Westminster, Frederick race to invitational titles

April 09, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

The Westminster boys track team dazzled the field with depth and the Frederick girls turned two outstanding freshmen loose on the seven-team field.

That was the story last night as the Owls boys and the Cadets girls captured championships in the Westminster Invitational track meet.

The Westminster boys won only two individual events but had a long list of thirds and fourths to compile 178 points for the top spot. Frederick was second with 137 points in the boys standings.

Westminster's Matt Knights won the triple jump with a leap of 45 feet, 9 inches, and the Owls' Steve Kahler took the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 4.2 seconds.

Westminster coach Jim Shank said: "This was a typical Westminster performance, using a lot of depth to win. But we're not going to be able to win the big meets like the regionals and the states without winning more than two individual events."

Shank said the biggest surprise for Westminster was Chris Boundry taking second in the 1,500 in 4:30.6.

In the girls meet, Frederick swamped second-place Westminster with 186.5 points to 79.5.

The Frederick girls had the outstanding runner in the meet, freshman Michelle Higginbottom, who set three meet records while winning four events.

The outstanding boys runner was Haven Barnes of South Carroll. The Cavaliers finished fourth in the boys team standings.

Barnes won the 100 in 11.3 seconds, the 400 in 50.9, and was a member of South Carroll's 1,600 relay team that finished third.

"It was a great for Haven to come through for us in an important meet like this," said South Carroll coach Rob Pennington.

Higginbottom established meet records in the 100 (12.2), the 400 (59.0) and the long jump (18-2 1/2 ). She also won the 200 in 25.6 seconds.

xTC The other outstanding Frederick freshman was Val Williams who won the shotput and took seconds in the triple jump, long jump and the 200.

Westminster girls coach Dale Fogelsanger said finishing second was not a disappointment but he had hoped to be a lot closer to Frederick.

"We knew how good Frederick was but we felt we could give them a closer run," he said.

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