Scorpions win 1A-2A regional

February 22, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to the Sun

Just one year ago, newly-hired South River coach Scott Baker was concentrating on teaching his runners the basics of running track.

Actually challenging for a state indoor title . . . that was still just a dream.

What a difference a year has made.

The Seahawks scored in all but one event to finish second to Oakland Mills at yesterday's boys' seg-ment of the Class 1A-2A Central Region Indoor Track Championships at the 5th Regiment Armory.

The Scorpions won the meet with 105 points, followed by South River (96), Atholton (71), Milford Mill (37) and Catonsville (35).

Despite losing the team title by just nine points, Baker said he was extremely pleased, considering what he had to start with.

"We were lousy," said second-year coach Baker, "but we've worked really hard to get better. Last year, we had to break the kids of some very bad habits. They had flashes of brilliance, but they weren't really ready to contend."

Now, though, the Seahawks are expected to give defending state champion Oakland Mills a serious challenge at Friday's Class 1A-2A state championships at the Armory.

Leading the way will be distance runners Danny Zamarripa -- who edged Catonsville's Jamie Davies to win the mile -- and Jack Longley (second in the 2 miles) and middle-distance specialist Craig Hopkins, winner of the 300.

"We know Oakland Mills is the team to beat," said Zamarripa.

"They killed us in the --, but in the states, things have a way of evening out. I think we still have a chance to get them."

On the girls' side, Catonsville won the meet with 81 points, followed by Hammond (70.5), Glenelg (65), South River (49) and Towson (40).

Other local finishers were Hereford (seventh), Loch Raven (eighth) and Milford Mill (10th).

The Comets qualified 10 athletes for states, including junior Ann Giardina and freshman Brigid O'Connell, who finished first and third, respectively, in the mile, and senior Tiana

Seeney and junior Carrie Hunt, two-three in the 300.

For coach Jeff McDaniel, it was a banner day.

"We were just trying to qualify as many kids [for the state meet] as possible," said McDaniel. "We qualified 10, so I'm pretty happy with that."

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