L. Reach, W. Lake run off with titles Lightning duo rules girls

'cats depth wins for boys

January 28, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Long Reach's girls and Wilde Lake's boys took different routes, but each came away from last night's Ivan Walker Championship with their school's first county indoor track titles.

Sophomore Teyarnte Carter won three individual events and anchored a second-place relay team and senior Thema Napier won two individual events and finished second in two to lead the second-year Lightning to its first-ever county title. The dynamic duo accounted for 74 points (Carter's 38 and Napier's 36) as Long Reach easily outdistanced second-place Atholton, 102-61. Two-time defending county champion Glenelg finished third with 59 1/2 .

"We've been working hard all season and we finally accomplished it," said Napier, who won the 55 hurdles and 800 and took second in the 300 and 500.

Carter, who earned the Iron Woman award, won the 55 dash, 500, 300 and anchored the 800 relay. "Carter and Napier are a tremendous duo that you just can't beat," said Glenelg coach Mike Selmer. "I have to hand it to them."

Wilde Lake's boys won only three events, but used its depth to outdistance second-place Oakland Mills, 118-81.

Ben Coffman (1,600) and Nkem Ohia (500) won individual events for the Wildecats and both were on the victorious 1,600-relay. Wilde Lake, which scored in every event except pole vault, had six second-place finishes, three third, four fourth and three fifth.

"I'm really pleased," said Wilde Lake coach Charlie Shoemaker. "It's always a big thrill to win that first time. It was a good overall team effort."

Oakland Mills freshman Kyle Farmer earned the Iron Man award. Farmer won the 300 and 55 dash and was a member of the triumphant 800-relay team.

"He's going to be a good one," Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton said of Farmer, who started on the varsity soccer team and is running track for the first time.

Atholton's Tenisha Chester and Glenelg's Beth Santilli each won two events. Chester set a county and meet record in the pole vault (9 feet) and also took the high jump. Santilli won the 1,600 and was awarded first place in the 3,200 when River Hill freshman Lee McDuff was disqualified.

McDuff finished in 11: 57.7 to Santilli's 11: 57.9, but, according to Pat Saunderson, the meet referee, was disqualified "for taking more than three consecutive steps inside the curve line."

Later in the meet Santilli had to be taken to University of Maryland Medical Center after she was accidentally stepped on in the face by a runner as she was lying down awaiting the start of the 800. She was later released.

Early in the meet, Long Reach high jumper Aaron Jones missed the mat and landed on his back. He was taken to Maryland General and later released.

Oakland Mills shot putter Andrew Long and its girls' 3,200-relay team set meet records. Atholton's boys' 3,200-relay team set a meet and tied the county record.

Pub Date: 1/28/98

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