On a cold, damp and windy day, you can't overextend yourself, according to Perry Hall high jumper Greg Sutton. The risk of injury is too great.
At yesterday's Baltimore County Boys Track and Field Championships at Parkville High School, Sutton extended himself just enough to win two events and take second in a third to lead No. 2-ranked Perry Hall to its second straight title.
The Gators, who placed first or second in 12 events, finished with 145 points, running away from second-place Woodlawn (87). The cold and damp weather kept times slow, and even forced the rescheduling of part of the junior varsity schedule.
"On days like today, you do what you have to to win," said Sutton, who holds on area-best mark of 6 feet 6 in the high jump. "I wanted to try for 6-6 today, but there was really nobody to go against. It's harder when you don't have anyone pushing you."
Sutton, a senior headed to the Naval Academy, took the high jump by clearing 6-4, then came back later to win the long jump, leaping 20 feet 4 1/2 on his final attempt. He took runner-up in the triple jump after fouling twice upon takeoff.
Other winners for Perry Hall were Charles Adams, 48-6 1/4 in the shot put; Pete Kim, 10-6 in the pole vault; Tom Doan, 14.44 in the 110 high hurdles; and Chris Nance, 4:33.18 in the 1,600.
"We're very pleased with what we've done today," said Perry Hall coach Marilyn Bevans. "You never want to get to the point where you feel you can just roll over the competition. There's always somebody out there to challenge. We did real well in the field events and well enough on the track."
The Gators won four of the six field events, and took second in the other two.
The county girls championships will be held tomorrow.