Annapolis boys dominate, take home county title

Speedy Broadneck girls slip past Arundel, 97-96

Track and field


The boys from Annapolis and the girls from Broadneck provided a couple of interesting stories on their way to Anne Arundel County track and field championships this season.

Despite being the defending champs outdoors, the Panthers were sometimes lightly regarded coming off a mediocre indoor campaign.

The likes of veterans Rayvon Johnson, Sonny Barnes, Mike Brown and freshmen Demario Harris and Davon Watkins proved the folly of underestimation, however, dominating the sprints and jumps on the way to a 144-106.75 win over runner-up Severna Park.

Injuries and disappointments dropped well-regarded North County to third place with 76.75 points.

When the Arundel girls won the county indoor title, Broadneck coach Dana Dobbs knew he had to get his girls to diversify and not rely on its distance strength.

"We pretty well forced ourselves to become faster. Since indoor season we've been working overtime to improve our [leg] turnover," said Dobbs.

"We had some kids defect to other spring sports, but then they came back admitting they missed track so much. They became a very willing team to work with.

"One of our big pickups for outdoors was Marion Brooks. And look how she came through. She anchored the four-by-four [1,600 relay], which we won."

The relay victory gave Broadneck a 97-96 triumph over Arundel.

Completing the top five were Southern, with 64 points, and Old Mill and Severna Park tied with 60.

Johnson, a standout in football, won the 100, 200 and long jump and was third in the triple jump. That's 36 points. Brown had a second and two thirds in a dash and two hurdles. Barnes won the 400 and was second in thehigh hurdles. And Harris was first in the triple jump and third in the long jump.

"Unfortunately, that's probably it for us," said Ballard. "Our gradution is at 2 p.m. the day of the state finals [May 27], which means Johnson, Barnes, Brown and others won't be competing."

Besides the individuals already mentioned, others had terrific meets. Alicia Beard of Old Mill took firsts in the long and triple jumps and the intermediate hurdles. Eva Tukarski had firsts in the high hurdles and 400 and was second in the 300 hurdles. Natasha Rawls of Arundel won the 100 and 200 and Erin Masterson of Annapolis turned in a 5:14 mile and a 2:17 half-mile.

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