Covering field, Owls sweep invitation

2 girls each win 2 events for Westminster

boys defeat Bowling Brook

Track and field

High Schools

April 07, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Westminster excelled in the field events on the way to sweeping both the boys and girls championships at the Westminster Invitational last night.

The Owls beat out runner-up Bowling Brook Academy, 119-89, in the boys division and topped runner-up North Carroll, 148-120, in the girls division.

"The weather cooperated, and there was tough competition in almost every event," said Westminster coach Jim Shank. "And that's what you want in these early-season meets."

Three Owls won two events apiece: Ashley Schoenbeck, Rachel Imhoff and Adam Ridgeway.

Ridgeway won the discus (136 feet, 10 1/2 inches); he also set a personal best by two feet in winning the shot put (48-5).

Imhoff prevailed in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (47.3 seconds) and the long jump (16-6).

Schoenbeck won the 100 (12.9) and 200 (26.9).

On the boys side, the Owls took second and third in the 1,600 run, with Kevin Pool (4:42.6) barely losing to Mount Hebron's Matt Sanders (4:42.3). Andy Hayes (4:43.8) was third. Pool also picked up points for his third-place finish in the 3,200 behind South Carroll's Bobby Mead's 10:16.4. Mead also won the 800 in 2:04.8.

Troy Borneman won the high jump (5-8) and picked up points for the Owls in the 110 high hurdles (16.3) by finishing second to Howard's Ryan Blackwell (15.1). Borneman was also third in the long jump (20-0) behind winner Ryan Ford (21-4) of Liberty.

Andy Kuchera of Westminster finished second in the pole vault (13-6) behind Howard's Justin Feguson (13-9).

The Bowling Brook boys set a meet record in the 800 relay (1:32.6) and also won the 400 relay (45.0).

The Westminster girls won the 800 relay in 1:52, and the 400 relay in 53.5, and they showed special strength in the field events with several individual champions in addition to Imhoff. Steph Nilson won the triple jump (34-6) for the Owls, with freshman teammate Kim Moon second at 33-2 1/4 . Nilson also finished second in the long jump (15-3) to Imhoff.

Katie Selby easily won the discus with a toss of 107-11, beating her closest competitor by more than 12 feet.

Mary Skal won the shot put (35-6) for the Owls with Selby second at 35-0.

Colleen Lawson of North Carroll kept her team close by winning the 1,600 (5:40.1) and the 3,200 (12:08.4) despite a stiff challenge from Severna Park's Becca Funk (12:09.5) in the latter race. Lawson also ran a 2:27 split in North Carroll's winning 3,200 relay.

Lindsay Winter of North Carroll set a meet record in the pole vault at 9 feet.

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