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

Broadneck girls second to Wildecats in a surprise

Track and field

May 23, 1999

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.

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.

-- Rick Belz

Class 4A North: 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.

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 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 of 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, the high jump and triple jump winner and third-best long jumper. -- From staff reports

Class 1A North: Unsung Forest Park's boys won the region title at Hereford yesterday, clinching the championship with 116 points over Perryville (109) and Havre de Grace 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.

-- 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 region title win over C. Milton Wright at Lansdowne.

Catonsville (64) was third, 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 800 relay 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 regional titles at Lansdowne.

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

Randallstown's girls 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 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 relays. Freshman Tiffany Cox won the 200 and was second in the 100.

-- Rich Scherr

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