A championship for Oakland Mills girls this year? Maybe, but challengers abound, for boys and girls

Indoor track

December 08, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Oakland Mills has won three of the last four boys indoor county championships. But this year, it's the girls team with sights on the county title.

"There's no reason why we shouldn't be at the top in the county as long as we work hard," said Oakland Mills girls coach Bryan Winfield. "We've got a good mixture of sprinters, middle distance and distance runners that should make us competitive throughout the season."

Leading the Scorpions will be sprinter Amber Day. "Amber helped herself by running cross country for the first time," Winfield said. "It's going to make her better and our team better."

Glenelg is the defending girls county champion, and coach Mike Selmer isn't ready to hand over the championship.

"We lost a lot of kids [to River Hill], but our goal still is to win county," Selmer said. "We've got to work hard, but we have a good chance. It's a matter of convincing the girls they can win."

Howard coach Tony Holland said Oakland Mills and Glenelg will have good teams, but not to forget the Lions. "I'm not ruling us out by any means," Holland said.

Wilde Lake also will be competitive, as should River Hill. The Hawks' first-time girls coach Norm Belden, whose team has leading distance runner Beth Santilli and is strong from the 800 up, said: "I think we have a chance of doing very well."

Coach Sam Singleton said his boys team at Oakland Mills "doesn't have the horses" this season to compete for the county title. "We're young and inexperienced," Singleton said.

Wilde Lake, Atholton and Centennial appear to have the strongest boys teams this season.

"I think we're right in it," said Wilde Lake coach Charlie Shoemaker. "I think we'll be deep and that we'll score all over."

Centennial coach Al Dodds said his team doesn't have "a lot of depth, but we have good people in every event. We'll be in there."

Atholton

Chris Rohde is a first-year head coach, but has worked with the Raiders for five years. The Raiders have two excellent pole vaulters in Mike Eshoo, last year's outdoor Class 3A state champion, and Alex Buell, who finished fourth in the state. Buell won Monday night's scrimmage at the Fifth Regiment Armory with a vault of 11-6. Senior Cian Oates will compete in the 55- and 300-meter races. "He's probably one of the top sprinters in the state," Rohde said. Seniors Jason Green and Jeff Bailey will compete in the 500, 800 and relay events, and junior Mike Zaron should be strong in the half-mile and mile.

Eddie Ivory takes over the girls team. Sophomore Michelle Nelson and Amy Peters will run sprints, junior Lanna Grigoreiv will compete in the high jump and sprint relays and junior Tanisha Chester will run the 300, 500, relays and vie in the pole vault. Junior Wendy Sare will run the 800 and mile. Senior Janel Rosip will put the shot.

Centennial

Cross country Runner of the Year Jeff Olenick leads Al Dodds' boys team. Olenick, a senior, will run the mile and 2-mile. Senior Eric Myers also will run the mile. Dave Johnson will compete in the pole vault and sprint relays, and Jon Thompson in the 55, 300 and sprint relays. Ben Cosgrove will go in the 55 hurdles and relays.

Two-time cross country All-County runner Sarah Ordaz, All-County cross country sophomore Neha Amin and senior Maggie Lassack lead Centennial's girls distance team. Cynthia Echevarria will run sprint events for coach Carrie Brunskill, a 1988 graduate of Centennial. Twins Kristry (shot put) and Kathy (sprints, shot put) Mitroka also will compete.

Glenelg

Boys coach Roger Volrath has two strong middle distance runners in seniors Chris Selmer and Luke Reinke. Selmer won the 800 in last year's state outdoor championship. Senior Dave Binck is doing well in the pole vault.

Heading the girls team is senior shot putter Katie Wise, who girls coach Mike Selmer said is "one of the top three in the state." Sophomore Christa Vent was third in the high jump last year and won last Monday's scrimmage. She'll also compete in the 500 and 4x4. Another good high jumper is sophomore Kristin Smith. Senior Carolyn Flowers will run the 2-mile.

Hammond

Junior Matt Albritton and senior Kirk Henlon will run sprints for Rich Menendez's boys team. Juniors Jeff Jones and Richard Bright will compete in the hurdles, and juniors Byron Whysnant and Josh Kannara will run middle distance events. Senior John Wallace will run the mile and 2-mile.

Senior Tricia Guest and sophomore Brita Grothe will run sprint events for Pete DiMarco's girls team. Top distance runners include sophomore Meg Tilley, junior Amanda Harrison and senior Kim Loisel. Sophomore Stephanie Bumgarner will throw the shot put, and Rebecca Zingman will compete in the high jump.

Howard

Coach Rich Jenkins' three top distance runners are seniors Jeff Miner and Nik Walton and junior Eric Nawrocki. However, Miner has a stress fracture and might not be back until the county meet. Freshman Brian Carey may help in distance events. Senior Darryl Gross is the team's top sprinter.

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