Owls boys dominate Invitational

April 04, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Westminster's boys were the stars yesterday, as they showed the importance of depth in track and field.

Matt Knights scored 28 points as the Owls scored in 16 of the 17 events to win their seventh consecutive Westminster Invitational yester- Track and field

day. Kenya Warfield also accounted for 28 Westminster points, but Frederick nipped the Owls' girls.

The Owls boys had little trouble, rolling up 180 points. North County was second with 102. Frederick used a late comeback to edge the Owls girls, 112-110.

The Owls used six athletes to win eight individual events in the boys action. Knights competed in all but one event. He won the long jump (20-8) and the triple jump (45-7 1/2 ) and tied for second in the high jump (5-6).

Steve Kahler also won twice, taking the 800 (2 minutes, 3.8 seconds) and 1,500-meter (4:17.9) runs. Jason Craig won the 110 hurdles in 16.2 for the Owls, and Chris Zendgraft took the 3,000 in 9:38.3.

Chris High and Jay Merker were the final two individual winners ** for Westminster. High captured the high jump with a personal best of 5-10, and Merker won the 300 hurdles in 41.3. Merker also finished third in the 110 hurdles in 16.9 while Wade Shank took second in the 100 (12.0) and 400 (52.5) meters. The Owls also won the distance medley and 800 meter relays.

"We have really good depth," said Knights, picked as the Male Outstanding Athlete. "That's what helps us every year."

Westminster coach Jim Hill said the boys have a strong core of athletes who meet goals the coaches set for them.

"We ask them to do certain things, and they know if we [establish] a goal, it's possible," said Hill. "They usually do it for us."

Henry Oswald of South Carroll also turned in a good effort, winning the shot put (38-11) and the discus (128-5) for the Cavaliers, which finished fourth with 64 points.

The Owl girls nearly pulled off a sweep for Westminster. They battled Frederick much of the way and led 107-98 with two events left.

The Cadets took a second and third in the 400 and 1,600 relays, respectively, for 14 points, and Westminster scored only three.

Warfield, the Outstanding Athlete for the girls, won the 100 hurdles (16.8) and the high jump (5-4) and finished second in the 300 hurdles (51.7).

"She's starting the season very close to where she ended it last year," said Hill of Warfield, who won the state title last year with a jump of 5-5.

Jessie Farinholt and Amy Elwell also won for Westminster. Farinholt took the discus with a toss of 95-6 and was second in the shot put (34-10). Elwell won the 800 meters in 2:39.7.

Francine Hewes and Ashlee Douglas of North Carroll were the other Carroll County winners. Hewes won the long jump in 16 feet.

Douglas won the 300 hurdles in 51.3 and took second in the 100 hurdles in 16.8.

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