Mervo's sprinters reign team 3rd in relay meet

May 08, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Mervo coach Freddie Hendricks nearly took his team home early from the Anne Arundel County Relays. The cool weather and driving rain brought visions of pulled muscles to the Mervo coach's head.

Hendricks finally decided to stay. It was not a popular choice among the boys competition.

Mervo ruled the sprint competition, as it has for much of the spring, by winning all four of the speed events on the way to a third-place finish in the meet at Annapolis High.

The Mustangs used the four victories to help score 56 points. Old Mill won with 67 points, and Oakland Mills finished second with 58.

Mervo captured the shuttle hurdle (1 minute, 4.3 seconds), the sprint medley (1:34.5), the 400 (43.2) and 800 meters (1:31.5). The Mustangs took second in the 3,200 (8:25.3) and fifth in the shot put (34.27 meters).

Hendricks said he thought about leaving after one of the first races because of the heavy rain and cold temperatures. He did not want to have any injuries with the region and state meets looming later this month.

"There's too much riding on it," said Hendricks.

But the rain eventually stopped. The day turned out to be a good one, as Mervo got strong performances from several runners, especially the team of Anthony Stuckey, Benjamin Braswell, Sandy Johns and Royston Lyttle.

That quartet ran and took the top spots in the 400, 800 and sprint medley relays. They edged Oakland Mills by one- and four-tenths of a second in the 800 and 400, respectively. The team edged Crossland by half a second in the sprint medley.

"We're coming around," said Stuckey. "Everybody needs some more work. It was a good [effort]."

Hendricks liked the effort, especially against the competition. The Mustangs got a good look at one of its chief rivals for the Class 4A crown, Old Mill. Plus, the Mustangs went up against perennial Howard County power Oakland Mills.

"We got a little barometer as to what's happening for the regions and states," said Hendricks. "We're steadily improving. I thought we did well in all of the races."

Old Mill also did well. The Patriots completed a sweep of the day's events by routing the girls competition. Old Mill finished with 98, doubling second-place Oakland Mills' 49.

Field events carried the day for the winners. The Old Mill boys scored 42 of its 67 points in field events, while the girls scored 48 of the 98.

Nate Oliver, Donne Stinespring, Adam Trzybinski and Sao Ro led the way for the Patriot boys in field events. Raina Domneys, Kristin Winbrow, Dorian Lee and Katie Mack turned in strong performances in the field for the girls.

Oakland Mills also took advantage of good depth for both second-place finishes. The Scorpions did well in sprints and some distance events on both sides.

Damon Ferguson, Xavier Briscoe and Kerry Ferdinand each did well in three races for the boys. For the girls, the team of Elyse Sams, Nina Tucker, Melissa Singleton and Victoria Moore ran together in four different races, taking a first, two seconds and a fourth.

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