Oakland Mills proves tough to catch

April 27, 1994|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Special to The Sun

After yesterday's scores were added up at Howard High's tri-meet, Oakland Mills' boys and girls squads had made a strong statement to the county competition that they will be tough to catch this spring.

Coach Sam Singleton's Scorpion boys dominated the relays, short sprints and hurdles, triumphing, 97-45, over host Howard and, 91-46, over Centennial.

Oakland Mills girls coach Ciaran Lesikar saw similar dominance as the Scorpions bested Howard, 92-43, and cruised past Centennial, 104-34.

Oakland Mills sophomore Kyle Walker continued an outstanding outdoor season with a time of 14.9 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles, second-fastest to his 14.8 at the Meade Stampede. Walker's brother, Brandy, a senior Scorpion, finished second (16.54) and Centennial senior James Koehler third (16.65).

"Right now, I'm just trying to break records," Walker said. "I still need to work on my form because my trailing leg is dragging over the hurdle. If I can snap it over I can improve my time by at least a half-second."

In the short sprints, Oakland Mills Dameon Ferguson captured the 100 (11:01) and 200 (23.18). Oakland Mills girls also earned first-place finishes in the 100 and 200, with freshman Elyse Sams (13.36) and junior Victoria Moore (26.88) winning.

The Scorpions excelled in the middle distances as well. Mike Schmeckpepper won the 400 (51.9), senior Xavier Brisco the 800 (2:04.4), junior Greg Curtis the 1,600 (4:33.75), while Moore earned the girls 400 (62.9) and sophomore Ginny Dye captured the 800 (2:39.11).

Centennial senior Kevin Hill ended Oakland Mills' first-place string with an easy victory in the 3,200, crossing the finish line in 10 minutes flat to beat Oakland Mills sophomore Steve Petro by 17 seconds. Senior Eagle McCala Duffy likewise stalled the Scorpion girls victory parade with a first-place finish in the 1,600 (5:58).

The Oakland Mills boys finished first in all five relays (200, 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200), lowering the area's best time in the 400 by one-tenth of a second. The Scorpion girls took three out of five relays, with Howard (200) and Centennial (3,200) winning the others.

In the field events, Howard junior Mona Jackson did not let an injured left knee stop her from winning the triple jump (34-6), high jump (5-1) and long jump (15-11). Jackson is among the area's best in all three events and is the state Class 3A high-jump champion.

In the boys field competition, Howard junior Kevin Daniels won the triple jump (40-10) and the long jump (20-3).

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