Nicholls, Farmer come up big at Guard meet

Each win two medals

Long Reach, River Hill finish 2-3 in girls

Indoor track

High Schools

January 16, 2000|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Long Reach senior Cynthia Nicholls, Oakland Mills' Kyle Farmer and Dulaney sophomore Tenke Zoltani stood out yesterday among the 1,400 athletes participating in the 38th Maryland National Guard Games at the 5th Regiment Armory.

The local trio each won two first-place medals, sparking a strong showing for area schools in the event, the largest indoor track gathering in Maryland with 74 schools.

"I'm very surprised. I really didn't expect this, especially in the high jump," said Nicholls. "I just went out and did my best, and I'm glad I came out on top."

Nicholls won the high jump, beating Dulaney's Stephanie Kuehne. Nicholls' 8.6-second clocking in the high hurdles was enough to turn away teammate Rolanda Howard (8.9) and Old Mill's Alicia Beard (9.0).

Zoltani (4: 54) held off Lee McDuff of River Hill (5: 01.2) and Annapolis' Erin Masterson (5: 03.6) to win the 1,500 race, then joined Dusty Aeiker, Chrissy Dachille and Kelley Fanshaw to take the 3,200 relay. The Lions (10: 00.8) easily outdistanced River Hill (10: 25.9) and C. Milton Wright (10: 28.7).

Dulaney (59 points) went on to claim the girls' title over Long Reach (38) and River Hill (28). It was the first time since 1995 (Perry Hall) that an area team won the overall girls' competition.

"It's a long time coming," said Dulaney coach Don Metil. "This is the best team we've had at Dulaney in a long time. We made it mandatory that everyone stay together and support each other."

Farmer, a senior, won the 55 dash and anchored the 800 relay team (Gavin Holcomb, Nes Spence and Jeff Johnson in 1: 37.7) past Surrattsville (1: 38) and High Point (1: 38.2), both of Prince George's County.

The Scorpions, with 29 points, finished second to Gaithersburg (30) in the overall boys standings.

Teyarnte Carter of Long Reach won the 55 hurdles for the second consecutive year, edging Western's Sharronda Boone. A senior, Boone helped the Doves to their second straight 800 relay championship.

Other repeat champions include Old Mill's Victor Thillett in the 1,500, and Danielle Stoddart of Oakland Mills, withstanding Dulaney's Laurie Twardzik and Masterson in the 800.

Twardzik (1: 22.1) and Fanshaw ran first and second in the 500 for Dulaney. McDuff (11: 01.4) won the 3,000 event followed by Casey Remedo of C. M. Wright.

Area boys winners included Long Reach's Luis George (500) and Jesse O'Connell of Westminster in the 800.

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