Wright boys continue their run

April 02, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

For C. Milton Wright's boys track and field team, winning a regular-season meet isn't exactly big news. Losing one -- now that would be news.

But that hasn't happened in seven years.

Yesterday, the Mustangs beat their 79th and 80th opponents to maintain the longest regular-season winning streak in Harford County. The host Mustangs scored 101.5 points to handily beat Edgewood (43.5) and North East of Cecil County (7).

"When it's an everyday thing, you don't want to lose that streak," said sprinter Chris Gill. "You don't want to let the other guys down. A lot of guys worked hard for it the past few years. It makes you work extra hard to keep it going."

The Mustangs worked pretty hard yesterday, winning all but one event. Edgewood's Felipe Small prevented a sweep by winning the 300-meter hurdles.

"You can't say our depth didn't win out, but we have some skill this time," said Mustangs coach Jim McNicholas. "We always get accused of winning only because we have so much depth. And it's true we have the numbers, but you still need kids to come out and win for you."

Gill won the four events he raced, taking the 100 -- in 11.0 seconds and 200 in 23.1. He also anchored the winning 400 and 800 relays, joining Chris Street, Jeff Adams and Don Williams.

The Mustangs also looked impressive in the distance events, winning everything from 400 meters up and sweeping the top three places in the 1,600 and 3,200.

Chad Boyle won the 1,600 in 4:59 followed by Kevin Koffenberger and Troy Morse. Brian Harris took the 3,200 in 9:51 with Steven Donohue second and Chris Parkinson third.

Morse took the 800 and Scott Davies won the 400. Morse, Boyle, Parkinson and Koffenberger combined to win the 3,200 relay and Brian Lesh, Jeff Judy, Corey McBride and Davies took the 1,600 relay.

Most of the distance runners are holdovers from the last fall's No. 1 cross country team.

"We've got a lot of depth and that helps us a lot," said Boyle, who broke 5 minutes in the 1,600 for the first time. "We don't have to double up, and that gives us fresh runners in just about every race. Every meet we can flip-flop different runners in different events. It gives us a lot of flexibility."

Other winners for the Mustangs included Lamar Kennard in the 110 hurdles and the high jump, Ron Paden in the shot put and Mike Kralek in the pole vault.

In the girls competition, the meet wasn't nearly as close as expected. The Mustangs easily outdistanced Edgewood, 70-43, with North East third with 27 points.

Freshmen Jen Englehart and Miranda James led the Mustangs.

Englehart won the 1,600 and 800 and anchored the winning 3,200 relay team that included Kris Sprucebank, Christine Savage and Michelle Edberg. James took second in the 100 and 200 --es and joined Amanda Boch, Renee Brozic and Beth Walls on the winning 400 and 800 relay teams.

"We're going to surprise some people with Miranda and Jen," said Mustangs coach Barbara Johnson. "It's that kind of thing -- you never know who's going to show up with somebody really good."

Other winners for the Mustangs included Edberg (3,200), Stacy Murnyak (high jump) and Sprucebank (300 hurdles).

For Edgewood, Rebecca Lesesne, the defending county champ in the 100 and 200, won both of those events. Freshman Shamonica Farrow won the 100 hurdles and was second in the 400.

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