Carroll County

Track And Field

March 21, 2001|By Rich Scherr

After winning a pair of team titles at the inaugural Carroll County track and field indoor meet, Westminster appears primed to repeat that feat outdoors.

Leading the way for the Owls on the boys side will be Andy Kuchera - quite possibly the state's top pole-vaulter - Jeremy Dean (sprints); Kris Harford (middle distance); Kevin Pool (distance); Andy Hayes (distance); Adam Ridgway (throws); Troy Borneman (high jump, hurdles); and Dominique Cook, a middle distance standout recovering from tendinitis in his knee.

On the girls side, Westminster features a quartet of returning indoor All-County choices in Rachel Imhoff, a long sprinter who also took third in the state long jump last spring, as well as Mary Skal (throws), Jenn Nilson (high jump, hurdles) and Ashley Schoenbeck (sprints, hurdles, pole vault). The Owls also get back defending state discus champion Katie Selby.

Always a power among state private schools, Bowling Brook again appears to have the tools to challenge. The Thoroughbreds will be led by thrower Andre Corporal, sprinter Ricky Stryker and Dwayne Magruder, who has the versatility of a decathlete and could show up in any one of a half-dozen events. The team also features a wealth of middle-distance talent.

The South Carroll boys getback distance standouts Bobby Mead and Matt Adami, who both sat out the indoor season.

The girls could make some noise with the return of distance standout Lindsey Schwartz, who took the winter off to recover from an injury, and the decision of All-County middle distance standout Jen Tarr to forgo lacrosse.

A pair of indoor All-County choices lead Liberty: seniors Jimi Damaska and J. D. Egolf. While Damaska won a county title in the high jump (5 feet 10), Egolf excelled at both the 55 and 300.

With the return of middle-distance runners Jen Ballas, Laura Wilson and Teri Parisi, the girls appear strong.

The North Carroll boys feature a host of young athletes with potential. Runners to watch include Thomas Potter (400) and J. T. Potter (3,200).

The girls lose county indoor Top Performer Katie Riley to softball, but do return the core of theirstate champion cross country team - Colleen Lawson, Cheryl Williams and Kim Daut.

Quality distance runners and sprinters dominate the boys team at Francis Scott Key.

The girls feature a host of talented seniors, including Ashley Cook (middle distance, jumps); Jessica Swanke (sprints); Natalie Nicholson (middle distance, hurdles); Stacey Foster (middle distance, hurdles); Brandi Wentworth (distance); and pole-vaulters Lauren Torbeck and Amanda Woolman.

Players to watch

Andy Kuchera (Westminster, senior, pole-vaulter) Widely considered the area's top pole-vaulter, Kuchera will be hunting for a Class 4A title

Aislinn Sowash (North Carroll, sophomore, hurdles/jumps) The young Panther should be a force in both the hurdles and jumps

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