Invitational provides few surprises

CARROLL SPORTS

April 13, 1994|By BILL FREE

There were no startling developments for the Westminster boys or girls track teams Friday night at the 15th Westminster Invitational.

The boys just had too much depth for everybody in the seven-team meet, including Frederick, outscoring the second-place Cadets by 41 points.

Westminster coach Jim Shank was satisfied with the show of depth but a little disappointed that his team only had two individuals place first.

"We're not going to score well in big meets such as the regionals and states unless we get more firsts," said Shank, who has taken over for the retired Bill Hill who guided the Westminster boys to 13 straight county titles.

Matt Knights and Steve Kahler were the only Westminster boys to post individual first-place finishes.

Knights won the triple jump with a leap of 45 feet, 9 inches, and Kahler captured the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 4.2 seconds.

However, the Owls had seven seconds and five thirds to compile 178 points to 137 for Frederick. Knights had two seconds (110 high hurdles and long jump) for Westminster and was a strong candidate for the outstanding boys performer in the meet.

That honor went to South Carroll's Haven Barnes, who won the 100 and 400 and was a member of South Carroll's third-place 4x400 relay team.

Shank said the biggest surprise for Westminster was a second-place finish by Chris Boundry in the 1,500 (4:30.6). Others getting seconds for Westminster were Ken Roe (400), Nate Shank (800), Mike Recek (3,000) and Tim Long (high jump).

None of the other three Carroll County boys teams in the meet came close to Westminster.

South Carroll was fourth with 56 points, Liberty was fifth with 32 points and North Carroll was seventh with 12. Calvert Hall (91 points) was third, and Howard (20.5) sixth.

For the Westminster girls, it wasn't the kind of evening to do cartwheels over.

They took second place with 79.5 points but their Central Maryland Conference rival Frederick dominated the girls meet with 186.5 points.

Westminster girls coach Dale Fogelsanger took the early-season loss to Frederick in stride.

"I'm not disappointed to finish second," he said. "But I did hope that we would finish a closer second. I expected Frederick to win because they've been running indoors the past three months. We'll get better as the season progresses and be closer to Frederick in time for the regionals and states."

To make matters worse for CMC opponents and everybody else in the state the next three years, the Cadets were led by two super freshmen.

One of them, Michelle Higginbottom, established three meet records while winning four events. The other, Val Williams, won two events and had four seconds.

Obviously it didn't take the coaches too long to choose Higginbottom as the outstanding girls performer of the meet. She set records in the 100, 400 and long jump, and won the 200.

The only Westminster individual winner was Cassandra Conklin with 2:34.8 in the 800.

The three other Carroll girls teams finished behind third-place Howard (73 points) and fourth-place Southwestern of Hanover, Pa. (70.5).

South Carroll was fifth (38.5), North Carroll sixth (25) and Liberty seventh (23).

Amy McCready of Liberty joined Conklin as the only individual girls winner from the county. McCready won the 300 intermediate hurdles.

Vaughn to beef up schedule

Liberty girls lacrosse coach Courtney Vaughn has become a little frustrated in her attempt to move the seventh-ranked Lions higher in the Baltimore metro rankings.

Vaughn said she has been voting her team sixth the past couple weeks but it isn't helping much.

"I guess it's hard for us to move much higher because we don't play the top teams on a regular basis," she said. "That's why I'm scheduling a play day at our school next year and inviting Roland Park [now ranked No. 3], Annapolis [No. 6] and Centennial [No. 11]. I don't know if they will come or not but I'm going to try it."

Vaughn and the Lions got a taste of things in the big time a couple of weeks ago in the Mount Hebron Easter tournament, and they liked it.

They trounced highly regarded C.W. Baker of Baldwinsville, N.Y., and played No. 4 Mount de Sales tough before losing, 15-10.

Vaughn said she would like another shot at Mount de Sales and wouldn't mind taking on No. 2 Mount Hebron, the team that blitzed the Lions last season in the 1A-2A regionals.

Vaughn has a lot more guns to throw at Mount Hebron this season. But that game won't happen because the Vikings have moved up to 3A-4A.

Rihard takes chances

Carl Rihard, co-coach of the Westminster baseball team, certainly isn't afraid of taking chances from his third-base coaching position.

In the past two seasons, Rihard often has sent runners home from third on wild pitches or passed balls. He got burned last season in a loss to North Carroll and again this season in a loss to South Carroll.

But Rihard had to feel a little vindicated last week when he sent Steve Mays home from third on a wild pitch with the run that won the game against North Carroll.

It was the first victory of the season for the Owls.

In the loss to South Carroll, it was Mays who got thrown out at the plate at South Carroll.

Rihard contended that Mays would have made it if the South Carroll screen had not been so close to home plate.

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