Team titles go again to Dulaney, Woodlawn

Lions girls finish fast, Warriors boys romp to county championships


Picking up where they left off at the end of the indoor season, Dulaney's girls and Woodlawn's boys continued their track and field domination of Baltimore County yesterday with strong wins at the outdoor championships at Hereford High School.

The Woodlawn boys simply had too much depth, gathering points in 16 of the 18 events.

And Dulaney's girls ended strong, leaving Perry Hall and Woodlawn behind.

Despite seemingly sub-par performances by a pair of their standouts, the Woodlawn boys more than doubled the point score of their closest competitor, Dulaney, 150-72. Randallstown and Perry Hall finished third and fourth with 67 and 58 points, respectively.

Shockingly, the Warriors' Joel Brown -- state record-holder in both events and a national-level competitor -- won neither the high nor intermediate hurdles, and he hurt a knee while finishing fourth and second.

He gained some measure of revenge, however, by winning the 200-meter dash and running a terrific quarter on Woodlawn's victorious 1,600 relay team.

"I had a tough time calming Joel down," said coach Mike Sye. "His problem in the `highs' was, with a tail-wind, he was running too fast and coming up on the hurdles too quickly. Hey, that happens. We correct the mistakes he made, and we go on from here."

Distance man Clevon Johnson appeared a bit off his feed, too, and Dulaney's Greg Vincent grabbed a huge lead on the way to a win at 1,600 in 4 minutes, 27.7 seconds.

In the 800, Johnson set his sights on doing 1: 55, a goal he missed, although he won with in 1: 58.1.

With five events remaining in the two-day meet, the Dulaney girls appeared to be in a bit of trouble as they trailed Woodlawn, 79-75.

Woodlawn's Eboni Henderson had been a roadblock for Dulaney all day with victories in the 200 and both hurdle events and a second in the 100. But then the order of events helped the Lions.

They put up a combined 34 points in the triple jump and 800 to Woodlawn's zero, taking a large lead and finishing first with 113 points. Perry Hall, with 37 points over the last four events, grabbed the runner-up spot with 87 points; Woodlawn was third at 86 and Randallstown fourth with 72.

Individual standouts popped up all over, but no one could match Henderson's triple-plus, although Dulaney's Tenke Zoltani and Vincent both came close.

Before their victories in the 1,600 yesterday, both had captured the 3,200 Thursday evening. Both ran second in the 800 yesterday and turned in solid legs on victorious ,3200-meter relay teams.

Then there was Perry Hall's Renard Wilson. He took the 110 hurdles and the 100 dash within about 40 minutes and anchored his team's winning 400 relay squad.

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