Wright's girls win title, but boys fall to Fallston

Cougars sprinter Lyman 4-time Harford medalist

Track and field

May 12, 2000|By Bill Blewett | Bill Blewett,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

As expected, C.Milton Wright won the girls team title in the Harford County Track and Field Championships yesterday in Aberdeen. Wright's boys, however, fell victim to an unheralded Fallston Cougars team.

Led by sprinter Jeremy Lyman and hurdler C.J. Burdon, Fallston won seven events and rolled up 139 points to win the school's first boys title since 1981.

Wright, which has won the boys championship 11 times in the last 14 years, finished second with 122 points. The Mustangs crowned only one individual champion, Mike Peterson in the 1,600-meter run.

Fallston coach Greg Thompson, whose team had not faced Wright this season, knew the competition would be close but was surprised at the outcome."

"We asked our guys to give 100 percent in each race. ... We knew we had the quality, but we didn't know if we had the depth," said Thompson.

Lyman, a senior, won the 100, 200 and 400 and anchored the Cougars' 1,600-relay win.

Burdon repeated as champion in both the 110 and 300 hurdles. He ran a personal best of 14.9 seconds in the 110 hurdles and set a school record of 40.1 in the 300. He was second to Lyman in the 400 and ran a leg on the winning 1,600 relay.

Fallston's Jay Walker won the high jump, and Jesse Kluttz (discus) and Gary Cover (1,600) scored seconds.

In the girls events, the Mustangs were led by middle-distance runner Cara Wettlaufer and hurdler Melissa Prange in rolling up 195 points to win by 92 points over runnerup Havre de Grace.

Wettlaufer won the 800 in 2 minutes, 23.3 seconds, the 1,600 in 5:23.8, and ran on the Mustangs' 3,200-meter relay team, which won in a school record 9:46.6. Prange repeated as champion in the hurdles, winning both the 100 and 300-meter events. Other winners for the Mustangs were Kacie Remeto in the 3,200, Tracy Johnson in the 100, and Megan Watkins, the 400.

Havre de Grace, with an eight-girl team, took second.

Joppatowne throwers James Murray and Shiree Turner provided two of the top performances of the day. Murray won the boys discus with a career best of 162 feet, 6 inches, just missing a 28-year-old county record. Turner won both the girls' shot and discus.

Lauren Dunn, an Edgewood freshman, won the triple and long jumps with leaps of 34-6 and 16-3, respectively.

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