Farmer, Scorpions reach title

Junior wins 3rd Iron Man

Long Reach girls take third county championship

Indoor track

February 02, 2000|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Oakland Mills junior Kyle Farmer and the Long Reach girls team made it three in a row last night at the Ivan Walker Howard County Indoor Track Championships at the 5th Regiment Armory.

Farmer earned his third straight Iron Man award, and led the Scorpions to the boys title after two consecutive second-place finishes. Oakland Mills, which won the title three years ago, finished with 108 points to 83 for second-place River Hill.

Farmer won the 300 (36.3 seconds), 55 dash (6.6) and anchored the winning 1,600 relay team (3: 42.6). He also anchored the 800 relay team that finished second.

Senior Teyarnte Carter earned her third Iron Women award to lead Long Reach to its third straight title. The Lightning had 94 1/2 points to 76 for second-place Oakland Mills.

Carter, who won the Iron Women award her first two seasons, set a meet record in the 55 dash (7.0), took the 300 (43.0) and anchored the winning 800 and 1,600 relay teams.

Three other meet records were set. Long Reach senior Cynthia Nicholls high jumped 5-foot-5, tying her personal best set earlier in the season at the National Guard meet. Nicholls also won the 55 hurdles (8.8) and ran the first leg of the victorious 800 relay team.

Long Reach senior Luis George set a meet record of 1: 08.9 in the 500. George, who ran the same event in 1: 08.5 in the National Guard meet, also was on the winning 800 relay team.

River Hill senior Mike Styczynski won the 3,200 in a meet record time of 9: 58.6. He also finished second in the 1,600.

Farmer said his times were "decent," and was very happy his team pulled off the victory.

"We figured this meet would be mostly mental, and everybody stepped up," Farmer said. "It was definitely a team effort."

Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton said a solid effort from Glenelg helped offset a River Hill team that is strong in distance events. Oakland Mills' strength is its sprinters.

"We didn't win that many events [four], but we have a lot more depth in speed events," said Singleton, whose team also got a first place from Nick Fambro in the shot put (46-3 1/4).

Long Reach girls coach Joe Thomas called his team's victory "a total team effort. We scored in 12 of 13 events, and we've never done that before in indoor or outdoor."

Carter said she was "pleased" with her times, and added: "This is just a start. I'm really looking at bigger and bigger things, like the nationals."

Carter has qualified for the indoor nationals in the 55 and 200.

River Hill junior Lee McDuff and Oakland Mills senior Danielle Stoddart, last season's Iron Women recipient, were double winners. McDuff took the 1,600 (5: 32.8) and 3,200 (12: 19.6) and Stoddart won the 500 (1: 22.0) and 800 (2: 30.8).

River Hill senior Steve Chu won the 1,600 (4: 39.2), and finished second in the 800 and the 3,200.

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