Lieb, Hiteshew in record form at Knights meet

3,000 runner, vaulter pace highly competitive field

Track and field

High Schools

April 11, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

There was only one disappointment at yesterday's 10th annual Knights Invitational track and field meet at North County High School in Ferndale.

The top performers in Archbishop Spalding's Dusty Lieb and Oakland Mills' Kierney Hiteshew set meet records in the highly competitive 16-team field featuring 18 events each in the boys and girls competition.

Meet director Ed Harte, coach of the host Knights, didn't deliver his promise of getting it done in three hours, but four hours was pretty good. That was not the disappointment, however.

The absence of Oakland Mills' sterling sprinter Kyle Farmer, who is headed to the University of Florida, put a damper on the day. Oakland Mills coach Sam Singleton said Farmer was out sick.

Lieb, Hiteshew and a host of others made everyone forget that Farmer was missing.

Lieb broke the meet record of 9:10.6 in the 3,000-meter run set by Old Mill's Victor Thillet in 1998 with a time of 8:57 flat, nosing out his fierce MIAA competitor, junior Chris Wright of Mount St. Joseph.

Wright came in at 8:59.3.

"Dusty ran great, is in great shape and I thought he attacked the race just perfectly, " said Spalding coach Andy Witte.

"He and Wright had a nice duel near the end there, nip and tuck the last 2 1/2 laps. I thought for a while Wright might get him, but every time Wright challenged, Dusty had an answer."

Lieb, who recently beat Wright in the Mount St. Joseph Invitational by six seconds, thought he won yesterday because of his kick.

"It was pretty even all the way through, but I had a really good kick that kind of surprised me, " said Lieb, who pushed hard the last 200 meters to win the race.

Hiteshew, an All-Metro and state 2A/1A pole vault champion indoors with a clear of 9 feet 6 inches, broke her own Knights Invitational meet record of 9-4 set last year as a junior. She soared a personal best of 10 feet, 6 inches yesterday to easily win the event.

"Kierney's best jump before today was 10 feet," said Oakland Mills coach Bryan Winfield. "She continues to get better each week. She's peaking at the right time."

The Oakland Mills girls team also had a double winner in Rachel Clinton, who took the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and Charise Burton, the top high jumper.

McDonogh's Channel Lattimer also won twice, setting a meet record in the 100 and winning the 200, while the Mervo and Broadneck relay teams dominated.

In the boys events, Nick Wright of Mount St. Joseph, the senior brother of Chris, was a double winner, taking the 100 and 300 hurdles.

Severn's Chris Foster was the 1,500 run champ and Mervo's Jabari Bush won the 200 dash with Oakland Mills' Stephan Pastor, who took the 400, finishing second.

McDonogh's Shomari Taylor won the long jump, the triple jump went to Mervo's Frankie Wright and as expected Westminster's Andy Kuchera won the pole vault.

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