Howard schools sit nicely after Day 1

Farmer wins 3,200 run

Tvarkunas sets vault mark

Class 1A-2A track and field

May 29, 1999|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With the bigger schools taking the day off, the second day of competition at the state track and field championships has in recent years belonged to teams from Howard County, particularly perennial state power Oakland Mills.

By that measure, the beginning of yesterday's Class 1A and 2A meets at UMBC held true to form, with teams from three Columbia-area schools putting themselves in prime positions for today's meet conclusion.

The Scorpions' boys, winners of five state title in six years, sit fourth with 14 points, behind only Williamsport (35), Brunswick (17) and Beall (16) after seven events in the Class 1A meet.

But with their best events ahead of them, the defending champions could be destined for a repeat, said coach Sam Singleton.

"We're in good shape," he said. "As long as everybody shows up [today], we have a good chance to repeat."

Oakland Mills got a win in the long jump by Kyle Farmer, as well as a fifth in the 3,200-meter relay and a sixth in the shot put by Aharon McKoy.

Just as importantly, Farmer qualified in both the 100 and 200, events in which he is expected to be favored for gold, and Nick Fambro, another favorite, qualified in the high hurdles.

In the Class 1A girls competition, three Howard teams sit among the top five after Day 1, with Glenelg third (24), Oakland Mills fourth (16.25) and Hammond fifth (14), all trailing first-place Smithsburg (34).

Glenelg got a boost with a record-shattering performance by pole vaulter Lori Tvarkunas.

One day after Calvert's K.C. Allen literally raised the bar in the event, becoming the first girl ever to clear 11 feet at a state meet, Tvarkunas did her one better, claiming a new record by clearing 11 feet, 2 inches.

"She's been looking for that 11-foot barrier for probably about six months now," said Gladiators coach Mike Selmer, who added that she had previously cleared 10-10 and had come close to clearing 11-1. "This time she really nailed it. She really wanted to beat Allen and get the state record."

Tvarkunas barely missed 11-5 on her final attempt. She wound up beating second-place finisher Sarah McDonald, of Williamsport, by 2 1/2 feet while besting her winning mark of a year ago by 23 inches.

In the Class 2A girls meet, River Hill and Urbana are tied for the lead with 24, with North Hagerstown third (23) and defending champ Long Reach fourth (18).

The Hawks were led by Lee McDuff, who won her second straight Class 2A girls title in the 3,200, crossing the line in 11: 30, nearly 10 seconds faster than Urbana's Liz Lowrie, the second-place finisher.

"She had a split that she was looking to run. When it dropped off, we told her it was time to go, and shortly after, she took off," said Hawks coach Norm Belden.

McDuff's time, good enough to dominate the field, was more than 30 seconds off her winning time of a year ago. She also played a major role in the 3,200 relay, taking River Hill from fourth to second.

She will be one of the favorites in both the 800 and 1,600 when the meet resumes at 10 a.m. today.

River Hill and Howard are tied for third in the Class 2A boys meet with 12 points, trailing first-place Middletown (26).

Randallstown, seventh among Class 2A boys, got on the board by winning the 3,200 relay, with the team of Archie Trader IV, Robert Taylor, Femi Somide and Artie Lewis III holding off North Hagerstown in a school-record 8: 09.1.

Before this season, the school record was 8: 33, which the Rams lowered to 8: 16 two weeks ago at the Baltimore County championships.

Later, however, the Rams -- who won three of four relays at last weekend's regional meet at Lansdowne -- suffered a bitter disappointment when their favored 800 relay team was disqualified for an exchange violation.

Another local winner was Charles Hickey's Elvis Addison, who in his first year of high school competition captured the Class 1A shot put with a heave of 51-8, nearly 2 feet better than runner-up Sam Hess, of Hancock.

"I thought it was going to be a little bit tougher," said Addison, a senior who earlier this season threw a personal best of 53-8 1/2.

Pub Date: 5/29/99

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