River Hill's Stroup rides big wave

Junior sets county marks in 800 and 1,600 races

Indoor track and field

January 06, 2001|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

LANDOVER - You think you had a good day yesterday? You should have seen River Hill junior Shane Stroup.

"He had a stellar day," said River Hill indoor track coach Norm Belden after Stroup broke two Howard County records and set two school records in yesterday's Howard County/Anne Arundel County Challenge indoor track meet at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex.

Stroup set county standards in winning the 1,600 meters (4:21.6) and 800 (1:58.5), and set a school record in the 500 (1:07.1). He anchored the second-place 1,600 relay team (3:45.7) that also set a school record.

"He's got a lot of heart and believes in himself," Belden said. "And he doesn't know the word quit."

Stroup said running "is something ... I'm proud of."

He added: "I feel good about the records I broke. The next meet I hope to break some more. Records are meant to be broken."

Stroup's time in the 1,600 is one of the best ever, and would easily have won a state title last year. Stroup ran the event in 4:30.7 on Dec. 6 in a county meet, and eight days later won the 1,500 at the Pangaea Invitational in a personal best 4:01.5. All his times have been at the Prince George's complex, a wonderful facility where runners can use cleats on the rubberized track.

Oakland Mills' extraordinary senior sprinter Kyle Farmer, who also knows what it's like to set records, won three events, including the 300 in a personal best 35.3. (He ran 36.2 in winning the Class 2A-1A state meet last season). He also took the 55 dash (6.3) and anchored the victorious 1,600 relay team.

Farmer, who will attend the University of Florida on scholarship next fall, was successful despite having the chills. In between races, Farmer was covered in clothes.

"I'm freezing," Farmer said. "My mom just had it, so I think I got it from her."

Wilde Lake senior Rebecca Novinsky was the only double winner in individual events in the girls competition, taking the 500 (1:23.9) and 800 (2:30.8).

Oakland Mills easily won the boys competition, finishing with 100.5 points to 67 for second-place River Hill.

Broadneck's girls, which won the 3,200 and 1,600 relays as well as the high jump (Jean Dellagiustina) and shot put (Erin Burns) finished first with 106 points. Second-place Arundel, which was led by Eva Tukarski (first in 300, second in 55 hurdles) and Roxanne Hall (first in 55 dash) finished second with 70.3.

The meet consisted of half of the Howard and Anne Arundel schools. The other 11 teams will meet Jan. 17.

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