Long Reach runs away with girls title

Lightning's Howard takes long jump, 100M hurdles

Glenelg track

April 22, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

The rain didn't fall, but the meet records sure did at the Glenelg Invitational yesterday.

Eleven meet records were either tied or broken by athletes from 32 Maryland teams in attendance at Glenelg High School, but the real story was the dominance of the Long Reach girls team, which ran away with the title, outscoring runner-up Elizabeth Seton, 126-69.5.

Middletown, led by senior distance runner Will Christian, took home the boys title, finishing with 66 points, just ahead of Patuxent, which came in second with 55.5. Christian broke his own meet records from last year in the 1,600 and the 3200, smashing his two-mile record time by 18 seconds.

As usual, Long Reach got points from everywhere, led by senior standouts Rolanda Howard and Shayla Moore, two of the top jumpers in the state.

Howard won the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 7 inches, more than a foot ahead of Moore, who placed second with a jump of 16-3. But Moore returned the favor in the triple jump, jumping 38-3, just ahead of Howard's second-place jump of 37-8. Howard also finished first in the 100-meter hurdles, this time finishing ahead of teammate Chanel Payne.

"Rolanda had a nice win in the hurdles for us," said Long Reach coach Joe Thomas. "Our relays were strong and should get faster this weekend at the Penn Relays."

Lightning senior Anya Clark also had a top performance, breaking a meet record in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.60. It was only the second time this season Clark has run in the event.

Several strong individual performances from out-of-area teams were turned in as well. Denise Cruse of Elizabeth Seton won both the 200 and the 400 meters, setting a meet record in the 400 with a time of 57.4. Potomac's Ashley Horn won the shot put with a throw of 42 feet, 10 inches, breaking the meet record by nearly four feet. Both girls were named Outstanding Individuals for the meet on the girls side.

Wilde Lake senior Rebecca Novinsky earned a nice win in the 800 meters, running a 2:24.7 to finish ahead of Naudia Falconer of Elizabeth Seton.

For the boys, Chopticon's Brandon Young doubled up in the sprints, winning both the 100 and the 200 meters. Middleton's Greg McCormick also was impressive, winning the high jump, the long jump and finishing third in the discus. McCormick and Christian were named Outstanding Individuals for the boys.

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