Winning guys sometimes finish 2nd, or 3rd Westminster boys win CMC crown by 1 point

Track and field

May 01, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

URBANA -- Westminster's boys showed that while winning events is nice, piling up seconds and thirds has its advantages.

Despite rival Frederick's winning nine of the meet's 18 events, the Owls took advantage of the points they earned from seconds, thirds and other places to nip the Cadets by one point and win the Central Maryland Conference meet last night at Urbana High School.

The Owls' Josh Davis, Ifeanyi Ani, James Joyce and Jared Craig all gave clutch performances.

Westminster won only three events -- the 800 relay, Davis in the 3,200 meters and Ani in the triple jump. But the Owls reeled in the points from a total of 12 second- or third-place finishes. The Cadets had just seven in that area, and Westminster added 11 more fourth through sixth place finishes to end up with 146 points; Frederick had 145.

"All of that added up," said Westminster boys coach Jim Shank.

Davis and Ani had two of the night's biggest wins. Continuing to show why he's a top-level runner, Davis pulled away from the pack and won the 3,200 in 10: 06.1; ahead of South Carroll's Steve Hammel (10: 11.7).

"It reminded me so much of cross country," said Davis. "It felt like a run in the park."

Davis did that strong effort after setting a personal best while finishing fourth in the 1,600. He clocked a 4: 30.7 in that race -- and came back a short while later to win the 3,200. Steve McClearn from South Carroll finished second in that race in 4: 29.5.

In addition, Davis ran in the third-place 1,600 relay. Ani also was on that squad but that came after he won the triple jump in 44-1. In that event, Ani topped Frederick's Pete Jenkins (43-3.75), who won the high school division at the recent Penn Relays.

Joyce also had a big night, bringing home two second-place finishes -- in the 300 hurdles as well as the high jump -- plus third in the 110 hurdles, running on the 1,600 relay, accounting for 24 points on his own and helping the team score six more.

Craig added a second in the 110 and a third place behind Joyce in the 300 hurdles and helped on the 1,600 relay. Davis, Ani, Joyce and Craig combined to score 72 individual points and six in the relay -- 78 overall.

The lone shadow on the night came with the disqualification of Frederick pole vaulter David Hasting after his second-place finish. He was ruled to be using an illegal pole; the extra points would have given the Cadets the title.

Frederick won the girls side for the fourth straight year. The Cadets (104) edged Linganore (100), Westminster (93) and Urbana (90). Westminster got victories from Thea Bayly (100, 12.8), Cindy Reese (pole vault, 10-1) and Jessica Hester (discus, 107-7).

Jill Krebs from South Carroll and teammate Pun Chittchang were the other area winners. Krebs captured the 3,200 (12: 00.4), and Chittchang won both the long (18-2.25) and triple (38-5) jumps.

Boys

Team scores: 1. Westminster, 146; 2. Frederick, 145; 3. T. Johnson, 82; 4. Linganore, 79; 5. S. Carroll, 42; 6. Urbana, 40; 7. N. Carroll, 14; 8. Liberty, 12.

110 hurdles: 2. Craig (WES), 15.4; 3. Joyce (WES), 15.7. 1,600 meters: 2. McClearn (SC), 4: 29.5. High jump: 2. Joyce (WES), 5-10. Long jump: 2. Ani (WES), 21-1. Shot put: 3. Ridgeway (WES), 49-8.75. 3,200 relay: 2. Westminster, 8: 27.6; 3. South Carroll, 8: 33.5. 800 relay: 1. Westminster, 1: 32.9. 3,200: 1. Davis (WES), 10: 06.1; 2. Hammel (SC), 10: 11.7. Discus: 2. Schwartz (NC), n/a; 3. Ridgeway (WES), n/a. 300 hurdles: 2. Joyce (WES), 42.0; 3. Craig (WES), 42.2. 400 relay: 2. Westminster, 45.4. 1,600 relay: 3. Westminster, 3: 39.8. Pole vault: 2. Nixon (WES), 11-0; 3. Rose (LIB, 10-6.

Girls

Team scores: 1. Frederick, 104; 2. Linganore, 100; 3. Westminster, 93; 4. Urbana, 90; 5. T. Johnson, 85; 6. S. Carroll, 51; 7. N. Carroll, 18; 8. Liberty, 17.

100: 1. Bayly (WES), 12.8. Pole vault: 1. Reese (WES), 10-1; 3. Huver (WES), 7-0. 3,200: 1. Krebs (SC), 12: 00.4. Long jump: 1. Chittchang (SC), 18-2.25. 300 hurdles: 2. Bayly (WES), 46.7. Discus: 1. J. Hester (WES), 107-7; 3. Byers (LIB), 99-10. 400: 3. Imhoff (WES), 1: 02.4. 1,600: 2. Komar (WES), 5: 25.2. 100 hurdles: 3. Sharp (SC), 16.5. High jump: 3. Kuchera (WES), 4-8. 400 relay: 3. Westminster, 52-7. Triple jump; 1. Chittchang (SC), 38-5; 2. Komar (WES), 32-8.

Pub Date: 5/01/98

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