Farmer sparkles at Knights Invite

Oakland Mills soph wins 3 events, in relay, too

April 09, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Three underclassmen -- one from Oakland Mills -- with familiar names continued to literally run the table on records and gold medals at yesterday's eighth annual Knights Invite at North County High School in Ferndale.

Junior distance runners Victor Thillet of Old Mill and Archbishop Spalding's Kelly Zuknick each broke two meet records and were named the most outstanding male and female athletes.

Had there been a separate award for most outstanding sprinter, it surely would have gone to Oakland Mills sophomore Kyle Farmer, who captured three individual dashes and anchored a winning relay.

Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton, who discovered Farmer high jumping in middle school, said his standout 10th-grader is "the best we've ever had, and he will only get better."

Farmer went home with gold medals in the 100 meter run (10.8 vs. a 10.7 meet record), 200 meters (22.2) and the 400 run (49.7). In addition, Farmer anchored the winning 1,600 relay team.

Farmer is hoping to be part of a third state championship squad this spring. He was on the Scorpions' championship soccer and indoor track teams, running the 55 and 300 events and anchoring the 800 and 1,600 teams.

Thillet, who has established himself as the metro area's premier distance runner with state titles in cross country and indoor track, set meet records in the 1,500- and 800-meter runs.

His time of 4: 05 flat in the 1,500 eclipsed the Knights Invite record of 4: 08.4 by Mount St. Joseph's Romero Wilson in 1992. Thillet's personal best in the 1,500 is 4: 03, which he ran in national competition last summer.

Thillet broke the previous 800 record of 1: 59 by North County's Sam Lomax in 1993 with a time of 1: 58.5. Last week, Thillet ran a 1: 56 in a meet at Severna Park.

Zuknick set new records in two of the three races she won yesterday and in so doing bested her top adversary, McDonogh sophomore Casey Remeto in two races at the same meet for the first time.

Also coming off medal-filled seasons in cross country and indoors, Zuknick shattered -- by nearly 20 seconds -- her own 3,000-meter run record, which she set as a sophomore at last year's Knights Invite. She covered the 3,000 in 10: 48.4 after doing it for a meet record of 11: 08.9 last spring.

The 1,500 record of 4: 55.1 by Westminster's Stephanie Morningstar in the Knights' inaugural in 1992 also fell to Zuknick, who did it in 4: 50.2 yesterday.

She was neck-and-neck with Remeto, who came in at 4: 50.5.

Zuknick also copped the gold in the 800 run with a time of 2: 21.2.

North County's Chris Scott (110 and 300 hurdles) and Old Mill's Jackie Allen (100 and 200) were double winners, too.

Westminster girls prevail

Halfway through the 15th Westminster Invitational meet yesterday, Dulaney's girls held an eight-point lead over the host team, 40-32.

As soon as the second half of the meet got under way, the Owls made their move, picking up 16 points in the discus. Katie Selby led the way with a meet record heave of 118 feet, 9 1/2 inches, and teammate Jessica Hester finished third with a 101-5 effort.

Suddenly, the score was Westminster 48, Dulaney 40. The home team pressed its advantage with five points in the 800-meter relay.

In the boys' competition, two Carroll County squads and one each from Frederick and Howard counties held sway throughout most of the meet, Wilde Lake and Frederick challenging Westminster and South Carroll.

Meet records were turned in by Westminster's Jason Santucci in the mile (4 minutes, 37.8 seconds) and 2-mile (9: 57.1); Dulaney's Tenke Zoltani in the mile (5: 25.2) and 2-mile (11: 36.7); Dulaney's Stephanie Wells in the pole vault (8-6), and Selby in the girls discus.

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