Owls' record day good for second

Westminster sets 3 marks

places behind Frederick

May 07, 1999|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FREDERICK -- For Westminster's boys, yesterday was a day of records at the Central Maryland Conference championship meet at Frederick High School.

Despite breaking three meet marks, however, it was also a day for finishing second.

Westminster excelled in the middle and long distance events, but host Frederick outscored the defending champions, 72-36, in the field events en route to a 132-119 victory.

Thomas Johnson was third (108), followed by Urbana (71), South Carroll (44), Linganore (43), Liberty (25) and North Carroll (14).

"I knew it would be a tight meet between ourselves and Frederick, but they definitely outscored us in the field events," said Westminster coach Jim Shank, whose team was also outscored by the Cadets, 16-1, in the 100- and 200-meter events. "It's tough to give up two events like that."

Urbana dominated the girls' meet, racking up 154 points to unseat four-time defending champion Frederick. Westminster (106) was second, followed by Frederick (92), South Carroll (61), Thomas Johnson (52), Linganore (41), North Carroll (39) and Liberty (17).

South Carroll's Pun Chittchang won both of her events in dominating fashion. After winning the long jump in 19 feet, 4 inches -- 3 1/2 feet longer than her next closest competitor -- the senior came back to capture the triple jump (39-0) by an astonishing 5-7.

For Owls junior Jesse O'Connell, it was a day to remember, too.

He won the 800 run in a meet record 1 minute, 59.4 seconds, breaking the old mark of 2: 00.0 and running the anchor leg in the 1,600 relay, as the Owls came from behind to beat Thomas Johnson by a half-second.

O'Connell said he could sense he was doing something special in the 800.

"It hurt more than it usually does," he said. "Lately, I've been running 1: 59 and being blown but not exhausted. I knew this was a good run, because it hurt."

Teammate Jason Santucci eclipsed a pair of records, but finished second in both the 1,600 (4: 25.8) and 3,200 (9: 48.2).

Other Carroll County boys winners included Westminster's Troy Borneman (high jump), Ifeanyi Ani (long jump) and 1,600 relay team. South Carroll's Mike Muller took the 100 dash. Girls winners included North Carroll's Anna Korovina (100 hurdles), South Carroll's Jody Sharpe (300) and Westminster's Kiara Adams (shot put) and Becky Kuchera (high jump).

Pub Date: 5/07/99

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