Harte's focus: speed in, and of, track invitational

SIDELINES

High schools

April 08, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Veteran track coach Ed Harte says that his North County Outdoor Track Invitational on Tuesday in Ferndale will be "the best field we have ever had." It will also continue his personal crusade to see such events finish in a reasonable amount of time.

Harte has lined up 16 schools in the boys and girls competition, including the metro area's No. 1 boys team, Oakland Mills and blue-chipper Kyle Farmer, and other ranked teams.

More importantly, Harte promises the event will finish in three hours.

"We need to fit track meets into three-hour time limits like other high school sports events in order to keep the fans' attention," said Harte, who has been a lone voice on this subject.

"Our goal is always to run track meets quickly and efficiently. There is no reason track meets should go four hours or more. When they do, it does not draw or keep the fans."

Oakland Mills' all-everything sprinter Farmer, The Sun's Metro Performer of the Year in indoor track who has a scholarship to the University of Florida, is expected to run the 100-, 200- and 400-meter races in addition to a relay.

"We want people to see these kids and not to feel like they are in some endurance competition," said Harte, who does not keep team scores for his invitational. "The purpose of our invitational is to showcase top teams and top talent."

Also in the boys competition is No. 2 Mervo, which brings junior sprinter Jabari Bush, and fourth-ranked Mount St. Joseph, led by senior hurdler Nick Wright and distance runner Chris Wright (no relation).

Carroll County's Westminster comes in with the metro area's premier pole-vaulter, Andy Kuchera and sprinter Jeremy Dean.

Other top boys squads to compete are Prince George's Bowie, North Carroll and Northern of Baltimore.

Westminster's No. 5 girls team has sprinter Rachel Imhoff and defending state champion discus thrower Katie Selby.

The seventh-ranked Mervo girls will showcase distance runner April Mullen and sprinter-hurdler Channel Young.

Summer camp

Dates for the 18th Broadneck Bruins sports camps: June 18-22 - baseball, lacrosse goalies, and tennis; June 25-29 - boys and girls basketball; July 9-13 - boys and girls soccer; July 16-20 - field hockey and volleyball; July 24-27 - boys and girls lacrosse and softball; July 30-Aug. 3 - cheerleading and football for grades six through eight.

To register or for more information, call athletic director Ken Kazmarek at 410-757-1300.

Sideliners

A third straight Friends of Joe Cannon "Baseball Game of the Week" was rained out Friday night. No. 10 Severna Park and Broadneck, coming off a 7-2 upset of No. 6 Old Mill, could not play Friday. ... Left-handed pitchers are scarce, but Old Mill has the luxury of two pretty good ones in Steve Johnson and Jay Long. ... Fashion statement: For the first time, Severna Park's baseball team is not wearing a navy blue cap, but rather a white cap with a navy bill to go with their sharp, new white uniforms. ... After a 2-0 start, North County's baseball team lost four straight as rookie coach Dan Mangum is feuding with his seniors and calling up several JV players. ... With sophomore Corey Spoone and senior Jim Wojtanik emerging to complement ace Eric Brown, No. 9 Northeast suddenly has a deep pitching staff. ... Severn senior attackman Drew Habeck scored 15 goals in the Admirals' first four games. ... Goalie Charlie Gray had 12 saves as No. 9 South River (3-1) humbled Annapolis (2-3) on Friday, 7-2. ... Last season, the Northeast boys lacrosse team was 3-10. This season, under first-year coach Bill Ransom, the Eagles are 4-1. ... Kristy Manas had seven goals for Southern (4-2) in an 11-9 win over Chesapeake (0-5). ... No. 8 Severna Park (6-0) is the county's only unbeaten softball team. ... Former Broadneck catcher Bryn Weller, who holds state records for stolen bases in a season (35, 1998) and career (113), is a freshman at Division I Hartford (Conn.), where she was named American East Conference Rookie of the Week last week. Weller leads the Hawks in batting (.370). She also has four stolen bases and 10 runs scored.

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