Perry Hall girls grab Anne Arundel Relays

Balance propels Gators

Woodlawn boys second

May 02, 1999|By Bo Smolka | Bo Smolka,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Perry Hall girls track coach Marilyn Bevans called it a "nickel and dime" approach. At the 30th running of the Anne Arundel County Relays yesterday at Annapolis High, that spare change added up to the team championship.

Perry Hall won just two of 14 events but scored consistently throughout the meet to edge runner-up Arundel by two points, 54-52, for the girls title. Prince George's County's Frederick Douglass took third with 43 points.

"We may not win everything," Bevans said, "but we're in everything. This was an outstanding team effort."

In the boys meet, Suitland of Prince George's County won five events and finished second in four others to win handily with 89 points. Woodlawn won three relays and was second with 63 points; Gilman (45) took third.

Perry Hall's girls won the distance medley relay in 13 minutes, 19.5 seconds and the pole vault with a combined mark of 6.60 meters. They also scored in six other events, including a pair of runner-up finishes.

That proved just enough to beat Arundel, which won individual titles in the 400-meter relay, 800 relay and long jump.

Seniors Roxanne Hall and Lasheria Dozier ran on both victorious relays for Arundel, and Dawn Belt picked up first-place medals in the 400 relay and long jump.

For the boys, Will McCray played a part in all three Woodlawn first-place finishes, which came in the 400, 800 and shuttle hurdles relays.

Gilman earned its way to a third-place finish in the boys meet with titles in the pole vault, shot put and discus.

River Hill Invitational

Led by sprinters Andrew Sterling, Mario Merrills and Chris Riley, Wilde Lake won the boys title by three points at the inaugural River Hill Track and Field Invitational.

A new state discus record of 192 feet, 9 inches, set by Tim Bilmans, of Charles County's Thomas Stone, also highlighted the meet. His throw broke a 31-year-old record set at 184-10 by Tom Brosius of Springbrook in Montgomery County.

River Hill's Mike Prada produced a career day, winning the 1,600 and 3,200 with personal bests and finishing second by one second in the 800.

Frederick County's Urbana won the girls title over runner-up Wilde Lake, 105-93.

Wilde Lake's boys edged runner-up River Hill, 98-95, sweeping the first three places in the 100 dash, a feat worth 24 team points. The finish was Sterling (10.74), Merrills (10.95) and Riley (11.18).

That trio also scored 18 points in the 200 dash as Sterling again won (22.4), with Merrills third (23.1) and Riley seventh (24.0).

Prada's 3,200-meter race was the most exciting run of the day. A five-man pack ran together for most of it with River Hill's Mike Styczynski (second, 9: 51.5) and Urbana's Brian Murphy (fifth, 9: 56) exchanging the lead a couple of times before Prada (9: 48.3) came off the pace to take control at the start of the final lap. Catonsville's David Schwartz (fourth, 9: 54.9) and Dulaney's Greg Vincent (third, 9: 54) also pushed the pace.

Prada also won a tough 1,600 race over a game Jason Mitchell of Towson, 4: 33.41 to 4: 35.31. Mitchell passed Prada on the backstretch of the final lap, but Prada surged on the turn and held off Mitchell down the stretch.

Prada lost the 800 meters to Mike Rooland of Broadneck, 2: 03.3 to 2: 04.3.

The much-anticipated 3,200 girls showdown never materialized, because River Hill's Lee McDuff left the meet with a virus and Glen Burnie's Katie Sloan withdrew after experiencing sluggishness in the 1,600 and finishing seventh, a result she said of having given blood Thursday.

That left the race wide open for Dulaney's freshman superstar Tenke Zoltani, who won by 31 seconds in 11: 15.2, which disappointed her because it was eight seconds too slow to qualify for nationals.

-- Rick Belz

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