Long Reach captures 2nd straight state title

Lightning's Howard, Carter double winners

Chittchang sets jump mark

May 30, 1999|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Long Reach posted 10 top-three finishes on the Class 2A state track and field meet's final day at UMBC Stadium yesterday, including five wins, to become the Baltimore area's only team champion.

The Lightning, taking their second straight championship, totaled 106 points to out-distance Prince George's County's Central (74) and Frederick County's Urbana (55).

River Hill and Randallstown were tied for sixth (29); Atholton took ninth (21).

"This team always comes through when they need to," said Long Reach coach Joe Thomas. "They've done this for two years now. The only difference is they did it this year with a lot more depth."

Junior Teyarnte Carter led the way, winning the 200-meter event (24.74) and 400 (55.92), and finishing second to Central's Lekisha Barnaby in the 100.

Sophomore Rolando Howard, who won the triple jump Friday, came back to claim the long jump (17-8.5), giving the Lightning one-two finishes in both events.

Junior Cynthia Nicholls and Howard also took second and third, respectively, in the high hurdles, and the Lightning won the 400 relay and took third in the 1,600 relay.

"We had a lot of people who qualified, and we knew that if we all did what we had to -- put it together -- that we'd win," said Nicholls. "We were pretty confident."

Class 3A

Since the start of this weekend's state championships at UMBC, South Carroll's Pun Chittchang has sported a small Superman emblem on her right thigh -- a temporary tattoo she bought for 50 cents at a local discounter.

Yesterday, the Maryland-bound senior lived up to her adornment.

Chittchang won the long jump with a state-record leap of 20 feet 1.5 inches, becoming the first girl in meet history to surpass the 20 feet. The feat came just two days after Chittchang became the first girl in two years to eclipse 40 feet in the discus.

"I wanted to break the record, because I had come so close," said Chittchang, whose previous career best had been 19-11.

Her performance was just one of numerous highlights yesterday, which resulted in another Class 2A team championship for Long Reach and a second-place finish for Western in Class 4A.

Douglass-Prince George's County won with 91 points, with the closest local finisher South Carroll (tied for seventh with 24), and North Carroll and Woodlawn, tied for ninth with 23).

Aside from Chittchang, Woodlawn's Ebony Henderson was the only other local athlete to claim an individual title, winning the 300 hurdles (44.7).

Class 1A

Smithsburg won with 131 points, with Southern-Garrett second (50.75) and Williamsport third (49). Glenelg was the highest local finisher at sixth (37), Hammond was seventh (30) and Oakland Mills ninth (26.25).

Class 4A

Western had a day to remember, taking second to Greenbelt's Eleanor Roosevelt for the second straight year.

Roosevelt finished with 89 to the Doves' 64, with Largo third (56) and Dulaney fourth (47). Other local top 10 finishers included Westminster (fifth), Glen Burnie (sixth) and Arundel (10th).

Western received standout performances from senior Tia Burley, who won the 400 (56.9) and 300 hurdles (44.03) and placed third in the high hurdles.

Doves senior Toni Jefferson won the 200 (24.74) and took seconds in both the 100 and long jump. The Doves also got second place in the 1,600 relay.

Dulaney freshman Tenke Zoltani turned in an award-winning performance, winning the 1,600 in 5: 07.57 to go along with Thursday's win in the 3,200.

Another local champion was Glen Burnie senior Del'Rhea Godwin, who cleared 5-6 in the high jump to beat defending champion Stephanie Kuehne of Dulaney by 2 inches. Godwin also took third in the long jump.

Westminster also claimed another title, with Kiara Adams taking the shot put (36-11.75); she also won the title indoors last winter.

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