Glenelg's Selmer misses shot at invitational mile victory

Mistaken call for final lap confuses miler in meet


High schools

January 15, 2002

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

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."

CATONSVILLE: 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.

"It was pretty much a dead heat between Penn State and Stanford, but the departure of coach Tyrone Willingham [to Notre Dame] put me over the edge in favor of Penn State," said Wilson, who carries a 3.7 grade point average and scored 1,420 on his SAT.

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