Wright boys set to go distance County power again is deep and strong Harford track preview

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April 01, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

A photo caption in Thursday's Harford County track preview incorrectly reported that C. M. Wright's Chris Gill won a county sprint championship last season.

C. Milton Wright's boys track team will not surprise anyone if it wins the Harford County title this spring.

After all, the Mustangs have won six straight county championships Harford track preview

and haven't lost a dual- or tri-meet since 1986. In Harford County, the Mustangs just have too much strength and depth for the competition.

Last year, Edgewood expected to push the defending champs, but the Mustangs turned in some surprisingly strong performances in the field events to win the title by an impressive 66-point margin. Edgewood was second.


This afternoon, the Rams visit the Mustangs for a tri-meet with North East of Cecil County. But Edgewood coach Roy Norris doesn't expect the outcome to be any different for the Mustangs than it has been for almost seven years.

"I don't have nearly the personnel to stay with them," said Norris. "We'll have some very good individual performances, but we have no depth."

Among the top individual boys in the county are returning juniors, Bel Air hurdler Terry Vail and C. Milton Wright distance runner Brian Harris.

Vail won both hurdling events last year in the county championships, then went on to finish third in the 110-meter hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdles at the Class 3A state championships. Also a good sprinter, Vail was third in the 100 in the county last season.

Harris, The Baltimore Sun's Cross Country Runner of the Year last fall, could go in the 800, 1,600 or 3,200. He won the county title in the 3,200 and was second in the 1,600.

For the girls, defending champ Fallston returns much of its strength and depth from the team that beat C. Milton Wright by 30 points in the title race. But the Mustangs and Edgewood have some new talent that could help them push Fallston.

Among the top returning individuals are two sophomores, Edgewood sprinter Rebecca Lesesne and Bel Air distance runner Michelle Apland.

With the most impressive debut of 1992, Lesesne won four gold medals at the county championships. She took titles in the 100 and 200 and ran a leg on each of the winning 400 and 800 relays. At the state Class 2A championships, Lesesne won bronze in the 200 and was fourth in the 100.

Apland is the defending distance champ, having won the 1,600 and 3,200 by comfortable margins. The race for second appears to be up for grabs among a host of cross country veterans, including C. Milton Wright's Stacy Servia, Aberdeen's Christy Moon, North Harford's Lucy Howard and Fallston's Monica Beall.

For C. Milton Wright's team, quite a slate of strong athletes returns for the boys and the girls.

The Mustangs return defending county champs Ron Paden in the shot put and Mike Kralek in pole vault, as well as sprinter Chris Gill and hurdler Lamar Kennard. Distance runners Troy Morse, Chad Boyle, Kevin Koffenberger, Chris Parkinson and Steve Donohue make the move from cross country.

For the girls, Amanda Boch and Beth Walls face a challenge from freshman Miranda James in the sprints. Freshman Jen Englehart joins Servia in the distance events, and transfer Michelle Edberg and freshman Liz Kaiss go in middle distance.

Hurdlers Kris Sprucebank and Stacy Murnyak also return along with Christine Avage in the discus and Carrie Evenden in the triple jump.

For Fallston, Pam Toth, Laura Snyder and Holly King return from the state Class 1A champion 1,600-relay team.

The Cougars also won county titles in both distance relays, with Beall returning from both along with Snyder and King on the 1,600 and Toth and Candy Credito on the 3,200. Also back are hurdlers Wendy Ingram and Sarah Sheckells, middle-distance runners Shelby Worthington and Darlene Papier, sprinter Jenny Wachter, distance runners Laurie Cicero and Kelly Greer and shot and discus thrower Michele MacKenzie.

The Edgewood girls team also has depth. Sharron Wesson, the county champ in the triple jump who was runner-up in the Class 2A state championships, is back. Erika Pleasant and Kareema Holmes also jump, and Shelby Washington and talented freshman Nicole Brazil run the sprints.

Tara Hamluck throws the discus and shot and freshmen Shamonica Farrow and Deicia Hays go in the hurdles.

For the Rams boys, Jermaine Brice, Rob Spencer and Kevin Moore sprint, and Felipe Small, Dewayne Whyte and Keenan Turner can run both hurdle events.

North Harford has a veteran hurdler in Heather Ledebur, who should be the premier 100 hurdler after finishing second in the county and third in the Class 2A states last year.

Other strong Hawks girls include Joy Corson, Olivia Gosier and Sara Scarborough in the distance or middle-distance events and JenniferGrubb, Dawn Harrison, Susan Kirn and Shannon Harmon the sprints.

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