Long Reach girls still a lap ahead

Oakland Mills, Long Reach, Wilde Lake should battle for boys title

Track And Field

March 20, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The battle for the boys county track title shapes up as a familiar three-team race with Oakland Mills rated ahead of challengers Long Reach and two-time defending county champion Wilde Lake.

On the girls side, defending Class 2A state champion Long Reach is a prohibitive favorite to rule the county for the third straight season.

River Hill enters the fray with well-balanced competitive teams in both the boys and girls divisions.

Here's a look at each county team:

Atholton Raiders

The distance running of junior Matt Baressi and senior Steve Miller highlights the boys team that finished ninth in the county. Junior hurdler Adam Ukman and junior middle distance runner Justin Cherot also expect to contribute.

Expected to be the Raiders premier girls performer, junior Ashley Wall jumps, hurdles and runs relays for last season's eighth-place county finishers. Coach Eddie Ivory's team also features senior Nicolle McMorrin, who excels at middle distance, finishing third in the county 800 and fourth in the 400 last season.

Centennial Eagles

The Eagles finished seventh in the county and return junior Shawn Spencer, expected to be their top point-getter in events ranging from the 800 to the 3200. Pole vaulter J. R. Crosby, a senior who finished third in the county at 12-feet, also long jumps and triple jumps. Sprinters Ariel Altman, a senior, and Ray Nelson, a sophomore, junior middle distance runner Anthony Howden and junior discus-thrower and shot-putter Alex Sehman are keys to coach Al Dodds' 59-man squad.

Senior Lori Fritz, fifth in the county 400 last season, leads coach Carrie Brunskill's 52-member team that finished seventh in the county last season.

Glenelg Gladiators

A strong distance contingent of senior Brian Selmer and juniors Jon Goldsmith and Phil Selmer hope to lift the Gladiators out of last season's 10th-place finish. Coach Roger Volrath hopes for help from senior shot-putter and discus man Nick Tino, junior high-jumper Kevin Durant and 400 runner Matt Bounds.

Distance runners Carrie Selmer, a sophomore, and Rebecca Lyons, a senior, headline coach Mike Selmer's girls team that finished sixth in the county.

Hammond Golden Bears

The eighth-place Bears have a quartet of senior distance runners that includes Steve Rivas, Joe Nuffer, Joe Blasi and Jeremy Miller. Senior sprinter Greg Lambert and junior sprinter Estefan Nasavogel add some balance for new coach Alan Thomas.

For coach Lee Ann Beale, senior distance runner Meg Tilley, senior sprinter Cene Barnes and senior shot-putters/discus-throwers Lauren Palmer and Corey McGrail hope to improve upon the Bears last-place county finish.

Howard Lions

Coach Dave Glenn's team finished fifth in the county last season and hopes to do at least that well again. Junior hurdler Ryan Blackwell and junior pole vaulter Justin Ferguson performed well indoors. Senior sprinters Kevin Berwind and Keenan Hall are running well. And German exchange student Kay Schulz offers a distance running threat.

Sophomores Lauren Blackwell (100, triple jump) and Sabrina Oursler (400), along with juniors Stephanie Seiler (100, long jump) and Bridgit Baker (1600, 3200) and senior Trevor King (400, relays) form the nucleus of new coach Mona Jackson's squad.

Long Reach Lightning

Long Reach finished third in the county last season and expects to be among the top three again. Senior county champion triple-jumper Kelvin Jones is joined by juniors Aaron Jones and Ansen Jones in the jumps. Luis George finished second in the county 400 last season behind Peformer of the Year Kyle Farmer of Oakland Mills. Senior Ryan Strohl and sophomore Mike Brewrink will run distance. Sophomore Andre George is a promising sprinter for coach Eric Henlon.

Senior sprinter Tee Carter, two-time Performer of the Meet at the county championships, has won eight state gold medals in three seasons. Along with hurdler and state high jump champion Cynthia Nicholls and state long jump and triple-jump champion Rolanda Howard, Carter provides the cornerstone for the Class 2A state champion girls team which shoots for a Class 3A state title this season. Junior hurdler Anya Clarke, (fifth in state 300 hurdles), junior jumper Shayla Moore (second in state triple jump) and junior hurdler Chenella Payne (sixth state 4A 300 hurdles), a transfer from Douglas-Balt., provide quality depth for coach Joe Thomas. Tammera Stuppard and Angie Watkins contributed on relays last season. Lindsay Bowen throws the discus. A trio of freshmen -- sprinters Damara Parrish and Dionne Lambert and distance runner Jessica Reitz -- should help.

Mount Hebron Vikings

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