Farmer, Brown make impact

Oakland Mills sophomore sets two meet records

Scorps, Warriors second


They don't pass out any outstanding performer hardware at the state track and field championships, which means Oakland Mills' wunderkind Kyle Farmer left UMBC's track yesterday with "just" his four gold medals.

Despite the sophomore's 40 points -- and two meet records -- his team was not able to repeat as Class 1A champion, losing to Williamsport, 86-67.

The same fate befell Woodlawn's boys, who were looking to defend their Class 3A crown but fell short of Charles County's Westlake, 71-66.

"As usual," said Warriors coach Mike Sye, "Joel Brown carried the team, but we're proud of the guys the waited they battled back all day after one of our top guys [William McCray] fell in the hurdles."

Besides Brown's wins in the high and intermediate hurdles and a second at 200 meters, Clevon Johnson won the 800.

Woodlawn was solid in the 1,600 and 800 relays, too, with a pair of seconds but faltered in the 400 relay.

"Those two things, the fall and coming up a little short in the 4X100 made the difference, because we only lost by five points," said Sye.

About three weeks ago, Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton was looking ahead to a defense of the school's 1A title. Suddenly, the experiment was underway.

Perhaps experiment is the wrong word to use when you're talking Kyle Farmer. If there's anything he can't do, no one's discovered it.

"He was running relay, but we figured why waste him there if we have no chance of winning a race? Kyle's a quick learner, so we figured to give one of the jumps a try," said Singleton.

The first time the coach ever saw Farmer was an eighth-grader. Farmer, wearing sneakers, came in one day wondering how high he could jump. The result was 5 feet, 8 inches.

"Come see me when you start high school," said Singleton. "We took him out, worked him over a hurdle, then said, `Run down the runway and pick your feet up.'

"His speed was good for 20 feet, we figured, and that's good enough to win."

After grabbing first place in the long jump with a 21-9 effort Friday night, Farmer doubled back yesterday with a 10.83 in the 100, a 21.51 in the 200, and a 48.85 in the 400, the latter two times being meet records.

"Thing that gets you about Kyle," said Singleton's assistant, Bryan Winfield, "is he's always asking, `What can I do to get better? He listens, and he's always willing to do what it takes to be the best.' "

Yesterday's heat didn't seem to bother Woodlawn's Brown one bit. He registered a 14.23 in the high hurdles, winning by 5 yards, and was just as dominant in the 300 intermediate hurdles (39.8).

Other outstanding individual performances were turned in by Victor Thillet of Old Mill, who, despite being sick for the last few weeks and not being able to train hard, took the 1,600 in 4: 17.7 after a struggle with 3,200 victor Jason Santucci of Westminster.

He didn't get into the fast heat in the 800, however, and was in sixth (by time) despite running 1: 57.2.

Milford Mill's Derrick Stanfield defended his Class 3A title in the 400 with a 48.86.

Forest Park's Kline Green had the thankless task of chasing Farmer in the 1A dashes and did a good job of it, finishing second in the 100 and 200.

Pikesville's Eric Smith was second in the Class 1A high hurdles.

As exciting an event as there was all day, though, was the performance of Tim Bilmanis of Thomas Stone (Waldorf) in the 3A discus. He broke the oldest record in the state books, that of Tom Brosius of Springbrook, who tossed the discus 184-10 in 1968.

Entering with a qualifying mark of just 150 feet, the senior threw a series of between 174 and his winning 185-8. All the throws outdid the opposition by at least 25 feet.

If Farmer was the most dominant performer over a range of events, Bilmanis certainly was in just one.

Pub Date: 5/30/99

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