Centennial boys take team title

February 18, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Centennial's boys track team did more than just qualify for the states in yesterday's Class 3A Central Regional Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

The Eagles soared to the team title, racking up 134 points and easily holding off runner-up Dundalk and third-place Parkville.

Randallstown's girls tallied 104 points to outlast runner-up Franklin (84) and Centennial (67).

Senior distance runner Bobby Van Allen led the Eagles as he finished first in the boys 800- and 1,600-meter runs and second in the 3,200.

"I didn't know too much about the guys from Baltimore County but I was pretty confident that it was only the guys in the county that would stop me," said Van Allen, who won three second-place medals at the county meet. "I set a goal to score 28 points and that's what I ended up with. It's been tough only having one meet in the past five weeks and it's been hard finding places to train but I tried to do what I could.

"My times weren't so great but, today, I was just trying to qualify for states and help put up some points."

Thomas Gluck took second for the Eagles in the boys 300 run and Dan Murphy finished second behind Van Allen in the 800.

Kevin Hill took first in the 3,200 run in 10:31.2, and teammate Steve Olenick was third in the event as he crossed the finish line in 10:38.5.

"Given the weather recently and the way our team has been practicing, I'm very pleased," said Centennial coach Al Dodds, whose team will return to the armory Feb. 26 for the 3A state meet. "Actually, some of my guys had some of their best times today, so I was really pleased with that."

Howard's David Krantz was third in the boys 1,600 and Centennial's Kari Meyer and Ali Hoover finished 2-3 in the girls 1,600 run.

Centennial's boys team picked up its share of points in the high jump with Matt Kirkpatrick winning the event and teammates James Koehler and Todd Marks coming in second and third, respectively. Koehler later took third in the 55 hurdles.

Melissa Williams of Howard won the girls high jump by clearing 5 feet and teammate Jim McClellan won the pole vault with a leap of 13-0. Centennial's Allen Alejandro was second at 9-6 and Mount Hebron's Matt Sasser was awarded third when Howard's Adam Lessey was disqualified for an illegal substitution.

"We just wanted to qualify as many of our people for the states as we could and when you do that the points just seem to take care of themselves," said Dodds. "We came in here with no pressure at all. We wanted to win but it wasn't a must win."

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