Olenick leads Centennial to region title Distance star takes 1,600 and 3,200 runs

Indoor track

February 09, 1997|By Kevin Spradlin | Kevin Spradlin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

HAGERSTOWN -- Centennial distance standout Jeff Olenick won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs to lead the Eagles to the boys Class 3A-2A West Region championship yesterday at Hagerstown Junior College.

Olenick clocked 4 minutes, 32.8 seconds to take the 1,600 and 9: 51.9 in the 3,200. John Thompson won the 55 and tied for first in the 300 with a time of 37.5. Dave Johnson cleared 12 feet to take the pole vault for the Eagles, who totaled 91 points. Thomas Johnson finished a distant second with 50 points.

Centennial boys coach Al Dodds said he expected his team to have a strong showing.

"I figured because we did pretty well in the [Howard] county championships, I thought we had a good chance at the top three," Dodds said.

The Eagles finished a disappointing second to Atholton in the county championships, losing by one-half point.

Aaron Blum, the 800-meter champion at last month's Pangaea International meet, paced the Wilde Lake (30 points) boys to a seventh-place finish. Blum was third in the 500 and 800 and fifth in the 1,600. The Mount Hebron boys were fourth in the 1,600 relay (3: 48.3) and finished 11th out of the 14 teams.

Damascus (80 points) won the girls' title.

Nylja Littlejohn won the 55, 55 hurdles and placed second in the 300 to lead the Wilde Lake girls to a third-place finish with 54 points. Centennial had 33 points and Mount Hebron 24.

Neha Amin led Centennial by finishing third in both the 500 and 1,600.

The Vikings took second, fourth and fifth in the girls' pole vault.

Pub Date: 2/09/97

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