Track teams weather waiting for the thaw

March 27, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

The weather has done none of the spring sports teams any favors. There is only so much that outdoor teams such as track and field can do. For example, some attempts at horizontal jumps outdoors have found frozen pits.

When things thaw out, some things are expected to stay the same, like the C. Milton Wright boys track team winning an eighth straight county title. However, others may change: Fallston appears poised to regain the girls track team title after yielding to Edgewood last year.

Among the expected standouts this season are four who accounted for eight individual championships in the county meet a year ago -- double-winners Brian Harris of C. Milton Wright and Terry Vail of Bel Air for the boys, and Rebecca Lesesne of Edgewood and Christy Moon of Aberdeen. All are seniors but Lesesne, a junior.

Aberdeen Eagles

Seniors Mike Cromwell and Johnny Trottie head a small group of boys back from last year, and Trottie is a 21-foot long jumper. Among the others are junior middle-distance and distance runners Chad Bratten and Julian Olivares, and sophomore hurdler Larry Brown. Two new sprinters are sophomores Terrance Washington and Cliff Simmons.

Although the number of holdovers for coach Lari Dunlap is relatively slim, overall the numbers have shown a dramatic improvement from last year, up from eight to 22.

Senior Christy Moon, the county 1,600- and 3,200-meter champion a year ago, is one of 11 experienced girls running for coach Donna Lewis, and three freshmen with club experience are expected to help right away.

The veterans include Moon, Desiree Galloway (discus) and sprinters Chequil Baugh and Shan Porter (legs on two relays), all of whom qualified for the state meet last year. Another holdover is Holly Andrews (middle distance).

The freshmen include Ayana Burnett (sprints), Amanda Laughton sprints and middle distance) and Kim Helmers (middle distance and distance). Marleza Canizales is new to the team, but Lewis sees an innate ability and expects her to come along.

Bel Air Bobcats

Senior Terry Vail, who took the county 100 and 300 hurdles and anchored two winning relays last season, is the chief holdover from last year's team that finished second to C. Milton Wright in the county meet. Although the team lost a lot to graduation, there is still plenty of experience among first-year coach Randy Cervenay's 35 candidates.

The holdovers include Dick Barwick and Steve Thomas (shot put and discus), Brian Grimm (high jump), Jeff Cook (pole vault), Charlie Woodward (sprints and relays) and Mike Anderson (distances).

Coach Joe Rose has almost his whole girls team back, with strength in several events.

Senior Melissa Chiasson and juniors Michelle Apland (third in the county 1,600, second in the 3,200), and Jenny Lippincott head the distance runners, and the top three sprinters are senior Linda Pomper, junior Beth McFarland and sophomore Casey Hentz. Sophomore Monica Grigora was second in the county in the 100 hurdles last season.

Sarah Thomas (shot put and discus), a senior returning after a year's absence, was one of the county's best throwers as a sophomore.

C. Milton Wright Mustangs

A distance-running crew that took five of the first six places in the county cross country meet last fall now shifts to distances upward from 800 meters on the track. Seniors Brian Harris, winner of county titles at 1,600 and 3,200 last year, and Steve Donahue are the leaders.

Junior Chris Parkinson, sophomore Dave Warnick and freshman Eric Benjamin complete the cast. They are joined by senior sprinter Jeff Adams, and senior 400-800 runners Scott Davies (400 defender) and Jeff Judy, plus junior hurdler Ryan Lesh.

The key field people on the 40-man squad include senior Steve Downey, juniors Will Hanks and Jimmy Greene in the weight events, although Hanks, coming off a shoulder injury in football, will only throw the shot put. Two other holdovers expected to help are jumpers Kory McBride and Duane Fisher.

The only problem with numbers on the girls squad is how to keep them all happy, as coach Barbara Johnson has a squad of 68, including 30 holdovers. Quality depth is a strong point.

Sophomore Jen Englehart and juniors Michelle Edberg and Amy Altmann head the distance runners, with Altmann a newcomer after having played tennis in previous springs. A regional cross country victory provided some stimulus for switching to track.

Other returnees include seniors Stacey Murnyak (high jump and hurdles), Krissy Sprucebank (middle distance), and Jaime Cockerham (discus), plus junior sprinter Beth Walls and sophomore sprinter Brie Kotula. Among the prospects are junior Heather Rogers (distances), sophomores Chantel Robinson (high jump) and Ashley Noel (sprints), and freshman Erin Lesh (middle distances).

Edgewood Rams

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