Scorps cruise to 2nd title in row

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

Runners-up South River, Chopticon and Damascus collectively scored 138 points yesterday in Class 2A boys competition.

But that combined score still wouldn't have been enough to beat Oakland Mills.

Oakland Mills used its superior depth to dominate the sprints, win 10 of the 18 events overall and roll to its second consecutive Class 2A boys title yesterday in the state track and field championships at Western Maryland College.

The state title -- Oakland Mills' third in four years -- was never in doubt for the Scorpions. They scored 141 points, setting a record for the second straight year, to finish far ahead of the next three teams -- South River (63), Chopticon (39) and Damascus (36).

Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton said his team wanted to score 140 points for another record -- it set the mark last year at 111. Depth played a big part in the Scorpions' state-title run as they used several different athletes in a variety of roles.

"It's a total team effort," said Singleton. "Everyone's been an integral part."

Damon Ferguson played a big role. He senior won the 100 meters (11.1 seconds), 200 (22.5) and 400 (49.78). He also anchored the victorious 1,600 relay (3:22.52 with Xavier Briscoe, Mike Schmeckpeper and Fardan Carter).

Ferguson struggled in the spring with a slight tear in his left hamstring. As the regions and state drew near, everything came together.

"I looked at the [other runners'] times before and noticed they weren't as good as mine," said Ferguson. "So it was mine for the taking."

And he took it -- as did several other Oakland Mills runners. Greg Curtis won the 1,600 (4:23.71) and took third in the 800 (1:58.9), behind teammate Briscoe (1:55.6).

Kyle Walker added a first in the 110 hurdles (15.17). The Scorpions also took the 400 relay in 43.51 (Kerry Ferdinand), Brian Howard, Kyle Walker, Brandy Walker).

Several other girls teams also found success yesterday. Glenelg finished second in Class 2A while Wilde Lake (1A) and Hammond (2A) each took thirds, and Oakland Mills was fourth in Class 2A. Howard ended up fifth in Class 3A.

Glenelg saw much of its work done by a few. Marguerite Rupsis took second in the 300 hurdles (46.98) and 800 (2:19.1). Mary Rose Rankin was second in the high jump (5-0) and third in the long jump (16-1). Alicia Adams took fourth in the 1,600 (5:16.6), and finished fourth in the 1,600 relay (4:13.02). Glenelg finished with 60; winner Fairmont Heights had 88.

"We don't have many, but who we have came up big," said Glenelg coach Bill Godwin.

For Hammond (51), the story once more was Kisha Jett. She kept her high school record in Maryland perfect with first-place finishes in the 100 hurdles (14.6), the 100 (12.04) and the 200 (24.34). Jett finished her high school career with 13 individual first-place medals.

Wilde Lake's 46 points gave it third, behind Francis Scott Key (62) and Central (123). The Wildecats got a class-record, first-place performance from their 400-relay team (50.1). They also took advantage of a first-place finish from Adelle Chenier in the 200 (26.46) and a second-place finish from Tominka Howard (12.7) in the 100.

Faisal Hasan of Wilde Lake won the 1,600 in 4:31.2. Jim McClellan of Howard captured the Class 3A pole vault at 13 feet. The Oakland Mills girls won the 400 relay in 50.17 to help it score 40 points for fourth place.

Dana Strickland of Atholton won the 1,600 in 5:13.7.

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