Westminster boys land in fifth at Guard meet

Owls' O'Connell wins 800, Adams takes shot put

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.

Dulaney (59 points) went on to claim the girls' title over Long Reach and River Hill. 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 during each event. We've pulled together and really believe the team concept."

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 finished second to Gaithersburg in the overall boys standings.

Westminster finished tied with Woodlawn for fifth with 20 points.

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, over Prince George's County challengers Largo and Bladensburg.

With no holdovers from last year's 800 title team, Boone was competing in relay events for the first time with three freshman -- Ashaley Davis, Ashley Nesbitt and Dana Nixon.

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 and Lauren Riesett of Broadneck.

Area boys winners include Long Reach's Luis George (500) and Jesse O'Connell of Westminster in the 800. Woodlawn, with Antonio Thomas, Jeron White, Vince Fuller and Anthony Jenkins, won the boys 1,600 relay.

In the girls' field events, Megan Walsh of Havre de Grace won the pole vault and Westminster's Kiara Adams claimed the shot put title.

One record was eclipsed in the boys' shot put as Northern-Calvert's Chris Parsons threw a 59 feet, 11 inches.

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