Dulaney girls again capture title

With stars injured, Lions win 4th straight county

Woodlawn boys triumph

High Schools

Track and Field

January 24, 2001|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

No Tenke Zoltani. No Ida Bernstein.

For the Dulaney girls track team, no problem.

Performing without their two top scorers as they have for most of the past three months, the Lions still managed to hit paydirt last night, holding off Franklin to capture their fourth straight Baltimore County Indoor Track and Field championship at the 5th Regiment Armory.

Dulaney won with 77 points, followed by Frankin (51), Randallstown (44) and Perry Hall (40).

In the boys meet, powerful Woodlawn - led by triple winner Antonio Thomas - cruised to its fifth straight county crown, taking the measure of Dulaney (74) and Randallstown (49).

For a young Dulaney girls team, the victory was especially sweet, considering the Lions have had to rely primarily on freshmen and sophomores. Zoltani, an all-Metro distance standout, and Bernstein, an all-county sprinter, each have missed most of the season with injuries.

"It was a big win because we have an extremely young team," said co-coach John Britt. "Our backs were against the wall, but they came through."

Leading the Lions were Dusty Aiker (first in 800), Paige Creighton (second in high jump), Kelley Fanshaw (first in 500, second in 300), Megan Goldman-Petri (first in pole vault) and Christine Myers (third in 3200).

"Our team did a really good job as far as scoring all around," said co-coach Don Metil. "I think that we probably scored in almost every event today, and that's something we didn't do last year when we won county and region and came in second in the state."

On the boys side, it was business as usual for Woodlawn.

Thomas said the Warriors entered the meet carrying the burden of their past success.

"We come in knowing that we have a lot on our shoulders," said Thomas. "If we don't win it, the media will be after us. We practiced hard all week."

Thomas, a senior, scored wins in the 300 and 500, and ran a leg on the winning 4-x-200 team. Other individual winners for Woodlawn included Mark McKenzie (55 hurdles) and Alexis Rice (1600), both of whom also finished second in the high jump and 800, respectively.

Earlier this season, Thomas ran a 1:06 at the Pangea Invitational, ranking as one of the fastest times in the nation. Now, he's hoping to use his legs to propel the Warriors to a Class 4A-3A state title, after they've finished runner-up each of the past two years.

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