Gators' Makowski back on track

January 27, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

If Megan Makowski's performance in yesterday's meet at the Fifth Regiment Armory was any indication of how she will fare at Tuesday's Baltimore County Indoor Track and Field Championships, the Perry Hall junior might want to bring an extra gym bag to haul away her medals.

Makowski, who entered yesterday's meet in hopes of getting her legs back to the form they were in prior to last week's winter storm, emerged as the meet's lone triple-champion as she swept the girls middle- and long-distance events.

"I came out here basically to get a good workout in after the long layoff, but this definitely helps boost my confidence," said Makowski, who beat Dulaney runner-up Meghan White by nine seconds in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs before edging Dulaney's Erin Cecil by 1.5 seconds in the 800-meter event.

"I'm still not sure how I'll do at the county meet and I'm still a little nervous, but I'll just go out and do my best."

The Gators showed that they were the best as they finished 1-2-3in the girls 300 -- with sophomore Joanna Helm winning the event and Koerner and Dottie Hudson finishing second and third, respectively. Helm later won the 500 run, edging Cecil and Dishina Davis of Dulaney.

Katie Koerner of Perry Hall won the girls 55 -- in 7.9 seconds, followed by Dulaney sprinters Clairy Creighton (8.1) and Mari Derrer (8.2).

Dulaney held off Towson to capture first in the girls 3,200 relay with strong efforts by White, Erin Cecil, Kim Duklewski and Melissa Wilson.

Parkville won the boys 3,200 relay, but it was the Knights' 1-2-3 finish in the boys shot put that got Parkville coach Don Wann excited about next week's county championships and next season.

"Two of these guys are juniors and the other is a sophomore, so they'll all be back next year," Wann said while scanning the leader board. "Dave is really coming to form and the other two are making great progress, so I'm really pleased."

Junior Dave Keller won the event for Parkville with a personal-best toss of 47 feet, 4 inches, followed by teammates Todd Lipscomb (41-5) and sophomore Adam Sandroni (40-5).

Parkville's winning 3,200 relay team was composed of Nick Kiaunis, Marcello Salles, Joe Smith and Jeff Jenkins. Smith also took second in the 3,200 run and his brother, Pete, took second in the 1,600 and third in the 3,200.

Perry Hall speedster Mandel Marsh won the boys 300 -- in 38.5 seconds and the 55 -- in 6.6. Another Gator, Joe Leilich, took first in the 1,600 run, finishing ahead of teammate Chris Murray and Eastern Tech's Shane Goldstraw. He later claimed first in the boys 800.

Perry Hall junior Mike Pucci won the boys 55 hurdles by holding off Dulaney's Bill Ford and Jeff Mechlinski. Jen Belbot, a senior at Perry Hall, took first in the girls 55 hurdles in 9.8, ahead of Dulaney's Christina Chillemi (10.2) and Heather Truxel (10.8).

Steve Iwanowski of Dulaney placed first in the 500 run and Towson's Nicole Walker won the girls shot put with a throw that cleared 34-4.

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