Sprint wins sweep Wilde Lake boys past River Hill for title

Thomas Stone athlete shatters 31-year-old discus mark by 8 feet

May 02, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

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 yesterday.

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

River Hill's Mike Prada produced a career day, winning the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs 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 finished first (22.4), with Merrills third (23.1) and Riley seventh (24.0).

The meet was scored with 10 points for first place, eight points for second, six points for third, five points for fourth, four points for fifth, three points for sixth, two points for seventh and one point for eighth.

Prada's 3,200 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 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.

"I normally don't have that kick at the end, so it was exciting to win that way," Prada said. "Running indoor track this winter instead of playing basketball helped. I'm real happy with the time."

Prada also won a tough 1,600 over 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. Wilde Lake's best distance runner, Ben Coffman, was impressive coming back from an injury and finished third in 4: 36.13.

Prada lost the 800 meters, a gutsy performance by both runners, to Broadneck's Mike Rooland, 2: 03.3 to 2: 04.3.

The only other county boys winner was Hammond's P. J. Pfister in the pole vault, who set a personal best at 12-2.

The much-anticipated 3,200 girls showdown did not materialize, because River Hill's Lee McDuff left with a virus and Glen Burnie's Katie Sloan withdrew after experiencing sluggishness in the 1,600 and finishing seventh, the result, she said, of giving blood at school on Thursday.

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

Atholton's Michelle Nelson won the 100 dash (12.34) after almost failing to qualify for the finals. And teammate Ashley Wall won the 100 hurdles (16.33).

Tolika Wilson of Wilde Lake won the discus at 114-1.

Glen Burnie's DelRhea Godwin won the long jump and triple jump and finished second in the high jump as the Gophers' girls finished third with 86 points.

Deitrich Curry of Glen Burnie won the 300 hurdles and finished second in the 100 hurdles.

Pub Date: 5/02/99

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