Hammond girls rule 1A-2A

February 26, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Kisha Jett stared up at the high ceiling in the Fifth Regiment Armory yesterday and sheepishly conceded, "I'm gonna miss this old place."

Why wouldn't she? The Armory has been very, very good to her the past four years and yesterday it was even better. Jett and her teammates rallied to earn Hammond coach Peter Hughes his first state title while breaking Central High's 12-year grip on the 1A-2A state indoor track and field championship.

"I have a lot of good memories in here and I'll never forget the Baltimore Armory, ever," said Jett, who will take her talents to the University of Florida next fall. "We knew we could win if we ran the way we were capable of running, but we knew Central was going to be tough because they always are. I'm just happy with the way things turned out."

So was Oakland Mills boys coach Sam Singleton after watching his Scorpions claim their second straight indoor state crown.

"I figured we could score about 70 points if we ran well and that's what I told my kids," said Singleton, whose Scorpions tallied 81 points, easily outlasting runner-up South River (53). "I told them we had to run well and not make any mistakes and that's what they did."

Oakland Mills' county, region and state champion boys picked up four gold medals in the boys 3,200 relay as Eric Larsen, Greg Curtis, Bryan Drake and Xavier Brisco covered the distance in a winning time of 8:35.1. Catonsville took second in the event in 8:42.9 and South River followed in third.

Oakland Mills senior Damon Ferguson won the boys 300 run in 37.20 and later took first in the 55 -- (6.68). Brisco edged Milford Mill's Damien Johnson in the 500 run and took first in the 800 in 2:03.3.

The Scorpions collected their final four gold medals of the night when Brisco, Ferguson, Mike Schmieckpeper and Frank Dawson combined to win the boys 1,600 relay.

South River's boys team, which finished second to Oakland Mills at last week's Central Region meet, picked up its first gold medal and only gold medal of the meet when senior Danny Zamarripa finished the 1,600 run in 4:40.1 -- 5.1 seconds ahead of Curtis -- and later earned a silver in the 800 run.

The Seahawks from Edgewater received 12 more points with third-place finishes by Adrian Newman (shot put) and Craig Hopkins (300 run). Hopkins followed with a fourth-place performance in the 500 run.

Towson shot putter Nicole Walker, who came into yesterday's meet boasting the area's best toss of 38 feet 10, won the state title with a throw of 36-8. Walker proved she was not a one-dimensional athlete when she took third in the 55 -- (7.57).

Catonsville senior Jamie Davies won the boys 3,200 run in 10:06.5 and Oakland Mills sophomore Steve Petro finished second in 10:18.3.

Atholton senior pole vaulter Omar El Sawi, who owns the area's best mark of 14 feet, only cleared 13-0 yesterday but it was high enough earn his second indoor state title. El Sawi's finish, coupled with third- and fourth-place finishes by teammates Josh Potocko and Ed LeBard, respectively, earned the Raiders 20 team points.

Glenelg senior Alicia Adams won a gold for the Gladiators in the 1,600 run, holding off Catonsville's Ann Gardina by nearly six seconds but bowed to Terry Hancil of Fairmont Heights in the 3,200-meter event and finished fifth in the 800.

Gardina finished behind another Gladiator in the 800 run with Glenelg's Marguerite Rupsis taking second and Gardina placing third. Glenelg's Mary Rose Rankin was runner-up in the high jump behind Amy Bidle of Boonsboro -- each with a jump of 5-0.

Jett showed why she is headed for Florida next fall as she won the 300 run in 40.99, the 55 hurdles in 8.52 and the 55 -- in a Class 1A-2A state-record time of 7.17.

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