Wildecats, Lightning do it again in counties

Farmer, Carter sparkle, take top athlete honors

May 13, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Wilde Lake's boys and Long Reach's girls certainly proved that last season's county track and field championships were no fluke.

Both repeated as champions yesterday at River Hill in a meet punctuated by some crucial disqualifications, a state girls pole vault record, and a county boys high jump record.

The Oakland Mills boys and Wilde Lake girls also repeated as runner-ups. Howard's boys were the most improved, going from zero points and last place a year ago to 58 points and fifth yesterday.

Oakland Mills' super sophomore Kyle Farmer won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter events and ran on the second-place 1,600 relay team, earning the coaches vote for the Iron Man Award as the meet's top performer.

Long Reach's Teyarnte Carter won the girls' 100, 200 and 400 and was part of the winning 1,600-meter relay to earn the Iron Woman Award. The junior also won that award as a freshman.

Although Long Reach won the girls title by 54 points, the boys title was decided by 11 and in doubt until the final event, the discus.

Wilde Lake was disqualified from second place for a late handoff in the next-to-last event, the 800 relay, costing the Wildecats eight team points.

"I thought the DQ was it," said Wildecats coach Charles Shoemaker, whose top sprinter, Andrew Sterling was beaten in the 100 and then withdrew from the 200 dash and the 400 relay because of a sore hamstring.

But the discus proved a disaster for Oakland Mills, which had lost six team points when Tom Browne was disqualified from third place in the 800 run for cursing at the finish line. Oakland Mills also had suffered a DQ Tuesday in the 800 relay.

In the discus, Oakland Mills' Nick Fambro, who won the 110 and 300 hurdles, was top-seeded at 141 feet, 3 inches, 13 feet better than his nearest competitor, but he faltered to 120-4, good for sixth place and one team point.

Meanwhile, Wilde Lake's Kirk LaRue, seeded seventh, threw 124-9, almost 9 feet better than his previous best, to finish third and earn six team points.

Centennial's Tom Fisher won the discus at 130-10 after winning the shot put Tuesday.

The highlight of the boys competition was the high jump. Howard's first-year jumper Huguens Jean set a county record at 6-8 1/2 inches, beating the old record of 6-8 1/4 set by Glenelg's David Hinkle in 1985.

Mount Hebron's Bobby Bergin, who won the county title at 6-2 last season, was the first to jump 6-7 1/2, putting the pressure on Jean, who responded by matching that jump and then setting the record.

"I am incredibly excited," said Jean. "Bobby scared me when he went over 6-7. I thought I'd be second."

Sophomore Mario Merrills and junior Chris Riley both played major roles in Wilde Lake's victory, each running four events yesterday. Merrills finished second in the 200 and third in the 100, and ran on the winning 400 relay. Riley was fourth in the 100 and 200.

Girls meet

The Long Reach girls were considered a prohibitive favorite to win the championship. They didn't disappoint.

Iron Woman Carter ran a personal best of 24.4 seconds in the 200 dash, tying a meet record set by Oakland Mills' Jennifer Whitfield in 1978 and qualifying Carter for the National Junior Olympics in North Carolina.

"I'm just an old soldier and old news," said Carter, who pointed out that Long Reach was helped to victory by a bunch of new faces, including freshmen Tamarra Stuppard and Angela Watkins and sophomores Lindsay Bowen and Angela Lewis. "I'm proud of all the people that snuck in and scored points. Everyone did what they had to do, and it came together."

Joining Carter as a key cog was Cynthia Nicholls, who won the 100 hurdles and high jump and was part of the winning 400 relay. Long Reach won the 400 and 1,600 relays.

Oakland Mills' Danielle Stoddard won the 800 run and the 300 hurdles, and River Hill's Lee McDuff won the 1,600 but withdrew from the 800.

Glenelg's Lori Tvarkunas set a state record in the girls pole vault at 10-7, topping the old mark set last year at 10-6.

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