Oakland Mills, Hammond rule

February 03, 1994|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Special to The Sun

A season of postponed meets and untimely mid-term exams could not prevent the Oakland Mills boys and Hammond girls from capturing Howard County indoor track championships at yesterday's meet at Baltimore's Fifth Regiment Armory.

Oakland Mills' boys repeated as county titlists by sweeping the 55-meter -- and 500 run to total 147 points, offsetting Centennial senior Kevin Hill's dominance in the 1,600 (4 minutes, 41.5

seconds) and 3,200 (10:12.1).

The Scorpions, winners of the 800 relay (1:39), opened the championships by taking the 3,200 relay (8:47.5). Coach Sam Singleton's Scorpions then waited for the later short-distance events to speed by field-strong Centennial (103 points) and Atholton (72 points).

Hammond, led by senior Kisha Jett's winning times in the 55 (7.32), 300 (42.5) and 500 (1:25.6) meters, finished on top for the first time since 1990-91 with 104 points, fending off two-time defending county champion Glenelg (79 points) and Centennial (60).

Despite suffering painful calf cramps in her left leg midway through the meet, Jett managed to continue running strong by stretching and icing her aching muscle.

didn't hurt while running. It's just one of those nagging injuries because I don't drink my milk like my coach tells me to do," said Jett, whose career indoor track county record remained unblemished in the short-distance events.

For the Oakland Mills boys, senior Damon Ferguson provided the Scorpions' biggest highlight with a personal indoor best of 37.6 seconds in winning the 300, edging Atholton's Trevor Edwards (38.6).

The Scorpions also swept the 500, with Ferguson (1:09.9), senior Xavier Brisco (1:10) and senior Eric Larsen (1:15.5) placing 1-2-3 and earning 24 points to move their team past the competition for good. The Scorpions' Kyle Walker also captured the 55 hurdles (8.00) and finished second to Ferguson (6.82) in the 55 -- with a time of 6.91.

Oakland Mills's closest competition was expected to come fro Centennial, but the Eagles stumbled in the 3,200 relay, an event in which Centennial coach Al Dodds expected to finish in the top three and earn critical points.

During the 3,200's anchor leg, Centennial's trailing runner was disqualified for interference with Wilde Lake's anchor between the third and fourth turns.

"I just saw the collision and the runners go down," Dodds said. "The judge was right there and said my guy cut too soon in front of the WildeLake runner in the inside lane."

Dodds said the Eagles' disqualification could have had a psychological impact on his boys' squad, considering Centennial entered the event with the second-best time in the county (8:57).

"Especially if you score the meet ahead of time and factor points needed to win," he said. "We knew it would be close with Oakland Mills."

In other girls events, Glenelg senior Alicia Adams led the Gladiators' charge in the 1,600, knocking off four seconds from her previous best indoor time this season of 5:44. She also won the 3,200 (12:34.1) and 800 (2:35.9).

"I've run 5:32 in the event, but the combination of the snow days and last week's mid-terms really took away a lot of practice time," said Adams, who also was a member of Glenelg's winning 3,200 relay team (11:06.6).

In the field events, attention turned to Atholton senior pole vaulter Omar El Sawi, who a few weeks ago set an area-best mark of 14 feet and again provided the meet's biggest drama. El Sawi easily captured the county championship with a winning vault of 13 feet. El Sawi then went for the state record of 14-3, but the pole fell to the mat after he initially cleared 14-4 on his third and final attempt.

As expected, Centennial swept the high jump event with senior James Koehler (6-2) holding off senior teammate Matt Kilpatrick (6-2) and junior Todd Marks posting a personal best jump of 6 feet.

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