Catonsville girls, Howard boys run to repeat titles Track and field

February 09, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Bridget Olp and Carrie Hunt helped Catonsville run to its second straight regional championship.

Olp and Hunt combined -- in individual events -- for 42 points to help Catonsville edge three other schools in the Class 3A Region II girls indoor track championship yesterday at the 5th Regiment Armory.

Howard also repeated in the boys' division. The Lions beat Centennial, 94-89, for their second straight title.

Catonsville finished with 74 points, just enough to beat out Centennial (69), Franklin (66) and Randallstown (64).

Catonsville coach Ed Bury said when he figured out the event on paper, he thought the Comets would get big nights from those two for a victory.

He was right.

"Olp and Hunt were the big ones," said Bury. "I figured we needed close to 50 points between those two, and that's what we got."

Olp, a sophomore, won both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. She clocked a 5:31.1 in the 1,600 and a 12:32.7 in the 3,200 to give Catonsville 20 points.

In addition, she ran on the victorious 3,200-meter relay team with Keri Jacobs, Jamie Amirault and Chris Saffran. That group was timed in 10:48.2 to top Centennial, which clocked an 11:01.5.

Olp said she simply wanted to do her best.

"We really wanted to win today," said Olp. "I've never run three races in one night. I was really tired."

Hunt kept busy, running in four events. She won the 300-meter -- in 44.9, took second in the 800 (2:39.5) and fourth in the 500 (1:28.8). She also ran for the 1,600-meter relay team that finished sixth.

The Comets also got a little bit of a surprise from Gabrielle Clark and Amirault.

Clark gave the Comets 10 vital points by taking third in the high jump (4-10) and fourth in the 55-meter hurdles (9.9).

Amirault pulled off a third-place finish in the 3,200 meters. Her time of 12:46 gave the Comets six more points.

Franklin rallied late to take third with 69 points. Kelly Parrish took the 800-meter run in 2:37.1, edging Hunt, to give the Indians 10 points that helped them take third place.

Franklin was consistent throughout the meet, scoring in 10 of the 12 events. Parrish keyed a late rally that lifted the Indians over Randallstown.

Randallstown stayed close thanks to several strong performances. Mistakes hurt the Rams, however, as disqualifications in the 800- and 3,200-meter relays dimmed any first-place hopes they held.

The Rams were called for a line violation in the 3,200 and an interference call in the 800. Coach Marv Weiner was disappointed in the disqualifications.

"That's a tough way to lose a meet," said Weiner. "I didn't see the call in the 3,200, but the call in the 800 was correct."

Charlene Lee took first for Randallstown in the 55- meter hurdles (9.5) and fifth in the shot put (27 feet). Chrissy Brooks also won, taking the 500-meter -- in 1:25.9.

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