Oakland Mills wins boys with romp, girls on disqualification Track and field

April 29, 1993|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

The winner of the Oakland Mills and Glenelg boys track and field meet yesterday was virtually a foregone conclusion. Oakland Mills, state Class 2A indoor champion eyeing a state outdoor title, romped, 108-31.

The girls duel, however, remained in serious doubt until the final of 17 events. Glenelg led 67-64, and with Lindsay Rupp, Cheryl Simor, Marguerite Rupsis and Kelly Pelovitz in the 1,600-meter relay, the Gladiators finished first, 4:18 to 4:26, for a supposed 72-64 victory.

However, Rupp, running in Lane 2 on the first leg, cut to Lane 1 illegally, forcing disqualification and giving the Scorpions a 69-67 win.

"I should've told her about not changing lanes," Glenelg girls coach Bill Godwin said. "She didn't know she had to stay in her lane, but she knows now. She learned her lesson the hard way."

Oakland Mills' boys (5-0) created a one-sided meet early, sprinting to a 22-0 lead. The girls meet was the opposite, as five lead changes, two ties, and a largest edge of nine points made it exciting.

"It's a tough way to win a meet," Oakland Mills girls coach Ciaran

Lesikar said. "There were several areas where our girls could have done better if we had more recovery time [between events]. The fact that we got here real late and didn't have time to warm up made things tough."

In the boys meet, Oakland Mills (5-0) won 17 of 18 events, losing only the triple jump to Glenelg's Travis Turner (34-4). With a mixture of dominance in sprints, long-distance runs and field events, the Scorpions were led by two-time winners Damon Ferguson (100 --/11.1, 400 --/50.9), C. J. Queen (long jump/18-4, 200 --/22.8), Greg Curtis (1,600 run/4:41.2, 3,200 run/10:53) and Wade McHargue (shot put/48-1 1/2 , discus/14-5).

Scorpions boys coach Sam Singleton termed it a "workout. I didn't expect to win everything, but I expected to win big. Glenelg is real lean on sprinters and field event people," he said.

Earlier this season, the coach predicted his team will win the state title and warns any program, such as Hammond, that next month's Howard County meet at Oakland Mills "will be no contest."

"We will beat [Hammond] by at least 20 points," he predicted. "Everything will come through the Mill."

Glenelg's girls, led by Mary Rose Rankin with wins in the triple jump (30-2), high jump (5-0) and long jump (14-9), captured 10 individual events. But the Gladiators won only one of four relays, the final two of which were crucial.

To go with a win in the 1,600 run (5:24.3), Pelovitz took the 800 (2:39.2), giving Glenelg a 67-59 edge with the 400 and 1,600 relays remaining. Oakland Mills, with Anika Thompson, Melissa Singleton, Tyann Blissett and Nina Tucker, won the 400, 53.4-56.0, for the three-point difference.

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