Oakland Mills boys, Long Reach girls win Scorpions total 111 points

Lightning wins six events

Track and field

May 24, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Oakland Mills boys have been one of the dominant teams in the state in Class 2A competition in recent years. Before slumping last spring, the Scorpions had won four straight state championships.

The Scorpions moved down to Class 1A this year, and showed that group of teams what others have known for awhile -- that Oakland Mills is a force to be reckoned with.

Oakland Mills got stellar performances from freshman sprinter Kyle Farmer, weight man Andrew Long and others to win its first state championship in Class 1A, rolling up 111 points in the state meet yesterday at UMBC Stadium.

On the girls side, Long Reach, in only its second year, captured the Class 2A title on the strength of six first-place finishes.

Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton said his team doesn't have great depth, but the athletes they do have are very strong.

Farmer has as much quality as anyone. The freshman swept the 100 (11.30), 200 (22.40) and 400 meters (49.56) and ran in the victorious 1,600 relay. Farmer swept those same three races at last week's regionals but was still trying to put a disappointing Howard County meet performance out of his mind -- one where cramps stopped him from winning anything.

"After I won the first race, it took the pressure off," said Farmer. "I wasn't too sure I could do it coming in."

Singleton has high hopes for the freshman and what he can do for the Scorpions.

"The kid's a thoroughbred; he's smooth," said Singleton. "His potential is unlimited."

Long won the discus for the Scorpions -- after taking first in the shot put Friday -- with a toss of 154 feet, 8 inches. Tom Browne added a second place in the 800 (2: 05.97) in addition to a sixth in the 400 to help the Scorpions with nine more points.

Oakland Mills hoped for points from Mike Fambro, but bad luck struck him yesterday. He false-started in the 110 high hurdles and was disqualified and then fell in the 300 hurdles.

Hammond made things interesting with a number of strong performances. The Golden Bears finished third with 73 points, three behind second-place Williamsport. Richard Bright of Hammond won both the 110 (15.93) and 300 hurdles (41.29). Teammate Jeff Jones finished second in the 110 (16.44), and the Golden Bears won the 800 relay.

Also for the boys, Chris Smith of Long Reach, who set a new state and meet record for the long jump Friday, came back with a big day yesterday. He took third in the 100 (11.27), then later won the triple jump with a leap of 46-8.75, only 4.25 inches short of the state meet record set by Ricky Henderson of Brunswick in 1993.

Long Reach's girls, relying heavily on Teyarnte Carter, Thema Napier and Rolanda Howard, swept past Middletown to claim the 2A crown.

Carter won the 100 (12.39), 200 (25.06) and 400 (56.88) for the Lightning. She scored 30 of the team's 83 points. Napier won in the 300 hurdles and the 800 while Howard added a first in the long jump with a leap of 16-8.5.

Long Reach coach Joe Thomas said his team worked hard throughout the season and that's why it swept county, region and state championships.

"This group knew what they had to do every meet," said Thomas. "They did what they had to do to get it done."

The scary part for Long Reach opponents is that Howard is a freshman and Carter only a sophomore. Napier is a senior, and that threesome made a powerful combination this year.

Oakland Mills also came close on the girls side, finishing second to champion Smithsburg, 74-67. The Leopards took second last year, behind champion Francis Scott Key, who moved up to Class 2A this year.

Amber Day led the Scorpions with a big day similar to Farmer's. She took the 100 (12.47) and the 400 (57.00) while finishing second in the 200.

Pub Date: 5/24/98

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