J. Carroll, Edgewood enjoy day of surprises

Late protest opens way for Patriots first title

Track and field

May 14, 1999|By Bill Blewitt | Bill Blewitt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Upsets were the order of the day in the Harford County Track and Field Championships in Pylesville yesterday.

John Carroll School won the girls championship, its first track title in the school's history. Edgewood claimed the boys crown, edging C. Milton Wright, which had won 11 times in the last 12 years.

Senior Kim Pirisino led John Carroll by scoring 36 of her team's 107 points. She won the long jump and triple jump and placed second in the shotput and discus.

When Pirisino won the triple jump, the meet's final event, the Patriots trailed defending champion Fallston by five points. A protest, however, resulted in disqualification of Fallston's winning 400-meter relay team, reversing the order of finish.

John Carroll's Sarah Oktavec won the 400 in 1 minute, 1.4 seconds, and the Patriots' won the 1,600-meter relay.

The Fallston girls finished second with 100 points as Amber Mason scored a double victory in the dashes and Meredith Fender captured the 800.

Melissa Prange won both hurdle races to pace C. Milton Wright to third place. Jen Arseneau (pole vault), Cara Wettlaufer (1600), and Lisa Lorden (3200) were also winners for the Mustangs.

Shiree Turner of Joppatowne was a double winner, capturing the discus at 106-5 and the shotput at 34-3. Danielle Young of Bel Air defended her title in the high jump with a mark of 5-2.

Edgewood's Randy Bufkin and Chris Suber were the outstanding performers in the boys competition. Bufkin was the meet's only four gold medal winner. He won the 100 in 10.9, the 200 in 22.5, and he anchored the 400 and 800 relay teams to victory.

Suber won three field events--the long jump in 21-6, the triple jump at 43-6, and the high jump at 5-10. He led a sweep of the first three places in his final event, the triple jump, to give Edgewood a 30-point victory margin over C. Milton Wright.

For the Wright boys, Dan Utter won the 400 and Brian Deford, the 3200. Mike Rye and John Kost took first and second in the shotput.

Fallston hurdler C.J. Burdon was a double winner. In his second 110 hurdle race this season, he nipped Joppatowne's Harrison Slaton in 15.2, and he won the 300 hurdles in 41.4.

Other event winners in the boys competition were Steve Guignet of Bel Air in the 800, Jason Kohajda of Havre de Grace in the 1600, James Murray of Joppatowne in the discus, and Jesse Ochs of Fallston in the pole vault.

Carroll championships

Rich Scherr

SPECIAL TO THE SUN

South Carroll's Pun Chittchang said she had an off day.

To those who competed against her at yesterday's Carroll County Track and Field Championships at Western Maryland College, that's probably a scary notion.

The Maryland-bound senior turned in one of the most dominating performance in meet history, winning the long jump, triple jump and 200 -- the first two in meet record times -- and running the leadoff leg on the winning 4 x 400 team, as the Cavaliers nearly upset perennial champion Westminster.

In one of the closest finishes in recent years, the Owls won their fifth straight team title in ninth in 10 years, holding off the Cavaliers. 126.5-121. North Carroll was third (48) Francis Scott Key fourth (39.5) and Liberty fifth (39).

On the boys side, Westminster (116) claimed its 18th straight crown, beating out South Carroll (94), Francis Scott Key (72), Liberty 53) and North Carroll (39).

In the boys competition, Westminster posted winners in 10 of 18 events, including two each by Jared Craig (high hurdles and 300 hurdles) and Ifeanyi Ani (long and triple jump). Teammate Jason Santucci also struck gold, winning the 3200 in a meet-record 9: 38.2.

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