Oakland Mills' Farmer is questionable for regionals

Sprinter `definitely' to miss championships in Howard

May 04, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Oakland Mills sprinter Kyle Farmer, one of the most decorated track athletes in Maryland state history, will miss the Howard County championships next week and is questionable for the 2A-1A regionals with a hamstring injury, Farmer's coach said yesterday.

Farmer, who was injured during the final stretch of the 400-meter relay at the Penn Relays last weekend, had his hamstring examined by a doctor Tuesday, but the results were inconclusive.

"Basically, the doctors looked at it and couldn't tell if it was a tear or a pull," said Scorpions coach Sam Singleton. "He had an X-ray and, hopefully, we'll get the results of it back today or tomorrow. But he's definitely out for the county championship."

Kyle's father, Kistler Farmer, said doctors told him Kyle could be - in a worst-case scenario - out as long as four to six weeks, preventing him from running in the state tournament.

"Hopefully, he'll be back before the regions," Kistler Farmer said. "I'd really like to see him run in states his senior year. I know that's something he's really looking forward to."

Oakland Mills, heavily favored to win its ninth state title in 13 years, shouldn't be hindered tremendously by Farmer's absence at the county tournament. Farmer has, however, won 12 gold medals in three seasons at the state tournament. But even if Farmer misses regionals, Singleton hasn't ruled out letting Farmer run on one of the relays at states.

"We'll see what he feels he can do," Singleton said. "He knows his body better than anyone. He's kind of bummed right now, but hopefully, he'll be fine and back soon."

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