South Carroll is off to good start at 3A championships

May 27, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

The South Carroll Cavaliers made the most of their first day in the state track and field championships at Western Maryland College.

The Cavaliers had three qualifiers in the Class 3A meet and each placed, led by senior Shawn Collins third-place finish in the pole vault. Fellow senior Jimmy Woods took fourth in the high jump and the Cavs' only girl competing on the first day, freshman Elisha Perez, took fourth in the discus.

"This shocked me today. I didn't expect any of this," South Carroll coach Rob Pennington said. "I wanted Shawn to get 12-6, wanted Elisha to just get the experience of throwing in this type of big meet and was hoping Jimmy could get a school record."

Collins got his 12-6 in taking home the bronze in the pole vault. Perez got her experience and also brought home a surprise fourth-place finish. Woods came up short in his attempt at the school record in the high jump as the rainy conditions playing a role, but the fourth-place finish was still a solid effort.

Collins saved his best for last with his career-best jump, adding a foot to his previous best of 11-6 in the county championships.

"I changed poles this week. Westminster let me borrow one of theirs. My old one was too soft, and I wasn't getting the lift," Collins said.

"I practiced with the new one Monday through today. I felt comfortable with it after my second or third jump on Monday. I felt very fluid right from the start [yesterday]. This is my senior year. . . . It feels good."

The Seneca Valley boys led the overall team race after the first day in the Class 3A race with 31 points, followed by second-place Linganore with 20. In the 3A girls race, Linganore had a 26-20 edge over Walter Johnson with Thomas Johnson third with 16 points.

It was a quiet opening day for both the Westminster boys and girls team in the 4A race.

Old Mill had the lead after day one on the boys side with 36 points, with Eleanor Roosevelt second with 27 points. The 4A girls race is still wide open with the top four teams separated by three points. Perry Hall and

Chesapeake-AA share the lead with 15 points, followed by Frederick with 14 and Watkins Mills with 12.

The Westminster boys 3,200 relay took fourth in 8:13. Eleanor Roosevelt won the relay in 8:03.2.

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