It's a record-setting day at Duckworth Relays

HOWARD NOTEBOOK

March 29, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Good weather Saturday contributed to 11 record-setting events during the Duckworth Relays at Glenelg.

The Oakland Mills boys and Long Reach girls each established three meet records. The River Hill boys set two, and the Oakland Mills girls, Glenelg girls and Howard boys each broke one.

The Long Reach girls sprint hurdle relay broke a 17-year-old Atholton record by five seconds when Rolanda Howard, Cynthia Nicholls, Dionne Lambert and Shantee Lambert won in 57 seconds.

Long Reach's long jump relay of Howard, Nicholls and Shayla Moore combined for a 49-foot record, breaking the old mark of 46 feet set by Howard High in 1995.

And Long Reach's triple jump relay of Moore, Howard and Damara Parrish combined for 103 feet, breaking Long Reach's record of 98 feet set in 1999.

Oakland Mills' 4X100 relay team of Jeff Johnson, Jean Brunache, Stefan Pastor and Kyle Farmer ran a 43.6, breaking the old mark of 43.8 set by Hammond in 1987.

The Scorpions set a 4X400 record of 3 minutes, 29.4 seconds, with Neahmi Spence, Pastor, Gavin Holcomb and Farmer eclipsing Atholton's 1995 record of 3: 31.2.

And Farmer, Brunache, Spence and Johnson ran a sprint medley time of 2: 01.2, breaking a 1989 record of 2: 02.6.

The Oakland Mills girls pole vault relay of Kierney Hiteschew (9 feet) and Emily Pieplow (8 feet) jumped 17 feet, breaking the 11-foot-6 record.

The Glenelg 6,400-meter relay of Carrie Selmer, Emily Hunt, Erika Hogan and Rebecca Lyons set a meet record of 24: 03.9 breaking the record of 24: 37.5 set by Glenelg last year.

Howard's Nathan Koller, Chris Krutzsch and Justin Ferguson set the boys pole vault relay record of 33-3, beating Centennial's record of 31 feet set last year.

River Hill's 6,400-meter relay of DeForest McDuff, Mike Flegg, Steve Chu and Mike Styczyinski set a record of 18: 48.2, beating the mark of 19: 13.6 set by Wilde Lake in 1996.

River Hill's distance medley relay of Chu, Styczyinski, Alex Pacheco and Nathan Zaham ran 11: 07.6 to beat Wilde Lake's mark of 11: 17.6 set in 1996.

Big week for Glenelg

This week should go a long way in determining whether two-time defending county and state baseball champion Glenelg has the right stuff to repeat.

The Gladiators play Howard, River Hill and Centennial.

Last week they crushed Oakland Mills, 10-0, and Atholton, 17-1. Paul Brooks hit a grand slam against Atholton, and Rob LaHayne hit three doubles in the two games. Atholton helped by hitting five batters and walking 10.

Monday's postponement was good news for the Gladiators because all-county senior Jason Weszka, who has switched from catcher to shortstop this season, had a 102-degree fever and would not have played.

Night baseball trend

Night baseball is becoming a trend for several county teams, even though the county has no night facility.

Long Reach will play the first of three scheduled night baseball games at Joe Cannon Stadium at 7 o'clock Friday against Wilde Lake.

Lightning coach Tim O'Brien thinks it's a good experience for his team and doesn't mind paying the $75 stadium rental fee.

Long Reach will play Atholton April 7 and Centennial April 25 at the Anne Arundel County facility.

Howard will hold its spring break tournament at Joe Cannon April 17 and 18. In addition, the Lions play regular-season games there against Oakland Mills April 27 and against Atholton May 5.

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