Glenelg girls relay team sets meet record in 3,200

May 12, 1994|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Special to The Sun

Glenelg senior Alicia Adams paced the Gladiators' 3,200-meter relay team to a meet record at the Howard County Track and Field Championships at Oakland Mills yesterday.

After four final girls events, Glenelg led host Oakland Mills, 34-30, with defending champion Hammond (eight points) relying on today's sprint and relay events to put the Golden Bears in the hunt for consecutive titles.

Early boys team results were not available, but prohibitive favorite and defending county champion Oakland Mills placed in nearly each final event, winning the 3,200 relay and shot put.

"We gear all year for the county, regionals and states, so my kids know what to do," Oakland Mills boys coach Sam Singleton said. "For the seniors, this is a great way to finish their last county track meet at home as defending champs."

Glenelg's Adams teamed with Carolyn Flowers, Meggan Brown, and Marguerite Rupsis to finish the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 4 seconds, two seconds ahead of Centennial's 1988 mark.

"This was the first time all four of us ran together this season," said Adams, who ran the third leg in 2:27. "We looked at the championship program when we got here and saw the old record, but we never had that as our goal."

Adams (11:49) and Flowers (12:06) also finished one-two, respectively, in the 3,200. Centennial's Natalie Hoover finished third in 12:14.

Centennial senior Kevin Hill coasted to victory in the boys 3,200, winning in 9:54.04. Wilde Lake's Faisal Hasan (10:03.17) took second and Oakland Mills' Steve Petro (10:06.87) placed third.

In the field events, Brian Howard captured the shot put with a toss of 45-6 1/4 , besting Centennial's Bill Parham by just five inches. In the girls shot put, Oakland Mills' Lauren McHague won with a toss of 30-0 1/2 .

Mount Hebron's Leonard Frieson won the long jump with a leap of 19-7 1/2 and Howard junior Mona Jackson landed at 15-10 1/2 to win the girls event.

In the high jump, a talented field battled the wind gusts and the 6-4 mark after five competitors cleared 6-2. Centennial senior James Koehler out-dueled Oakland Mills Darnerian McCants in a tiebreaker.

"I came in hoping to clear 6-6, but I mentally lost it and started panicking," Koehler said. "Really Matt Kirkpatrick [Centennial] came closest to besting 6-4, but he has a deep bruise on his left inside heel that affects his take-off. He really deserved to win this event."

Because the 800 relay staggers were incorrectly marked, both the boys and girls events will be rerun today.

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