Depth helps Key girls win Carroll County title

May 14, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Francis Scott Key's girls track and field team could always count on its standouts.

The question going into this year's Carroll County championships was whether the Eagles had enough depth to overcome four-time defending county champ Westminster.

Key coach Tom Hill liked the answer.

The Eagles got their usual firsts from Ali Jones (400 and 800), Laurie Ryer (200 and long jump), Carrie Ryer (100 and triple jump) and Stacey Greene (100 hurdles) -- all of whom also helped the Eagles win three of the four relays.

But they got plenty of help, enabling the Eagles to come away with a 123-88 win over runner-up Westminster. South Carroll was third with 63 points, followed by Liberty with 47 and North Carroll with 32.

It was the first time since 1989 that Westminster didn't sweep the county championships. The Westminster boys cruised to a 154-75 win over second-place Key to win their 13th straight county title. South Carroll took third with 68 points. North Carroll was fourth with 39, edging Liberty (38).

The Francis Scott Key girls were the last team to win a county title before Westminster -- defeating the Owls by a 73-70 margin in 1989 -- and they are back on top again.

The 100 hurdles were the turning point for the Eagles, who trailed Westminster 26-23 after five events. Greene finished first, Allison Wigley third and Autumn Hinkle fourth, giving the Eagles a 37-26 lead. They never looked back.

"It was just an excellent day, and it was very enjoyable to see our girls rise to the occasion," said Hill.

"The seconds, thirds and fourths were the difference. Last year, we had the firsts but not the depth. This year we had quality at the top and quality that followed."

Westminster's Ken Roe (firsts in the 100 and 200) and Matt Knights (firsts in the long jump and triple jump) led the Westminster boys to another title that included a sweep of the four relays.

"It was pretty much ditto from last week's Central Maryland Conference. The relays meant a lot," said Westminster boys coach Jim Shank.

Liberty's Ted Sanders took the 110 and 300 hurdles. South Carroll's Haven Barnes' win in the 400 kept Roe from winning three individual titles.

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