Rain extends meet for 3 hours today

Annapolis boys, and Arundel girls build leads in team points

Track and field

High Schools


It seemed almost fitting the way the Anne Arundel County track and field championships came to a sudden halt yesterday, thunder and lightning serving as overture to more than an hour of hard rain.

Just before the one-day meet was called and rescheduled for 3 p.m. today at Annapolis High, Erin Masterson of the host school and Danielle Veilleux of Broadneck had staged a slam-bang 1,600-meter race.

Covering each others moves through the first 1,200, the girls lit out on their own over the last quarter, and it wasn't until Masterson flashed her half-mile speed with about a half-lap to go that she drew clear of Veilleux.

Masterson's winning time of 5 minutes, 14.6 seconds was one of the four best mile times posted by metro runners this season and boded well for her registering a meet double with victory in the 800 meters later on.

Arundel's girls, a pre-meet favorite with Broadneck and Old Mill, got off to a huge start with speedsters Natasha Rawls capturing the 100 and Eva Tukarski taking the 100 high hurdles. Teammate Roxanne Hall was third in the 100 dash.

Meanwhile, Alicia Beard and Jen Lumen were going 1-3 in the long jump and, besides Veilleux in the mile, Broadneck took the 3,200 relay (10:05.7) and got a second from Jean Dellaguistina in the high jump.

In the boys' competition, Annapolis and North County figured to be the teams to beat, but through the first third of the meet, at least, the Panthers were away and cruising.

For openers, Rayvon Johnson and Mike Brown went 1-2 in the 100, and even with North County's Chris Scott skimming over the 110 high hurdles in 14 seconds flat, Annapolis, in effect, won the event by going 2-3 behind Scott with Sonny Barnes and Brown.

Scott, who had to cancel out of a couple events in the Bob Golliday Memorial Meet last week when he felt a twinge in his left hamstring, added a third-place finish in the 100 (11.1) to his area-best effort in the hurdles before the rain came.

Annapolis also scored heavily in the triple jump, John Harris and Johnson going 1-3 around North County's high jump specialist Jerome Goodman in the triple jump.

The meet was originally cut down from two days to one to accommodate Old Mill's prom tonight. With half a meet to go in terms of time, organizers were hoping to complete action in three hours today.

A lacrosse doubleheader involving Annapolis' boys and girls teams was scheduled for 5:15 and 7:15 p.m., but those games aren't expected to start before 6:30.

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