Oakland Mills boys lead at state championships

May 28, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

"If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch."

That's the saying the Oakland Mills track and field team lives by. And when it comes to the Scorpions' boys team, few stay on that porch.

Oakland Mills took the Class 2A boys title last year and yesterday, in the first day of competition in the state track and field championships at Western Maryland College, it jumped to a 20-point lead and appeared on the way to another state title.

The competition in all four classes concludes today at Western Maryland. The events begin at 9 a.m.

Oakland Mills simply dominated the field. The Scorpions scored in five of six events -- winning two and taking second in another -- as they rolled to 38 points. Fort Hill stands in second with 18 points.

Oakland Mills won the indoor title this past winter and a victory today would make it three championships in the past four outdoor seasons.

"We're trying to build them up to a crescendo for the states because this is the showcase," said Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton. "This is what it's all about."

The Scorpions appear to be getting the coach's message. They won both the 800 (Kerry Ferdinand, Mike Schmeckpeper, Kyle )) Walker, Fardan Carter) and 3,200 (Greg Curtis, Eric Larsen, Joel Hampshire, Xavier Briscoe). The Scorpions also won both races last year.

Steve Petro took second for the Scorpions in the 3,200 in 9 minutes, 57.8 seconds behind Jamie Davies of Catonsville (9:45.4). Brian Howard added a third in the shot put (45-8 1/2 ) while Darnerian McCants pitched in with a fourth-place finish in the high jump (6-2).

Oakland Mills has spent much of this season looking for some type of competition.

For example, the Scorpions won the Class 2A South Region title by 105 points. They had previously taken the county title by 131 points.

Most of the time, the biggest opponent for Oakland Mills is the clock or the tape measure.

"We always gear our running to be the best," said Briscoe.

The Oakland Mills girls also are close to being the best. They are tied with rival Glenelg in first place with 24 points.

Lauren McHargue gave the Scorpions 10 points with her first-place finish (95-2) in the discus. The Scorpions also took second in the 800 relay and third in the 3,200 relay.

For Glenelg, three events also turned out to be the keys. The Gladiators took first place in the 3,200 relay (Meggan Brown, Carolyn Flowers, Alicia Adams and Marguerite Rupsis).

Adams and Flowers then helped Glenelg with second- and third-place finishes, respectively, in the 3,200 in times of 11:41.1 and 11:51.9.

Second and third are not places Hammond's Kisha Jett has seen often. Coming into this year's competition, the senior sprinter had taken first place 10 times in her career.

This year, Jett said she decided to surprise people and go for a record in the 100-meter -- semifinals. And she got it. Her hand-clocked time of 11.5 translates to 11.74 electronically, breaking her own class meet record.

Jett liked breaking the record so much in the 100 that she did it again in the 200 semifinals.

Her hand-clocked time of 23.9 converts to 24.14, breaking Flirtisha Harris' (Calvert) 1989 time of 24.24.

"You're usually your best during your senior year," said Jett. "My times have been getting better all year."

Jett also anchored the Hammond victory in the 800 relay. Jett's strong last leg rallied Hammond from about 10 yards behind Oakland Mills for the 1.4-second margin of victory (1:45.9-1:47.3).

Also piling up the points on the first day were the Francis Scott Key boys and girls teams. The Eagles stood second in both, behind Boonsboro (33-28) in the boys and Central (26-24) in the girls.

The boys turned in yet another strong performance in field events.

Steve Wright (6-6) took the high jump after finishing second last year.

Josh Crone grabbed his second straight state title in the pole vault at 13-0, and the Eagles also took second in the 3,200 relay (8:30.2).

The girls also found success in both track and field.

The Eagles won the 3,200 relay with Lisa Turner, Jen Moorman, Christine Harner and Ali Jones turning in a school-record time of 10:01.3, topping Central at 10:07. The foursome set a school record in last week's regionals.

The 3,200 and triple jump gave the Eagles the remainder of their points. Shannon Hugg came in third in the 3,200 in 12:28.5.

Carrie Ryer set a school record with her leap of 36-3 in the triple jump. That only gave her second place, as Perryville's Chandra Booker leapt 36-4.5.

Faisal Hasan of Wilde Lake was the other local winner, as he took the Class 1A 3,200 in 9:50.8.

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