as a favorite for the Feb. 20 Class 4A state championships.
State outdoor high jump champ Greg Sutton, who has cleared 6 feet 6 indoors, won another title at 6-4, and junior Charles Adams reached 50-8 1/2 in the shot put. Tom Doan took the 55 hurdles in 7.6, was third in the -- and anchored the winning 800 relay. Fellow senior Chris Nance won the 1600 and was third in the 800.
Perry Hall's depth is such that 55 -- winner Jim Banach didn't even run on the 800 relay. He's a freshman find off the JV soccer team, and Martin said, "I didn't even know he was one of our best sprinters back in December."
While Doan was ending Woodlawn's seven-year hold on the hurdles title, the Warriors were turning the tables in the pole vault, as Mark Sye won with a personal best clearance of 12 feet. Dulaney junior Eric Liang also topped 12 feet, with Sye winning on fewer misses. Woodlawn junior Marlon Harris was the boys' only double-winner, taking the 500 and 800.
In other notable performances, Catonsville sophomore Jamie Davies took the 3,200 in 10:21.5; Owings Mills junior Lonnie Humphrey won the 300 in 37.1 and was second in the --; Perry Hall's Tishia Botteon was runner-up to White in the 1,600 and 3,200; Gator junior Patricia Ysern improved her personal best in the high jump to 5-2; and Parkville's Tonya Green (300), Pikesville's Zewe Serpell (55 --) and Woodlawn's Tennelia Engram (55 hurdles) lived up to their top seeds.