Eleanor Roosevelt edges Old Mill for state boys title

May 29, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Heading into the final event of the state track and field championships, the Class 4A boys title was there for the taking.

But it was Eleanor Roosevelt, not Old Mill, that seized the opportunity.

Old Mill could not score in the 1,600-meter relay, while Eleanor Roosevelt rallied to finish third and edge the Patriots and Mervo for the state title yesterday at Western Maryland College.

Old Mill led, 85-84, over Eleanor Roosevelt heading into the final event. The Patriots started well in the run, but the Raiders didn't, struggling in the early going.

But the Raiders came on to finish third in 3 minutes, 19 seconds, while Old Mill did not finish in the top six. That let Eleanor Roosevelt finish with 90 points, while Old Mill stayed at 85 and Mervo took third with 82.

"I was hoping it didn't come down to the mile relay," said Old Mill coach Ron Evans. "They were the top seed, but they were probably just as tired as we were."

The Patriots did fade during the race, and by the time anchor Willie Walker got the baton, all hope was lost.

"We could have beaten them early on, but [our runners] were just concentrating too hard," said Walker.

Old Mill still got plenty of good performances yesterday. Jason Reckner won the 1,600 (4:19.27). Kevin McKinney took second in the 100 (11.03), and Nate Oliver was the runner-up in the discus (149-4).

The Patriots' girls team took third place, with 45 points, behind Eleanor Roosevelt (85) and Frederick (54).

Kristin Wimbow won the high jump (5-4 1/4 ). Dana Dawson (5-2) took third in that event, and Sara Kirby (5-0) tied for fourth.

Martise Moore took the 100 hurdles in 14.88. Cathy Porter ended up second in the shot put with a toss of 34-5.

Kristen Nicolini of Annapolis won her first outdoor state title by setting a Class 4A record in the 1,600. Her time of 4:53.63 gave her an easy victory over Krissy Jost of Perry Hall (5:04.50).

"I was going to try to beat 4:50," said Nicolini. "It's my best time for the 1,600, so I'm happy."

Nicolini tried to take the 800, but Tamika Coombs of Northwestern-PG used a late kick to edge her, 2:11.78 to 2:12.50.

Coombs led early, but Nicolini took the lead at the start of the second lap. But Coombs came back and took control with about 50 yards left and held off the Annapolis runner.

Annapolis coach Brian Funk said running the 800 just 2 1/2 hours after the longer race drained Nicolini a little.

"I thought it takes a good amount out of her," said Funk. "She ran a very fast 600 meters, and she couldn't find another gear."

Another second-place finisher was the South River boys team. The Seahawks compiled 63 points in the Class 2A competition, far behind victorious Oakland Mills (141).

For South River, Steve Cadiz won the pole vault at 12 feet. Craig Hopkins took second in the 200 (22.8) and third (50.99) in the 400, and Chris Buser did the same in the discus (124-9). The Seahawks also took third in the 400 (44.67) and 1,600 (3:29.93) relays.

Broadneck finished fourth in Class 3A boys action. The Bruins had 36 points, behind Seneca Valley (45), LaPlata (42.5) and Walter Johnson (42).

Broadneck won the 400 relay in 43.59. The Bruins also got first place from Jason Smith (22.1) in the 200.

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