Dulaney's boys, girls take long title route

Zoltani wins four golds, Duffy three as Lions dominate distances

Indoor track and field

High Schools

January 26, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Both the boys and girls indoor track teams from Dulaney know how to go the distance. And that ability produced a pair of Baltimore County championships yesterday.

The title won by the girls, led by distance runner Tenke Zoltani's four gold medals, was the No. 1-ranked Lions' seventh straight; the boys, led by three golds from distance runner Billy Duffy, captured their first crown in decades.

No one knew for sure, but Lions coach Leal Williams said he thought Dulaney's last county boys title was in 1968.

In winning, Dulaney ended a string of six straight boys championships for Woodlawn, as the Warriors slipped to fifth place.

"This feels really good," said Williams, as one of his runners kissed the championship plaque. "It's been a long time coming."

Dulaney's boys team, as did its girls counterpart, swept first place in every distance event at the meet.

Emil Bojanov won the 800 in 2:08.2. Duffy took the 1,600 in 4:41.5, with teammates Will Knox running third (4:50.0) and Andrew Carmer fourth (4:53.3).

Duffy also won the 3,200 in 10:19.5, with Knox finishing second in 10:19.9 and Carmer fifth in 10:36.7.

Dulaney's winning 3,200 relay team (8:48.7) consisted of Garrett Dachille, Duffy, Carmer and Garrett Brustein.

Other Dulaney boys scoring points included: Nick Harrison, second in the shot put at 44 feet, 2 inches; Scott Yoo, fourth in the high jump at 5-10, and Richard Hsu, fourth in the pole vault (9-6) and third in the 55 hurdles (9.1).

"Richard Hsu didn't even want to come because he didn't think he'd score for us," Williams said.

Loch Raven finished second with 49 points, behind Dulaney's 75. It was the Raiders' best showing during coach Eric Depkin's six-year tenure.

Sprinter Stann Waithe was Loch Raven's main man, winning the 300 in 33.2 seconds, finishing third in the 55 (6.5) and anchoring the winning 1,600 and 800 relay teams. His three gold medals matched Duffy.

"Stann just thrives on competition," Depkin said. "He's really talented and runs all year."

Woodlawn's Mark McKenzie cruised to victory in the 55 hurdles (7.6), finished second in the high jump (6-2) and was fourth in the 300 (33.7).

Milford Mill's Chris Riggs won the high jump at 6-2, Perry Hall's Ken Defontes captured the pole vault (11-6), Pikesville's Adam Grossman won the 55 dash (6.4) and Lansdowne's Glen Edwards took the shot put (50-9 1/2 ).

The Dulaney girls easily defeated runner-up Milford Mill, 106-70. Franklin and Towson tied for third with 45 points.

Zoltani had never won four indoor golds at a county meet before and was a bit surprised to be running four events yesterday.

"My coach said we needed the points for the team," she said. "The track was not fast and we put in a hard week of training. I thought we'd be tired. We were only worried about place, not our times. I usually don't run the open 800. We have two weeks until regionals and I need a break now."

Her mile time was only 5:20, but Zoltani recorded a personal best in the indoor mile of 5:08 a week ago at Kutztown, a time "I'm real excited about." Yesterday, she ran an 11:29.3 two-mile and an 800 of 2:29.3.

She also helped the winning 3,200 relay team to a 10:24.9 time. This was the third time she has won the mile and two-mile indoor championships in the same year.

Other girls winners for Dulaney included Christy Zuidema in the pole vault (9-0) and Kelley Fanshaw in the 300 (39.5). Fanshaw finished second in the 500 (1:20.2) behind Milford Mill's Novia Brown (1:19.1).

Dulaney's Christine Myers ran second to Zoltani in the 800 (2:29.4) and 1,600 (5:27.3).

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