Fitting finishes suit F. S. Key fine

May 29, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

It was a different kind of satisfaction this time around for Francis Scott Key boys coach Rich Salkin, whose defending Class 1A champion Eagles finished a solid fourth yesterday at the state track and field championships at Western Maryland College.

The Key girls' second-place finish behind power Central was equally pleasing to Eagles girls coach Tom Hill. All in all, the weekend brought just about was expected for both teams.

Individual state titles by junior Steve Wright (high jump) and senior Josh Crone (pole vault), along with a second-place showing in the 3,200 relay put the Eagles in second place after Friday's events.

Senior Jason McCarley added a silver in the 300 hurdles to go with a third-place finish in the 1,600 relay to give the Eagles fourth place with 42 points. Forestville won the boys 1A title with 80 points.

"I was very pleased with the way our boys performed this weekend," said Salkin.

"Anytime you come up with a top five effort in states, you've succeeded. I really culminated a season's worth of hard work and showed a sign of development."

The Key girls placed in all four of the team relays, highlighted by their state title in the 3,200 relay. Six Key individuals placed among the top four in their events led by silver medalists Carrie Ryer (triple jump) and Laurie Ryer (long jump).

Hill knew going in staying with Central of Prince George's County would be a difficult task, securing second over Wilde Lake and Boonsboro was a task in itself.

"We finished second behind an outstanding Central team," he said.

"We finished right where we should have and the girls had to work very hard for it. We knew it would be Boonsboro and us for second with Wilde Lake right there, too. The girls stepped up this year and learned how to win the big meets like the county and [Monocacy Valley Athletic League] -- that's the difference from last year."

Central won the girls 1A title with 123 points, followed by Key's 62. Wilde Lake (46) nipped Boonsboro (45) for third.

The only other individual state title from the five Carroll schools came from Liberty sophomore Vicki Osinga, who won the girls 2A high jump with an effort of 5-0. The Liberty girls had 16 points to finish 11th overall with Fairmont Heights winning the title with 88. North Carroll got a second-place effort from sophomore Julie Baker in the triple jump (34-3 1/2 ) and finished 19th as a team with 10 points. Liberty senior Ted Sanders took second in the 300 hurdles in boys 2A.

Westminster senior Matt Knights took second in the triple jump yesterday to lead the Owls, who finished a distant ninth with 19 points. Eleanor Roosevelt came away with the 4A boys title with 90 points, edging runner-up Old Mill (85). Senior Steve Kahler earned a bronze in the 400 for the Owls.

South Carroll had three individuals place in the championships first day on Thursday, but had a tougher time on Saturday. Senior Haven Barnes took fifth in the 400 meters and the Cavaliers also got a fifth-place showing in the 1,600 relay.

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