Jeff McKelvin of Randallstown had four gold medals dangling from his neck after yesterday's Baltimore County Championships, but they weren't enough to stop Woodlawn from leaving the 5th Regiment Armory sporting the boys' team trophy.
Woodlawn's Catrice Jefferson added three gold medals and a silver to her collection, but they couldn't stop Dulaney from capturing its third consecutive county crown.
"We had a plan coming in here, and everyone did what they were supposed to do and more. It was total team effort," said Woodlawn coach Mike Sye, whose team finished with 109 points, followed by Dulaney (78) and Randallstown (76). "We finished second to Perry Hall outdoors last season, and we said that we were going to build off that. That was our stepping stone."
Dulaney's girls team won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter relays, but none of its members captured any of 10 individual titles. Marjorie Bollinger helped the Lions by finishing second to double-champion Jen Geroux in the 1,600, and teammate Bianca Jay was second to Geroux in the 3,200.
Jefferson, a senior several colleges are wooing, left the armory with her medals after winning the 300, 500 and 800 and placing second in the high jump.
"My coach stressed to me that this was my last indoor county meet and to make it worthwhile, so that's what I had to do," said Jefferson. "Even though I didn't get to run in the relays, it still was still an outstanding meet for me."
Lisa Pann, of Perry Hall, the state runner-up in the pole vault last season, became county champion by tying the meet record with a vault of 8 feet 6 inches.
Woodlawn seniors Marlon Lawrence and Jonathan Streat, freshmen when Sye became coach four years ago, led the way for the Warriors.
Lawrence won the pole vault by clearing 12-feet, was runner-up in the high jump, and completed his set of medals by winning a bronze in the 55-meter hurdles.
Streat earned a gold medal in the open 800, finished third in the 500 and ran a leg of the Warriors' county championship 3,200 relay.
McKelvin, who hopes to attend Florida State after his running days at Randallstown end, saw his stock rise after winning the boys 55-meter hurdles, 55 dash, high jump, and running a leg of the Rams' winning 800 relay team.
"Today, I had to put heart over talent in the 55 dash and hurdles because, technically, those are not my events," said McKelvin. "In the hurdles, I knew that if I got to the first hurdle first, all I had to do was stay calm and focused. We were so pumped up coming into the 800 relay, I knew there was no way we could lose."
Milford Mill's boys, who finished fourth with 33 points, were well-represented by senior Derek Anderson and junior Derrick Stanfield. Anderson won the 300 dash in a personal best 37.3 and Stanfield held off Randallstown's John Shields to win the 500.
Dulaney senior Shawn Sullivan outlasted teammate Greg Vincent to win the 1,600, but Vincent returned the favor by making Sullivan settle for second in the 3,200.
Pub Date: 1/30/98