Panthers, Falcons make the cut in regional Severna Park's Cielewich wins girls 1,600 meters

Indoor track

February 07, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Annapolis and Severna Park were outnumbered by Prince George's County schools in yesterday's Class 4A-3A East Regional Championships at the 5th Regiment Armory, but that didn't stop the Panthers or the Falcons from doing what they set out to -- qualify for states.

Neither team threatened to claim a team title, but both schools were well-represented in individual events.

"I was happy we got thrown in this region, and I thought we would fare well here, because Prince George's County traditionally doesn't have great distance runners from the 800 on up," said Falcons coach Ed Purpura. "In the past, our region has been really tough. But this year [Chris Robey] would have won the region, if we were still with our county schools, and he took third here. So I don't know whether it's an advantage or what. I think it's a toss-up."

Defending state champion Eleanor Roosevelt won the girls team title with 112 points; Severna Park (45 1/2 ) and Annapolis (32) finished fourth and fifth.

Suitland captured the boys title with 88 points; Annapolis was seventh with 22 and Severna Park was eighth, with 21.

Sophomore Ann Handel of Annapolis won the high jump by clearing 4 feet, 8 inches, and Lindsey Nauman, Anne Crespo, Kelly Hepburn and Melissa Wallace teamed up to win the gold for Severna Park in the girls 3,200-meter relay.

Crespo and teammate Kim Chwan also qualified for states in the 3,200 run after finishing fifth and fourth, respectively. Chwan's sister, Becky, earned her way into the state meet on Feb. 18 by claiming sixth in the 1,600, one spot behind teammate Bonnie Sowa.

Severna Park's other state qualifiers included junior Greg Petrosky (high jump, third), sophomore Matt Sansbury (pole vault, fourth), senior Chris Maynard (55 hurdles, fifth), Sam Krehnbrink (1,600, sixth).

Making the cut for the Panthers were Andy Rogers, runner-up in the boys 3,200 and fifth in the 1,600, Misha Bilyeu (800, second), Martin Dandy (3,200, fifth) and Mike Parker (55 dash, fourth).

Severna Park freshman Jennifer Cielewich captured a gold medal in the girls 1,600 (5 minutes, 26.6 seconds), after finishing second to Arundel's Jennifer Ng at the county meet, and was second in the two-mile run (12: 13.6).

Her coach wasn't sad at not seeing Ng, whose school is in a different region. "[Cielewich] has to learn how to win, and Jen [Ng] keeps stopping her from winning," said Purpura. "It's a good thing for my Jen to come in here and win a race and learn."

Pub Date: 2/07/97

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