Oakland Mills, Glenelg run down county track titles

February 03, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Oakland Mills' boys and Glenelg's girls teams rose to the top and captured county titles at yesterday's Howard County indoor track and field championships at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore.

Oakland Mills scored 100 points to defeat Howard (59) and defending champion Glenelg (58). Glenelg's girls racked up 111 points to outlast runner-up Hammond (79).

Kisha Jett won the girls 300 run (44.9 seconds), edging Oakland Mills' Nina Tucker (45.5) and Centennial's Emily Ward (46.6). Jett, the meet's only triple-winner, later took first in the 500 run (1:23.3) and the 55 -- (7.65). Jett appeared to win a fourth event when she crossed the finish line for the 800 run in 2:30.4, but she later was disqualified for bumping another runner.

"Kisha and Robert [Sharps] both had had an outstanding day," said Hammond coach Pete Hughes. "It's a shame it had to end this way for Kisha because everything was so positive up to that point."

Sharps led Hammond's boys contingent with a first-place finish in the 55 hurdles (7.6) and another first in the 55 -- (6.74).

Glenelg distance runners Alicia Adams and Kelly Pelovitz picked up first and second, respectively, for the Gladiators in the 1,600 run, answering Hammond's 1-2 finish by Rouette St. Jean and Traci Baumgartner in the girls shot put.

Adams later won the 3,200 run. Teammates Elizabeth Pagel and Mary Marland captured fourth and fifth, respectively.

Glenelg could have added eight team points in the shot put, but Kerry Rutter's apparent second-place toss of 31-1 1/4 was thrown out when she was disqualified for wearing an illegal uniform.

"We had 37 girls come out for our team this year, and Kerry was one of the ones that wasn't issued a full uniform," Glenelg girls coach Peter Adams said, long before the final scores were tallied. "She just didn't realize that she couldn't compete in the shorts she was wearing.

"We only won [the county championship] by six points last year, so the eight points we lost in that event can make a big difference."

Senior Wade McHargue had little difficulty taking first place in the shot put for Oakland Mills. His throw of 49-4 3/4 landed far short of the county record of 58-6 set by Wilde Lake's Wayne Mims back in 1976, but it was still nearly nine feet longer than runner-up Dan Ballantine of Glenelg (40-11 3/4 ).

Omar El Sawi of Atholton had a similarly easy time in winning the pole. El Sawi's vault of 12-6 surpassed runner-up James McClelland of Howard's 12-0 and third-place finisher Joss Paddock of Oakland Mills' 11-6.

Damon Ferguson and Kerry Ferdinand finished 1-2 for Oakland Mills in the boys 300 run. Teammate Brandy Walker rounded out the point-getters in sixth place.

The Scorpions captured second, third and fourth in the boys 500 run, but it was Wilde Lake's Craig Butler who took home the gold medal with a winning time of 1:09.2.

"Everybody did what they had to do, and they just turned it up a notch," said Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton. "On paper, I think we were favored to win this, but paper never wins anything. They ran well."

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