Owls girls outdistance Dulaney's

Lions' Zoltani, Wells set new Westminster records

April 09, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,FROM STAFF REPORTS

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

No other team was in the picture.

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.

Once again Dulaney was shut out.

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 in a competition destined to go down to the wire.

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.

It was the second straight meet in which freshman Zoltani registered meet records in her distance specialties. She is the reigning state indoor 2-mile champ and finished second in the mile.

Knights Invite records fall

Three underclassmen 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 meet's 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.

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 800 record of 1: 59 by North County's Sam Lomax in 1993 with a time of 1: 58.5.

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 run record, which she set as a sophomore at last year's Knights Invite. She finished in 10: 48.4.

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.

"It was especially thrilling to beat Casey in two races, because we have been battling back and forth all year," said Zuknick, who gave up soccer to pursue running.

"We just ran against each other in the Colonial Relays last week. I beat her here last year in the 1,500, and that was the only time I had ever beaten her, except for last Thursday in the Colonials. I beat her in the 3,000 there."

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

Oakland Mills' nine-year 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.

North County's Chris Scott (110 and 300 hurdles) and Old Mill's Jackie Allen (100 dash, 200, second in triple jump, third in long jump) were double winners, too.

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