Dulaney, Woodlawn girls, boys run off with county crowns

Frosh Zoltani wins twice

Pann vaults to new mark.

Indoor track

January 29, 1999|By Phil Jackman | Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF

About the only thing the Dulaney girls didn't win on the track at the Baltimore County Indoor Track Championships at the 5th Regiment Armory last night was the 55-meter dash.

Lori Twardzik, Ida Bernstein and the new kid on the block, freshman Tenke Zoltani, led Dulaney's girls to six first places, a second and three thirds as the team reversed its loss to Perry Hall in the County Relays by piling up 100 points.

Perry Hall was second yesterday with 75 1/2 points, Woodlawn third with 51.

Just as dominant were Woodlawn's boys, who rolled up 110 points -- 50 better than the runner-up Dulaney boys.

The only new meet record was set by Perry Hall's Lisa Pann, who pole-vaulted 8-feet-9 to break the old mark, which she shared.

In the girls meet, Dulaney's Twardzik won the 500 and 800 runs, was fourth at 300, and anchored a relay. Bernstein captured the 300, was fifth in the 55, and ran two relays.

Zoltani was a surprise, however, considering she didn't run cross-country (preferring soccer, instead) and admitted she wasn't sure of what she was doing once a race started.

Even so, she won the 1,600 in a relative breeze in 5: 30.3. Less than an hour later, by 13 seconds, she captured the 3,200 in 12: 02.3.

"Strategy? I guess what I try to do is go out front and stay there," she said. "I felt a little tired in both races, so it became a case of mind over matter. I wanted to break 12 minutes, but the coach signaled to slow down and save something for the [1,600] relay."

Woodlawn's boys, as they did while romping in the County Relays, flashed depth aplenty. The Warriors now have a corps of middle-distance runners to go with their usual sprinters and hurdlers.

Woodlawn's Clevon Johnson took both the 800 and 1,600 runs over Dulaney's Greg Vincent.

"I think we might be a little better team than last year, when we won a state championship," said Warriors coach Mike Sye. "We have a little different look, and that's because of our improvement in the distances."

In the short stuff, Woodlawn's Joel Brown won his specialty, the 55 hurdles, in 7.4 seconds and was second in the 55-dash (6.6) and 300 (37.7).

Add a first in the 3,200 relay, seconds in the 800- and 1,600 relays, plus Mike McKenzie's high jump win, and it was easy to see Woodlawn being tough in next month's state title meet.

Milford Mill's Derrick Stanfield would have walked off with performer of the meet if such an award existed.

He won the 300 in 36.7, just missing the meet record, was debatably disqualified while headed for victory in the 500, but overcame his disappointment by anchoring two relay victories.

In the mile relay, Stanfield took the baton trailing by 10 yards against rival Woodlawn and won by 5 yards.

Pub Date: 1/29/99

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