Mistaken call leaves Glenelg's Selmer lap short in invitational

Miler thought there were 2 left, but counter signaled one in error

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January 15, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Confusion at the inaugural Montgomery Invitational indoor track meet cost Glenelg's Carrie Selmer her chance at beating much-heralded Dulaney miler Tenke Zoltani Saturday at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex.

Selmer was trailing the leaders by 25 meters when the bell sounded for the final lap and the lap counter shouted one lap to go.

"I thought there were two laps left," she said. "It's not that hard to count to eight."

Not sure what to do, she decided to make her big move and ripped to a 30-meter lead at the finish line when people shouted to her that there was one more lap to go.

"My body just kind of shut down at that point," she said.

She eventually finished two seconds behind Zoltani and two one-hundredths of a second behind Dulaney's Christine Myers.

"The meet director apologized," she said.

Although she was angry about what happened because she thought she could have won, Selmer's time of 5:16.72 was her personal best by nine seconds.

"It was a breakthrough race for me so I wasn't too disappointed," she said. "If I could have run four or five seconds faster, it would have been among the top 10 times in the nation."

Selmer has never been able to stay with the kind of competition she faced Saturday, but a change in her form has her running faster than ever before.

"I was on a college visit to Winthrop and Appalachian State in North Carolina and doing a slow workout when I started running on my toes and using my arms," Selmer said. "My dad said that it looked good and to keep on doing it. I'm more efficient now and can go faster. It was exciting to run against Zoltani and I hope to get another chance at her in outdoors."

It was Selmer's first loss in the 1,600 this season. "It was the kind of mistake that should not have been made, but it was not done intentionally," said Glenelg coach and Carrie's father, Mike Selmer. "The P.A. announcer helped to create the mistake by announcing that it was the bell lap."

Glenelg also won two other bronze medals at the prestigious meet.

The Gladiators broke a county record by seven seconds in the 4x800 relay, finishing in 9:56.7. The runners were Katie Pencek, Mary Rollyson, Mallory Heinke and Selmer. Selmer ran the anchor leg in 2:23, another personal best.

The distance medley relay also finished third in 13:09.23, a time that Selmer believes is the fastest by a Maryland team this season.

Pencek, Selmer, Chelsea Kapp and Heinke ran in that order and Heinke ran a personal best mile in 5:29.5 during that medley.

"This was the highest quality invitational meet in the D.C. area this season," Mike Selmer said.

River Hill's Shane Stroup won the mile run in 4:26.9.

Lightning girls on roll

No Long Reach girls basketball team has ever finished a season with a winning record, but a recent seven-game winning streak by this year's squad is bucking to change that under second-year coach Kevin Broadus.

The Lightning, which started the year 1-4, defeated Atholton, 63-37, Friday to run its record to 8-4 overall and 4-4 in the county at the midpoint of the season. And though Long Reach still has a tough road ahead (with No. 6 Glenelg and No. 12 River Hill on the schedule this week) Broadus feels good about the way the team is playing.

"The girls are working extremely hard and they're having fun," said Broadus, who already has won more games this year than last year when the Lighting went 6-17. "We're scoring more points and playing better defense. We had a tough stretch of games at the beginning of the season [playing four top 20 teams before Christmas], but we played everyone tough. We proved to ourselves we could play with just about anyone."

A big reason for the Lightning's rise has been the play of sophomore point guard Timisha Gomez. The 5-foot-7 floor general is averaging 17.8 points a game on the year, and during Long Reach's win streak, she's averaged over 20 points a contest.

"She's really been everywhere on the floor for us," Broadus said.

Long Reach's three seniors, Sandy James, Beck Ward and Kerri Filipowicz, have been key during the streak, as has Tasha Hines and Samantha Fobbs. James, a 6-foot-6 Wake Forest signee, is averaging 9.9 rebounds a game and has 48 blocked shots on the year.

"Everyone is contributing and filling a role," Broadus said. "We're making fewer mistakes and we're rebounding the ball well. Glenelg and River Hill will definitely be a challenge this week, but we're looking forward to it. We'll see how much we've improved since the beginning of the year."

No AD at Reservoir

The principal of Howard County's newest high school that is slated to open in August was expected to name an athletic director yesterday.

Instead, Reservoir High's Adrianne Kaufman elected to advertise the position again after interviewing five potential candidates.

She said here was no timetable on when the selection would be made.

Wilson selects Penn State

All-Metro Chris Wilson of Catonsville said last night that he has committed to a full football scholarship to attend Penn State, which recruited him as a running back.

Among the five schools Wilson still was considering were Maryland, Michigan and Virginia, but Wilson said his two top programs were Penn State and Stanford.

Wilson, who turned 17 in November, visited Penn State over the summer and said he attended three of the Nittany Lions' games.

Kevin Van Valkenburg and Lem Satterfield contributed to this article.

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