Long Reach girls claim 2nd straight region title

Carter a 3-event winner

Lightning boys second

Class 2A track and field

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

Led by Tee Carter, Rolanda Howard and Cynthia Nicholls, the Long Reach girls won their second straight Class 2A South region track championship yesterday at River Hill, and the Long Reach boys finished second to Charles County's McDonough.

The Lightning girls out-distanced runner-up River Hill, 135-85, as Carter won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter events and helped the 1,600-relay team finish third. Carter set a personal best in the 400 at 55.9 seconds.

Howard's girls won the triple jump, long jump and finished second in the 100 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles.

Nicholls won the girls high jump, finished second in the long jump, ran on the winning 400 relay team and finished third in the 100 hurdles. She set a personal best in the high jump at 5 feet, 4 1/4 inches and qualified for nationals.

"It was a group effort again," Lightning coach Joe Thomas said. "We did it both on the track and in the field. Our relays came through, and we picked up places in the dashes and hurdles we didn't expect. Carter was impressive in the 400."

Ten girls scored team points in individual events for Long Reach. Others who helped in the Lightning victory included: Christinna Sasso, fourth in the shot put and fifth in the discus; Lindsay Bowen, third in the discus; Shayla Moore, fourth in the discus; Anya Clarke, fourth in the 300 hurdles and sixth in the 100 hurdles; Kyra Van Echo, fifth in the pole vault; Thandi Howell, sixth in the high jump; and Tamerra Stuppard, fifth in the 100 dash.

In addition, Lucretia Thomas was part of the winning 400 relay team with Nicholls, Clarke and Stuppard.

And the Lightning's 1,600 relay team finished third behind the efforts of Howell, Carter, Angela Watkins and Angela Lewis.

"I have to give a lot of credit to our boys coach, Eric Henlon, for coaching our sprinters," Thomas said.

Lee McDuff won the 1,600 and 3,200 for second-place River Hill. The Hawks' Ashley Hooper won the 800 run, and Courtney Savoy won the discus.

Becky Peterson of fourth-place Atholton won the pole vault, and seventh-place Centennial's Tia Richardson won the shot put.

The Lightning boys lost the title to McDonough by just seven points, 92-85, and produced three individual champions: Luis George in the 400, Eddie Collins in the 800 and Kelvin Jones in the triple jump.

In the boys high jump, Howard's Huguens Jean broke his own county record, which he set just last week at the county meet. Jean jumped 6-9 yesterday. He also won the long jump at 27-7 1/4.

Mike Prada of third-place River Hill (85 points) was also a double champion, taking the 3,200 and 1,600.

Atholton's Tony Pesce won the pole vault at 14-2. And Centennial's Tom Fisher won the shot put at 44-3

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Pub Date: 5/23/99

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