Wilde Lake's boys, Long Reach's girls capture county titles Lightning's Smith, Napier are Iron Man and Woman

Track and field

May 08, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The Wilde Lake boys team won its first Howard County championship since 1973, and the 2-year-old Long Reach girls track team won its first county title in a steady rain at River Hill yesterday.

Both teams were favorites in the two-day event, and Wilde Lake soared to its title with 185 points to 99 points for runner-up Oakland Mills.

Long Reach, with 129.8 points, waited to clinch until the final event, the triple jump, in which the Lightning took first, second and fifth places while runner-up Wilde Lake with 115.8 points did not score in the triple jump.

Three meet records fell. Andrew Long of Oakland Mills broke his own discus record with a toss of 158-9.

The Oakland Mills girls relay team of Kristin Sunderdick, Molly Sunderdick, Lan Gardner and Danielle Stoddart ran 9: 50 in the 3200 relay, crushing Glenelg's 2-year-old record of 9: 58.5.

Long Reach's Thema Napier ran 14.3 in the 100 hurdles, breaking the 12-year-old meet record of 14.6, as well as the overall county record of 14.5 set by Hammond's Kisha Jett in 1994.

Napier, a senior, also won the Iron Woman Award as the most valuable girls performer by winning four gold medals -- in the 100 hurdles, the 800 (2: 24.4), 300 hurdles (44.5) and 400 relay (45.7).

Two of Napier's teammates also had outstandings meets. Sophomore Teyarnte Carter won four gold medals, hoping to repeat the Iron Woman title she won last year. She won the 100 (12.2), 200 (25.5), 400 (57.9) and 400 relay.

Long Reach sophomore Cynthia Nicholls finished with three gold medals and one silver medal, winning the long jump (17-1), triple jump (33-5), 400 relay and finishing second in the 300 hurdles behind Napier.

"The triple jump was definitely the key," Long Reach coach Joe Thomas said.

Another outstanding girls performer was River Hill freshman Lee McDuff, who won the 1,600 (5: 17.7) and 3,200 (11: 19.8). Her 3,200 time was only a half-second off the meet record Atholton's Carolyn Forde set in 1982.

Glenelg's Beth Santilli, the defending 3,200 champion, could not compete after suffering whiplash, a bruised hip and sprained wrist in an automobile accident.

Other individual girls winners included Wilde Lake's Tolika Wilson in the discus (102-1), Atholton's Tenisha Chester in the pole vault (9-6), Centennial's Tia Richardson in the shot put (36-7 3/4 ) and Wilde Lake's Julie Bergin in the high jump (5-0). Oakland Mills' Amber Day finished second in the 100, 200 and 400.

Long Reach senior Chris Smith captured the boys' Iron Man Award by winning the long jump (22-8 1/4 ), triple jump (42-2 1/2 ), anchoring the winning 400 relay team, and taking third in the 100.

Wilde Lake junior Andrew Sterling also produced an outstanding performance by winning the 100 (10.9), 200 (22.8), events in which he was not top-seeded. His semifinal 100 was his best at 10.8. And his semifinal 200 was his best at 22.5. He also won gold in the 1,600 relay and silver in the 400 relay.

Wilde Lake teammates Jansen McMillan, Nkem Ohia and Quentin Collins also were multiple winners. McMillan won the 3,200 (10: 02.1) and 3,200 relay. Ohia won the 800 (2: 02.8), 1,600 relay and 3,200 relay. Collins won the 400 (49.3), 800 relay and 1,600 relay, and finished third in the 200.

"We're a deep team and scored in every event but the pole vault," Wilde Lake coach Charles Shoemaker said. "This title has been a long time coming, and it's nice to get it. Things went our way, and Oakland Mills had some bad breaks."

Long of Oakland Mills also won the shot put (52-4 3/4 ) in addition to the discus. Long's teammate, Mike Fambro, won the 110 hurdles (14.9) and 300 hurdles (40.9). Fambro also finished third in the long jump and ran on the second-place 1,600 relay.

Other individual boys winners included Bobby Bergin of Mount Hebron in the high jump (6-2), Brian Selmer of Glenelg in the 3,200 (4: 31.5) and Tony Pesce of Atholton in the pole vault (12-8).

Howard County Track Championships

(at River Hill)

BOYS

Team scores: 1. Wilde Lake 185; 2. Oakland Mills 99; 3. (tie) Hammond and Long Reach 54; 5. (tie) Centennial and River Hill 38; 7. Mount Hebron 33; 8. Atholton 42; 9. Glenelg 15; 10. Howard 0.

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