Dulaney boys run to region crown

Western outlasts Lions, girls field

Woodlawn, Randallstown sweep to championships

Track and field

May 23, 1999

Dulaney's boys scored huge yesterday in the distance events, going 1-2-3 at 1,600 meters, 1-2-4 at 800 and 1-3-4 in the 3,200, to win the Class 4A North region title at Hereford.

With 174 team points, the Lions beat out Mervo (165) for what was thought to be the first boys team regional championship in at least two decades.

Dulaney's girls team, which gets far more headlines than the school's boys in track, found themselves finishing second to Western, 180-150, in a meet that see-sawed all day.

Perry Hall was the third-place finisher in both boys and girls competitions. The top two finishers in each event will compete in the three-day state championships beginning Thursday at UMBC.

Greg Vincent led Dulaney's boys with victories in the 1,600 and 3,200, but Steve Wheatley, Andy Gell and Brett Harvey played big parts in the hard-fought team victory, too.

Mervo was led by Kevin Merrick and Norman Forrest, who between them piled up 68 points in addition to their duties on relay teams. But Mervo badly missed leader Odell Taylor, who is hobbled with a hamstring injury.

Perry Hall's Renard Wilson matched his dash-high hurdle double victories at last week's Baltimore County meet.

The strength of Western's girls resided in the sprints and relays. Toni Jefferson and Tia Burley cleaned up everything up to 800 meters yesterday, and also took the high hurdles and long jump.

The Doves won three relays and finished second in a fourth.

Dulaney got its usual superlative contributions from Tenke Zoltani, who won the girls 1,600 and 3,200 and finished second in the 800, and Stephanie Kuehne, who took the high jump and triple jump and was third in the long jump.

-- From staff reports

Class 1A North: Unsung Forest Park's boys won the region title at Hereford, clinching the championship with 116 points over Perryville (109) and Havre de Grace (98) by winning the 400-meter relay, the next-to-last event.

The girls competition wasn't as close, with Perryville pulling away with 188 points. But second place was up for grabs until the end, with Havre de Grace edging Hereford, 130-122.

The Foresters boys were led by Kline Green, with victories in both sprints and the long jump. Teammates Antoine Waters, Andre Stewart, Arthur Minor and Chad Stevens provided help, as well.

Kline, a big winner in the City championships last week, ran the 100 meters in 11.2 seconds, the 200 in 22.7 and took the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 3 inches. He also contributed to two relay victories.

Distancemen Jason Kohajda, of Havre de Grace, matched Kline's triple, winning the 800-1,600-3,200. Pikesville's Eric Smith scored a double, taking the high and intermediate hurdles.

The individual girls standouts were Havre de Grace's Meghan Walsh, who won the high jump, triple jump and pole vault and took second in the discus. Teammate Angela Hill won the 1,600 and 800.

-- From staff reports

Class 3A North: It was a day to remember for Woodlawn, and specifically sprinter Joel Brown. The senior accounted for 40 points, as the Warriors cruised to a 158-69 win over C. Milton Wright at Lansdowne.

Catonsville was third (64), and Fallston and Milford Mill tied for fourth (51).

Brown claimed victories in the 110 high hurdles (14.2), 300 hurdles (40.0) and 200 (21.5), and ran the anchor leg on the winning 4 x 200 team, coming from behind to win.

Woodlawn also won the girls meet, scoring 119 points to edge Fallston (103), with C. Milton Wright (85), Parkville (82.33) and Bel Air (70.33) rounding out the top five. Ebony Henderson won the 100 high hurdles, 300 hurdles and 200 for the Warriors.

-- Rich Scherr

Class 2A North: Randallstown's boys and girls teams each held off Edgewood to win their meets at Lansdowne.

On the boys side, the Rams finished with 145 points, outdistancing Edgewood (122), North East (65), North Harford (46) and Franklin (40). Randallstown scored the bulk of their points in the sprints and hurdles, and captured three of four relays.

In the girls competition, Randallstown won with 134, followed by Edgewood (121), North Harford (67), Towson (57) and Owings Mills (41).

The Rams outscored Edgewood, 40-28, in relays, scoring victories in the 4 x 100, 4 x 200, 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 events. Freshman Tiffany Cox won the 200 and finished second in the 100.

-- Rich Scherr

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