Westminster dominates W. Maryland Classic

Bowling Brook's boys finish a strong third

Track and field

High schools

April 16, 2000|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With most students attending Carroll County's Bowling Brook Prep for a total of 10 months, coaches are forced to rebuild their teams from scratch almost every year.

At yesterday's Western Maryland (College) Classic, however, the Thoroughbreds again showed they have more than a few key ingredients, dominating the sprints en route to a strong third-place finish, 18 points behind boys champion Westminster.

Westminster topped the six-team boys field with 154 points, followed by Mount St. Joseph (141), Bowling Brook (138), River Hill (98), Mount Hebron (67) and North Carroll (40).

On the girls' side, Westminster also took first with 97.5 points, followed by North Carroll (71), River Hill (60) and Mount Hebron (59.5).

Led by sprinter Tarico Thomas, who won the 100 (11.2 seconds) and 200 (23.3), and ran legs on the winning 400 and 800 relay teams, Bowling Brook scored 82 points in races of 400 meters or less, and picked up wins in the shot put (Mike Price, 43 feet, 4 inches) and discus (Dejuan Waddell, 125-0).

"This was a fast track, and it helped us pick our speeds up," said Thomas. "I think we can do something in the postseason. We just need to practice more and work harder."

The Owls were led by their usual people -- Jared Craig, who won the 110 hurdles, 400 hurdles and long jump, and Jesse O'Connell, who won the 800 and 1,500. Each ran legs on relays as well.

Westminster's girls got wins from Tara Callegary (1,600), Jennifer Nilson (high jump, triple jump), Rachel Imhoff (long jump), Kiara Adams (shot put) and Emily Hester (discus).

For Owls coach Jim Shank, the college's soft track was a nice reprieve from Westminster's hard surface.

"We had three meets on our track in seven days, and our kids' legs were just totally beaten up," said Shank. "This was sort of a nice meet to have, since there was no big pressure and we weren't concerned about team scores."

River Hill coach Norman Belden said the meet also presented a good opportunity for athletes to qualify for postseason championship meets.

"Seeds make a big difference," said Belden. "If you're not in a fast heat, it can hurt you a lot, so having a nice track like this to run on really makes a major difference."

River Hill freshman Allison Kupec, in her first season of competitive track, was a surprise by winning the 400 in 1 minute, 8.3 seconds, beating Mount Hebron's Tara Lance by more than a second, and ran a leg on the winning 1,600 relay team.

Kupec played varsity basketball over the winter.

The Hawks also got a big performance from standout distance runner Lee McDuff, who walked away with gold medals in the 800 (2: 29.9) and 3,000 (10: 57.0).

It was also a memorable day for North Carroll's Kenny Lynch, who won the 3,000 steeplechase -- an event Panthers coach Jim McDonald said his runners may get the chance to compete in "once or twice a decade."

"It gives them something different," said McDonald. "What kid doesn't like getting their feet wet and jumping in the water?"

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