Westminster boys run off with title

May 06, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

FREDERICK -- Westminster's boys track and field team continued its dominance of the Central Maryland Conference championship last night at Thomas Johnson High School.

A sweep of the four relay races showed the depth the Owls had to win the championship for the seventh straight time, soundly beating runner-up Thomas Johnson by a 141-108 margin.

Larry Devilbliss, Jason Knight, Matt Knights and Corey LaPrade teamed to win the 400-meter relay. Devilbliss, LaPrade and Knight then teamed with David Reazin to claim the 800.

Knight, Nate Shank, Steve Kahler and Kenny Roe won the 1,600. Shank and Kahler also were part of the winning 3,200-meter relay with Jason Safely and Michael Recek.

That was the difference.

"Relays are a good indication of the depth our team has," said Westminster coach Jim Shank. "We knew we'd be strong on the relays, taking at least the top two in each. Right down the line in the middle of the meet we started scoring points regularly with some big points."

South Carroll got a solid effort from Haven Barnes, who won the 400 and took third in the 100. Jimmy Woods won the high jump for the Cavaliers.

Liberty's Teddy Sanders took the 300 hurdles with a time of 41.8 seconds, almost one second faster than Devilbliss' second-place effort (42.7).

The Frederick County schools dominated the girls championship with Linganore (154), Frederick (130), and Thomas Johnson (122) finishing 1-2-3.

Westminster was a distant fourth with 52 points, followed by South Carroll and North Carroll with 24 points each and Liberty with 21.

No Carroll County team came away with an individual win in any of the girls events.

Frederick freshman Michele Higgenbottom was the individual standout, winning the 100, 200 and 400 --es and also the long jump.

Westminster girls coach Dale Fogelsanger knew his squad would have a tough time challenging the three Frederick schools, but he was expecting things to be a little tighter.

"I felt we'd be closer," he said. "We have the depth for a good county meet, but don't have the real good performances for a meet like this. Not this year anyway."

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