After winning the Class 1A state title the past two years, the Francis Scott Key boys found the going a little tougher this year when they moved up in class.
The Eagles found some success in Class 2A in yesterday's meet at UMBC Stadium, but not quite as much as before as they finished seventh with 33 points.
Francis Scott Key always has relied upon its depth for success in the state meet. The Eagles scored many points in many places for a late rally that helped them take last year's state title. Once again, Key got its points from different sources for its seventh-place finish.
"If you can come in to the new class and be one of the smaller schools and still walk away with two state championships, that's accomplishment," said Key boys coach Rich Salkin. "I'm very happy with some of the things that happened here."
The Eagles started the meet with an impressive victory in Friday's 3,200 relay. David Higgs, Mike Pizza, Mike Replogle and Scott Glover helped them push past a good Potomac team to win in the final lap.
Charlie Poole was the team's lone winner yesterday. He captured the discus with a toss of 147 feet, 10 inches yesterday. Key teammate Morgan Beall finished fifth (123-9) to give the Eagles 12 points in that event.
Poole, who also won the county and region titles this year, wasn't ecstatic with his performance but enjoyed taking the state title.
"I felt pretty good today," said Poole. "I didn't really have a great day, but I won."
Salkin and Poole both said they didn't think that the team felt too intimidated by the move to Class 2A -- which was won by Fort Hill (84).
"It was pretty good competition," said Poole. "I just think they were happy. We're always the underdog."
Westminster's Beau Ridgway was the only other boys winner from the county. He captured the Class 4A discus with a throw of 151-3, edging Seth Rollins of Arundel, who had an effort of 147-0.
The Westminster boys finished 13th overall with 18 points, most coming from Ridgway. On the girls' side, Westminster made the top 10, finishing eighth with 24 points. Eleanor Roosevelt won the the girls title with 103 points, beating Western (88). Gaithersburg took the boys title with 55 points in a more balanced competition.
For the boys in Class 3A, South Carroll tied for 15th place with 10 points. North Carroll took 25th with six points, and Liberty finished 27th with one point. Woodlawn won the meet with 96 points.
On the girls side, South Carroll finished ninth with 20 points, all coming on the two victories Pun Chittchang scored. The junior scored her second victory of the meet yesterday by capturing the long jump with a leap of 18-10.
Liberty was 23rd with six points,and North Carroll did not score. Douglass from Prince George's County won the title with 70 points.
Carroll County didn't have any other winners, but did manage a few second-place finishes. Steve McClearn of South Carroll ran a good race in the 1,600, but fell just short, taking second place (4 minutes, 26.69 seconds) behind winner Erik Necciai of Linganore (4: 24.55).
McClearn, a senior who's been consistent throughout his South Carroll career and was a force in the Cavaliers' winning the Class 3A state title in cross country last fall, stayed close, but the Linganore runner pulled away at the end.
Josh Schwartz of North Carroll took third in the discus with a throw of 133-3. Westminster's Cindy Reese finished second in the pole vault with an effort of 9-6. Katie Bolae of Gaithersburg won the event in 10-6.
Ifeanyi Ani of Westminster placed sixth in the boys triple jump. Sheldon Hutchinson of Gaithersburg won the event with a state and meet record of 49-6.75. Ani turned in an effort of 43-5.25.
Westminster girls coach Tom Fisher said both he and boys coach Jim Shank were pleased with how the team did this season. Both squads had some questions before the year started but each won the county and region and scores points at the state meet.
"I think nobody can be disappointed," said Fisher. "To qualify for the states itself is an accomplishment."
Pub Date: 5/24/98