Catonsville's Davies breezes in 3,200 Class 3A runner-up finishes nearly 10 seconds behind Indoor track and field

February 23, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Baltimore area schools didn't win team titles at yesterday's Class 3A State Indoor Track and Field Meet, but several individual performances at the Fifth Regiment Armory were outstanding.

DuVal of Prince George's County won the boys title with 56 points, ahead of runner-up Howard (38) and third-place Centennial (33). Watkins Mill edged Linganore, 49-46, on the girls side.

Jamie Davies of Catonsville won the boys 3,200-meter run in 10 minutes, 1.9 seconds. Davies' nearest opponent -- John Cornwell of Walt Whitman -- was nearly 10 seconds behind.

Howard County produced a pair of boys state champions, with Atholton's Omar El Sawi winning the pole vault (13 feet, 1 inch) and Centennial's James Koehler capturing the high jump with a leap of 6-4.

Junior Kevin King of Dundalk took third in the boys 300 run (37.41), followed by South River's Craig Hopkinr in fourth at 37.64.

Randallstown senior Leila Johns (36-6 1/2 ) was runner-up in the girls shot put behind Simona Jones of Great Mills (38-1 1/2 ).

Sophomore Carrie Hunt of Catonsville placed fourth in the girls 300, finishing in 45.0.

Catonsville's girls 3,200-meter relay team of Keri Jacobs, Carrie Hunt, Chris Saffron and Bridget Olp placed second (10:26.5) behind Watkins Mills (10:06.0).

Olp, a sophomore, later finished as runner-up in the 3,200 run behind senior Claire Orchia of Bethesda-Chevy Chase.

Walt Whitman's boys 3,200-relay team appeared to have won but was disqualified when it was discovered that one of the runners was not wearing team-supplied shorts. Centennial was placed first with a time of 8:47.0, six-tenths of a second ahead of Franklin.

"This is the third year in a row the officials have gotten us for something," said Walt Whitman coach Tracy Gibson. "For some reason, the officials pick Whitman out. I saw a guy wearing lacrosse shorts, and I asked the official, and he said something they were OK because they were school-issued uniforms. I don't know what kind of message these officials are trying to send out to the kids, but next year I'll come out in cheerleading uniforms."

Howard High sophomore Melissa Williamson won the girls high jump at 5 feet. Jennifer McManus of Centennial was runner-up at 4-10, and Catonsville's Gabrielle Clark finished fourth at 4-8.

Baltimore County was well-represented in the girls 55 high hurdles, with Franklin freshman Deborah Ray taking third and Charlene Lee and Chauna Qualls, both of Randallstown, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively.

Chrissy Burke of South River and Christine Brooks of Randallstown tied for fourth in the girls 500 run.

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