Liberty girls enjoy their time outdoors

March 27, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

The Liberty girls team had a field day in the field events yesterday.

The Liberty girls finished second in the discus, triple and high jumps, and third in the shot put at the Steve Duckworth Relays at Glenelg High School.

No team scores were kept at the event, and Liberty was the lone non Howard County team participating. The Hammond girls were the only Howard County team that did not compete.

Liberty co-coach Dale Greene said poor weather limited the Lions' outdoor preseason practice time. That's why his team's performance at Glenelg pleased him.

"We've had some [time], but we haven't had the quality work," said Greene. "We use these meets to build toward the county, region and states."

The best effort for the Lions came in the discus, when Angie Payne (82-0), Jessica Foreman (65-11) and Melissa Fisher (55-11) gave Liberty (193-10) a second-place finish behind Oakland Mills.

Payne's 82-foot throw was the best individual effort of the day and her second-best throw -- 81 feet -- was the second-best toss of the afternoon.

The senior finished third in the discus in last year's Carroll County championship. But she broke her ankle shortly after that and could not compete any more.

She has recovered from that injury and is hoping for a strong season. The 82-foot effort did not thrill Payne, as she was hitting 80 and 90 feet in practice, but she said she'd take it for the first meet.

"I kind of wanted to hit 90 feet," said Payne. "It's OK for a start."

Payne, Foreman and Fisher struck again in the shot put, helping Liberty finish third behind Oakland Mills and Howard.

Foreman's throw of 25-4, plus the 25-foot toss from Payne and Fisher's effort of 17-2 totaled 67-6 for third.

Payne said the Lions' throwing team got off to a good start, despite its early-season troubles with the weather and lack of workout time outside.

"I'm happy with our throwing team," said Payne. "Most of [them] are all new and they're throwing pretty well."

The high jump saw Liberty edge Wilde Lake for second behind Howard. Vicki Osinga hit 4-10, while Shawna Brophy jumped 4-0 and Nikki Grimes added 3-10.

The three combined for a height of 12-8. The Lions tied Wilde Lake with that height but won due to fewer misses.

Later, in the triple jump, the Lions got the most out of the least. HTC With only two jumpers scoring, they finished second.

Osinga jumped 27-10 1/4 for Liberty. Teammate Pavlina Majorosova added 26-7 1/2 to give Liberty a total of 54-5 3/4 , enough for second place behind Atholton (85-9 3/4 ).

Oakland Mills dominated overall in this meet. The Scorpions' boys and girls each won five events and took second in three others.

The Scorpion boys won the 3,200 meters, the 1,600 and distance medleys along with the hurdle sprint and 1,600. They finished second in the 400, 800 and 6,400.

The Oakland Mills girls did just as well, winning the 800, the 1,600 and sprint medleys plus the shot and discus. The Scorpions took second in the distance medley and the 400 and 3,200.

Both the Oakland Mills boys and girls used this event as a practice. Several of the Scorpions competed in four events -- and did well in most of them.

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