Key, W'minster strong again, rest rebuild

March 27, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

While the Francis Scott Key boys try to run away with another state title and Westminster again goes for a sweep of the county crowns, the other three schools are trying to rebuild. Here's a look at what the teams have:

Francis Scott Key

The boys have plenty of talent in plenty of places as they try to defend their Class 1A state title.

Coach Rich Salkin's Eagles are again strong in middle distance and relays, led by junior Scott Glover, last year's track and field Performer of the Year. Glover, defending state champion in the 800 meters, also runs the 400 and relays and helped score 36 points for Key in the state title meet.

Junior Aaron Howard won the state title in the 400 and ran on the 800 and 1,600 relay teams last year. Junior Frank Hansborough will run middle distance and relays and senior David Mead can go in several different spots.

The Eagles hope for many field points from senior Bobby Bollinger, who won his third straight county shot put title last year. He also won the region crown and took third in the state.

The girls, coached by Angie Green, were hurt a bit by graduation but will be able to score points in different spots.

Junior Dawn Harner has been a solid performer for the Eagles in distance races. Classmate Heather Abel took third in the state last year in the long jump.

Senior Cassie Gilmore will score points in the throwing events. Another senior, Na'tosha Brooks should help in the sprints, and sophomore Melissa Merson is set for the 400.

Liberty

The Lions have talent, but they're very young, and that means lots of questions.

Coach Dan Jones can depend on distance standout Bobby Ward, one of the area's top runners in recent years. Ward is one of the team leaders, and the Lions will need his help.

The main question is how fast the younger Lionscan produce. Some people from other sports have come out, and it'll be helpful if Liberty can get some points from them.

North Carroll

The Panthers are young and lack depth in spots, but coaches Greg Knill and Jim McDonald are hoping for success.

The throwers are the strong part of the boys team. Junior Jason Eagles and sophomores Josh Schwartz and Eric Wilhelm all do the shot put and discus.

Junior Jeremy Cuno has been one of the county's best in distance races and continues to improve. Sophomores Jason Cuno and Jamel Hogan, plus junior Mike McComas, also will help there. The team's lone senior, Johnny Etzel, should score in the pole vault, and sophomore Mike Bezanson could do well in the middle distances.

The girls are young as a group but have some balance. Seniors Chris Mullinix and Krista Summers will run both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Classmates Heather Jenness and Jamie Nave should score points in the throwing events.

Junior Katie Torsella will compete in the high jump and 400, and sophomore Jill Russell and junior Emily Gomez will run in different races.

South Carroll

The Cavaliers have a very young team, but have some good talent in spots.

Junior Steve McClaren comes off a strong cross country season and should be one of the county's best distance runners. Senior Pat Chittchang will score plenty of points in the high-, long- and triple jumps. Sophomore Chris McDonald should help in the 100, 200 and 400.

Junior Jill Krebs is back from a hip injury that sidelined her midway through the cross country season. Coach Rob Pennington said Krebs looks strong, and teammate Carrie Braun also should score points there.

Sophomores Charlene Deniker and Kim Weschler will spark the sprinters and help on relay teams. Senior Elisha Perez won the county discus title and took second in the shot put.

Westminster

The boys and girls won the county championships last season and both teams again should be strong in several areas.

The boys won both the county and Central Maryland Conference titles last year. Seniors Dave Barnes and Danny Carter will be strong middle distance runners for coach Jim Shank. The Owls will be without Greg Fisher, Runner of the Year in cross country, as he plays lacrosse.

Senior Mike Merker (second in state in 300 hurdles) should lead the hurdlers. Classmate Corey LaPrade, the CMC champion in the 100, will help Westminster in that race plus the 200. Junior Novell Washington and senior Adam D'Anthony should give the Owls more of a solid base in the sprints.

The Owls are stronger in the throws than in years past, led by junior Russell Smith and senior Brian Bartholomew. Both look good in the discus, as junior Beau Ridgeway leads in the shot put.

Coach Tom Fisher's girls also have balance. Freshman Mandy Komar will make splashes in the 800 and 1,600, and juniors Jill Snavlin and Jessica Detrow are set for the 1,600 and 3,200.

Senior Kim Spencer, the defending county champion in the 100 and 200, returns, and junior Thea Bayley is strong the same races.

Field events athletes also look good. The Owls have defending county triple jump champion Jessie Stickles, a senior who also will go in the long jump. Junior Cindy Reese should score in the pole vault, and senior Jill Ibex is a strong high jumper.

Pub Date: 3/27/97

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