Strained tendons slow speedy Carter

HOWARD SPORTS

January 15, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Long Reach sophomore Teyarnte Carter might return to competition tomorrow at the National Guard Meet at the 5th Regiment Armory. Carter, one of the state's top runners, has not run since Dec. 18 because of strained tendons in her right ankle.

Carter went to a physical therapist Tuesday, and was cleared to run. "She told me I was fine and that I could run on it," Carter said. "The only thing she said was that I had to either cut back on practice time or racing time."

The therapist told Carter the injury could have come from running on the Armory's hardwood floor. "She said it's a lot of stress on my ankle from the armory floor," Carter said.

Carter returned to practice Wednesday for the first time and ran four 100s at, she said, about 85 percent.

"I'm better. I think I'm ready," said Carter, who said the ankle still is swollen. "I may run one event if, by the end of the week, I feel fine."

That event likely would be the 55-meter dash.

Carter said she won't run in the next county meet (Jan. 26) but will take part in the county championship Feb. 2 at the armory.

"The bottom line is for her to get healthy," said Long Reach coach Joe Thomas. "It's not worth her risking any more injury that would jeopardize her outdoor season. She has too much on the line."

Carter was named The Sun's Girl Performer of the Year in indoor track last season. She earned the Iron Woman award at the county championship after winning the 300, 500 and 55 dash and anchoring the second-place 800 relay team. At the Class 2A-3A West regional, she won the 55 dash, had seconds in the 300 and 500 and was on the second-place 800 relay team. She won the 300 at the 2A-3A state meet and also had seconds in the 55 dash and 500. She helped the 800 relay team to a fourth-place finish.

In last year's outdoor season, Carter was the only area athlete to win three individual gold medals at the state meet. Carter swept the Class 2A 100, 200 and 400. She won the same three events in Class 1A as a freshman. Carter won four gold medals at the Howard County meet -- the 100, 200 and 400 and 400 relay.

More indoor track

Atholton's girls won an indoor meet for the first time Monday. The Raiders finished with 56.5 points, followed by Glenelg 53, Mount Hebron 48, River Hill 39, Howard 38, Long Reach 36, Wilde Lake 35.5, Centennial 32 and Hammond 21.

The pole vault was the final event, and Becky Peterson's second-place finish (8-6) proved the difference for Atholton. The Raiders were helped by scoring 19 points in the high jump. Rachael Smith took second (4-10), followed by Jackie Cook and Ashley Wall, both at 4-8.

Atholton coach Eddie Ivory acknowledged that some teams did not have all their top runners but said the final result was "a nice win. It's a good building block for us."

Here are the winners from Monday's meet: pole vault -- Lori Tvarkunas, Glenelg, 10-8; 3,200 relay -- Oakland Mills (Molly Sunderdick, Lan Gardner, Carleen Sanders, Danielle Stoddart), 10: 39.3; 300 -- Ronland Howard, Long Reach, 46.1; 1,600 -- Lee McDuff, River Hill, 5: 37.2; 55 hurdles -- Cynthia Nicholls, Long Reach, 8.9; 55 dash -- Michelle Nelson, Atholton, 7.3; high jump -- Lindsay Martin, Centennial, 5-0; shot put -- Courtney Savoy, River Hill, 34-8; 500 -- Leigh Langmead, Mount Hebron, 1: 27.4; 3,200 -- Bridget Baker, Howard, 12: 15.24; 800 relay -- Atholton (Ashley Wall, Jessica Bejm, Stacey Downs, Michelle Nelson), 1: 58.5; 800 -- Stoddart, Oakland Mills, 2: 30.17; 1,600 relay -- Oakland Mills (Sunderdick, Deanna Jones, Sanders, Stoddart).

River Hill earned 22 points in the 1,600 run, 19 in the 3,200 run and 14 in the high jump en route to winning the boys meet. The Hawks finished with 91 points, followed by Oakland Mills 89.5, Wilde Lake 55, Centennial 50.5, Long Reach 37.5, Atholton 24, Howard, 20.5, Mount Hebron 17, Hammond 12 and Glenelg 6.

Centennial's Randy Van Allen, who hadn't competed since the first meet of the season because of neck and back problems, won the high jump at 6-2 and the 500 run in 1: 12.4.

Here are the other winners: Tony Pesce, Atholton, 14 1/2; 3,200 relay -- River Hill (Mike Styczynski, Zach Heidepriem, Deforest McDuff, Mike Fleg), 8: 59.7; 300 -- Kyle Farmer, Oakland Mills, 37.0; 1,600 -- Mike Prada, River Hill, 4: 48.1; 55 hurdles -- Brandon Hammond, Oakland Mills, 8.0; 55 dash -- Antuan Jones, Howard, 6.5; shot put -- Aharon McKoy, Oakland Mills, 43-1; 3,200 -- Styczynski, River Hill, 10: 36.0; 800 relay -- Oakland Mills (Nehemiah Spence, Jeff Johnson, Jean Brunache, Farmer), 1: 40.1; 800 -- Nkem Ohia, Wilde Lake, 2: 07.4; 1,600 relay -- Oakland Mills (Hammond, Nick Fambro, Brunache, Farmer), 3: 45.0.

Athletes from Mount Hebron and River Hill will participate in the Princeton Relays on Jan. 23.

For Mount Hebron, Chris James, Bob Hemple, Dave MasKeroni and Tom Tittsworth will run in the 800 and 1,600 relays. Leigh Langmead (800), Heather Barnes (400), Sheri Hysan (1,200) and Kate Frande (1,600) will take part in the girls distance medley.

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