Numbers game thwarts L. Reach 6-girl team takes second

McKelvin ties meet record

Indoor track

January 18, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Since entries are limited at the National Guard Scholastic Games, Long Reach coach Pete Hughes decided to bring only six girls to yesterday's meet. But the Lightning showed how a small number of people can do a large amount of damage.

Led by strong performances from Teyarnte Carter and Thema Napier, No. 3 Long Reach stayed in contention until the final event before losing to Elizabeth Seton at the Fifth Regiment Armory.

Seton and Long Reach were deadlocked at 28 points heading into the last event, the 1,600-meter relay. But the Lightning had no entry in that race while Seton put a team in. Despite being seeded fifth, the Bladensburg school finished third to win the meet with 34 points.

"We really thought we had a good shot at winning [because] we had two of the better track athletes in the area," said Hughes, speaking of Carter and Napier.

Carter came up with 16 points on her own thanks to a victory in the 55-meter dash and a third-place finish in the 500 run.

She nipped Amber Day of Oakland Mills, Toni Jefferson from Western and Old Mill's Jackie Allen in the 55. All four were clocked in 7.2 seconds.

Napier pitched in with 10 points. She finished third in the 55 hurdles and fourth in the 800. Napier and Carter then combined with Cindy Maxfield and Cynthia Nicholls for a fifth-place finish in the 800 relay.

"Everybody put their heart into it," said Carter. "We were determined. I'm very proud of my team."

Seton was helped by a pair of first-place finishes. Julie Sawney won the 800 and Seton also captured the top spot in the 800 relay, accounting for 20 of the team's points.

Catrice Jefferson from Woodlawn, Glenelg's Beth Santilli and Sarah White of Parkville were the other local winners on the girls side.

Jefferson captured the 500 in 1: 18.3. Santilli won the 1,500 in 4: 55.7 while White took the top spot in the high jump. Her effort of 5 feet, 4 inches gave the Knights 10 points.

Parkville finished with 22 points and tied for fourth place with Woodlawn and No. 2 Western.

The Doves took second in both the 800 and 1,600 relays, with Jefferson adding the final points with her third-place finish in the 55 dash.

Local teams didn't fare as well on the boys side.

High Point of Prince George's County won with 38 points, easily topping Clear Spring (24) and Atholton (23). No. 8 Wilde Lake was next with 22 points, with No. 7 Mervo taking fifth with 19.

Shawn Sullivan carried Dulaney, which finished sixth with 18 points.

Sullivan's late kick enabled him to pass two runners in the final half-lap to win the 1,500 in 4: 15.4. Sullivan also helped the Lions take third in the 3,200 relay -- after finishing fifth in the open race.

Jeff McKelvin had a similar effort for No. 6 Randallstown. He tied a meet record with his time of 7.3 seconds while winning the 55 hurdles, a personal best for the defending state champion.

McKelvin also took third in the high jump, accounting for 16 of the team's 17 points.

Oakland Mills' Andrew Long won the shot put with a toss of 52-7.

Pub Date: 1/18/98

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