Chittchang leaves her mark on states

South Carroll senior is first girl to surpass 20 feet in long jump

Girls track and field

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

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

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

Chittchang won the long jump with a state-record 20 feet, 1 1/2 inches, becoming the first girl in meet history to surpass 20 feet. The accomplishment came just two days after Chittchang became the first girl to eclipse 40 feet in the discus in two years.

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

She was just one of numerous highlights on the day in girls action at the annual meet, including another Class 2A team championship for Long Reach and a second-place finish for Western in Class 4A.

Class 2A

Long Reach posted 10 top-three finishes on the final day, including five wins, to become the area's only team champion.

The Lightning, who also won last year, totaled 106 points to outdistance Central (74) and Urbana (55). River Hill and Randallstown were tied for sixth (29) and 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 (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.

Other top performers in the class were Randallstown's Sherell Simmons (third in 100), Atholton's Nicole McMorrin (third in 800), Southern's Maureen Carr (third in 1600), Mt. Hebron's Shanti Powers (third in pole vault) and Randallstown's 400 relay team. Class 4A

Western also had a day to remember, taking second to 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, and senior Toni Jefferson, who won the 200 (24.74) and took seconds in both the 100 and long jump. The Doves also got a second place finish from their 1600 relay team, which lost to Laurel by under half a second.

Dulaney freshman Tenke Zoltani also turned in an award-winning performace, winning the 1600 in 5: 07.57 to go along with Thursday's win in the 3200.

Other top local performaces came from Dulaney's Lori Twardzik (third in 800), Westminster's Becky Kuchera (second in pole vault) and Glen Burnie's Susan Sperduto (third in shot put).

Class 3A

Douglass of Prince George's County won the meet 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, Ebony Henderson of Woodlawn was the only other local athlete to claim an individual title, winning the 300 hurdles (44.7).

Wilde Lake's Leonie Prao (second in 100), North Carroll's Colleen Lawson (third in 1600), Bel Air's Danielle Young (third in high jump) and Woodlawn's third-place 1600 relay team.

Class 1A

Smithsburg won the Class 1A meet with 131 points, with Southern of 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).

Oakland Mills' Rachel Clinton took third in the high hurdles, Hammond's Nosozi Kakembo took second in the high jump, Hammond's Cori McGrail took second in the shot and Glenelg's 1600 relay team took second.

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