Wilde Lake boys, girls score sweep of regionals for second straight year

Boys capture 10 events, girls score in 15 for titles

Class 3A track and field

May 23, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The Wilde Lake boys and girls team swept the Class 3A East region championships for the second straight year yesterday at River Hill.

The Wildecats boys proved too strong in the track events for runner-up Calvert County's Patuxent, winning 156-142. Wilde Lake captured all four relays and won six individual events.

"We have quality on the track all around," Wildecats boys coach Charles Shoemaker said. "And we did exactly what we were looking to do."

Andrew Sterling won the 100- and 200-meter dashes in 10.7 and 22.5 seconds, respectively. Sterling also ran on the winning 400 relay team with Mario Merrills, Todd Fleming and Chris Riley.

Merrills also finished second in the 100, and Riley was fourth. And both Merrills and Riley ran on the winning 1,600 relay team with Nkem Ohia and Comer Norwood, plus the winning 800 relay quartet with Norwood and Luis Echevarria.

The Wildecats' Ben Coffman continued his comeback from injury by winning the 3,200 and 1,600, finishing second in the 800 and running on the first-place 3,200 relay team with Matt Daddio, Jim DiPietro and Ohia. Coffman's 1,600 time of 4-minutes, 30.6 seconds was a personal best.

"That was my first [personal record] in two years," Coffman said.

Raney Holmes won the 110 hurdles for the Wildecats and finished second in both the long jump and high jump.

And Ohia won the 400 run.

The Wilde Lake girls won only four of the 18 events but captured the championship by scoring points in 15 events.

The victory offered payback satisfaction for the Wildecats, who defeated nemesis Broadneck, from Anne Arundel County. The Bruins finished third with 89.5 points behind Wicomico County's J. M. Bennett with 91 and the Wildecats with 135.

"We can't believe we beat Broadneck," said Beth Nyborg, who ran the 1,600 and 3,200. "They beat us in indoor track and in cross country."

Tolika Wilson provided a steadying influence on her younger Wilde Lake teammates by winning the discus and taking second in the shot put.

"Tolika is always the one who makes the difference for us," said freshman Christina Rodgers, who pulled her groin and hamstring while running the 300 hurdles.

Wilde Lake's Julie Bergin won the high jump.

Bri Herring stepped up by winning the shot put, and Carly Hughes showed great improvement to finish fourth in the long jump. Herring was also second in the triple jump.

"Herring and Hughes both did [personal records] by over a foot each," Wilde Lake coach Dave Brown said.

Another Wilde Lake winner was Leonie Prao in the 200 dash with a personal best of 26.1 seconds. She was second in the 100 dash. Kirstin Jones finished second in both the 100 and 300 hurdles. She also ran on the third-place 1,600 relay team along with Rebecca Novinsky, Ashley Etue and Princessa Brown, and on the second-place 800 relay unit with with Prao, Brown and Ashley Pollock.

Wilde Lake was second in the 3,200 relay with Novinsky, Etue, Brown and Lauren Secco. Novinsky was second in the 800 run, and Etue was third in the 800.

Pub Date: 5/23/99

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