Westminster sweeps CMC meet

Boys clinch upset in 800

throwers pace girls' win

Track and Field

May 05, 2000|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

In the span of two minutes last night, Westminster's boys track team accomplished something it had sought for more than two years.

The Owls' Jesse O'Connell, Josh Davis and Tristan Gilbert finished one-two-three in the 800-meter race, each posting a personal best below two minutes, to lead the host Owls boys to a 131-121 upset win over defending champion Frederick at the Central Maryland Conference championship meet.

The win was part of a clean sweep of the championship meet for Westminster, whose girls also pulled out their first CMC victory in years, scoring 130 points to hold off Frederick (122) and Linganore (99).

To say that the Westminster boys considered Frederick its arch-nemesis might be an understatement.

"We haven't really run them well, ever," said O'Connell. "We thought we could beat them, but to come in today and do it on the home track, and especially the way we did it -- I can't believe how lucky we are to have this happen."

Needing a fourth-place finish in the 1,600 relay to clinch the team win, Westminster finished in style as O'Connell, running the anchor leg, passed Frederick with about 50 meters left to win the event in a meet-record 3 minutes, 29.2 seconds.

Frederick's boys had beaten the Owls at the Westminster Invitational earlier this season in a dual meet, though neither team used its regular lineup. Last week, the Owls again edged Frederick at the Blue Ridge Relays, but both lost to Thomas Johnson.

For the Owls, this was the first legitimate win.

"We've been nip and tuck with them all year," said Westminster coach Jim Shank. "That 800 was really big, and our two high jumpers [Jared Craig and Troy Borneman] came through [second and third, respectively]."

In the girls competition, Westminster -- as has been the case all season-- was led by its dominating corps of throwers, with scored 42 points.

Katie Selby, Emily Hester and Jessica Hester took one-two-three in the discus, and Kiara Adams and Emily Hester captured the first two spots in the shot put, with Adams throwing a meet-record 42 feet, 1 inch.

Shank said he can count on standout performances from his throwers but that the team's showing in several other events helped put the Owls girls over the top.

Mandy Komar also had a big day, winning the triple jump and taking second in the 800, and Ashley Schoenbeck took third in the 100 and 200 dashes.

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