Westminster boys, girls score region sweep

Annapolis boys, Arundel girls are runners-up

4A East track and field

May 21, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Westminster came into Ferndale yesterday and won both the boys and girls Class 4A East Region track and field meet at North County High school.

The Owls of Carroll County bested the Annapolis boys by 129-101 and on the girls side topped runner-up Arundel, 148-106.

Balance is the word for the Owls of veteran Jim Shank, who won the girls region at North County last spring but finished runner-up to the host Knights in the boys.

Westminster piled up the points with a host of placers from top to bottom in the 18 events for each division.

"Every one of our kids came through, didn't have any letdowns, except for dropping the baton in the 4x200 relay for boys," said Shank.

"Field events really came through for us in the girls. Our boys have been traditionally very strong distance wise."

The Owls had four individual winners on the boys side with Ifeanyi Ani, the only double winner in the long and triple jumps, and took five seconds, with hurdler Jared Craig grabbing a pair.

Jesse O'Connell (800 meters) and Jason Santucci (3,200) were the other male winners for Westminster.

O'Connell edged Severna Park's Bernie Edwards by two seconds, with Old Mill's Victor Thillet third at four seconds back.

Thillet was runner-up to Santucci in the 3,200, but nipped the latter by a second in the 1,600.

There were two other double-winners in the boys besides Ani -- Annapolis sprinter Rayvon Johnson and North County hurdler Chris Scott. Johnson, a junior All-Metro running back for the Anne Arundel County champion Panthers football team, blew away the field in the 100 (10.9 seconds) and 200 (21.9) dashes.

Anne Arundel fared well in the field events with Old Mill's Dan Liden (pole) and Craig Hall (discus) scoring victories along with Meade's Yomi Savage (shot put).

Westminster had only one winning relay team. That was the girls' 4x800 -- Arundel took the other three relays.

The Owls' 4x800 boys was runner-up to Severna Park. The Falcons matched Annapolis in producing two winning relay efforts.

Westminster placed three of the top four girls in the shot put with Kiara Adams (37 feet, 1 inch) and Hollie Cushen (34-11) finishing one-two. Adams was the lone Westminster girl to take home a gold medal. Katie Selby placed fourth for the Owls.

Three of the top five in the discus were Owls, with the Hester sisters, Emily and Jessica, second and third behind Glen Burnie's Susan Sperduto.

Severna Park's Jen Silva won the pole vault, but Becky Kuchera, Courtney Farley and Alyssa Huver placed two through four, respectively.

Del'Rhea Godwin, Glen Burnie's premier jumper, was the only female triple-winner.

There were three double-winners in the competition -- Arundel sprinter Markisha Bennett (200 and 400), Annapolis sophomore distance runner Erin Masterson (800 and 1,600) and Arundel hurdler Eva Tukarski.

Jackie Allen of Old Mill won the 100 and Glen Burnie's Katie Sloan was the victor in the 3,200 with two Owls, Tara Callegary and Jessica Price, second and third.

Pub Date: 5/21/99

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