Kelly wins a title track meet for county

Sidelines

February 04, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

She's not competing in today's Anne Arundel County Indoor Track Championships at Baltimore's 5th Regiment Armory, but Marlene Kelly warrants a gold medal for her efforts in pulling off the event.

Kelly, the county physical education coordinator, went the distance in rescheduling the championships with time running out before next week's regionals.

Postponed three times at the Armory, the plight of the meet appeared to be dim with make-up dates at the Armory non-existent. Suggestions to declare county champions included holding the meet outdoors or using regional finishes to determine the county winners.

"We were all very concerned, " said veteran Old Mill coach Leon Walters, who once participated in a "telegraphic meet" when push came to shove while he was at Ohio State.

The Big 10 championships were in jeopardy during World War II because of no transportation to the main site, so the competing teams telegraphed their results from their respective schools to a central location. They were, of course, on the honor system.

"I ran the 2-mile and finished third behind an Ohio State teammate of mine and the winner from Indiana," Walters said. "There's always a way, but you can't beat head-to-head competition."

Thanks to Kelly, there will be head-to-head competition this season.

After contacting the U.S. Naval Academy and area community colleges trying to find a site for the meet, Kelly came up empty until yesterday morning.

"Friday became available when another jurisdiction pulled out," said Kelly. "I expressed our urgency, or we would have to cancel the county championships. We got the date.

"They won't be as smooth as they normally would be. You could say we're going to hold the county championships on the run. The seedings will be done right at the meet."

County coaches and teams were rounded up yesterday and immediately began preparations. The competition begins at 3: 30 p.m.

"Twenty-four hours is not much time for training plans and mental preparation, but I'm glad we're going to have it," said North County coach Ed Harte. "We were training for the regions until today."

The last meet held by county teams was an eight-team event at the Armory on Jan. 11, and the teams that came out on top then are favored in today's county championships.

Fifth-ranked Old Mill is a strong favorite on the boys side, while the girls meet could develop into a three-team battle among No. 4 Broadneck, No. 9 Arundel and possibly Old Mill.

Distance runner Victor Thillet and pole vaulter Dan Liden pace a deep Patriots squad.

Thillet, who won both the 500- and 800-meter runs at the Jan. 11 meet, is the metro leader at 1,500 with a time of 4 minutes, 14.4 seconds and will be out to defend his county indoor titles in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

Liden owns a metro best in the pole vault at 12 feet, 6 inches, and is the defending county champion indoors. In that Jan. 11 meet, Liden was victorious at 11-10.

Other boys to watch are North County hurdler/high jumper Chris Scott, Arundel sprinter Tyrone Stewart and a trio of shot putters, led by defending county champion Jeremy Moore.

Moore won the county title last year as a sophomore with a toss of 44-5 while attending Northeast, but has since transferred to Broadneck, where he owns an area-best throw of 52-7.

Old Mill sophomore Kerry Blake, an All-County football player, follows at 45-11 1/2 and Meade's Yami Savage (45-0) is third.

Among girls, Broadneck boasts distance runners Danielle Veilleux (1,600) and Lauren Riesett (3,200), Sue Lockhart (800), shot putter Jennifer Bounelis and pole vaulter Lindsey Sexauer.

Arundel counters with junior sprinter/hurdler Eva Tukarski, the defending county champion in the 55 hurdles and dasher Nashira Rawls.

Old Mill is led by sprinter/hurdler Alicia Beard and a top-notch 800 relay.

Other girls to watch are Annapolis junior and defending county 800 and 1,600 champ Erin Masterson, the Severna Park Funk twins, Rebecca and Liz, who run distance, and Meade sophomore sprinter Adrienne Thompkins.

Sideliners

The Baltimore Catholic League boys basketball regular-season title could be determined in three days.

Fifth-ranked Archbishop Spalding (12-8) visits No. 1 Towson Catholic (19-4), at 3: 30 p.m. Sunday, then plays host to the Owls at 6 p.m. Tuesday in a makeup of a postponed game from Jan. 26.

The Owls, unbeaten in the BCL this season, are the defending season champs. The Cavaliers, who have one league loss, won last year's tournament title.

Five more three-pointers by Thomas Hawkins and No. 2-ranked Annapolis (15-0) will become the first county school with three players sinking 100 or more career threes.

Going into last night's home game with Glen Burnie (7-7), Marcus Johnson had a county career record 146 threes, junior point guard Marcus Neal had 104, and Hawkins 95.

Johnson leads the Panthers this season with 33.

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