Westminster sweeps counties again

Owls boys set 3 records: meet win streak hits 19

Track and field

High schools

May 12, 2000|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Jared Craig and Jesse O'Connell combined to win five races, including two in meet-record time, and Westminster's boys added a relay record in breezing to their 19th consecutive team title in the Carroll County track and field championships at Western Maryland College yesterday.

The Owls' boys won with 148 points to 93 for runner-up Liberty.

Westminster's girls also repeated as county champions, with senior Mandy Komar a double-winner. The Owls' put up 145 team points, with North Carroll runner-up at 78.

Komar, an All-Metro soccer star who will go on to the University of Arkansas in the fall, maintained her winning ways at 800 meters and took the triple jump by a foot over her closest challenger.

Two other seniors were multiple winners: Francis Scott Key's Jackie Kram took the 100 and 200, and North Carroll's Anna Korovina, a second-year hurdler, won both barrier races and placed third in the shotput.

Craig, a senior headed for Monmouth (N.J.) College, lowered the 110-hurdles record (14.7 seconds) to 14.6; won the 100 in 11.4, and the 300 hurdles in 40.4, then placed second in the long jump.

O'Connell, another senior standout for coach Jim Shenk, set a meet record of 1 minute, 56.6 seconds in the 800, clipping 1.1 seconds off a mark that had stood since 1996. He began his day with a 1:52.7 leg on the Owls' victorious 3,200-relay entry.

Senior Mike Bowers, in his first year with the sport, epitomized the efforts being made by Liberty's boys team this spring. The Lions' had their best finish in recent years, and, as the 400 winner said, "We've worked hard as a team, we've been getting a lot more places, and everybody is having fun."

For Bowers, a soccer and basketball player, track was his third spring sport in four seasons; he previously played tennis and baseball. In the 400, he overtook Westminster's Josh Davis in the stretch and won by five yards. Davis also claimed a second behind O'Connell's record run.

The Lions placed in all six boys field events, with Ryan Ford winning the long jump and Marc Falcone, better known for his basketball talent, winning the triple jump and getting thirds in the long jump and high jump.

"Track has been good for me," the four-year regular said. "It demands that you stretch, and that has made me more flexible. My muscles are loose, and I'm jumping longer and higher."

Falcone, a 3.5 student, expects to continue playing basketball at Frederick Community College.

Among the girls, Cheryl Williams, a North Carroll sophomore, made up in stamina what she lacked in size (5-foot-2, under 100 pounds) by running a strong race in the closing laps to win the 3,200. A week ago in the Central Maryland Conference meet, she finished second with a faster time, responding well against better competition.

The race marked another step in teammate Colleen Lawson's comeback from a knee injury. The stellar junior distance runner admitted, "I can't hope for too much," and had the added problem of allergies after finishing second to Westminster's Kate Henshaw in the 1,600 and fourth behind Williams.

"I think I'm better than I was last week," she said.

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