Woodlawn charges into state meet

Warrior boys run away with regional title

Dulaney girls cruise

Track and field regionals

February 10, 2000|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Woodlawn, which lost the state 3A indoor track title on the last event on the program to DuVal by just 1.75 points last year, served notice last night in the 3A-4A West Region qualifier that it is fully ready to correct that situation.

Taking on nine schools from Montgomery County, which usually has three or four standout teams, plus four of its Baltimore County breathren, the Warriors warmed up by finishing second in the opening 3,200-meter relay, then bolted to a commanding lead by going 2-3-5 in the 300 and 1-3 in the 500 around Clevon Johnson's second-place finish in the mile.

At that point, Woodlawn had 48 points, more than double that of its closest pursuer, and it ended up prevailing over Montgomery County champion Gaithersburg, 128-91. No other team was close.

Meanwhile, in the girls competition, the Dulaney girls got off to an even faster start, winning the 3,200 relay, going 2-4 in the 300 and having Tenke Zoltani breeze in the mile. Dulaney led Walter Johnson High, 34-21, at that juncture and ended up beating the same squad, 103-82. No other team was close.

Besides Johnson, who also had a second in the 800, Anthony Jenkins, Vincent Fuller and Jerron White had big nights for Woodlawn, churning around the 5th Regiment Armory track in individual events and relays. It's no secret Woodlawn produces fine runners and hurdlers. But maybe the key to the smashing victory was what coach Mike Sye got out of his field event participant.

Quinton Spratt grabbed a second in the shot put with a heave of 47-foot-8, Mark McKenzie and Noel Duhaney were 2-3 in the high jump with 6-foot efforts and Jonas Philipson did 10-feet to grab the runner-up spot in the pole vault. Duhaney doubled back and got third in the hurdles.

Anyone looking at the lineup would come to the conclusion that there are no soft spots in the Warriors' cast. Oh yes, they won the 800 and mile relays, too.

Besides Zoltani, who added the 3,200 to her 1,600 win and ran on both the victorious mile and two-mile relays, Dulaney got big efforts from Laurie Twardzik, who won the 500 and 800, and the rest of its long sprinters, Ida Bernstein, Kelley Fanshaw, Dusty Aeiker and Chrissy Dachille.

But putting away a Montgomery County field isn't the same as going against the always-rugged teams from Prince George's County, particularly Eleanor Roosevelt High, which is the 4A defending champ.

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