Dulaney's Temke Zoltani doesn't like pressure. She admits it. But at the Class 4A state track championships at UMBC yesterday, Zolinai had to face some heat from a familiar foe, Quince Orchard's Lucinda Hull, in the girls 3,200-meter run.
The Lions' freshman didn't wilt during yesterday's simultaneous Class 3A and 4A state meets, as she pulled away from the Montgomery countian to claim the 4A state title.
"I'd rather be all alone in the lead," said Zoltani, another in a long line of Dulaney's excellent distance runners. "It helps that she pushes me."
Zoltani responded with her best time of the season -- 11: 10.21 -- ahead of Hull's 11: 16.75 and the 11: 37.06 posted by Hull's twin, Claudin. Glen Burnie's Katie Sloan finished fourth.
Zoltani and Lucinda Hull battled indoors and at outdoor meets at Westminster and River Hill. In yesterday's race, which she said was their most competitive, Zoltani picked up momentum on the fifth and sixth laps, usually her weakest marks, then out-strode her opponent to the line.
Zoltani's performance was one of six individual titles won by Baltimore-area athletes yesterday.
North Carroll's Colleen Lawson (11: 40.7) edged Parkville's Christine Myers (11: 45.41) to claim the Class 3A 3,200 run. North County's Jerome Goodman claimed the Class 4A high jump title with jump of 6 feet, 8 inches.
Westminster's Jason Santucci won the Class 4A boys 3,200 run with a 9: 25, taking control with two laps remaining to blister Gaithersburg's Mike Murray (9: 31.1) and Old Mill's Victor Thillet (9: 44.9).
"I couldn't have asked for a better race," said Santucci, a senior who switched his spot on the 800 relay team to the 400 relay so he would fresh for the 3,200 matchup. "They did a 64-second quarter-mile, which was good for me."
South Carroll's Pun Chittchang took home the Class 3A triple jump championship with a jump of 40-1, finishing ahead of Walter Johnson's Fatima Abbas and Leonardtown's Tiffani Blackwell.
"I just wanted to try [to] get a personal best," said Chittchang, who accomplished that feat.
Westminster's Jessica Hester (115-11) and Katie Selby (115-6) were 1-2 in the Class 4A girls discus with Glen Burnie's Susan Sperduto (107-1) fourth.
Glen Burnie's Del Rhea Goodwin (38-9 3/4) placed second in the Class 4A girls triple jump behind Eleanor Roosevelt's Jessica DeFreitas.
Westminster's Ifeanyi Ani managed third (22-2) in the Class 4A long jump.
North Carroll's Katie Walker tied for third in the Class 3A girls pole vault with a jump of 8-6. Wilde Lake's Tolika Wilson (113-8) was second in the Class 3A girls discus.
No Baltimore-area teams won relay titles.
Woodlawn's boys, considered to be the best local prospect, placed third (8: 08.5) in the Class 3A 3,200 relay behind Linganore and Thomas Johnson, of Frederick. They placed second (1: 28.51) in the 800 relay behind Charles County's Westlake (1: 28.31).
Dulaney (9: 37.8) and Westminster (9: 44.5) girls placed second and third, respectively, in the Class 4A 3,200 relay behind Montgomery County's Quince Orchard (9: 32.5), and Arundel's girls finished third in the Class 4A 800 relay.
Pub Date: 5/28/99