Girls title split

Old Mill boys win

Late vaults let Annapolis tie Broadneck

Patriots win first crown since '96

Track and field

High Schools

May 11, 2001|By Bo Smolka | Bo Smolka,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Day had become night by the time the Anne Arundel County girls track meet was decided. But after six hours of competition and after the final, decisive pole vault event extended well into overtime, a winner still could not be determined.

Competing under the lights long after the other events had been held, Annapolis' Christina Cortes and Calynn Offer finished first and fifth in the pole vault, which lifted the Panthers into a tie for the championship with Broadneck. Both teams finished with 110 points in a meet that was close all the way.

Arundel placed third with 102 points.

The outdoor title was the second in a row for Broadneck, which nosed out Arundel for the girls championship last year by a point. Annapolis gained a share of the title for the first time in over 20 years.

In the boys meet, Old Mill won four events and scored in all 18 to dethrone two-time champ Annapolis and claim its first title since 1996 with 122 points. Arundel finished a distant second with 85, and Chesapeake, minus one of its top athletes, finished third.

The girls meet proved an even match between Annapolis' blue-chippers and Broadneck's depth. Annapolis distance standout Erin Masterson won three events, and Kerra Strum took the high hurdles and the long jump for the Panthers, who have just 12 girls on their roster.

Broadneck scored more consistently, but was powerless in the pole vault; the Bruins' lone vaulter left the team last week.

Masterson was sensational, duplicating her trifecta at the indoor county meet by winning the 800, mile and two-mile. By conserving energy in the mile and two-mile -- she won the mile by one-tenth of a second - she still had enough gas in the tank to win the 800 in 2:19.1.

In the boys meet, Old Mill got wins from Doug Spatafore in the 1,600, Ryan Kirby in the 3,200 and also won the 800 and 1,600 relays.

But it was Old Mill's second-place showing in the meet's first event, the 3,200 relay, that pointed the way, Old Mill coach Janet Liimatta said. The team ran 8:08, its best by eight seconds.

"When we went 8:08 in the two-mile relay, I knew this might be our day," she said.

A highly anticipated high jump duel between Chesapeake's Matt Waranius and Arundel's Brian Devaul failed to materialize as Waranius missed the meet after injuring a hamstring Wednesday. Devaul won the event at 6-2, well off the 6-9 he cleared in the Meade Stampede two weeks ago.

Chesapeake sprinter Shawn Freshwater also appeared to come up lame in winning the 100, but he recovered to win the 200 and anchor the victorious 400-meter relay team.

Broadneck thrower Jeremy Moore won his eighth county title, taking the shot put with an effort of 56-4.

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