River Hill boys, Long Reach girls win titles

Catonsville finishes 2nd in boys division

River Hill takes third among girls

3A-2A state track

High Schools

February 22, 2000|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

River Hill's Mike Styczynski came into last night's Class 3A-2A State Indoor Track and Field Championships looking for a measure of revenge against Linganore distance standout Scott Herrick, who had edged him at the wire in last week's regional meet.

On this night at the 5th Regiment Armory, both his search, as well as the Hawks' search for a state title, came to a triumphant end.

Styczynski won the 3200 meters in 9: 54.9, beating the field by 3 seconds and Herrick by 29, helping propel the Howard County team to the boys team championship. River Hill won with 41 points, followed by Catonsville (28.5), LaPlata (28), Paint Branch (27) and Randallstown (26).

In the girls' competition, Long Reach broke a string of three straight third-place finishes, getting a combined 34 points in individual events from sprinting standouts Teyarnte Carter and Cynthia Nicholls in earning a first-place tie with perennial power Central of Prince George's County, each finishing with 56 points. Howard County rival River Hill took third.

For Styczynski, the night was especially sweet. Going into the bell lap, Herrick was right on his heels.

"Just about everybody I passed [on the sidelines] on our team said, `They're catching up with you. They're catching up with you,' " said the senior, who plans to attend Ithaca in the fall. "So I just kicked with everything I had."

Styczynski also helped his team rack up big points in the 1600, finishing six-tenths of a second behind teammate Steven Chu as the two finished two-three in the events.

Other top performers for the Hawks included Miguel Montanez (second in the 55 dash), Evan Prucha (fifth in the high jump) and the second-place 4 x 800 relay team.

It was also a memorable night for other area athletes, including Long Reach's Luis George, who won the 500 in 1: 08.5; and Randallstown's Gary Bates, who won the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 2 inches.

On the girls' side, it was a huge meet for both Carter and Nicholls. Carter won the 55 dash in 7.28 and took fourth in the 300, and Nicholls won the high hurdles in 8.66 and the high jump, with a leap of 5-4.

The two also ran legs on the winning 4 x 200 relay team, along with Rolanda Howard and Dion Lambet, and Carter ran the anchor in the 4 x 400, helping the Lightning take third place in that event to clinch the overall tie.

"Things went well, and we put ourselves in a position where we controlled our own destiny," said Long Reach coach Joe Thomas. "Going one-three in the hurdles, winning the high jump, winning the dash -- I mean those were all key for us. And the effort that these girls showed in the 4 x 200 was spectacular."

Howard also added an important point of her own, taking third in the 55.

Another local winner was River Hill's Lee McDuff, who claimed the 1600 in 5: 28.9, to edge Northeast's Brittney Milliken.

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