Oakland Mills dominates at Duckworth Relays

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

No team scores were kept at yesterday's Steve Duckworth Relays at Glenelg. And even though no team champion was crowned, most agreed the day belonged to Oakland Mills.

Oakland Mills won five events and took second in three others in both the boys and girls competition.

On the boys side, the Scorpions won the 1,600- and 3,200 meters, the 1,600 and distance medleys, and the hurdle sprints. They were runners-up in the 400, 800 and 6,400.

For the girls, first-place ribbons went to Oakland Mills in the sprint and 1,600 medleys, the 800, shot put and discus. The Scorpions finished second in the 400, 3,200 and distance medleys.

Both teams had several athletes competing in up to four events. Ian Lesikar, the girls assistant coach, said most of his team came through when necessary.

"I think the girls did extremely well," said Lesikar. "A lot of girls did a lot better than expected."

And a lot of the girls were as busy as expected. Elyse Sams and Danyelle Butler competed in four events while Victoria Moore and Kristi Alexander competed in three.

Lesikar said this was just another way of showing teamwork.

The Scorpions narrowly defeated Hammond last spring for the girls regional title, and he said they have to remember the importance of every finish that brings in points.

"Last year we won the region crown . . . due to every girl pulling in a place," said Lesikar. "We had lots of girls doing pretty well."

Moore competed in the 1,600 medley, the sprint medley and the 800. The Scorpions won all three of those events, with her help.

Sams also was busy yesterday. She joined Moore in the victorious 800, and came in first in the sprint and 1,600 medleys, and second in the 400.

"We just wanted to show everyone that we're out there," said Moore, a transfer from Texas. "I just wanted to have fun."

The boys also had fun, rolling to the same success as the girls using the same formula -- teamwork.

Kyle and Brandy Walker, Greg Curtis, Fardan Carter, Joel Hampshire, Steve Petro and Mike Schmeckpepper were among those who went to work four times for the Scorpions.

All had big days. Curtis set four personal records. Carter opened his high school outdoor track career with some strong performances.

"We did that on purpose [putting people in four events]," said Oakland Mills boys assistant coach Bryan Winfield. "As well as being a meet, this was a workout."

One Oakland Mills team that got a good workout was the 1,600. Brandy Walker, Schmeckpepper, Curtis and Carter rolled to a victory in 3 minutes, 33.8 seconds. That was just two-tenths of a second off the meet record set by Hammond seven years ago.

Another person who nearly set a record was pole vaulter Omar El Sawi from Atholton. El Sawi, a senior, cleared 14 feet yesterday for the highest jump of the meet.

He then tried to break the county record of 14-3. El Sawi upped the bar to 14-4, but missed on all three tries.

El Sawi won the Class 2A state title indoors this winter -- as well as last year -- and took second in the outdoor state meet at Western Maryland College last May.

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