Scorpions boys set to track down title

January 28, 1994|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Contributing Writer

As expected in the preseason, the Oakland Mills boys and the Hammond girls are favored to repeat as Howard County indoor track and field champions at today's 3:30 p.m. meet at Baltimore's 5th Regiment Armory.

The Oakland Mills boys squad, coached by Sam Singleton, is loaded with speed and depth for the sprints. Centennial coach Al Dodds said his Eagles will need an upset in a sprint or sprint relay event to have a chance of winning the crown.

Centennial's boys should score well in field events, with senior high jumpers James Koehler and Matt Kilpatrick looking to top their county-leading mark of 6-2.

"Those two have scored an awful lot of points for us the last couple of years," said Dodds, who added that senior shot putter Bill Parham has improved his distance from 32 feet to 38 and should score.

Atholton senior pole vaulter Omar El Sawi, who cleared an area-leading mark of 14 feet at the Maryland National Guard Games two weekends ago, will look to improve his personal-best jump. He leads an Atholton trio of vaulters expected to keep the Raiders in contention for second or third place in the county.

Centennial also has an opportunity to sweep the 3,200-meter event with seniors Kevin Hill (best of 9 minutes, 56.8 seconds), BobbyVan Allen (10:20.5) and Steve Olenick (10.21.6) favorites along with Oakland Mills junior Greg Curtis.

As it has been the past few years, the girls spotlight will be dominated by Hammond senior Kisha Jett. A University of Florida-bound sprinter, she has recorded the region's three fastest 55-meter times: 6.8, 7.0, and 7.05 seconds.

Jett set two National Guard meet records in winning the 55 hurdles (8.18) and the 55 -- (7.14). She also has the area's best time in the 300 (42.1).

In the girls high jump, Howard junior Melissa Williamson (5-2) and Hammond senior Melanie White (5-0) should battle for first place. White's teammate, senior shot putter Trace Baumgarner (31-2), looks to improve on her second-place finish last year.

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